Joy Shall Come in the Morning


This hopeful song by Mary Alice Amidon was introduced to us by Rachel Kroh, MtMC’s first Executive Director. After the 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, Mary Alice heard the pastor of a church near the college quote from Psalm 30, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Those words inspired the creation of this song, which was shared at the Guilford (VT) Community Church, UCC the following Sunday.

 The song could be used in a variety of contexts, including the season of Advent.

"Joy shall come in the morning.
Joy shall come in the morning soon
Joy shall come in the morning Joy shall come to you.
Out of darkness we have light, comes the day from the night.
Joy shall come in the morning Joy shall come to you.

Peace shall come in the morning.
Peace shall come in the morning soon.
Peace shall come in the morning  Peace shall come to you.
Brothers all in charity. Sisters all in unity
Peace shall come in the morning Peace shall come to you.

Love shall come in the morning.
Love shall come in the morning soon
Love shall come in the morning Love shall come to you.
Comfort us that we might live knowing love that we might give.
Love shall come in the morning. Love shall come to you.

Hope shall come in the morning
Hope shall come in the morning soon
Hope shall come in the morn ing Hope shall come to you.
Take this pain from the night.
Open your heart with wings take flight.
Hope shall come in the morning. Hope shall come to you." 

Here’s a video of the Starry Mountain Singers sharing it in a four-part arrangement, as well as a link to purchase a score and learn more about this song created in the days after the Virginia Tech shooting.  

Here's a video of Rachel sharing the song at The Bishop's Ranch. Notice how Rachel teaches the refrain to the assembly through call and echo, then invites a small choral ensemble to sing the verses in harmony. This is a wonderful way to imagine learning new hymns (especially with a chorus/refrain), alternating between the voice of the assembly and a choir (small or large).

https://youtu.be/VwOHZSUcZYI


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