New Life, New Love, New Light
Alfred V. Fedak

Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Text Thomas H. Troeger
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. cong.
Topic Creation, Love (God's), New Heaven and Earth
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 5' 20" Released 6/15
Catalog no. 420-391
Difficulty Mod. diff.

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Anthem text
Earth’s crust of rock is drifting upon its molten core,
and all the sands are shifting on every wavelapped shore,
while in the sky’s vast spaces great suns recede to night
and leave no shining traces of their once steady light.

Though all things fade and crumble on earth and in the sky,
and we frail creatures stumble, our faith will never die
for we have glimpsed the wonder of love that never dims
and dreams of hope that thunder through worship, prayers and hymns.

Faith gives a depth dimension to how we view all things,
directing our attention to their undying springs:
the Spirit animating all life in every place,
the heart of Christ relating to us with love and grace.

Christ is our sure foundation, the only solid ground,
the wellspring of creation whose depths we cannot sound,
the truth past our conceiving, the word too vast to spell,
and yet in hearts believing, good new to sing and tell:

Good news that’s overflowing with such abundant grace
that we feel Christ bestowing on us the same embrace
that spans the borders of distant stars and night
and from creation orders new life, new love, new light.

Text: Thomas H. Troeger
© Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Description This creative and distinctive anthem is sure to make a strong impression on choir and congregation. Thomas H. Troeger’s text begins with an evocation of a world falling apart and is matched by Fedak’s stark setting. The music gains confidence as the text moves towards celebrating the presence of God even in the midst of a fallen world. Finally, the anthem changes character to present Fedak’s original hymn tune NEW LIGHT, a stirring and solid setting of the final verses that evoke that “Christ is our sure foundation” and that he is the one who “orders new life, new love, new light.”



 

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