“Living Stones,” by Christian McIvor ©Christian McIvor, 9/7/2020

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“Living Stones” is an original congregational song written for Greystone Baptist Church, in honor of our 36th Heritage Sunday celebration.  Composed in the form of a popular song, the text is written with a regular meter.  This is envisioned as a Greystone theme song of sorts that can be adapted into many various musical styles, reflecting the diversity experienced in worship at Greystone.  The text focuses on Greystone’s identity as a welcoming church that is also active in bringing the transformative, liberating love of Christ out into the wider community.  It also speaks to how the Greystone community honors our tradition while also being unafraid to move forward into the future, evolving in our faith together.  “Living Stones” highlights Greystone’s mission statement, “With Christ as the Cornerstone, we will build a church of living stones, where every member is a minister and is equipped to express God’s love by word and deed to all people.”  Two videos are provided, one that teaches each part of the song as well as a lyric video of the complete song.  Please feel free to learn the song and sing along in praise to God for our Greystone community!

Lyrics:
Come!  See!  Let your heart be set on fire!
And go! Tell!  Add your voice now to the choir!
Join us as we sound the invitation
To work to bring about a new creation!

Here, we are answering our call;
Every member equipped to bring light and hope to all.

We will bring God’s reign near and in the love of Christ be
Led, doing the Word, making it heard.
And all are welcome here!  Come to the table and be 
Fed!  From near and far, come as you are.
Here, you will never be alone.
In the glory of God, we’re building a church of living stones!

Open up your mind to transformation
That offers justice, peace, and liberation.
Growing as we honor our tradition; 
Together, we’ll move forward in our mission.

Here, we are answering our call;
Every member equipped to bring light and hope to all.

We will bring God’s reign near and in the love of Christ be
Led, doing the Word, making it heard.
And all are welcome here!  Come to the table and be 
Fed!  From near and far, come as you are.
Here, you will never be alone.
In the glory of God, we’re building a church of living stones!

We will bring God’s reign near and in the love of Christ be
Led, doing the Word, making it heard.
And all are welcome here!  Come to the table and be 
Fed!  From near and far, come as you are.
Here, you will never be alone.
In the glory of God, we’re building a church of living stones!

Christian McIvor
Minister of Worship, Music and the Arts