Many of the songs at Bathurst emerge out of our congregational life.

Holy Spirit, Fill Me is based on a round that a visitor taught us many years ago at a retreat. Our minister at the time loved the melody but not the original words. Frances Combs wrote new words and called her version "Holy Spirit, Fill Me". A student on placement from the Centre for Christian Studies suggested that we use Frances' song as a call to prayer.

Come,Shekenah,Come is another round composed by a Bathurst member. Shirley Endicott Small wrote the lyrics for this three-part canon in the early 1990s.

The music at our services is often drawn from various cultures. We love African songs such as Thuma Mina and Siyahamba. Sometimes we include music from other faith traditions.

Worshippers at Bathurst prefer inclusive, non-militaristic, non-hierarchical lyrics. Still, we do try not to destroy beautiful poetry in the name of political correctness.

Our singing is an eclectic mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music from diverse sources. We use the new United Church hymnbook, Voices United. But we also sing hymns from other hymnals. We also use selections from our "Bathurst Songbook"--songs people have learned at conferences and other places.

"Small, but Mighty"

That's how our Music Director describes the Bathurst choir. Bev Lewis been leading the choir and playing piano at our services for many years.

At one time, Bathurst United had a mighty and large choir. From the 1940s to the 60s, the choir stalls of our old church building would be filled to overflowing. The congregation held frequent concerts and other events mainly so that people could hear the choir.

Today, our dedicated singers still perform challenging, four-part compositions. As well, the choir organizes our Christmas Carol Service.

The choir rehearses from one until two o'clock Sunday afternoons after our refreshments and discussion. If you're interested, contact Bev Lewis at 416-921-4967


Come, Shekenah, Come,
Make our home in each other,
Come Shekenah Come

 

Holy Spirit fill me,
Quicken Life within me,
Renew me.

Holy Spirit fill me,
Strengthen Faith within me,
Renew me.

Holy Spirit fill me,
Nourish Hope within me,
Renew me.

Holy Spirit fill me,
Warm the Love within me,
Renew me.

Holy Spirit fill me,
Quicken Life within me,
Renew me.

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