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Many Colors Paint the Rainbow: A Service of Scripture Proclamation, Choral, and Congregational Song

The Calvin College Alumni Choir collaborates with members of Coro Polifónico from the Seminario Internacional Teológico Bautista in Argentina and Artists Creating Together, a Grand Rapids-based choir that empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts to lead songs, hymns, and anthems which express our profound solidarity as members together of Christ’s body.

What a glorious day it will be when “all are welcomed and bound by Christ in unity.” As the Psalmist says, “how good it is when all earth’s people dwell in peace together.” In this service of Scripture proclamation, choral and congregational song, may these words guide our worship and guide us as we leave this place to carry the light of Christ—the light of ultimate peace—into a broken, hurting, and weary world. The songs that follow will guide us in our meditation as we look forward to that great day when we will all gather around the throne of grace, united in our praise to the risen and reigning Lord. Alleluia! Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

There’s a Great Day a Coming  

arr. Patsy Ford Simms; Words: African American Spiritual; arr. Patsy Ford Simms
© 1998 BriLee Music Publishing Co.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty                        

Lift Up Your Hearts, 538


Ariel Ramírez; Words: Ariel Ramírez; English tr. Louise Dobbs
© 1965 Editorial Pigal (Argentina), admin. French Music Ltd.

One Generation Will Call to the Next                         

Lift Up Your Hearts, 562

Caritas et amor/Where Charity and Love Are                   

Z. Randall Stroope; Words: Antiphon, attr. 10th century anonymous author

Ubi caritas et amor/Live in Charity                              

Lift Up Your Hearts, 154

Many Colors Paint the Rainbow                                                   

Roy Hopp; Words: Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.


Lift Up Your Hearts, 258

Miren qué bueno/Oh, Look and Wonder                                  

Pablo Sosa; Words: based on Psalm 133, Pablo Sosa © 1972 GIA Publications, Inc.

In Christ There Is No East or West                             

Lift Up Your Hearts, 268

This Little Light of Mine                                                        

arr. Nick Page; Words and Music: traditional African American spiritual; arr. Nick Page
© 2008 Hal Leonard Corporation

How Great Thou Art                                                                   

Dan Forrest; Words: Stuart K. Hine
© 1949 and 1953 The Stuart Hine Trust, admin. Hope Publishing Company.

Here from All Nations                                                 

Lift Up Your Hearts, 490

May the Love of the Lord                                            

Lift Up Your Hearts, 939

Leaders: James Abbington, alumni from the James Abbington Church Music Academy, ACTion Choir under the direction of Erinn Epp, Calvin Alumni Choir under the direction of Pearl Shangkuan, Coro Polifónico under the direction of Constanza Bongarrá, dancers from Church of the Servant, Kenneth Bos, Norma de Waal Malefyt, Kathy Smith, Paul Timmermans, and Steven Timmermans