Nov 12, 2012

Sending Song: Christ has no body here but ours

There’s a song on Steve Bell’s excellent CD, Kin-dness, which would serve as a wonderful ‘sending’ song in worship. The text is by Teresa of Avila; the music was composed by Brian McLaren.  I first heard it used at the Institute for Worship Studies a number of years ago, and I’m really delighted that Steve is bringing it to a wider audience.

The song first appeared on the album, Songs for a Revolution of Hope, released in October, 2007 by Brian McLaren and the Restoration Project If you go to that site, you can hear that song—and fourteen others—done in their original versions, and view the lyrics and the guitar chords.

You can also find lyrics for the song on the CCLI website (look for "With Kindness").  A lead sheet is available on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Fast for Change website. 

Here are some related passages of scripture that might be useful in leading this song: Romans 12; 2 Corinthians 6:3-6; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:1-6; Ephesians 5:1-2; Colossians 3:14-16.

Steve Bell’s Kin-dness CD is available on iTunes and on his website. 

Christ Has No Body Here But Ours

Christ has no body here but ours
No hands, no feet here on earth but ours
Ours are the eyes through which He looks
On this world with kindness

Ours are the hands through which He works
Ours are the feet on which He moves
Our are the voices through which He speaks
To this world with kindness

Through our touch, our smile, our listening ear
Embodied in us, Jesus is living here
Let us go now, inspirited
Into this world with kindness.

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