In our ten-week session this fall the Life-Long Song group has enjoyed singing Psalms at the beginning of each of our meetings. We have also sung several rounds, including a setting of Psalm 150. In our exploration of music with texts on peace we learned an anthem by Michael Burkhardt entitled “Beloved, God’s Chosen,” with a text by Susan Palo Cherwien. We found it inspiring and comforting in these difficult times. Life-Long Song will not resume in the spring semester. Thank you to those who have come and participated. I have enjoyed making music with you all.
Beloved, God’s chosen, put on as a garment
compassion, forgiveness, and goodness of heart.
Above all, before all, let love be your raiment
that binds into one every dissonant part.
Within, call forth Wisdom, to dwell in you richly;
let peace rule your hearts and that peace be of Christ.
And from the heart’s chamber, beloved and holy,
let singing thanksgiving to God ever rise.