For the Wholeness of the Earth

For the Wholeness of the Earth 
© 2017 Bret Hesla.

1. We lift this prayer
for the wholeness of the earth.
We lift this prayer
for the wholeness of the earth.
We lift this prayer
for the wholeness of the earth.
Can you feel it rising in you?

2. We tune our ears to the wholeness of the earth.(3x)
Can you feel it ringing in you?

3. We turn our lives to the wholeness of the earth.(3x)
Can you feel it spinning in you?

4. We stand our ground for the wholeness of the earth (3x)
Can you feel that granite in you?

5. Give thanks to God for the wholeness of the earth.(3x)
Can you feel it rising in you?

Words and music by Bret Hesla.
© 2017 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Licensed via OneLicense.net, Contact: Bret.hesla@gmail.com.
Guitar, Harmonica, Lead vocals: Bret Hesla
Piano: Tom Witt
Bass, Drums: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan,
Singers: Mary Preus, Andrea Sorum, Sarah Preus, Nate Crary , Conie Borchart, Robin Nelson, Liza Johnson, Kathy Pino, Ray Makeever, Paul Andress, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Bret Hesla

This lively song connects the healing the planet with the healing of ourselves and our communities. It’s part of a 2017 collection addressing ecology and climate justice, Singing Prayers for the Earth, by composers Bret Hesla and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. What wonderful news: this good creation rings and spins in each of us. We rise together: give thanks to God.

This song should swing! Guitar and/or piano are appropriate accompaniment. If you can, add a walking bass and percussion. A trumpet or a fiddle would sound good playing a verse for some alternation between singing and as an introduction to the song. Find a way to encourage some movement–not only the children, but everyone. May we always dance our prayers of hope and gratitude for this earth.

A song with lots of repetition gives the singers the opportunity to get into it whole heartedly. To teach it the first time, I usually sing it once all through, a capella. Then I go back and teach one line at a time, call/echo. From there, everybody go for it; close is good enough, in my experience.

And the video below is a fun virtual collaboration, done during the pandemic, with Gloria Dei Church in Winnipeg.

 

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