Sanctuary Art Project: “Blue Boat Home”

Lauren Furey

Lauren Furey

by Lauren Furey

Approximately every two years we change the art on the walls of the sanctuary at the UUFP. Our first project was the Seven Principles, we then moved on to favorite hymns. The first was “The Spirit of Life” and the second was “A Rose in the Winter Time”.

We are about to embark on our third hymn and the chosen song is “Blue Boat Home”.  There are eight sections that are available for choosing (nine in total but one has already been chosen).

If you are interested in taking part in this project, the deadline for the finished piece is November 30, 2013. Just about any medium is acceptable.

Please see Lauren Furey or email her at to submit samples of your work. Remember, photography, textiles, paper, paint, collage, beading are all good options! The piece needs to be able to hang.

“Blue Boat Home” Words by singer/songwriter Peter Mayer, Melody by Prichard, Hymn #207 in UU Hymnal, and now in the new hymnal #1076

1. Though below me, I feel no motion
Standing on these mountains and plains
Far away from the rolling ocean

2. Still my dry land heart can say
I’ve been sailing all my life now
Never harbor or port have I known

3. The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

4. Sun, my sail and moon, my rudder
As I ply the starry sea
Leaning over the edge in wonder

5. Casting questions into the deep
Drifting here with my ship’s companions
All we kindred pilgrim souls

6. Making our way by the lights of the heavens
In our beautiful blue boat home

7. I give thanks to the waves upholding me
Hail the great winds urging me on
Greet the infinite sea before me

8. Sing the sky my sailor’s song
I was born upon the fathoms
Never harbor or port have I known

9. The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

Peter Mayer

Peter Mayer


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