Posts by Mary Grosel:
Thoughts on God Whose Purpose Is to Kindle
When I was introduced to the text of this hymn at a National Pastoral Musicians’ Composers’ Workshop, I was struck by its power and relevance—perhaps even more so, today, then it was when I first set it to music. It was first published by Trinity Music and then acquired by Oregon Catholic Press, where it is still available.
GOD WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO KINDLE by David Trueblood
God, whose purpose is to kindle, now ignite us with your fire;
While the earth awaits your burning, with your passion us inspire.
Teach us courage as we struggle with all liberating strife
Lift the smallness of our vision by your own abundant life.
Overcome our sinful calmness, stir us with your saving name;
Baptize with your fiery spirit, Crown our lives with tongues of flame. [Refrain.]
God who in your holy gospel will that all should truly live,
Make us sense our share of failure, our indifference forgive. [Refrain.]
Thoughts on Psalm 116
As we read the Acts of the Apostles during the Easter season, this time has always caused me to reflect on Christ’s resurrection and how different life after death is. My setting of this psalm is both joyous and full of mystery. We will soon celebrate the Ascension but should remember that we are not alone.
Thoughts on Glory and Praise
Glory and Praise to our God by Dan Schutte was one of the first hymns I heard by the St. Louis Jesuits that made me interested in contemporary church music. Their melodic gifts combined with scripturally relevant texts drew me back into the prayer I had fallen away from. I actually wanted to go to church on Sunday because I wanted to join in singing the music. This Easter reflection for piano and organ is both triumphant and subdued. I hope that it causes you to reflect on the blessings we have to be so thankful for.