A New Creation
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Patricia Blaze Clark
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Music, Praise and Adoration
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 2' 45" Released 6/13
Catalog no. 420-121 Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
O God, you sang creation into being
and then embraced it in the sacred dance.
You breathed your harmonies into its spirit;
enchanted restless forces with a glance.

Divine Musician, you played us an Eden,
you filled its silences with notes divine.
But we grew deaf from discord we engendered
and heard no more your musical design.

Your melodies still hover in our beings
like tunes that echo through a hollow reed;
your Spirit's voice sets ready heart-strings ringing
that choruses long buried might be freed.

Made us your instruments, tuned for your service;
call forth a symphony of grateful praise;
arrange our lives in rhythm with your music;
sing us a new creation for these days.

--Patricia Blaze Clark. Text © copyright 2002, Gemini Press.

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Patricia Blaze Clark’s text celebrates God who "sang creation into being" through a variety of musical metaphors. Commissioned by the Mississippi Conference on Music and Liturgy, David White’s hymn-like setting is grand, yet gracious, making this work an excellent song of praise especially suitable for occasions celebrating the role of music in worship.


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