This Sunday we have three wonderful versions of “Savior, Pass Me Not.”
I just want to point out two lines that really jump off the page:
Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.
This is such a powerful lever for uprooting all the isolation and guilt-tripping that gets twined up in so many people’s religious experience. Have you ever looked around and seen everybody else saved but you? Everyone else closer to God, more fluent in prayer, more connected, more disciplined than you? Do not pass me by!
I selected this video for the sheer energy — I really like how the choir director keeps everybody on point. This from a church in Montreal, Canada. Yes, there have been black folks in Canada for the longest time; it was one of the major termini on the Underground Railroad.
I have nothing to say about this clip, except that you can’t improve on perfection.
…or can you? Here’s a beautiful, dignified instrumental version for those of us who are shy in the spirit.