Friday, December 11, 2015

"Midwife Divine Now Calls Us" by Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Awesome/Invitation to Join with "Divine Midwife to Bring New life to Birth in Ourselves and in our World"

Published on Mar 16, 2013
Rev. Larry E. Schultz conducts the Chancel Choir of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, in singing "Midwife Divine Now Calls Us" to a familiar hymn tune, with pictures from various artists.

One of the Divine Feminine names and images in the Bible is that of Midwife. "Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother's breast. On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me, you have been my God" (Psalm 22:9-10). In this psalm, the poet expresses feelings of being forsaken and persecuted, and finds reassurance in this picture of God's tender care beginning at birth. The image of the Divine Midwife joins with the image of the Divine Mother to strengthen the biblical picture of God's intimate involvement with us.

This song invites us to join with the Divine Midwife in bringing new life to birth within ourselves and throughout the world.

Midwife Divine now calls us forth from our safest place,
beckoning always forward out into unknown space.
She sings a birthing song
to calm our fears and help us
through days so hard and long.

Midwife Divine inspires us through holy darkness deep,
moving through realms of mystery to wake all dreams that sleep.
Her loving plan unfolds
as tenderly She guides us
through pathways new and bold.

O may we join Her labor to bring new life to birth;
crowned in Her ancient splendor, we claim our sacred worth.
Our Midwife shows the way
to worlds of love and beauty,
more than our words can say.

Words © Jann Aldredge-Clanton
from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians (Eakin Press, 2006)
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Performed by: Chancel Choir of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina ( Conductor: Rev. Larry E. Schultz

Visual Artists:

Stacy Boorn: "Her-Galaxy" © Stacy Boorn. Used with permission.;

Mary Plaster: "Sophia, Divine Wisdom" © 2003 Mary Plaster. Used with permission.

Alice Heimsoth: photo of drummers and dancers, Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran, San Francisco (
© Alice Heimsoth. Used with permission.

David Clanton: photo of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Choir, Orchestra, & Congregation © David M. Clanton. Used with permission.;

Recorded by: Ward Productions, Pinehurst, North Carolina

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