Songs & Hymns

Go Silent Friend

(Reverence, Remembrance, Prayer)
The 'silent friend' in this song is someone who has died and it reminds us of the hope we have that they will find new life in Christ. We might sing this song at Remembrance or on All Souls day when we remember those who are no longer with us. It is also suitable to be sung at an act of worship in memory of someone who has recently died.

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Go, silent friend,
your life has found its ending;
To dust returns your weary mortal frame.
God, who before birth called you into being,
Now calls you hence, his ascent still the same.
Go, silent friend,
your life in Christ is buried;
For you he lived and died and rose again.
Close by his side your promised place is waiting
Where, fully known, you shall with God remain.

Go, silent friend,
forgive us if we grieved you;
Safe now in heaven, kindly say our name.
your life has touched us, that is why we mourn you;
Our lives without you cannot be the same.
Go, silent friend,
we do not grudge you glory;
Sing, sing with joy deep praises to your Lord.
You, who believed that Christ would come back for you,
Now celebrate that Jesus keeps his word.

Words: © Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community, Fourth Floor, Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3DH. Music: This arrangement © The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. Please include title and author/composer in your annual report and quote 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions.

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