The Ultimate Word

"The ultimate Word is not a paragraph but a person. If Jesus is the Word of God incarnate, then the heart of proclamation is personal and relational, not propositional."

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki * God, Christ, Church, page 135

Friday, July 11, 2008

Shed a little light


Light shining into Canterbury Cathedral

As I prepare for Lambeth, here's a little anthem that's been stuck in my head - James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light"


It seems appropriate.

"There are ties between us, ALL men and women....
We ARE bound together by the task that stands before us
and the road that lies ahead".

I have a recording of this song as it was performed by the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Choir that's truly inspired. I couldn't find it to link to this blog, but I encourage you to seek it out.

Lots of folks are on their way to Canterbury to try to make the church a better place - the kind of church that won't hurt people in the service of oppression. There are lots of folks who are on their way to Canterbury in fear of the developments that may happen there - both conservative and progressive.

"There is a feeling like the clinching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest."

I'll be on my way on Monday.

***** ***** *****

Let us turn our thoughts today
To martin luther king
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and we are bound

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

(chorus)
Shed a little light, oh lord
So that we can see
Just a little light, oh lord
Wanna stand it on up
Stand it on up, oh lord
Wanna walk it on down
Shed a little light, oh lord

Cant get no light from the dollar bill
Dont give me no light from a tv screen
When I open my eyes
I wanna drink my fill
From the well on the hill

(do you know what I mean? )
- chorus -

There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
And though the body sleeps the heart will never rest

Oh, let us turn our thoughts today
To martin luther king
And recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood

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