The issue of gun violence haunts our society. The text asks if there are ways to stop mass killings, “once again.” The song calls for meaningful legislation.
Image: A sign indicating a church does not want guns brought into the building.
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Biblical source: Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 2:4
Tune name: SANDY HOOK
Alternate tune: ST. CATHERINE
Hymn content: 5 verses
Hymn arrangement: SATB, organ or piano
Sample text: Verses 1-4 (C minor), Verse 5 in C major)
Verse 1 (Gun-related mass killings keep occurring)
Our hearts are broken, once again.
Dark death has spoken, once again.
Our laws are tokens, once again.
Why don’t we say, never again?
Verse 5 (Put ultimate trust in God)
Words lie in dust; shout once again!
Lobbies disgust; fight once again!
In God we trust; Yes, once again!
With healing love, triumph again!
Key words: Gun violence, legislation, social justice, courage, hope, Isaiah, Psalms
Collection(s): Social Justice
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