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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Look at the World -- with New Eyes

I wish I had come across this YouTube presentation before  Earth Day ... but this may well be a case of better late than never!  You may or may not be familiar with the work of John Rutter, contemporary English composer. If the name rings a tiny bell it would most likely be for his Christmas compositions sung by The Cambridge Singers, a choral group he formed to sing his catalog.  Their collaboration has resulted in many recordings of his sacred music.

I had never heard this particular piece -  Look at the World - before; it was posted on an Episcopal church's website and I wanted to share it with you.  In this video, Mr. Rutter's music has been paired with images of  the amazing creatures of  'this fragile Earth, our island home', each in its natural (and diminishing) environment.

Click on the link below.  Watch. Listen. Bring your reactions to prayer and/or discussion with others.

Look at the World (Lyrics by John Rutter)

Look at the world - everything all around us;
Look at the world and marvel every day;
Look at the world - so many joys and wonders,
So many miracles along our way.
Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower;
Look at the sky, the sunshine and the rain;
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
Valley and flowing river, field and plain.
Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer
Bringing the harvest before the winter's cold;
Everything grows, everything has a season,
Till it is gathered to the Father's fold.
Every good gift, all that we need and cherish,
Comes from the Lord in token of His love.
We are His hands, stewards of all His bounty;
His is the earth and His the heavens above.

Praise to Thee, O Lord for all creation;
Give us thankful hearts that we may see
All the gifts we share, and every blessing,
All things come of Thee.


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