Stay with Us

from the Easter Season Cantata: "Stay with Us"

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Walter Farquharson
Tune Name: CASSWELL

Lyrics as Poetry

Stay with us through the night.
Stay with us through the pain.
Stay with us, blessed stranger
till the morning breaks again.

Stay with us through the night.
Stay with us through the grief.
Stay with us, blessed stranger
till the morning brings relief.

Stay with us through the night.
Stay with us through the dread.
Stay with us, blessed stranger
till the morning breaks new bread.


Words by
Walter FarquharsonCopyright © 1986 by Walter Farquharson
Administered by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA


Audio Sample

STAY WITH US
One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture Reference

  • Luke 24:28-31

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Companion
  • Easter
  • Funeral
  • Good Friday
  • Hospitality
  • Intergenerational
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Memorial Service

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