It is 13 years since the last Bernadette Farrell collection. In that time she has developed a tireless advocacy for social justice, including health services and housing. It hardly comes as a surprise then that the first words of the first song are 'Act justly', with a refrain based on Micah 6.8, 'Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God'. Other Biblical sources of inspiration are Psalms, 40, 86, I 04 and 130, and Revelation 7 and 21 (with refrain, ' In God alone my hope, In God alone my strength, In God alone my shelter be, my home, my heart, my liberty.').
These are songs that are inspired by scripture and unsentimentally applied to everyday life - love in action. They also cover the church year from Advent to Pentecost. There are African rhythms and optional melody instruments, forceful, punchy melodies as well as gentle triple-time tunes that caress the ear. But one of the most memorable pieces takes for its music Goss's tune for ' See amid the winter's snow', with words designed for a Christmas service of healing, and the refrain ending 'In our joy and in our pain, Christ is born in us again.'
James L. Montgomery
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Catalogue No. B0379 Publisher Decani Music Contents No