Introducing an Original Blessing Hymn!

Happy All Saints Day! And what better way to celebrate than to revel in some original blessing?!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the publishing of Original Blessing, so this week I’m going to share some goodies with you! And, if you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a full liturgy for an Original Blessing worship service, as well as a more non-traditional service of blessing that includes prayer stations and other creative ideas, too.

First up, I’m delighted to announce that Richard Bruxvoort Colligan has written a hymn inspired by the book. (He was kind to give me partial credits but the writing was all his!) I was honored to work with him for the Connext conference, and was so thrilled when he wrote this. He’s part of the Convergence Music Project and you can check out some of his other music here. I’ve also included another song he shared with us, which was such a beautiful example of original blessing-style confession. You may want to file it away for Lent. We’d love for you to add these to your worship hymn collection and encourage you to share it!


Text: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan & Danielle Shroyer


Blessing has formed us; God calls us by name

     Deep in our nature divine DNA

Blessing has claimed us, beloved, God’s own

     Rainfall or sunshine, we’ll always be home


Love runs to meet us, our cup overflows

     Comes alongside on the saddest of roads

Ever unfolding in all humankind

     not earned or purchased but gift by design


Christ’s resurrection in every breath

     Seeds from the cross are disrupting all death

Now no one dead will remain in the grave

     Freedom from fear to enjoy all our days


God, may we live with the blessing you’ve sown

     deep in our nature the joy of our home

With awe and trembling, we’ll work out our call

     Claimed by your blessing to bless one and all


O Tender God, Have Mercy

Words and music by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

You can hear it and purchase it here.

O tender God, have mercy
For You are for us
O Living Christ, have mercy
For You will heal us
O tender God, have mercy
For You are for us

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