Songs

The Whole of Me
(Words and Music by Emily Melcher)

Reconnect the part of me
that knows just who I am.
Reconnect the heart of me,
that full-of-passion part of me.
Reconnect the soul of me,
the whole of me.

 

Spirit of Life (Video)
(Words and Music by Carolyn McDade)

 

On and On in Grace
(Words and Music by Emily Melcher)

…on and on and on and on,
Love goes on and on and on and on…

Wherever I go, I will recognize love
’cause I’ve known it here in your embrace,
And wherever love shows, and wherever love flows,
Love brings grace.

I do not leave you easily,
but I leave you knowing this:
We do not do justice to the love in our trust
when we hold it in.

There is someone else who needs you,
there is someone else you need.
In this way, love goes on and on.
There are others out there needing
what I need to give,
and your love flows to them through my song.

So wherever I go, I’ll be singing the love
that I learned to know in your embrace.
For wherever love shows, and wherever love flows
Love brings grace.

While I do not leave you easily,
I leave you knowing this:
We do not do justice to the love in our trust
when we hold it in.

There is someone else who needs you,
there is someone else you need.
In this way, love goes on and on.
There are others out there needing
what I need to give,
and in sharing this love, we grow strong.

And so when I am gone, you’ll be passing along
the love we have shared our embrace.
For wherever love shows, and wherever love flows
Love brings grace.

And wherever I go, I’ll be sharing the love
that has held us all in its embrace.
For wherever love shows, and wherever love flows
it goes on and on and on and on,
Love goes on and on and on and on,
Love goes on and on and on and on in grace.

Maybe There’s Hope For Faith
(Words and Music by Emily Melcher)

All the world over, for thousands of years
faith has helped people to live with their fears.
But faith has been damaged by bloodshed and tears
in every land, through all the years.

I know of children whose minister raped them,
battered bodies and souls as they cowered in shame.
One of those kids used a bullet to silence
the fear that he might be to blame
for what he endured in God’s name.

But ministers, too, offer refuge to children
and safety from all of the harm that they face;
A listening ear or a word of compassion,
or shelter or food, or a loving embrace.
Maybe their gifts are God’s grace.

Maybe there’s hope for faith after all
in churches where children are raised to stand tall,
and nurtured and guided with out shame or fear.
Children are cherished here.
Maybe there’s hope for faith.

But women are threatened and beaten and killed
for seeking abortions or showing their skin.
God’s mighty avengers believe they serve justice
even when killing their kin
to punish what they see as sin.

And then there are people supporting all women,
believing that each must make her own choice
and seek her own truth and be true to her wisdom,
and speak from her own precious voice.
Perhaps lift it up to rejoice.

Maybe there’s hope for faith after all
In churches where women and men can stand tall,
and raise up our voices, each one sounding clear,
a place where we listen and hear.
Maybe there’s hope for faith.

And yet, God is invoked to justify hatred
of heretic, Muslim or Jew, infidel.
Countries are ravaged and people are tortured
and driven from homes where they dwell.
Whole nations are banished to hell.

Still, others build homes and bring people together,
building bridges of metal and hope to repair
the damage that’s caused when hatred is nurtured,
the souls that cry out in despair.
Maybe they build as a prayer.

Maybe there’s hope for faith after all
In churches where people are free to stand tall.
Where all paths are open, all doors are flung wide,
both faithful and doubter inside.
Maybe there’s hope for faith.

I have enough faith to hope.

Room in the Circle
(Words and Music by Emily Melcher)

Who’s waiting out there
for us to make room?

Who’s standing outside in the cold
while we warm ourselves here
in the love that we share,
the faith that we hold?

Can we make room in the circle
for one more face,
one more heart to find its place?

Who’s singing a song
that we need to hear?
Whose melody beckons our ears
and our hearts and our minds
and shows we belong
to the world’s joys and fears?

Can we make room in the circle
for one more song,
one more person to sing out strong?

Who’s raising a voice
from which we might learn?

Whose words speak a truth that can heal
all that’s broken within
helping hearts makes a choice
to open and feel?

Can we make room in the circle
for one more voice,
one more heart to share its choice?

Is there room in the circle
for one more face,
one more heart to find its place?

Yes!  There’s room in the circle
for one more face,
one more heart to find its place!

Is there room in the circle
for one more song,
one more person to sing out strong?

Yes! There’s room in the circle
for one more song,
one more person to sing out strong!

Is there room in the circle
for one more voice,
one more heart to share its choice?

Yes!  There’s room in the circle
for one more voice,
one more heart to share its choice!

Who’s waiting out there?
Who’s waiting right here?

Grace
(Words and Music by Emily Melcher)

Let us pause for a moment to know that we are blessed
by the food and the friendship of this table.
As our bodies are nourished, may our souls be fed
so that we might offer all that we are able.

Benediction
(Words and Music by Emily Melcher)

May love bless you.
May love keep you.
May love lead you out
and bring you home again.