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The Song

The text of this song was born as preparations were made for a Vesper service at the 2008 Calvin Symposium on Worship, sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching in Grand Rapids, MI, USA. The book of Hebrews was chosen as the focus of the Symposium and the author of this song was assigned chapter 12. Inspired by some verses of the chapter, the lyrics of this song were born.

The music was composed by Horacio Vivares, who has worked with Gerardo in the composition of new songs from a Latin American perspective of faith, including, for example, the Latin American Christmas Cantata "Nació la Luz" (2001). The rhythmic style selected by Horacio was that of a Dominican merengue which added a Latin American flavor to the worship service.

 

The Prayer

The song can be used in very different ways.

1. Use the refrain as the communion table is set, making clear that this is the table of inclusion, where all people are meant to encounter the grace of God, which invites all to share the bread and cup.
2. As response to the proclamation.
3. In times of intercession for the community, paying special attention to those who are excluded and set aside due to prejudice, stigma, discrimination, etc.

If the community has a good group of musicians, the song acquires greater power if it can be accompanied with several instruments, most importantly the guiro and a good percussion. If there are no musicians available, use the playback (track).

If teaching the whole song becomes a barrier to singing the song, you may use a soloist to sing the verse while the community responds with the refrain.

Finally, if it is possible in your community, consider accompanying this song with dance or any other communal movement that involves all who are present, so we may bring our bodies in an act of commitment to God's grace that touches, envelops, renews and challenges us.

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