As we did in February, this month we're singing a song that comes to us from the strong and brave people of South Africa.
First, we will sing these original words in Zulu:
Thuma Mina (3x)
These words remind us of a verse in the bible in which the Prophet Isaiah chooses to answer God's call:
‘And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”’ – Isaiah 6:8
After we sing the Zulu words, we will sing our own verses in English. We can adapt the words of the song to fit the prayers of our hearts. Just listen to the leader's "call" and you will automatically know your "response."
Call: Thuma mina
Response: Thuma mina (3x) somandla
Call: Send me Lord
Response: Send me Jesus (3x), Send me Lord
Call: Heal me Lord
Response: Heal me Jesus (3x), Heal me Lord
Call: Teach me Lord
Response: Teach me Jesus (3x), Teach me Lord
Throughout March we'll sing this song in Children's Chapel, and as part of our weekly Lenten Wednesday night worship service (5:30-6:00PM in Stoney Chapel.)
What do you need most deeply today? How can Jesus meet your need? Make up your own verses to this song and sing your prayer to God.
Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020)
In addition to offering leadership for our "Song of the Month", we will be looking to St. Mark's children to provide significant support and leadership for the music and liturgy for our Palm Sunday service (Sunday, April 5th.)
Children and youth are needed to assist with
Taking time to help our children become familiar with these pieces of music will enable them to participate more fully in our Palm Sunday liturgy, and will help them enter more deeply into the Mystery of Holy Week .
Song of the Month
In early 2019 I began serving as assisting priest at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque. St. Mark's is home to a diverse and rapidly growing faith community as well as a Montessori Preschool that serves ~50 preschool children and their families.