Monday, February 21, 2011

Thursday Theme Song: The Servant Song

By now, it is almost 24 hours when the terrible earthquake struck Christchurch. Within a short time, Australia had offered to help us.

I had planned to post this song before this earthquake. How appropriate this song is when UK, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and USA have offered to be our servants in our time of need.

Those of you who have been reading my posts on all my three blogs will know that twenty one years ago, I buried my baby son. At that time, I was worshiping at the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle, and the choir used to sing this hymn, and the Soloist was my good friend M.

During those horrible times, I literally let my friends be my servant when they helped me in so many ways. Sadly, a few months later, M lost her baby, and I quoted this song to her that I was going to be her servant.

I had been revisiting that time and I remembered the song and my friend M.

On Sunday, a new friend shared with me her trials and tribulations. I sang her this hymn and told her I was privileged she shared with me.

The Servant Song
Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey, and companions on the road;
We are here to help each other, walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow til we’ve seen this journey through.
When we sing to God in heaven we shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.
Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

Richard Gillard,http://sites.google.com/site/trikitiki/home the composer and lyricist of ‘The Servant Song’
described its origins in the following words. “It was in the first
half of 1976 that I wrote Verse 3 (‘I will hold the Christ-light
for you …’) but, initially, no more than that. It wasn’t until one
particularly summery Sunday afternoon in December 1976 or
January 1977, back in Auckland, that I took that scrap of paper
out of my guitar case and began to meditate on that single verse,
exploring the possibilities that it suggested. I remember that the
other verses came quickly – although not in the order in which
we now sing the Song.”
In 2001, the hymn was featured in a Remembrance Sunday
broadcast from York Minster by the British TV programme,
Songs of Praise. Richard Gillard adds that, although it “sounded
wonderful played on the Minster’s grand organ, I still prefer the
down-to-earth groundedness of a simple folk-song treatment
but I let it go long ago. And that is as it should be.” DLP
‘Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants
to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”’
The Gospel according to Mark, Chapter 9, Verse 35
About Richard Gillard:
I'm a grandfather among other things, a Christian who happens to be Anglican (give me a Eucharist ahead of 1 hour praise rave, any time), play guitar & write songs (brother, sister, let me serve you), 32 years married to a very special woman, dad to a married daughter and two unmarried adult sons. Inside I'm still young(ish) and my grey hairs are all in my beard. Proud citizen of Whangarei, Northland New Zealand

As I googled search this song which sadly is not sang much these days, I was over the moon to find the composer Richard Gillardn actually wrote this wonderful song in this very city, Auckland.

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Ruth said...

I have been thinking of you and your family since the earthquake. What an appropriate song.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ann, I have been hearing about the earthquake all day today--and thinking of your country and its people. I will pray for the people at Christchurch --especially those who lost loved ones in the earthquake. How SAD!!!

Such a wonderful song --and I can see how special it was/is to you also.. This date is hard for you I'm sure... You are in my prayers also.

Where do you live? How close are you to Christchurch?

George said...

This is a wonderful song, although I haven't heard it for quite some time.
I'm glad that other nations have come to the aid of Christchurch.

DawnTreader said...

Thank you Ann. A beautiful reminder to start the day. When life runs smoothly, we often tend to forget.

melbourne chauffeur service said...

The song was intended as one of the centrepieces. I like this. I am really inspired to this song. Thanks for the write-up.

MadSnapper said...

a very beautiful and moving song. it is wonderful your sister countries are prepared to help

Gattina said...

I had never heard this song, it's beautiful !

Cheryl said...

I have had you in my thoughts since I heard of the earthquake. How close are you to Christchurch? I will keep all in my prayers. The Servant Song was beautiful, I just love the words. Sorry I haven't been around much, been a bit of a hard winter with my illness BUT I am up and running again! I will slowly be catching up with all my favorite blogs. Take care!

ancient one said...

I have never heard that song before...but I sure do like it. Thanks for coming by to see me...

Kay L. Davies said...

What a beautiful rendition of this wonderful song, Ann. It gave me goose bumps, and I remembered how much I liked it when we sang it in church - I think it was last year.
I can only try to imagine how you felt 21 years ago, because I am not a mother, but I know how devastated I felt at the age of 9 when my baby sister died. It changed my whole outlook on life.
Thank you so much for telling your story here, for sharing the lyricist's words with us, too, and especially for the beauty of this song.
Love, K

Hootin Anni said...

Hi Ann...I'm just now getting around to visiting those of us who has done a Thursday Themesong. I truly apologize for my tardiness and hope you forgive me.

What a poignant song post...and the images, I admit, send chills through my soul!!!

May you all find strength to carry on.