Our better prayers begin as love (Thurlow Weed)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-09)  CPDL #59155:     
Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2020-06-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 22 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
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General Information

Title: Our better prayers begin as love
Composer: Thurlow Weed
Lyricist: Michael Hudson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2020
Description: The tune is named after George Floyd, whose murder at the hands of police sparked protests, riots, and demonstrations across the United States and dozens of countries around the world.

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Original text and translations

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1. Our better prayers begin as love,
with hearts awake to human need;
compassion, when it has its way,
will find a way to intercede.

2. As Jesus walked from town to town,
he saw more hurt than he could heal;
so love recast itself as prayer
and watched for God to be revealed.

3. Soon others joined with him to pray;
"The need is great, O God, send aid!"
And love sprang up again as these
themselves became the prayers they prayed.

From Songs for the Cycle ©2004 by Michael Hudson.
Church Publishing Incorporated. All rights reserved. Used by permission.