Kindred in Spirit through Jesus Christ

"Who is my mother, who is my brother?"

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: AINSLIE

Lyrics as Poetry

Who is my mother,
who is my brother?
All those who gather round Jesus Christ:
Spirit-blown people
born from the Gospel
sit at the table, round Jesus Christ.Differently abled,
differently labeled,
widen the circle round Jesus Christ:
crutches and stigmas,
culture’s enigmas,
all come together round Jesus Christ.Love will relate us—
colour or status
can’t segregate us, round Jesus Christ:
family failings,
human derailings—
all are accepted, round Jesus Christ.Bound by one vision,
met for one mission
we claim each other, round Jesus Christ:
here is my mother,
here is my brother,
kindred in Spirit, through Jesus Christ.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1992 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

                                                   Audio Sample


"KINDRED IN SPIRIT
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST"
One Verse played on piano

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Scripture References

  • Matthew 12:46-50
  • Mark 3:31-35
  • Luke 8:19-21
  • Galatians 3:28

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Acceptance
  • Adversity
  • Care, Caring
  • Church∶ life together
  • Church∶ unity
  • Communion
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Family
  • Home, Homes
  • Humanity
  • Human Relationships
  • Inclusiveness
  • Intergenerational
  • Jesus∶ love
  • Jesus∶ teacher
  • Life∶ loving life
  • Love
  • Love∶ living love
  • Mission
  • Reconciliation
  • Relationships∶ relationships with others
  • Spirit
  • Unity
  • Welcome
  • Wholeness

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