Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, piano

Welcome and acceptance are at the heart of this warm choral offering, served up in a feast of old-time gospel with an embracing “Amen.” A powerful concert opener, call to worship, or building dedication song.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-071-00
Duration: 
3:00
Performances: 

Michigan Unitarian Universalist Choral Festival Choir, Grosse Point, MI
Unity Singers; Ruth Palmer, conductor. Saint Paul, MN
Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Choir; Andrea Newall, conductor. Building Dedication, San Diego, CA
White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Thaxter Cunio, conductor. Building Dedication, Mahtomedi, MN
Minnesota Oratorio Society and Mounds Park Academy Chorus, Columbia Heights, MN

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Norman V. Naylor, adapted
Language: 
English
Text: 

"Do Not Leave Your Cares At the Door"
Lyric adapted by Elizabeth Alexander, from Norman V. Naylor

Do not leave your cares at the door.
Do not leave them there when you come into this place.
Be open to forgiveness and transformation --
Come on in; you are welcome here;
And do not leave your cares at the door.

Bring your pain and sorrow and joy,
There's a place for them upon the altar of life.
Be open to forgiveness and transformation --
Come on in; you are welcome here;
And do not leave your cares at the door.

This is a place of grace,
Of losing and finding the way upon the winding road,
Meeting and parting,
Stumbling and starting over.
Every journey is sacred here, even yours.

Do not leave your cares at the door.
Do not leave them there when you come into this place.
Be open to forgiveness and transformation --
Come on in; you are welcome here;
And do not leave your cares at the door.

Amen.

Original poem copyright © 1997 by Norman V. Naylor
Adapted text © 2006 by Elizabeth Alexander, for use in musical setting only.