Psalm 141 is commonly used during Vespers or Evening Prayer. This setting by psalmist and singer-songwriter Richard Bruxvoort Colligan invites the community to sing a refrain which alternates with solo verses.
Use call and echo patterns to teach the refrain phrase by phrase. Weave them together when the community is ready and proceed right into the psalm setting without breaking the flow.
Our breath is incense, sweet smell rising.
Our hands are open, lifted up in the evening.
I call out to you Come and hear me
Give ear to my voice, my God, and quickly. Refrain
Watch the door of my mouth for integrity
Guard my lips and keep my heart from turning. Refrain
Let the elders guide and correct my way
Keep my words and actions true I pray. Refrain
Watch the farmer's plow turn the blessed earth
Bones of death and signs of rising birth. Refrain
You are the earth, I am a seed
Hide me, grow me, love and never leave me. Refrain
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