“A Prayer for Healing” was the offertory anthem at Pender's 9:00 am Traditional Service on October 1, 2023. It was sung by Pender's Sanctuary choir, directed by Jane McKee and accompanied on piano by Heidi Jacobs. With words and music by Joseph M. Martin, this powerful music references John 2, Jeremiah 14:1-22, John 14:27, John 9:1-41.
Written during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this song of spiritual and physical wellness speaks to many moments of need. Opening with the first few chords of O God, Our Help in Ages Past, the anthem is framed as a petition for God's healing mercy. The unison melody gently rises and falls before all join in on the prayerful refrain: "In the silence help us hear words of hope and promise clear. Teach us not to live in fear. Lord of all, we pray to you." A true anthem of hope!