“Father, hear my prayer; let this cup pass from me in my despair.”
(Matthew 26: 31-46)
“Gethsemane” takes its heartrending theme from the words of Jesus as He contemplates His death on the cross. In the lyric He pleads with this friends to “watch with him”, but of course they do not; instead they abandon Him to his sorrow and loneliness. It is a “Maundy Thursday” piece, but applicable whenever one is pondering the Lord’s agony as His end nears.
Based on the admonition of Micah 6:8 to “live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly, “ these two songs allow for flexibly voiced expressions related to those themes. Simplicity and worship participation mark the unique characteristics of these Gospel-infused songs. Rhythm charts are available for a worship band to join.
Written in gospel-jazz style, Mercy offers a creative expression asking God for mercy. A short, repeated musical phrase is arranged with many options for voicing, such as choral, solo, and congregation, all in canonic format. Rhythm charts and accompaniment tracks are available.
The mercy seat of the scripture was a central place of worship; a place where God lived. This anthem invites the listener to bring their prayers to the place where God can hear them and provide comfort. The optional orchestration lends warmth to this emotion-filled text.