- Singing the Faith: 131
- Marjorie Dobson
- “Scarlet ribbons” by Evelyn Danzig arr John L. Bell
- 87.87.D. (Trochaic)
Alternative tune - Blaenwern (StF 503)
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Ideas for use
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.
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