We have all experienced times of uncertainty, fear, and disorientation. And while so much may feel out of our control, singing is a powerful tool to support and strengthen community as we move through challenging, painful, and traumatic experiences.
MMC leaders have compiled a list of songs that we hope will be useful to you and your community in these unsettled times. While we are writing in the context of a global pandemic, it's certain we'll need singing to face other local and global challenges.
As you think about what to share with your community, listen to your heart and your community as they name their needs, fears, and hopes. Short, simple melodies can be a powerful balm and many can be treated as pocket/zipper songs, which allow us to add words, names, and feelings specific to our context.
No matter what you sing or how the songs are shared (in emerging online/virtual spaces or safely in person), may these songs comfort anxious hearts and remind us that we’re together in deeper ways than we ever imagined.
All Shall Be Well - used at St. Lydia's Dinner Church, composer unknown
Be Still - Taizé Community
Be Still and Know that I Am God - Taizé Community
Be Still and Know (canon) - John Bell
Christ/Peace Be with Us - Ruth Cunningham
Da pacem cordium / Give Peace to Every Heart - Taizé Community
Deep Peace - Sarah Thomsen
Do Not Fear - Adele Crawford
Don't Be Afraid, My Love Is Stronger - John Bell
Dwelling In the Present Moment - Laurence Cole
Fear Not the Pain - Rachel Kroh
Finding Home - Annie Zylstra
Hold My Hope - Ana Hernández
Hold On Just a Little While Longer - Gospel Song
How Shall We Come Together? - Maggie Wheeler
I Am Here in the Heart of God - Erin McGaughan, arr. Chanda Rule
In this Circle - Joan McMillan
Love, Take a Walk with Me - Charles Murphy
Prayer for Quiet Confidence - Martha Burford
Sending You Light - Melanie DeMore
Spirit, Still My Body - Charles Murphy
Teach Us to Sit Still - Cricket Cooper
What We Need Is Here - Amy McCreath
Work to Be Done - Sarah Nutting (MaMuse)