Recently I have been going to First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street in Portland, Maine.
It is a gorgeous historical church with a wonderful new minister in Rev. Christina Sillari and an excellent choir.
The church also has amazing acoustics.
One of the things that really touches me there is the UU centering hymn, “Spirit of Life” it is first played through on piano and then sung and there is such resonance with it.
I usually pick the music only time to light a candle and send a prayer out to the world or things going on in my life, and am walking back to the pew when the music is sung across the church with different beautiful harmonies and resonances.
Here is the hymn:
Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
It’s short, it’s beautiful and it fills my heart with gladness.
I am happy to find a church that I connect with musically and spiritually. Hoping to get Lanna involved now that she has her final class tomorrow and to both possibly join the choir.
And I am not the only person touched by this beautiful song as this UU World magazine article shows: http://www.uuworld.org/life/articles/35893.shtml.
What song makes your heart sing?