I have written the following prayer especially for the members of Credo Choir and Dallas Street Choir, as they travel to New York City and Washington, D.C. to perform at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, among other venues.
God of all inspiration and imagination,
From the moment that you opened your mouth and sang the words, “Let there be light,”
the universe has been full of music.
Your creation is infused with melody;
everywhere we go, a tune springs up, leading us forward into a vibrant future.
Lead us in singing harmony; we want to accompany your life-giving song.
When you raised up a people, you gave them song leaders.
When the Israelites left Egypt, Moses sang.
When Samuel was born, Hannah sang.
When the exiles were in Babylon, they wondered whether they could still sing. And they did.
Give us song leaders; and empower us to keep singing, even when we fear we have lost the tune.
Music is the way in which you bind people together;
it is a covenant of soul and spirit.
Song is the medium by which we make the invisible connections.
It is the means by which we express those things which we can’t otherwise articulate.
May we always appreciate the power and tenacity of your bonds.
Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken, Lord, and strengthen the ties which keep us tethered to reality.
We ask that our brothers and sisters in Credo Choir and Dallas Street Choir
may be blessed with success and filled with joy as they travel across the country.
We pray that all who hear their music may be struck by a sense of your presence;
help each listener to hear the strains of heaven,
so that they might long for unity and peace on earth.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,