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Source:
Singing the Faith: 131
Words:
Marjorie Dobson
Music:
“Scarlet ribbons” by Evelyn Danzig arr John L. Bell
Metre:
87.87.D. (Trochaic)
Verses:
3

Alternative tune - Blaenwern (StF 503)

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Marjorie Dobson's text is especially helpful for a public, outdoor ceremony. It is set to the widely familiar tune “Scarlet Ribbons”, quickly accessible to more than regular church-goers.

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In simple and direct language, Marjorie asks the basic question: “Why must factions stir up conflict?”, saying that “this eternal mystery / troubles hearts and stirs the conscience, / urges us to think again…” The hymn ends with a prayer:

God, we need your help and guidance
in our constant search for peace.
Move us on to new solutions
as we pray that wars may cease.

See also Remembering conflict – singing for peace