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Song of the Month

Singing has always been important to followers of Christ; the Apostle Paul reminded the Ephesians (and also the Colossians) to “ filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father...” (Eph. 5:18–20).

Bruderhof members singing around a campfire

As anyone who has visited us knows, we do a lot of singing at the Bruderhof. We sing in our homes, in our schools, at communal mealtimes, and in our worship services. We sing songs of praise and worship, Easter hymns and Christmas carols. But we’re not limited to just that; we also sing old English ploughing and May songs, German ballads or “Lieder,” American folk favorites, and songs borrowed from all around the world. Songs about sledding, skating, hiking, swimming, camping, gardening, and pumpkin carving – songs covering all the seasons of the year. Some of these songs are written by folks from our communities, sometimes even by children. And in all our singing, it’s not about performance or perfection, but about the joy that comes when hearts and voices unite.

And the Bruderhof... Dear Lord!! They sing at the slightest provocation. And sing like angels. –Daniel Berrigan

We’ve decided to share some of the rich musical treasures from our vast repertoire with you. Every month we’ll post a song, some seasonal, some not, sung by a group of us. Perhaps it will be a small choir of college-age young people, or it may be a crowd of elementary school kids, or a family, or a soloist with piano or guitar. Nothing will be professionally recorded or overly-produced – no autotune and wall-of-sound here. Simpler is better.

Listen to them all:

About the songs:

Read the following blog posts for more context and background information about these songs.

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