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by Linda K Williams

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Track Name: When Jesus said, "Love your enemies..."- The original "bumpersticker song"
1. WHEN JESUS SAID, “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES,”
I REALLY THINK HE MEANT “DON’T KILL ‘EM!”

1
Well, when Jesus said, "Love your enemies," (Matt. 5:44)
I think He probably meant, "Don't kill 'em!"
And when He said, "Blessed are those who work for peace," (Matt. 5:9)
that sounds to me like "Study war no more." (Isaiah 2:4)
I’d say everything Jesus taught, and how "God in flesh" lived
is 180 degrees opposite of what is done in making war. (Dale Aukerman)
Oh, fighting to kill is not God's way, ‘cause God's way is love; (David Radcliff)
fighting to kill is not God's way, ‘cause God's way is love.

2
Well, “an eye for an eye” doesn’t mean “revenge is sweet”; (Exodus 21:24)
it was God’s call to start limiting payback!
And throughout the Old Testament, God’s people learned more
of their Heavenly Parent’s great love for them.
Then God sent Jesus to tell the new, improved version of God’s love,
and people were confused to learn that God loves all---
no “chosen people,” no “them” and “us”---just unlimited love.
Jesus taught God’s love includes even enemies as our neighbors,
and He calls us to love them as ourselves.
Jesus taught God’s love includes even enemies as our neighbors,
and He calls us to love them as ourselves. (Luke 10:29-37; Matthew 22:39)

3
It seems to me the New Testament makes it crystal clear---
we’re to turn the other cheek, repaying no one evil for evil, (Luke 6:29, Rom. 12:17)
and we’re to bless and pray for those who mistreat and persecute us,
overcoming evil with good. (Matt. 5:44, Rom. 12:14, Romans 12:21)
Oh, the early Christians got the message, and were pacifists---no war for them! (Dale Aukerman)
Well, the ways of the world have changed how most Christians act,
But Christ’s message hasn’t changed, and never will!
So, I’ve got to agree that “All war is sin;” God’s circle of love draws all in.
Yes, I’ve got to agree that “All war is sin;” God’s circle of love draws all in.
(Church of the Brethren Ann. Conf. Statement, 1934; re-affirmed several times since then)

BRIDGE:
And I’ll be non-confrontational {non-confrontational}
But un-apologetic {yes, un-apologetic} (Tom Hurst)
About my views---- Like, when Jesus said, “Love your enemies,”....... (RPT. V. 1)

END WITH
And yes, when Jesus said, "Love your enemies,"
I think He also had in mind {---likely also had in mind}
that if we love our enemies--- {---truly love our enemies}
---we won’t have any! {---won’t have any real enemies} Amen!

Words and music © 1998 by Linda K. Williams Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com,
Song recording, stories, photos available: BetterWorld-Resources.com
Bumperstickers and T-Shirts available: BrethrenPress.com
Scriptures and Church of the Brethren sources quoted or paraphrased are included above in parentheses.
The concept of the Bible containing the progression from “unlimited retaliation to limited retaliation to limited love
---and, finally, with the coming of Jesus, to unlimited love” came from a Pacific South-West District Peace Camp.
Track Name: When Jesus said, "Love your enemies..."- Sing-Alongable version of "the bumpersticker song"
2. Sing-Along-able K.I.S.S.* RE-WRITE OF "THE BUMPERSTICKER SONG"
"When Jesus said, 'Love your enemies...'"
concept and original song by Linda K. Williams, San Diego Church of the Brethren
New Lyrics co-written with Kathy Fry-Miller, Jan and John Long, and Maren McCourt 7-8-09
(*K.I.S.S.= Keep it Simple, Sweetie!)

1 When Jesus said, "Love your enemies" (3x)
I think he probably meant, "Don't kill them!"

2 "Blessed are the peacemakers" --- that's what Jesus said! (3x)
Jesus was the great pacifist.

3 Everything that's done in the waging of war (3x)
is the opposite of Jesus and his love.

4 Does that mean all war is sin? That's what we believe! (3x)
So let's study war no more!

(Verses A, B, and C not recorded 7-3-10):
A. (We'll be) non-confrontational but unapologetic
(3x; the "We'll be" doesn't get repeated)
about our views.

B. We'll bless and pray for those who mistreat us, 3x
as followers of Christ.

C. "An eye for an eye" doesn't mean "Revenge is sweet!" 3x
That was God's way of limiting payback.

5 God wants us to love our enemies as neighbors (3x)
and God wants us to love them as ourselves.

6 God has no chosen people---- no "them" and "us" (3x)
The circle of God's love draws all in.

7 We will overcome evil with good
'cause that's the Jesus way!... yes, that's the Jesus way!

Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com

Song recording, stories, photos available: BetterWorld-Resources.com and YouTube
Bumperstickers and T-Shirts available: BrethrenPress.com

Scriptures and Church of the Brethren sources quoted or paraphrased are included above in parentheses.
The concept of the Bible containing the progression from “unlimited retaliation to limited retaliation to limited love
---and, finally, with the coming of Jesus, to unlimited love” came from a Pacific South-West District Peace Camp.
Track Name: I Believe in Peace
3.  I BELIEVE IN PEACE 

The Witness Commission of the Church of the Brethren’s Atlantic Northeast District reflected on the question,
"As Brethren, how do we respond to a violence-prone world?"
The words of the following song are those of the commission's statement, written by Rev. Mark Herr, who has graciously granted permission to use his words.


CHORUS:
I believe in peace.
And because I believe in peace,
I choose to do the things that make for peace:
Oh yes, I believe in peace!

I’ll practice loving-kindness toward all people . . .
live harmlessly as part of all creation . . .
speak on behalf of peace when others are speaking out of fear and hate . . .

CHORUS:
I believe in peace.
And because I believe in peace,
I choose to do the things that make for peace:
Oh yes, I believe in peace!

I’ll say 'no' to violence
as a way of settling differences between people. . . .
Through these choices, I choose to let peace on earth begin with me.

CHORUS:
I believe in peace.
And because I believe in peace,
I choose to do the things that make for peace:
Oh yes, I believe in peace!
Yes, I believe in peace!

With God’s help, may my actions ever follow my words!


Music © 1996 by Linda K. Williams
Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com BetterWorld-Resources.com
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I BELIEVE IN PEACE, including a different "Verse 1" (this version not recorded)

CREDITS FOR VERSE 1: The Family Pledge of Nonviolence by the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network, Families Against Violence Network. http://www.ipj-ppj.org/
The song could certainly be sung just with Chorus and Verse 1 (then repeat the Chorus).

CREDITS FOR CHORUS AND VERSES 2 AND 3: The Witness Commission of the Church of the Brethren's Atlantic Northeast District reflected on the question, "As Brethren, how do we respond to a violence-prone world?" The words of the following song are those of the commission's statement, written by Rev. Mark Herr, who has graciously granted permission to use his words.

CHORUS:
I believe in peace.
And because I believe in peace,
I choose to do the things that make for peace:
Oh yes, I believe in peace!

Verse 1 I'll respect myself, and others, too;
I'll communicate better, listen, and forgive;
I'll respect nature, play creatively, and be courageous!

CHORUS:

Verse 2 I'll practice loving-kindness toward all people . . .
live harmlessly as part of all creation . . .
speak on behalf of peace when others are speaking out of fear and hate.

CHORUS

Verse 3 I'll say 'no' to violence
as a way of settling differences between people. . . .
Through these choices, I choose to let peace on earth begin with me.

CHORUS:
I believe in peace.
And because I believe in peace,
I choose to do the things that make for peace:
Oh yes, I believe in peace!
Yes, I believe in peace!

With God's help, may my actions ever follow my words!

Music © 1996 by Linda K. Williams
Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Pay 'Em Back with a Blessing
PAY 'EM BACK WITH A BLESSING!


CHORUS:
I'll pay 'em back with a blessing---do the unexpected!
Pay 'em back with a blessing---catch 'em by surprise!
I'll return good for evil---do the unexpected!
Return good for evil---catch 'em by surprise!
I'll be creative with conflict---do the unexpected!
Be creative with conflict---catch 'em by surprise!
I'll tap into the connection of their humanity,
tap into the connection of their humanity.

(1) When I'm met with violence, or verbal abuse,
There are so many alternatives I can choose;
I could "fight fire with fire" but we'd both get "burned"
Or do something positive---even "off the wall"---for my turn!

(2) Sometimes a direct approach is just what I need;
then my conflict management skills serve me well, I see.
But other times we need something very different, indeed.
So my "bag of tricks" gotta hold more ideas than these...

CHORUS

(3) When someone's coming at me with putdowns or worse,
I've got to keep my cool---think fast on my feet!
When they're pushing my buttons, really in my face,
I'll rise above the level of the negativity!

(4) So when anger or aggression is what's comin' down,
I'll take the initiative to transform the scene;
I'll be creative, not violent---use my brains, not my brawn.
More "Transforming Initiatives"---that’s what our world needs!

(5) Like, when someone flips me off, I can blow 'em a kiss!
When I'm face to angry stranger's face, I can give 'em my name, and ask for theirs.
When it's violence I am met with, I'll bring forth my best
to connect with the best in my brother---and say a quick prayer!

FINAL CHORUS:
So let's... (REPEAT CHORUS, AND END BY REPEATING THE FINAL 2 LINES):
tap into the connection of their humanity,
tap into the connection!


Words and music © 1993 by Linda K. Williams
Many thanks to Rev. Glenn Smiley and the Church of the Brethren Peace Camp (4-93) participants for inspiration and examples, to Rev. Gene Wenger who used the phrase "Pay 'em back with a blessing" in a sermon (I Peter 3: 9 (Amplified) "Never return evil for evil, or insult for insult---scolding, tongue-lashing, berating; but on the contrary blessing---praying for their welfare, happiness and protection, and truly pitying and loving them.”), and to Ken White for introducing me to the term "transforming initiative," from the book Justice Creates Peace by Jürgen Moltmann, in “Love of the Enemy: Transforming Initiatives” (p. 26).
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Track Name: Fight for Humanity
5. FIGHT FOR HUMANITY
Intro:
Well, there's been a lot of suffering and pain caused by wars over the years.
Now, don't you think this world would be a much better place if we fought together for the good of all?
We could use all our energy and resources, too, to fight against the problems of our world.
So, declare war on people? No, I've got a better plan; give a listen, then join on in.

(1) Let's all declare war against hunger!
Let's fight with all our might for food a-plenty for all.
REFRAIN: Give us wisdom, not a gun, and let's fight till the war is won.
Together let's work and fight for humanity.

(2) Let's all declare war against poverty!
Let's fight with all our might for abundance for all. REFRAIN

(3) Let's all declare war against drug abuse!
Let's fight with all our might for healthy bodies and minds. REFRAIN

(4) Let's all declare war against ignorance!
Let's fight with all our might for education for all. REFRAIN

(5) Let's all declare war against injustice!
Let's fight with all our might for rights and freedom for all. REFRAIN

(6) Let's all declare war against prejudice!
Let's fight with all our might for truth and dignity for all. REFRAIN

(7) Let's all declare war against diseases!
Let's fight with all our might for health and energy for all. REFRAIN

(8) Let's all declare war against homelessness!
Let's fight with all our might for homes and shelter for all. REFRAIN

(9) Let's all declare war against war! (Yes, against war!)
Let's fight with all our might for peace and safety for all. REFRAIN
(END WITH:) Yes, together let's work and fight for humanity.

IF DESIRED, HAVE SINGERS CREATE THEIR OWN VERSES:
Let's all declare war against __________!
Let's fight with all our might for ______________ for all.
REFRAIN: Give us wisdom, not a gun, and let's fight till the war is won.
Together let's work and fight for humanity.


Words and Music © 1988 by Linda K. Williams Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
BetterWorld-Resources.com



The Nonviolent Social Change ministry of On Earth Peace is rooted in the philosophy and leadership of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Much more than simply "not doing violence," nonviolence is an active, positive, reconciling force that seeks to build a hopeful future.
Please contact Matt Guynn for more info: mguynn@onearthpeace.org
Track Name: Work and Pray for Peace (Dona Nobis Pacem)
6. WORK AND PRAY FOR PEACE



We will work for peace, for peace. We will work for peace, for peace.

We will pray for peace. We will pray for peace, for peace.

We will live in peace. We will live in peace, in peace.


Text: © 1996 by Linda K. Williams
Music: Dona Nobis Pacem
With fond memories of summers spent at Church Camp (Camp Peaceful Pines in CA),
which is where I learned Dona Nobis Pacem,
and where we explored together God's call upon our lives.



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Track Name: Universal Peace Prayer
7. UNIVERSAL PEACE PRAYER



Lead me from hate to love,

Lead me from war to peace;

Let peace fill our hearts,

our world,

our universe.

(repeat with varied harmonies)



Text: slight modifications made to the Universal Peace Prayer, author unknown

This was inspired by the words on a Church of the Brethren Peace Button.


Music: © 1996 by Linda K. Williams


Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com

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Track Name: Unity, Not Uniformity (Tune: Blessed be the Tie that Binds)
8. UNITY, NOT UNIFORMITY


(1)
We hold in love and fellowship
our brothers and sisters with whom we agree---
and, though it’s a challenge, we'll also love
and respect those with whom we disagree!

(2)
We will respect diversity,
and won't let it divide us.
We can agree to disagree
with God's grace and love to guide us.

(3)
With unity, not uniformity,
we'll seek the mind of Christ,
and pray we'll see how best to show
God's will and love in our lives.


Words © 1995 by Linda K. Williams
Tune: "Blest be the Tie that Binds" (from Hans G. Nägeli, 1773-1836)

The inspiring phrase "unity, not uniformity" came from an article in The Messenger. Thanks for the inspiration!


Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com

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Track Name: Strength for the Journey
9. STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY

REFRAIN: Strength for the journey, hope for the way;
love for the challenges we meet each day,
May God’s love and our fellowship sustain us today,
and give us strength for the journey, hope for the way.

1
Oh, life is a journey with many mysteries
which we may not comprehend while here below;
but when we all meet our Maker, the light of Truth will shine
to illuminate the darkness we now know.

2
I may not relate to why you feel the way you do,
nor be able to comprehend just what you’re going through;
but I’ll live and let live, love and let love;
our differences need not divide me from you. REFRAIN

3
Why would any of us presume to judge when that’s our Maker’s role?
But our Lord made it clear that, as we travel the road,
we’re to love our neighbor as ourself; for condemnation there’s no room;
with compassion and empathy, we lighten each one’s load.

4
Just as the falling snow blankets objects below,
assuming with each a different form,
So the Holy Spirit surely descends upon
each of God's unique creations, with no need to conform. REFRAIN

5
Forgive us, Lord, when we presume to try to limit You
to ways that we can comprehend;
help us keep our minds and hearts open to embrace
the infinite possibilities of Your love which transcends.

6
We know that “God is love” and those who abide
in love abide in God,
and God abides in those who live ways of love,
though they may take different paths than most have trod.

FINAL REFRAIN: Strength for the journey, hope for the way;
love for the challenges we meet each day,
May God’s love and our fellowship sustain us today,
and give us strength for the journey, hope for the way.
Strength for the journey....hope for the way!


Words and music © 1999 by Linda K. Williams. Verse 4 is based upon a quote by Thoreau.
Verse 6 (1st 3 lines) paraphrases the message of 1st John 4: 8-16.
Dedicated to openness to all types of diversity in our Beloved Denomination, in our Church Families, and in our society and world. Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Can't Pour Water from an Empty Cup
10. I CAN=T POUR WATER FROM AN EMPTY CUP


1
I can=t pour water from an empty cup;
I need You, Lord, to come and fill me up!
Come fill me with Your peace...(fill me with Your peace)!
Fill me with Your love...(fill me with Your love)!
Fill me with Your joy...(fill me with Your joy)!
So that I may serve You!

2
I can=t pour water from an empty cup;
I need You, Lord, to come and fill me up.
Come fill me with Your hope...(fill me with Your hope)!
Fill me with Your grace...(fill me withYour grace)!
Fill me with Your power...(fill me with Your power)!
So that I may serve You!

(Please note: The following portions could be sung after a prayer, sermon, or other Acup-filling@ is done; also, the Ahope, grace, and power@ verse could be repeated using the following formats, too.)

3
Oh, Lord, you took mercy on my empty cup;
You came to me and You filled me up!
You filled me with Your peace...(filled me with Your peace)!
filled me with Your love...(filled me with Your love)!
filled me with Your joy...(filled me with Your joy)!
So that I may serve You!

4
I thank you, Lord, for filling my empty cup!
I=ve got life abundant since you filled me up!
I thank You for Your peace...(thank You for Your peace)!
thank You for Your love...(thank You for Your love)!
thank You for Your joy...(thank You for Your joy)!
Out of joy, I will serve You!



Words and music 8 1997 by Linda K. Williams,
inspired by Rev. Judy Mills Reimer=s presentation at PSWD Women=s Rally 2-97


Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
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Track Name: Come, be Healed by the Lord (Lafiya Song)
11. COME, BE HEALED BY THE LORD
6:30 Inspired by the Church of the Brethren=s Lafiya program, and by Rev. Jeff Glass= ALafiya@ sermon
For longer version including the "Lafiya Choruses," please see the following page.

CHORUS:
Are you healed, Brother? Are you healed, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you whole, Brother? Are you whole, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

1 God sent us Jesus so the world might be healed...
Come be healed by the Lord.
Restored to balance and wholeness, at peace;
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

2 Come before the Lord with an open heart
Come be healed by the Lord.
God will lasting peace and joy impart.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

CHORUS
Are you healed, Brother? Are you healed, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you whole, Brother? Are you whole, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.


3 Come join with the family of those who believe
Come be healed by the Lord.
Caring list=ning, empowering and support you will receive
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

4 Life abundant is God=s gift to you
Come be healed by the Lord.
life with purpose, hope, fulfillment, too.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

CHORUS
Are you healed, Brother? Are you healed, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you whole, Brother? Are you whole, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.


5 Though we may not be cured of a physical ill...
Come be healed by the Lord.
God=s healing presence can fill us, still.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

6 What parts of your life now need God=s mercy and grace?
Come be healed by the Lord.
God is waiting to embrace you; join God in a quiet place.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

CHORUS
Are you healed, Brother? Are you healed, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you whole, Brother? Are you whole, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.
(repeat, with ritard:) Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.


Longer version, 8.5 min.; shorter version, 6.5 min. To further shorten the song, sing only selected verses and choruses.
Note to assist singers: On verses, italicized words are sung on the pick-up note(s) (i.e., before the downbeat).
Words & music 8 1997 by Linda K. Williams
Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com BetterWorld-Resources.com
Track Name: Lafiya Song: longer version of "Come, be Healed by the Lord"
12. LAFIYA SONG" Come, be Healed by the Lord
8:30 (Longer Version)
Inspired by the Church of the Brethren=s Lafiya program, and by Rev. Jeff Glass= ALafiya@ sermon

CHORUS:
Are you healed, Brother? Are you healed, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you whole, Brother? Are you whole, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

1 God sent us Jesus so the world might be healed...
Come be healed by the Lord.
Restored to balance and wholeness, at peace;
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

LAFIYA CHORUS (Recorded on this longer version):
Are you Lafiya, Brother? Are you Lafiya, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you Lafiya, Brother? Are you Lafiya, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

CHORUS:
Are you healed, Brother? Are you healed, Sister? Oh, come be healed by the Lord.
Are you whole, Brother? Are you whole, Sister? Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

2 Come before the Lord with an open heart
Come be healed by the Lord.
God will lasting peace and joy impart.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

3 Come join with the family of those who believe
Come be healed by the Lord.
Caring list=ning, empowering and support you will receive
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

LAFIYA CHORUS (Recorded on this longer version)

4 Life abundant is God=s gift to you
Come be healed by the Lord.
life with purpose, hope, fulfillment, too.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.
CHORUS

5 Though we may not be cured of a physical ill...
Come be healed by the Lord.
God=s healing presence can fill us, still.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

LAFIYA CHORUS (Recorded on this longer version)

6 What parts of your life now need God=s mercy and grace?
Come be healed by the Lord.
God is waiting to embrace you; join God in a quiet place.
Oh, come be made whole by the Lord.

CHORUS (repeat last line, with ritard)

Longer version, 8.5 min.; shorter version, 6.5 min. To further shorten the song, sing only selected verses and choruses.
Note to assist singers: On verses, italicized words are sung on the pick-up note(s) (i.e., before the downbeat).

Words & music 8 1997 by Linda K. Williams Linda.BetterWorld@gmail.com
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Track Name: Have Faith, My Child
13. HAVE FAITH, MY CHILD

CHORUS:
Have faith, my child; rest assured in the goodness of God=s plan for you.
Have faith, my child; love the Lord, and all things will work together for your good.
Have faith, my child; and remember that God loves you.

1
From down below Grandma=s quilt on a frame,
I couldn=t see the pattern, only random stitches and loose ends.
It didn=t seem right, or make much sense to me;
but with an understanding smile, she said, ADon=t worry, child;
from here I see the grand design,
and it=s turning out fine!@

CHORUS:
Have faith, my child; rest assured in the goodness of God=s plan for you.
Have faith, my child; love the Lord, and all things will work together for your good.
Have faith, my child; and remember that God loves you.

2
Well, the years have flown, but life sometimes feels
like I=m looking up at random stitches and loose ends again,
when life doesn=t seem quite right, or make much sense to me...
but when I pray in my sadness and confusion,
if I listen well,
I hear God say to me,

Modified CHORUS:
AHave faith, my child; rest assured in the goodness of My plan for you.
Have faith, my child; love Me, and all things will work together for your good.
Have faith, my child; and remember that I love you.@

Years ago, when I finally saw the quilt from Grandma=s side,
I marvelled at the beauty of the pattern I then saw.
Though I cannot yet stand by my Maker=s side,
I trust that when I do, I=ll understand, and see the beauty of God=s plan.
Till then, inner peace will come
from listening to my Lord say...

Modified CHORUS:
AHave faith, my child; rest assured in the goodness of My plan for you.
Have faith, my child; love Me, and all things will work together for your good.
Have faith, my child; and remember that I love you.@
Yes, remember that God loves you!

Words and music 8 1995 by Linda K. Williams; inspired by a story shared at Peace Camp
(Camp La Verne, 4-95) by Rev. David McKellip. Please note: After stitching together her quilt top, David=s grandmother used to stretch it out on the quilt frame and appliqué shapes to the top, before adding the batting and the quilt backing. Because of that, the Arandom stitches and loose ends@ were visible to David from below the frame as she stitched on her appliqués.
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Track Name: Lord, Help me Keep Myself Positive
14. LORD, HELP ME KEEP MYSELF POSITIVE
Tempo: Bright and bouncy

1st CHORUS
Lord, help me keep my thoughts positive;
my thoughts have a way of becoming my words.
And help me keep my words positive;
my words have a way of becoming my actions.

1
Don=t want to gloss over problems, sweep >em under the rug;
I=ll meet the challenge head-on, with prayer and love.

2nd CHORUS
Oh, help me keep myself positive,
the better to do your will, oh Lord---
the better to do your will.

OTHER VERSES (Repeat 1st and 2nd choruses before and after each verse):
2
Look for the beautiful, look for the true;
Sunlight and shadows are all around you.

3
My words give me energy---or take it away;
Lord, help me choose them wisely today.

4
The view that I take of life matters much more
than the situation that I=m in, for sure!

5
Though some sing a song of doom and gloom,
I choose to sing a different tune.

6
I=ll be true to the vision, stay focused right in;
I=ll invite more to join me---just jump on in!

LAST CHORUS
Oh, help me keep myself positive,
the better to do your will, oh Lord---
the better to do your will, oh Lord---
the better to do your will.

Words & music 8 1997 by Linda K. Williams.
This was inspired by a speaker at a church district conference
who was saying that we are a "declining denomination;" and went on to give many statistics to prove it.
I choose to focus on the positive aspects of our beloved denomination, and look for ways to
encourage others to do so, as well; hence, the song came into being!
First chorus loosely based on a quote by Gandhi;
credits for v. 2: words by S.E. Belden, from 1951 Brethren Hymnal
(pub. by Church of the Brethren General Board / Brethren Press), used by permission.

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Track Name: The Church of the Brethren Tagline Song
15. The Church of the Brethren Song
Our tagline, set to original music


The Church of the Brethren is another way of living,

continuing the work of Jesus ---

peacefully...

simply...

together.

The Church of the Brethren is another way of living---

Come and see! Come and see!


The short song above is sung 4 times on the recording.
It can be sung energetically, or contemplatively.



Words and music by Linda K. Williams

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Track Name: We are Surrendered, Transformed, Empowered
16. We are Surrendered, Transformed, Empowered
Written for the Church of the Brethren's 300th Anniversary in 2008;
the song is included in that year's Annual Conference Booklet


We are surrendered to God,
Transformed in Christ,
Empowered by the Spirit---
oh, yes, we are!

We are surrendered to God,
Transformed in Christ,
Empowered by the Spirit---
we thank the Lord we are!

(Recording then includes our tagline, set to original music)
The Church of the Brethren is another way of living,
continuing the work of Jesus ---
peacefully...
simply...
together.
The Church of the Brethren is another way of living---
Come and see! Come and see!


Recorded 3 times, in 3 different modes: energetic, reflective, and moderate tempo

Words and music by Linda K. Williams

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