SET THE SUN DANCING (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Set the sun dancing! New life has begun!
Star, you must fade, for your journey is done,
New Year rides onward now, Christmas is gone,
carry the light with us as we move on.

For the light that is shining is our light to hold,
facing, embracing the darkness and cold,
light that’s not hidden where Good News is told:
the hope that is born with Christ Jesus!

Wise men with riches of knowledge and thought
found greater treasure than ever they brought,
rose from their knees and were clothed in this light—
new understanding of power and right,

And the light…

We are the company, foolish and wise,
rich in a faith that all reason defies,
crossing the borders of culture and race,
leading by lifestyle,forgiveness and grace,

And the light…

Peace is not born at the end of a gun,
peace is a family gathered as one,
here is Epiphany, wrapped in a shawl,
Christ who is Light, who is wiser than all,

And the light…

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Every Day in Your Spirit (Hope Publishing Co., 1996, No. 21): “The Presbyterian Association of Musicians Montreat Conference 1996 commissioned me to write a hymn for Epiphany, but afterwards changed the theme. This was the first text, designed as a lively song. The refrain is based around Matthew 5:16.”

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