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30th May


Connecting Camp, Church and Home…

“Back of the loaf is the wheat and the flour. Back of the flour is the mill. And back of the mill is the rain and the shower and the sun and our God’s will.” Sung to the tune of “Michael Finnegan.”

How many of you have had the experience of being at camp and joyfully singing mealtime prayers to familiar tunes from commercials or popular themes from movies? The new words for singing Grace most often appear hand written on white poster board and are held high by a camp staff person, for all to see. The songs are playful, yet reverent. They need minimal or no accompaniment. They are simple and can be sung by children and adults, by those with beautiful voices and those who usually only sing when in the shower.

What keeps us from incorporating these easy-to-sing songs into worship? How about giving it a try over the summer? Sing a camp-style Grace each week before or after the sharing of bread and wine. Print out the same words to send home. Share the “Grace-of-the-week” on your congregation’s web site and in the monthly newsletter. Record your congregation singing the selection and share it on the web so families can access it anywhere and anytime.

Encourage households to sing Grace at home and on the road this summer using some of the resources listed below:

Check this out – an extensive curated site of more than 100 songs. A Menu Bar lets you search by tune, first words, international songs, non-English and more. Impressive!

Thank you to the Girl Scouts of America for this useful site listing 42 mealtime prayers sung to popular and familiar tunes. Click on the song title and it goes to a link with a young person singing the tune, in case it is unfamiliar to you.

Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC is an example of a congregation supporting households to incorporate the singing of Grace into daily life. They offer a wonderful compilation of spoken and sung mealtime prayers on an attractive web site.DSCF2985

Mealtime prayers are effective faith practices that connect us to God and one another.  Grace before or after a meal is a reminder that there is a seen and unseen community involved in bringing food to one’s table. Grace is an offering of Thanksgiving and acknowledgement of God’s abundance and one’s connection to a larger world. As St. Augustine famously said, “Whoever sings, prays twice.”

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