Music Review: Joy & Sorrow Meet - Weston Skaggs | Step FWD UK Christian Chart
Lyrics for the Instrumental Hymns on The Joy We Share,. Hymns for Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, . Sorrow found in: Rejoice – Chris Tomlin, I Will Rise, Endless Hallelujah, Beauty For 2x | Intro Verse 2 Love met me in the ruins Of all my past mistakes Love walked sorrow and heartache, but sometimes there's unexpected joy in life's trials for to the Lord and no one else No one else Repeat Chorus Instrumental. Here we have Joy & Sorrow Meet by Weston Skaggs with an overall review Only one thing can account for it all—the love of God in Christ Jesus. There is a good piece of instrumental through this track which highlights the.
His songs are deeply authentic and accessible, drawing from situations like the dramatic birth of his daughter. But Skaggs insists that God used the experience for good.
Only one thing can account for it all—the love of God in Christ Jesus. There is a good piece of instrumental through this track which highlights the guitars and the organ which drops away to just a vocal and a light tambourine. This is so honest and raw and this introspection should encourage the same self-examination. Do we care about the people we see around us? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms.
He wrote it in response to a difficult year and never intended for anyone to ever see it. Years later, he ran into his friend, composer Lowell Mason who had been working on a book of hymns and wanted to know if Palmer had anything to contribute, and Palmer showed him these words. Mason loved them and immediately went to work putting them to music. Oh let me from this day Be wholly Thine!
May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart, My zeal inspire. Oh bear me safe above, A ransomed soul. Jesus Our Precious Redeemer! Pass me not, O gentle Savior; Hear my humble cry. While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
Music Review: Joy & Sorrow Meet – Weston Skaggs
Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry. Let me at Thy throne of mercy Find a sweet relief; Kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief. Trusting only in Thy merit, Would I seek Thy face. Heal my wounded, broken spirit. Save me by Thy grace. For churches short on sanctuary seating, having the kids take up and then vacate seats can be a problem.
Mid-Columbia UU Fellowship in Hood River OR solves this problem by placing a quilt on the floor up front, where the children sit for all early parts of the service, including the children's story, until their recessional. The UU Fellowship in Bend OR does not have a children's story, but the children are in the sanctuary for the early part of the service. Parents are encouraged to sit with their kids at the back and cards are placed on back seats: For the recessional, an arch is made in the center aisle; parents and kids come to the front along the side aisles and then all exit thru the center arch.
Most congregations use for the children's recessional some version of "Go Now In Peace", the words to which may or may not be printed in the Order of Service. The UU church of Long Beach CA has a way of singing the kids out that is especially playful, high-energy, and powerful. And because they do the same thing each week, they have grown capabilities for excellent harmonies.
That congregation uses an old traditional faith song, with a very familiar tune: Now let us sing, sing to the power of the faith within!
Now let us sing, sing to the power of the faith within. Lift up your voice, be not afraid Sing to the power of the faith within. Most congregations choose to have the children leave before this section of the service, especially as some joys and concerns may involve adult content. Others keep the children there for this part, allowing the children to be exposed to matters of grief as well as the joys in life. The Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalist Church of Odessa FL, for example, has the kids and adults both do joys and concerns together meaning kids will come forward, toowhereas in most congregations the kids leave before this part and do their own joys and concerns ritual in class.
The youth depart for their own activities when Joys and Sorrows concludes. West Hills UU Fellowship in Portland OR conducts their offering immediately after the children's story "Family Service" and it is the older children who carry the offering plates from row to row. Meanwhile, the piano is playing lightly and folks are invited to step forward to speak into the microphone held by service leader any milestone, notably anniversaries.
Custom is that each person speaks only 1 phrase or sentence, thus distinguishing this event from the "Joys and Sorrows", which happens after the children leave following the offering, the children are sung out to "Go Now in Peace".
That first service begins as 9: Then, when the main service begins, the Children's Story happens right away and the children are sung off to class. The kids stay through the Joys but then leave before the Concerns. Between the two segments is a hymn and offertory. The benefits of segregating Joys and Concerns, of course, is that there is no odd discomfort from a deep sadness being immediately followed by a great joy.
Some congregations expressly use the word "Sorrow" rather than "Concern" or have the service leader introduce it in a way to emphasize that this is a time for matters of a personal nature, not expressions of political opinions or announcements. The West Seattle UU Fellowship begins this section with a minute of meditation, from which people then quietly rise to express a joy or concern.
Other innovations in this practice include: What can be done if Joys and Concerns take up too much time? Some UU congregations feel that they are too large for Joys and Concerns to be part of their service; its elimination, however, sacrifices a very meaningful mode of community-building.
Fortunately, there are a wealth of innovative solutions that we have witnessed in UU churches, and that we are delighted to share. The UU of Miami FL relegates this service component to just one pre-established Sunday per month, and on that particular Sunday the sermon is intended to be very short.
This means that attendees who are easily irked by this segment of the service can simply choose to come to the second service. The UU in Huntsville Alabama includes a half-page sheet in the order of service, for people to write out a joy or sorrow and check whether they wish it to be read aloud or just to alert the minister of their situation; click to see the form they use.
The minister then reads all the blue cards concerns before reading any of the yellow joys cards. Nori Rost told me that if she needs to decline to read a card because it is more of a political expression or announcement than a concern, she will go up to the person afterward and encourage them to speak about it to others during the fellowship time.
She also will look at and gesture toward the person who wrote the card if it was signed so that others can learn who that person is and perhaps decide to speak to them after the service.
This is especially good to do on a Sunday in which a Congregational Response time is to follow the sermon. Tahoma UU Tacoma WA regularly has more than people attending service, so they have this printed at the bottom of the first page of the Order of Service: You are welcome to light a candle of joy or sorrow at anytime during the service in the front of the sanctuary on the right.
The Offertory comes right after the Chalice Lighting, and people are invited to come forward and light candles in silence while the lovely music is being played and the plate is passed. They ceremonialize this segment even more by having the service leader use a candle to carry the flame from the chalice to the bowl of sand on the left side of the church and then another candle from the chalice to the sand bowl on the right side; lovely very narrow candles are used for individual lightings.
Next is the sung-in-unison, "Dedication of Offering" the basic "From all that dwells below the skies". Then comes the invitation for spoken "Joys and Concerns" from the heart, with the service leader carrying the microphone into the congregation. The result is that only really significant current events seem to be spoken in Joys and Concerns anniversaries of a loved one's death is handled by silent candles.
As one who chose to light a candle herself, I found the emotion powerful to partake of it silently, so a candle lighting is not a second-best to speaking it. Then, the service leader speaks this: As humans have done since they began gathering, we rejoice together in times of triumph, and we offer comfort and support in times of sorrow.
The sharing we do and the caring we express strengthen the bonds of our community. We set aside this brief time in most of our services for sharing a few of those significant joys and sorrows that are part of our human experience. Please be respectful of each other and the time. This is not an occasion for announcements. Your concise comments will be appreciated and allow time for others who wish to share this morning.
The worship associate introduces it this way: Let us open our minds and hearts to one another to listen with love and understanding. If you have a joy or sorrow you would like to share, we invite you to come forward, tell us your name and briefly share, in a few sentences or one breath, your personal joy or sorrow, and place a stone in the water.
Lois' office directly after the service. The worship associate holds the mic for each person who shares, never letting the speaker grab it. The UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem has "Joys and Sorrows" after the sermon so that the sermon is not impinged upon by time constraints.
The standard introduction they use describes this part as inviting people to share just "the milestones and millstones" in one's life, and further explains these as "stepping stones. An ideal solution we have seen in several UU churches is this: There is always a way to politely pull the mike back and interject a "thank you for sharing," if it seems the person is far from ending. What are other ways to speed up the process? Others establish a tradition in which everyone who wishes to participate comes forward at the start and forms a line, rather than coming forward one by one, so that when the line ends, the event is over.
Sometimes a service associate will be the one lighting the candle, instead of the speaker. Meanwhile, 2 adults carry hand-held mikes into the congregational space, having people stand at their seats to speak their joy or concern. There is no down-time between speakers because the minister has directed, "Please keep your hand raised while someone is talking so that we can get the other microphone to you.
At Live Oak UU in Goleta CA, the minister always introduces the "Sharing of Joys and Sorrows" segment by voicing the congregation's intent that only "a few lines" should be spoken, for further discussion during the coffee hour.
Sharing of Joys and Sorrows.
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Please form a line by the window if you wish to speak; briefly share your joy or sorrow; the celebrant will light the candle for you. The only elements that follow "Joys and Sorrows" are: Thus participants have a sense of needing to keep their comments brief, because it is just about time to end the service.
Ministers and guest speakers do not have to shorten their message in order to accommodate unusually long Joys and Sorrows comments. After the sermon and offertory are over, the UU of Winston-Salem worship leader introduces "Joys and Sorrows" in two parts: Spirit of Life plays while they do so. May each of us be heard in the deep heart of compassion, where words are unnecessary to true understanding. Recognizing that our time is brief, please choose your words carefully, and speak only briefly.
Aware of our desire to connect, please introduce yourself before you speak. Making opportunities for candles to be lit without speaking - In churches where a line forms for this part of the service, one can choose to light a candle and speak or just light a candle. At the UU in Columbia MD spoken joys and concerns are handled first, and then those who wish to light a candle without speaking are invited to come forward while flute music is playing.
At the very large UU in Asheville NC, there are no spoken joys and concerns, but during a poignant piano solo, anyone who wishes is invited to come forward in silence and light candles. Especially if the music is heartful, we find this method of joys and concerns to be very satisfyingly ritualistic, indeed inducing a lot of tears and the opportunity to reflect on one's own personal joys and concerns while candles are being lit. This is a great way to make the Offertory more "active" and to save time without a sense of speeding up.
At this time you may come forward to light a candle and write a joy or sorrow in the memory book. This "memory book" is used by the ministerial team at this or the next service in order for one of the ministers to announce any life passage of major importance.
Lighting 5 candles to speak the congregation's overall commitments. There are several different versions of the script, but all speak the congregation's chosen commitments in 5 ways. For example, one such script reads, "We light these candles to remember, affirm, and celebrate this faith community's commitment to our Unitarian Universalist principles: A form is inserted into each Order of Service in which a J or S can be written.
If the person has signed the form, then their name is read, too. If it is a big joy, then the minister asks the person to stand and be recognized but not for a sorrow. There is also a box to check if the person would like the minister to call them on the phone.
Lisa Schwartz observes, "This allows the introverts to participate. To make this section richly ceremonial, the same short refrain is sung 3X each Sunday: The refrain is of our "Singing the Journey" hymnal supplement. The worship leader begins the ceremony by saying something like this: We will begin by sharing our sorrows. Bradford Community Church in Kenosha WI has their talented pianist play gently in the background as each person speaks their joy or sorrow.
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington MI prints the same call-and-response in the order of service every Sunday, to be recited as the invitation to Joys and Sorrows. They call it "Litany of Gathering. Click here to read the "Litany of Gathering". Military Deaths" and then the name of the person doing the reading that week. It is very ceremonial and moving, and then is followed by "Silent Meditation" and then "Closing Hymn".
They have four pottery basins, each with a large lit candle in it. The members know to line up in 4 columns the 2 aisles separating the 3 sections of seats, plus the 2 side aisles while one at a time each walks forward to place a stone. The norm is to have the front of the line set a good distance back from each ceremony site, to enable privacy.
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It is announced that people can pick up a stone in the box alongside each station, or they can use the stone that they picked up outside the sanctuary as they entered. Note the innovation of having a basin of stones outside the sanctuary for people to pick up on the way in.
This offers the additional ceremonial feel of holding the stone and focusing intention throughout the early part of the service. Their innovation is to use 3 different colors white, light blue, dark blue of stones to signify whether an intention is a joy, a concern, or a sorrow.
Instead, there is a church dinner every Wednesday, followed by a short evening service in the chapel instead of the large sanctuary.