Giving Thanks for Woody Guthrie

FUMC Boulder Celebrates the Music and Theology of Woody Guthrie Sunday November 25th

On November 25, 2012, First United Methodist Church of Boulder will celebrate the music and theology of Woody Guthrie by singing his songs. Pastor Joe Agne, who will lead the service, is a devoted Guthrie fan and researcher. He explains that Guthrie’s music “lives on for so many people. A decade after Woody died John Lennon wrote this note to Marjorie, Woody’s wife, “’Dear Whoever, Woody lives, and I’m glad!’ Love, John Lennon.” Agne also points out that “Arlo Guthrie, Woody’s son, tells us of the three verses most people leave out of “This Land is Your Land.” When Arlo was 7, Woody came home from the hospital, and asked Arlo to write the words of these missing verses. The last one expresses the power of the resurrection in our lives:

 Nobody living can ever stop me, As I go walking that freedom highway;

Nobody living can make me turn back, This land was made for you and me.’ ”

The service will feature these Guthrie songs:  This Morning I am Born Again, The Sinking of the Reuben James, This Land is Your Land, Riding in My Car, Union Maid, The Jolly Banker, Jesus Christ and Pastures of Plent

The audience will be invited to sing along and participate in the celebration and recognition of this important American hero for peace and justice. Join us at 10:30 am on November 25th.

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  1 comment for “Giving Thanks for Woody Guthrie

  1. November 14, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Union Maid is a WONDERFUL song. If I’m not mistaken it’s sung to the tune of Pretty Little Redwing and is an homage to the workers at Red Wing Shoes. I’ve always wondered why so many ice cream trucks seem to play it.

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