Original Song Lyrics

What an exciting morning of praise and wisdom! Special thanks to Rev. Dr. Ed Deyton for his music and preaching, Rev. Dr. Bill McKinney for offering prayers, and the worship folk band Barth and the Dogmatics for helping lead our singing. We appreciated how quickly the congregation learned today’s sacred songs and sang out with gusto.

We received a few requests for the music that we sang today. Several of the songs (including We’ve Always Done It Like That, Make Me an Instrument, and Left Handed, Right Handed) have been recorded by Ed Deyton and are available to download through iTunes, Google Play, or CD Baby. You can also stream them on Spotify.

Two of the songs we sang today have not been recorded, so we are printing the lyrics below. Note that these are copyrighted by Rev. Ed Deyton.

“Draw the Circle Wide”

There’s a circle in the shape of life. It’s not in a straight line.
There’s a circle in the shape of life put there by God’s design.
There’s a circle in the shape of life. It cannot be denied.
There’s a circle in the shape of life. Draw the circle wide.

Refrain:

Draw the circle wide, because the world is turning.
Draw the circle wide, for love that’s always burning.
Draw the circle wide, it’s all about forgiving.
Draw the circle wide, it’s a better way of living.

There’s a circle in the seasons when summer follows spring.
There’s a circle in the seasons and harvest offering.
There’s a circle in the seasons; we live it day by day.
There’s a circle in the seasons, so we should always say: Refrain

“Never Going to Pass this Way Again”
You can travel with the ragged. You can travel with the meek.
You can travel with the mighty if their company you seek.
You can travel looking forward or just back to where you’ve been,
But you’re never going to pass this way again.

Back when Eve along with Adam walked beyond the garden gate,
There was Cain condemned to wander being punished for his hate.
There were poets, there were preachers, and a prophet now and then,
And they’re never going to pass that way again.

There were Abraham and Sarah moving to a foreign land.
There was Moses in the desert with his timid little band.
There was Pilgrim making progress as he struggled with his sin,
And they’re never going to pass that way again.

If a child can come to lead us, we can find a better way.
If we learn to trust each other, it will bring a better day.

You can travel in a motor car, or jump aboard a train.
You can travel with a joyful heart or packing all your pain.
You can take account of all your loss and keep a hope to win,
But you’re never going to pass this way again.