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Lyrics to "I the Lord of Sea and Sky"?

The ones I cn find online say:

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

But I keep thinking it should be "if you send me". Does anyone have a Voices United on hand to check? I am machine embroidering these lines on something today, and I want to make sure it is correct. (It is to go on the cover of an album we are making for a retiring minister.)

We just got through singing "Good Christian Friends Rejoice" yesterday, so I know the VU lyrics are sometimes a bit different.

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Mely, "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I am Lord) is 509 in VU.

The chorus reads " Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you LEAD me. I will hold your people in my heart"

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I had Voices United right by my computer. I got it out a few days ago to look up something for another thread - so much for my housekeeping. Here is your hymn:

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in deepest sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord,
if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne the people's pain,
I have wept the love of them,
they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to the.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them,
my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

I hope that I haven't broken any copyright laws by posting this.

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Maybe the send is coming from the line that leads into the chorus.

It asks "Whom shall I send?" in all three verses before the chorus.

That may be why send is what is coming to you....

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A beautiful hymn - Voices United is full of beautiful hymns.

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Thanks for the quick replies, folks! I knew I could count on you!
SG, I think you are correct, that is why I keep thinking "send". I guess I should get busy sewing!

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seeler, we must keep house in similar ways. I have to say "where did I use it last?" and there it sits. The VU was beside the computer. LOL

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This is one of my favourite hymns, though I get teary often while singing it.

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This is one of my favorites too ... I learned it as "Here I Am Lord" when I went to Catholic church, and I was really happy to see this song in VU when I joined the UC albeit under a different name. In fact I had purposely looked through VU to see if it was there. And I still have the sheet music for it as I used to play it on the organ at Mass sometimes when I was in middle and high school.

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busymom: I know what you mean about getting teary eyed.

Nothing gets me teary eyed more quickly than "I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry", but this one is a close second. Oh yes, "Be Thou My Vision" always gets to me, too.

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You've got me there Paradox 3. I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry gets me every time. Can I add another. Jesus You Have Come to The Lakeshore is another dandy for me.

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punkins, I also remember this song from my 'catholic' days - I was actually very involved with the UC (all my life) but also did some music leadership in my youth within a catholic community. I still love the song ... And definitely can't get rhough ... my borning cry without tears.

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Just like Paradox3 and Busymom, I Was There to Hear your Borning Cry gets me cryin'. I, the Lord of Sea and Sky is one of my favorites in VU.

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love
Beloved

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Humming, humming, humming along .... it might be a long night!

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When singing in the choir I was mostly very quiet. Self conscious of having this voice in this body, I know it.

There were a few songs the ladies said they heard this booming voice and "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky" was one of them. The lyrics made me not think about or forget about being the girl who sings baritone or bass-baritone.

When I was being baptized, one year ago today *sigh* it was suggested by some "Awake O Sleeper". I did not know it, still don't, we never sang it. has anyone? I went with "I was there to hear your borning cry". It made me cry

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Okay you got me singing. I, the Lord of.........

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The first time I heard "I was there to hear your borning cry", my son was standing beside me, I hadn't pre-read the hymn, by the end I was shaking and tears were streaming down. It was one of the single most emotional moments I have had so far in church. Sheesh, even now I'm tearing up.

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lbmuskoka: I hear you!!! Those emotional moments in church are something I don't talk about very often. Interesting this is coming up on a social thread.... I always enjoy a serious conversation or two at a party.

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Well I have finished the embroidery part of the book cover. All that remains is to somehow affix the cover to the album. I can't decide whether to glue it on somehow, or sew pockets so the cover can be slipped on to the album. Advantages and disadvantages to both.

I always feel inadequate when trying to design a project for the church, since, while I can make something that I like myself, likely other people will not like it or it might not be suitable. I'm going to post a picture below. If you should happen to be the clergy person who is retiring in a few weeks, look no further, since this is supposed to be a surprise! Otherwise you may scroll down.

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I'm not an artist--I just like to sew. So it is always a problem when I am asked to make something like this, because I have to design as well as sew. I was just handed an album and asked to make a cover for it. Since the song "Here I am Lord" was used when our minister was installed, or ordained or comissioned (not sure what happened -- I was still languishing in the land of atheism at that time and wasn't there) I thouht it would be nice to use words from the song on the cover. I hope it doesn't look too childish and corny. I hope the shepherds staff/cross is an appropriate symbol (its not a symbol for bishops, is it?)

The pastoral landscape will continue around to the back of the cover, as seen in this picture:

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I can't decide whether to embroider anything on the back or spine, or just leave them as they are. Any advice?.

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No advice about how to finish the album cover? No comments? I worry that people have looked at it not commented because they are too polite to say what they think. I know the design might seem a bit childish and "warm fuzzy". The retiring minister is a woman, and she has a warm, fuzzy sort of personality. Oh my, we will miss her so!

Well...I am not giving it directly to the retiring minister, but to a committee who is organizing her retirement party. If they deem it to be unsuitable (as well it may be!) they can find a cover elsewhere, or simply not cover the album. The album, incidentally, is not to hold photos, but cards. Everyone in the congregation was given a decorative recipe-size card on which to write a message for the retiring minister. My idea was that the messages will reflect how our minister did, indeed, hold God's people in her heart, and will continue to do so even after retirement.

I think I'm going to make it a slide on/off cover, so there will be fabric on the inside of the cover, too. I wonder if I should embroider something on the inside, such as "presented to ...." I dear, I'm not good at making decisions like this.

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Mely - I LOVE it! You've done a terrific job. True enough ... putting one's creativity "out there" is a bit nerve wracking ... I can't imagine anybody wouldn't like this wonderful gift.

I agree - slip on/off cover style would be my choice too.

Good work!! C.

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Mely - I really like it too - and I also think a slip-on cover would be best.

I don't think you have to add anything to the back, although if you wanted to I would suggest maybe a few sheep spread around, such as some as little white spots on the far hills, etc.

And I am sure your minister will cherish such a thoughtful, heartfelt gift.

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Mely: It is just lovely! I am sure your minister will be deeply touched by the book, both the messages and the hand-crafted cover. I would not put anything on the spine, but a few little sheep on the back would be a nice touch. It is also fine just the way it is, if it feels finished to you.

Your minister sounds like she was very important to you and your congregation.

Blessings! paradox3

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Hey Mely love the cover. Was out late last night so couldn't post earlier. Got up late , had coffee, woke up, and now can focus enough to be intelligent. Maybe. Please no feedback on any stupid posts today. Thank God for spellcheck or you would have to consult a psychic to read my writings.

I made an album cover myself one year as a Christmas present and found out last year that it is still in use, being moved from book to book as needed. I thought it was warm and fuzzy, but didn't expect it to endure. wouldn't have been hurt if it wasn't but am thrilled now. Feel all warm and fuzzy myself.

So about your work. I like the design. Simple, meaningful, timeless. That's important. If it screamed 2008 it wouldn't have any staying power. I would like to see a spine label to make it easier to spot on the shelf, but with this design I don't think it would work. It seems like it would interrupt the flow of the art. You've got a good eye.

To finish the work I would like to see fabric pockets as that would allow the cover to be reused, Maybe not by the recipient but what about 50 years from now? If you do glue it on, make sure you use a museum quality glue made for fabric. Most of the other stuff will rot the material eventually and what a waste that would be. I can see from your photo that your work is too good to waste.

Most important, SIGN YOUR WORK! And date it. Put a note showing what it was made for. One of the things I'm doing now is putting labels on my heirlooms so future generations will know who, what and when. My mother made and sold needlework and labeled some of her work. When she died those labels were a big help in identifying her work, but dates would have helped. And in the future if your piece ends up in museum, it wuold help out the curators.

Oh yeh, and Happy New Year.

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Mely, I adore it.

I think the spine needs to be left alone. The back is even fine for me, it just continues the scene and the front is where the action is. I makes one side front to me.

I think some kind of label needs to be on it. Her grandchildren or great grandchildren may forget where it came from or why. My wife has family heirlooms we have labelled or put card in a sewing box and things like that. The reason is that without that nobody will have any idea if it was mine, hers... where it came from... nothing....

BTW I adore it

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Mely, it is quite wonderful. Make the pockets. I really like that you can slip the book in and out.

It will be vaulued and cherished.

And I think there should be some kind of label that says church, date,and your name. You know the people that put the label attatched to the garment that says made by...... They are intrusive but so meaningful.

Good work. I love it and so will the minister.

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Just checked in Mely - the book cover is beautiful. You need to embroder your signature on it somewhere (every artist should sign her work) - otherwise it is perfect.

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gosh thanks for all the kind remarks. I guess I should head downstairs now and finish sewing it up!

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It's beautiful, thanks for sharing with us!

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Mely, somehow I missed this thread, after the hymn part.

What a beautiful album cover, and what a lucky minister.

I agree with the slip-on/off idea, but, regardless , what a lovely gift.

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I also missed this thread after the initial hymn discussion .... so more kudos for this beautiful cover Mely ...

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Thanks for the nice comments, everyone! The book cover is finished now and has been passed on to the committee that are dealing with it.

My next project is to embroider some napkins to be used for communion. We have some napkins, but not enough to cover and line all the baskets, etc. So I had been using paper napkins, and some people apparently didn't like that. Did I mention that I also supply and prepare the communion elements, and phone the servers? Anyway--yesterday I bought a package of 6 large cream-coloured napkins at Winners. They were cheap, and look quite nice. I mentioned to someone that I would embroider them, so I suppose I should do that before Sunday. And I guess I'd better get busy phoning those servers. Oh, and I have to update the website -- its hasn't been updated for several weeks. I suppose I should "take down" the Christmas decorations on the site **sigh** or someone might complain. Actually someone did, at the same time as they mentioned the napkins. I apologized for not keeping the website up to date, and also mentioned that if anyone else want to take it over that would be ok with me. Apparently no one else wants to take it over.

Sorry this is turning into a b*tch session. In my duties on a particular committee I've learned quite a few things about the church I didn't know before, and I'm feeling discouraged. But I can't talk about it to anyone because it is confidential. So this discouragement coming out side ways as I whine about duties that no one compelled me to undertake.

Does anyone have any advice about what to embroider on the napkins? How about a nice Celtic Cross in the corners?

Or what about this style ? of communion napkins? Somehow these seem too formal--more suitable for Catholics or Anglicans--but I don't really know much. I don't think I've ever had communion in an Anglican church, and certainly not at a Catholic church. Maybe I should give the Anglicans a try.

How about some stalks of wheat ?

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Ah, Mely, bitch away. some folk get so wrapped up in the trappings, they forget the meaning of everything. Embroider whatever you want. They will be lovely with whatever you choose.

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I myself like the Celtic cross. But crazyheart is right - embroider whatever you want - and if anyone complains, crazyheart will take care of them for you :)

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LOL! I didn't realize crazyheart was so fierce! Thanks for being a sympathetic ear for me to whine to!

How about this design? It has wheat stalks AND grapes. And its all one colour, so no one can accuse it of being gaudy (plus fewer thread changes). AND its a free design! I could put this on some of the napkin corners, and the Celtic cross on others.

What about words? I was thinking of embroidering "The Bread of Life" and "The Cup of Blessing" or something like that, along the edges. I'm partial to embroidering words.

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great ideas mely, and the pattern is simple, yet appropriate.

i too like your choice of words.

do you machine stitch all of this, or is it by hand?

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oh, and ps, all volunteer organizations have inner layers. havent found one that doesn't yet, and yes, sometimes we get mired in the grumpiness.

the trick is to focus on the positive, and let the little stuff go, unless it is causing damage or is hurtful. there will always be naysayers in a group, it is much nicer to hang with those who are looking forward, than those who are looking backwards.

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Mely, I was going to say grapes but I thought they were too hard. Carry on. grrrrr.

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Mely, it is very appropriate to have Christmas decorations up until Epiphany, January 6th. So many people rush to get them down early in the Christmas season (I may have said it before but if I had my way I wouldn't put up Christmas decorations until after Dec. 20th or take them down before the 6th. I have some nice Advent things to put out before then.)

Your ideas for communion napkins sounds lovely. You certainly do a lot of work for your church. I'm presuming that you are on the Worship committee or maybe the Session. That's who would be responsible in our church.

As for undercurrents - squabbles - etc. - I think they are present in any group including the church. The more you get involved the more you become aware of them. One young adult I know had been involved with Sunday School and a midweek group for some time when the minister urged her to join an ad hoc committee to look at new idess. Against her instincts, she agreed to to so, and was shocked about the infighting that she observed. (Things that many of us had been aware of for some time were new and troublesome to her.) She quite the committee as soon as she could gracefully do so, and almost left the church.

I find it best to focus on the positive - don't sweat the small stuff - save your energy for things that really matter - and, yes, gripe and complain to us at the Cafe.

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Hi Mely - IMO any of the designs, or the words, or both would be great! Not much help making a decision - sorry about that!

Re committees etc. .... yup, they can be wonderful and awful ... all at the same time. I try to keep my sense of humour, and remember a motto somebody told me once ... "Yawn & Move On!" ... helps me not get wrapped up in the pettiness that can become overwhelming if you let it. Cheers! C.

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