Behind the Song: “Remember and Proclaim”


My friend Russ Ramsey, who was a pastoral consultant for this album, once preached a communion sermon on 1 Corinthians 11.

He said that as we approach the table of the Lord for the Eucharist, we’re doing two things: remembering Christ’s blood and body, and proclaiming his death until he comes. With each step we’re saying, “Remember and proclaim.” Russ called it “the footfall of redemption.” There aren’t many happy songs about communion, so I wanted to write one that actually sounded like we were celebrating communion. And that celebration spills out into every meal we share in Christ’s name.

You can pick up Resurrection Letters: Volume I in the Rabbit Room Store and listen to “Remember and Proclaim” here:

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. Adam Huntley


    You know, I really like these little articles on songs.  From AP to Son of Laughter, etc. They’re fun to read.  Do this with older AP albums.  Do it with The Orchardist, etc.

  2. Tom Murphy


    Andrew, you and Russ are a great team.  Album Pastoral Consultant sounds like what I want to do when I grow up 😉  Every pastor needs a good artist friend as well.  Have you written anything else on the dynamics of that relationship?  I would devour it.

    It’s the missing link in the Biblical Counseling Through Song concept that I am working on next – the relationships of Pastors with Artists and Artists with Christ-centered, God exalting proclaimers of the Word.

    Seriously, it’s a blog post (or book) worth writing.

  3. Maya Joelle


    I love how you made this song to resonate with everyone – those who believe that the Lord’s Supper is just a way to remember and those who believe that Christ’s body and blood truly are present. (As a member of the second group, I enjoyed how you never excluded that viewpoint – something I was afraid of when I first listened to the song.) Thank you so much for writing these articles and songs!

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