Light of Christ

Music by Pat Mayberry
Words by Pat Mayberry

Lyrics as Poetry

Light of Christ shine in and through me.
Light of Love be with me now.
Take these hands, healing hands.
Light of Christ flow through me now.

Comments About Song

Pat Mayberry
shares some of her comments about
“Light of Christ”:

“Light of Christ” is dedicated to the Healing Pathway ministry of the United Church of Canada. Healing Pathway is rooted in the long tradition of healing within the Christian faith. Healing Pathway enables people to develop the gifts and skills of healing within the Christian tradition and fosters the development of healing ministries in congregations and other communities. This piece can be used as a prayer response, as part of a reflection or as a prayerful closing to worship.

                                                  Audio Sample for "Light of Christ"

This recording features Pat Mayberry's vocal and guitar. The accompaniment is enhanced by the tasteful piano work of Margaret Stubington. All together, a lovely rendering.

Scripture References

  • Matthew 5:14-16
  • John 1:1-5
  • John 8:12

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Christ∶ light of
  • Hands
  • Heal, Healing
  • Light
  • Love∶ Christ's love

Presentation Suggestions

If using “Light of Christ” as a repetitive meditation, consider playing the piece twice through as an introduction. The first time could be with an unaccompanied ‘C’ instrument such as a flute, violin, or oboe playing the melody. Accompaniment from either keyboard or guitar could be added on the second time. Both times, the ‘C’ instruments should remain in the concert range and play gently. 8va ranges could be added once the singing is established.

Regardless of the introduction selected and, whether it is led by a soloist, choir or other group, the leadership voice(s) should sing the melody in unison the first time through. By using some of the various harmony configurations provided here, it is possible to offer this brief song with considerable variety.

Another possible use for the song is to insert it as one-time-through versions between scripture readings, prayer sections or other spoken words. Depending on the setting and providing all participants are comfortable with the idea, soft instrumental versions could be played during the spoken elements.

“Light of Christ” could also serve as a choral and/or congregational sending out or blessing. If resources permit, a choir could offer it as an SATB or SAB a cappella blessing.

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Melody Line Versions (includes transposing instruments)

  • Melody Line: 'C' Instrument or Vocal
  • Melody Line: 'C' Instrument 8va
  • Melody Line: Bass Clef 'C' Instrument
  • Melody Line: Alto Clef Instrument
  • Melody Line: ‘Bb’ Instrument
  • Melody Line: ‘Eb’ Instrument
  • Melody Line: ‘F’ Instrument (high)
  • Melody Line: ‘F’ Instrument (low)

Hymn-style Vocal Harmonizations (accompany with any piano versions)

  • Hymn-style: SATB voices
  • Hymn-style: SAB voices
  • Hymn-style: SSA voices
  • Hymn-style: 2-part mixed (m/f) voices
  • Hymn-style: 2-part treble voices

Piano Versions

  • Piano: Hymn-style
  • Piano: Hymn-style, without lyrics
  • Easy Piano: Hymn-style
  • Easy Piano: Hymn-style, without lyrics
  • Piano: David Kai Arrangement

Guitar Chords & Bass Progressions

  • Guitar & Bass: Full chords in keyboard key
  • Guitar: Transposed capo chords
  • Easy Guitar: Basic chords