FOR YOU – DEEP STILLNESS

For you, deep stillness of the silent inland For you, deep blue of the desert skies
For you, flame red of the rocks and stones For you, sweet water from hidden springs.

From the edges seek the heartlands
and when you're burnt by the journey
may the cool winds of the hovering
Spirit soothe and replenish you.

In the name of Christ, In the name of Christ


© 1997 Robin Mann. Words: Julie Perrin


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One by one, you call us home

I was pleased that this song was used as the memorial hymn at the SA-NT Convention of the LCA last weekend.
The convention was held at the Tatachilla College at McLaren Vale.

I told several people that, curiously, the song was originally written for the baptism of two children, Simon & Sarah. It was based on a line from John 10 ('the Good Shepherd' chapter): 'one by one he calls his own'. The tune is by English folk singer, Cyril Tawney. Many baptism songs are also excellent songs for funerals & this one, because of its chorus line, is more apt than most.

Like autumn leaves upon the ground
we know not where we should be bound.
The rain comes hard and night rolls in,
the sky is black and it's cold within.
And one by one you call us home.