This compact disc features Martin Bell’s new and very singable musical settings for the Lord’s Prayer, Gloria in Excelsis, Lamb of God, and two anthems sung at the breaking of the bread in Holy Communion. The lead vocalists, who include Ray Reach, Mattie Bailey, John Caterina, Susannah Ferris, Joel Fortson, Al McCoy, and Martin Bell, represent a diversity of voices, ages, and life experience. Several songs draw on themes from scripture, notably “Temptation,” “Blessed Are,” and “Yahweh’s Song,” a poignant soliloquy sung from God’s point of view. “Room in the Circle” (sung by Martin Bell) speaks to anyone who has ever longed to be part of the healing community of Christ.
Just to Be Is a Blessing contains within it a double gift: music that nourishes the soul and lyrics that enliven faith. Martin Bell’s liturgical music is used by churches all across the country; he was an Episcopal priest and composer for over forty years.