Singing about the simple gifts tonight

Hey there!

Our first hymn for the meeting tonight’s gonna be a different one than usual.  It’s not found in our usual church hymnals, although it’s a pretty well-loved hymn.  Here’s some music + lyrics for it:

Simple Gifts music

1. ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

[refrain]:
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

2. ‘Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
‘Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
Then we’ll all live together and we’ll all learn to say,

(refrain)

3. ‘Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
‘Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of “me”,
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we’ll all live together with a love that is real.

(refrain)

4. Tis the gift to be loving, tis the best gift of all
Like a quiet rain it blesses where it falls
And with it we will truly believe
Tis better to give than it is to receive

And in the same vein as our post from yesterday… I hope you enjoy nesting inside these thoughts today.  And maybe even singing them with your life a little bit.

-jpchurch

PS: we’re still meeting @7:35 (EDT) at 687 Centre St. and (605) 475-4000 x636128

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