The Song of the Supper

A while between posts, but here’s a new song, in the lead-up to Easter, using some John Bell words called The Song of the Supper.

I’ve been doing all sorts of Holy Week and Easter service prep, as one does this time of the year in my work. breadandjuicePalm/Passion Sunday and Good Friday are close to organised.   The various stations for a reflective, self-guided Journey to the Cross in our Sunday worship space has things in hand, as does Easter Day.

What hadn’t been in hand was the Maundy Thursday service.  However progress has been made, including the song selections. In my prep. I came across an early John Bell piece called The Song of the Supper.  I really liked the lyrics, but not the suggested traditional tune.  So I’ve written my own, just lead sheet and a backing mp3 at this stage.  Haven’t even asked permission from John Bell/Wild Goose to use the words.  Eventually I will.

The first verse and refrain are like this:

The time was early evening,
the place a room upstairs:
the guests were the disciples,
few in number and few in prayers

Oh, the food comes from the baker,
the drink comes from the vine,
the words come from the Saviour,
“I will meet you in bread and wine”

Here’s a link to John’s lyrics and tune-setting.
Here’s a link to my setting in leadsheet form

Backing track, with ‘flute’ melody line.

Feel free to use it in your Holy Week remembrances this most special of weeks.



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