Friday, January 24, 2014

Songs and Hymns for National Sorry Day (May 26 2015)

Songs for healing of relationships in Australia. 
You could also sing these on Australia Day (January 26). 
You may want to simply sing a song of confession or lament.

  • Online Resource We're standing here on holy ground (Brown) Excellent words set to a simple Maluku tune. Lyrics here.
  • Online Resource If we can now say that we're sorry (Fletcher) Excellent words and a simple enough song to be sung by a congregation. Sheet music, sound samples etc.
  • AoVK-130 Around this land we love so well (Bates) Very specific words; useful if you are talking about Aboriginal Reconciliation. The tune is quite straightforward, but if it is new it would work best sung by a soloist.
  • Brunswick Uniting Music Why do we listen and fail to hear / Lament - for a people with a people with a dulled heart (Whelan) This lament, and its wailing ooooh would be appropriate for reflecting on why it is still hard for people to say sorry.  Good for kids
  • *Online Resource Creator God you made this land (Pearson) Words of reconciliation from the United Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. "Great Spirit in this ancient land, speak in the stillness deep within. Remove all prejudice and fear, give life to all, new hope begin. Then help us gently walk as friends, while on this land your peace descends". Sung to the familiar hymn tune ST PETERSBURG (TiS375). Lyrics (downloads a pdf). New words to old tunes.
  • Recorded Music Took the children away (Archie Roach) This song would be good (with lyrics projected) for a reflection on / repentance of how our churches played a part in taking Aboriginal children from their families. Lyrics & Youtube.
  • Online Resource Yil Lull (Joe Geia) This is just a great song, with a verse of praise to God, and the chorus is really easy for the congregation to join in on. Youtube. Lyrics. 
  • Recorded Music Special treatment (Paul Kelly) This song could work well during a prayer of confession; I think Archie Roach has recorded it too, and I like his version better. Youtube. Lyrics
  • Online Resource Creator God you made every race (Brown) Strongly Trinitarian lyrics asking God to build one community among us all. Sung to LIVING LORD (TiS526 / AHB451)  New words to old tunes. Lyrics.
  • *ATW 433 At the dawn of the ages / You were in this place (Mann) An Australian song about seeing God in this ancient land and in our indigenous people, and the blindness of the colonisers in seeing that God was here before the white man came. “Do we take after Jacob, blind to what lies at hand, needing dreams to inform us God is here in this land?”. Tune is very smooth and simple. Lyrics. 
  • Online Resource We long for the days when the cries of distress are stilled / Hear our cry before our call (Quintrell) Excellent words written after the apology to the Stolen Generations praying for healing. Lyrics and sheet music download
  • Online Resource Follow the songlines (Murray) Excellent words of God's presence here before colonisation, and our call to follow. Lyrics and sheet music

Songs from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
TiS 383 Joyful the morning when Jesus Christ is risen (Traditional Torres Strait Islander) It's beautiful and joyful and Torres Strait Islander! We should sing this!
*TiS 253 / AoV2-119 / AoVK-103 / GA419 O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr This simple song from an Aboriginal community in Arnhem land is easy to sing and talks of the timelessness of God’s love. “O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr, all the power belongs to you”. There is some king and power language in this which may not work for some. Lyrics  
ATFG574 / NCYC'97 You are our Father you live in heaven / Aboriginal Lord's Prayer (Warmun and Tiwi communities) Aboriginal Australian version of the Lord's Prayer.

I would love to hear your ideas. Please add a comment below if you have some!

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