Practise Your Singing: Rehearse for Participation in the 20th Anniversary Celebration Rituals #6
Songs to be used in the Prayer Ritual on Sunday 28 September. Prepared by Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.
Theme of the day: Shaping Mercy into the Future
Reflection Time. Waiting .© Music and Lyrics Jessica Hannah Rogers and Caritas Aotearoa (Aotearoa New Zealand). Used with permission
The Lord made this perfect world, yet many people live in pain They have no hope for each new day, it shouldn’t be that way Sadness fills their lives, and makes it hard to survive
Sorrow has swallowed all their hope, and leaves them lost, without love.
I’m sorry I sing, I’m sorry I shout I’m sorry I let my feelings out
But if you just look, right over there There’s someone waiting, they’re in despair They’re waiting for yo-u.
With heavy hearts they carry on, though they are fractured and forlorn We may not even see them there, living in sadness and fear
But standing right within your view could be someone whoneeds you And you can fill their lives with light, from the love in your heart.
From the darkness a light will glow Growing stronger to let them know
That God, in everyone of us can shine through Burning brighter, and that light could be you
That’s why I sing, that’s why I shout, that’s why I let my feelings out.
Conclusion. Mercy Alive. © Music and Lyrics Erica Marshall (Australia). Used with permission
Refrain: Mercy alive in our hearts,
Mercy alive in our bodies
Mercy alive in the stories we share,
Set us dancing new steps of Mercy today.
1 Mercy speaks in many ways, a word, a touch, a smile Simple though our lives may be, come stay with us awhile.
2 Sing the song of Mercy strong, a faithful healing sound, Sharing bread our lives we give, in love and joy we’re bound.
3 Justice rising in our soul, truth the song we hear.
Break the silence! Free the poor! Know our God is near!