Contents list for World Quaker Songbook Published

11 February 2024

The contents of the 2024 World Quaker Songbook have been agreed.

The selection has been made by the worship working group of the 2024 World Plenary Meeting, comprising Friends from South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Britain, the USA and Japan, with further advice from a Friend based in Bolivia. It builds on songbooks published for World Plenary Meetings since at least the 1960s.

Reflecting the likely fluid origins of the words, adapted in different situations, a special version of Every Time I Feel the Spirit, will be published soon, containing additional verses by Friends around the world. We are also looking at songs to mark the 400th birthday of George Fox.

The list also includes a new song, Ubuntu, offered to FWCC  by composer Johanna McBride.

 

All participants in the World Plenary (including both online and onsite) will receive a copy of the songbook.

Register for the World Plenary Meeting here. 

Songlist

Amazing Grace

Balm in Gilead

Dear Friends

Down by the Riverside

En Jesucristo El Rey de Paz (Blessed Assurance),

Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Great is Thy Faithfulness

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Hill of Vision

How Can I Keep from Singing?

In Christ There is No East or West

Moto Umweka Leo (The fire of Christ)

Mungu Mtukufu aliye Bwana (To God be the Glory)

Para Siempre Amigos (Forever Friends)

Peace is Flowing like a River

Santo Santo Santo (Holy, holy, holy)

Siyahamba (We are Walking in the Light of God)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

This Little Light of Mine

Ubuntu (mp3s)

Yesu Kwetu Ni Rafiki (What a Friend we have in Jesus).

The much loved song Walk in the Light  (‘the George Fox song’) will not form a part of the collection, as it is currently under copyright protection. We have however obtained permissions to publish the words online, and sing it at the World Plenary itself.

Pictured: Friends in Bujumbura, Burundi, singing on World Quaker Day