Blessing the Gathering

“This Day Is Ours” blessing for voice and piano with words by Vincent B. Silliman:
This day is ours: its beauty, its promise, its weight of sorrow and disappointment, the brightness of its opportunity for the deepening of love and understanding. This day is ours: even as we make it ours by the readiness and warmth of our appreciations. For from it we shall receive according to the measure of our giving. Let our giving then, be of ourselves and from the heart. May there be laughter in this day, and if there be tears, then generous tears. This day is ours.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“O Life That Maketh All Things New” a song of celebration with words by Samuel Longfellow:
O Life that maketh all things new, the blooming earth, our thoughts within, our pilgrim feet wet with thy dew, in gladness hither turn again. From hand to hand the greeting flows, from eye to eye the signals run, from heart to heart the bright hope glows; the seekers of the light are one: one in the freedom of the truth, one in the joy of paths untrod, one in the soul’s perennial youth, one in the larger thought of God; the freer step, the fuller breath, the wide horizon’s grander view, the sense of life that knows no death, the Life that maketh all things new.  ==>View PDF

“Invocation to Earth” a blessing for voice and piano with words by Joan Goodwin:
Spirit of the East, spirit of air, of morning and springtime: Be with us as the sun rises, in times of beginning, in times of planting. In spire us with the fresh breath of courage as we go forth to new adventures. Spirit of the South, spirit of fire, of noontime and summer: Be with us through the heat of the day. Help us to be ever growing. Warm us with the strength and energy for the work that awaits us. Spirit of the Wet, spirit of water, of evening and autumn: Be with us as the sun sets. Help us enjoy a rich harvest. Flow through us with a cooling, healing quietness and bring us peace. Spirit of the North, spirit of earth, of nighttime and winter: Be with us in the darkness, in the time of gestation. Ground us in the wisdom of the changing seasons as we celebrate the spiraling journey of our lives.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Community” blessing for voice and piano with words by Starhawk:
We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been, a place half remembered, and half envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. [used with permission; from Dreaming the Dark (1982)]  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample