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Music Notes - July 2021

Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 29, 2021 at 2:20 PM

This Sunday, July 4th, our nation will celebrate Independence Day. This day has different meanings to different people. For some it symbolizes the many struggles and wars our nation has endured to be independent from control of another country or monarch. For others it symbolizes religious and political freedom. And, for some it symbolizes an unrealized freedom that not everyone was entitled to receive: a freedom denied them by those who claim to value freedom’s worth. I am reminded by scripture that “there is nothing new under the sun”. In truth, mankind (and womankind) have always wanted our freedom to choose to do what we wish: sometimes this is for good and, at other times maybe not so good. Adam and Eve got to choose in the garden of Eden and it didn’t really turn out too well. As we all ponder what we might have learned from the worldwide pandemic and, too, from the very polarized politics in our country, I commend the beautiful hymn text below by Carl P. Daw for us to consider what choices we can make that will lead to a fuller expression of God’s vision for Christ’s eternal kingdom. The author uses themes from Isaiah and others to create this beautiful description of peace. Anglophiles will recognize the famous JERUSALEM tune to which the words are sung. We will sing this hymn on Sunday and I hope it speaks to you.

O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines

O day of peace that dimly shines through all our hopes and prayers and dreams, guide us to justice, truth, and love, delivered from our selfish schemes. May swords of hate fall from our hands, our hearts from envy find release, till by God’s grace our warring world shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace. Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, nor shall the fierce devour the small; as beasts and cattle calmly graze, a little child shall lead them all. Then enemies shall learn to love, all creatures find their true accord; the hope of peace shall be fulfilled, for all the earth shall know the Lord.

Words: © 1982 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

Peace to you,

John

 

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