EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. GOD, MORE-THAN OUR alt.DREAM,
YOU-ctr CAUSE US INSPIRED REMEMBER.
YOUR-ctr POWERFUL SPIRIT,
YOU-ctr PUT-IN-PLACE INSIDE-SELF HUMAN HEART.
Refrain: WE KNOW-THAT YOU-ctr SURROUND US.
EVERYTHING YOU-ctr MAKE EMBRACE YOU-ctr.
WHILE WE LIVE AND WHILE WE DIE.
WE SHOW"all" YOU-ctr NEW, FRESH.
2. GOD MORE-THAN ANY NAME DESCRIBE,
YOU-ctr MAKE US SAME-AS-You.
WE LIKE/SAME-AS YOU-ctr.
WE WOMEN, WE MEN. Refrain
3. GOD MORE-THAN WORDS EXPRESS,
HEAVEN AND EARTH TELL-STORY.
WE BELLY-LAUGH, YOU-ctr SAME-AS-us.
WE TREMBLE CRY, YOU-ctr SAME-AS-us. Refrain
4. GOD MORE-THAN TIME WE CALCULATE
YOU-ctr WORK INSIDE-SELF US.
WE MOVE, WE CHANGE,
IN YOUR-ctr SPIRIT ALWAYS NEW. Refrain
5. GOD YOU-ctr TAKE-CARE-OF-us SOFT-HEARTED.
YOU-ctr SPOIL US LIKE BABY.
IDEA-LIKE MOTHER HELP US BECOME WHOLE.
YOU-ctr LOVE US INSIDE-SELF MOTHER FROM-THEN-ON. Refrain
Notes: MORE-THAN - (2h)[B^], touch FTs, then DH moves up in an arc towards the signer and away. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - more than.
CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.
POWERFUL - [C] or [5:] brings FTs rapidly to the ND biceps and bounces slightly.
YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
PUT-IN-PLACE - [S], PO > NDS, FO away, places something under [B], PO down, FO > NDS.
INSIDE-SELF - The FT of [C] are held against the chest and stuff the FT of [O^] into the [C] twice.
HUMAN - H-BODY.
KNOW-THAT - Starts like KNOW but twists and descends, looking almost like DON'T-KNOW except the hand twists down at the end.
SURROUND - , PO down, FO away, circles above NDH , PO > DS, FO up.
EMBRACE - Mime hugging.
FRESH - (2h), PO > face, hands move like FRIENDLY but fingers don't wg.
BELLY-LAUGH - (2h)[5:], POs ><, FOs away, DH is above NDH and they move alt. to and fro like a vibrating belly.
TREMBLE - (2h)[1^], POs down, FOs away, hands vibrate from side to side symmetrically to show legs shaking.
SOFT-HEARTED - HEART + (2h)[5^] descend slightly twice while closing to (2h)[O^] but hands close to heart.
SPOIL - Stroke dorsal (back) side of NDH [B], PO down, FO away.
IDEA-LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
WHOLE - (2h)[B^], POs up, FOs ><, DH circles around NDH and lands on its palm. For a QuickTime file of COMPLETE, see ASL Pro: Whole.
1. God, beyond our dreams, you have stirred in us a memory,
you have placed your powerful spirit in the hearts of humankind.
Refrain: All around us, we have known you;
all creation lives to hold you,
In our living and our dying
we are bringing you to birth.
2. God, beyond all names, you have made us in your image,
we are like you, we reflect you, we are woman, we are man.
3. God, beyond all words, all creation tells your story,
you have shaken with our laughter, you have trembled with our tears.
4. God, beyond all time, you are laboring within us;
we are moving, we are changing, in your spirit ever new.
5. God of tender care, you have cradled us in goodness,
you have mothered us in wholeness, you have loved us into birth.
To hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to MIDI music - G and click on "God, Beyond All Names".