Kindle a Flame – One song, many uses

A few weeks ago, Philip Garside, writer and publisher from Aotearoa / New Zealand sent a hymn to be shared “Loving God of Aotearoa. He’s sent a new song and suggests ways in which he has used it. It is quite beautiful.

Kindle a Flame was written as a reflective song for worship and I have used it many times when leading services. It would also work well as part of the devotions for a small group, and as an individual, private meditation (change “our hearts” to “my heart”).

The words are simple and repetitive:

1. Kindle a flame within our hearts
let your light shine through
let your light shine through.

2. Kindle a flame within our hearts
let your justice shine through
let your justice shine through.

3. Kindle a flame within our hearts
let your hope shine through
let your hope shine through.

4. Kindle a flame within our hearts
let your love shine through
let your love shine through.

5. Kindle a flame within our hearts
let your peace shine through
let your peace shine through.

How to sing/perform the song:
Keep the instrumentation very simple. When accompanying on guitar, just pluck the chords, or use a gentle, steady arpeggio picking style. If you want to strum, just play one down strum for each chord.

Flute or recorder would be great to teach people the tune first and then to support the singing.

Once you know the song, try singing unaccompanied.

Ways to use the song in worship:
a. You can sing the song right through – all five verses.
b. You can use just the first verse as a sung response to intercessory prayer petitions, i.e. leader speaks a stanza of prayer and the people sing the response.
c. You can use all 5 verses in a prayer. The first petition focuses on light and then the people respond by singing verse 1. The second petition focuses on justice and the people respond by singing verse 2, and so on…
d. As spoken, responsive liturgy. Our new minister has introduced us to lighting candles in the sanctuary early in the service. Here is a re-working of the song for use as a candle lighting liturgy. You will notice that verses 4 and 5 have been swapped around:

Lighting the candles

As we light these candles:

Kindle a flame within our hearts, O God
and let your light shine through

Kindle a flame within our hearts, O God
and let your justice shine through

Kindle a flame within our hearts, O God
and let your hope shine through

Kindle a flame within our hearts, O God
and let your peace shine through

Kindle a flame within our hearts, O God
and let your love shine through. Amen.

Matching Benediction/Sending forth

If you have used the song or liturgy during the service, try using this Benediction to close the service:

Sending forth

Loving God, our time of worship today has now ended.As we leave this sacred space,
we carry in our hearts the flame of your love,
the spark of the holy spirit,
out into the world. Amen.

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2 Responses to Kindle a Flame – One song, many uses

  1. Beautiful- even I can sing along…Powerful too!!!

  2. Maren says:

    I can’t imagine that it is “even I” but yes it is so very accessible!

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