"God, Help the Politicians"

Here's a new hymn written in response to the tremendous frustration, anger, and sadness at our current political climate.  It is written in 7.6.7.6. D and is sung to the tune, AURELIA, which is commonly used to sing "The Church’s One Foundation."

Permission is given for use in congregational worship.  Please give the following credit:  "Copyright 2018 Stephen M. Fearing | www.stephenmfearing.com"

Click here for a pdf of this hymn.

God, help the politicians who govern far and near,
from small towns to the cities, may justice persevere.
May each speak words of kindness and have humility,
and do their work with honor and with civility.

May they make just decisions based off what’s true and right,
Let words of wisdom flow out of every bill they write.
And may they work together to serve the common good
to help us live together and do the things we should.

God, we are so frustrated with all that’s taken place,
We struggle to have hope when we see so much disgrace.
Help us to fix what’s broken; make us courageous, too.
And may your people trust in the truth we find in you.

Legality and justice are not always the same,
So help the politicians make righteousness their aim.
Renew our love for mercy; may truth inform our laws,
and help our public servants to serve the common cause.

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Stephen Fearing

Stephen was born in 1988 in Cookeville, TN, where his parents met whilst attending Tennessee Tech. Shortly after, they moved to Dalton, Georgia where they put down roots and joined First Presbyterian Church, the faith family that taught Stephen that he was first and foremost a beloved child of God. It was this community that taught Stephen that it was OK to have questions and doubts and that nothing he could do could every possibly separate him from the love of God. In 1995, his sister, Sarah Kate, joined the family and Stephen began his journey as a life-long musician. Since then, he has found a love of music and has found this gift particularly fitting for his call to ministry. Among the instruments that he enjoys are piano, trumpet, guitar, and handbells. Stephen has always had a love of singing and congregation song. An avid member of the marching band, Stephen was the drum major of his high school's marching band. In 2006, Stephen began his tenure at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where he majored in Religion and minored in History. While attending PC, Stephen continued to explore his love of music by participating in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Jazz Trio, as well as playing in the PC Handbell ensemble and playing mandolin and banjo PC's very own bluegrass/rock group, Hosegrass, of which Stephen was a founding member (Hosegrass even released their own CD!). In 2010, Stephen moved from Clinton to Atlanta to attend Columbia Theological Seminary to pursue God's call on his life to be a pastor in the PC(USA). During this time, Stephen worked at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Silver Creek Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. For three years, Stephen served as the Choir Director of Columbia Theological Seminary's choir and also served as the Interim Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2014, Stephen graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology with an emphasis in liturgy, music, and worship. In July of 2014, Stephen was installed an ordained as Teaching Elder at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in Shelter Island, NY. Later that year, Stephen married the love of his life, Tricia, and they share their home on Shelter Island with their Golden Doodle, Elsie, and their calico cat, Audrey. In addition to his work with the people who are Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Stephen currently serves as a commission from Long Island Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast and, beginning in January of 2016, will moderate the Synod's missions team.