Who Can Help But Celebrate?

© 2019 Bret Hesla

Won-ders here, won -ders there.
Won’der why they’re ev-‘ry-where.
Who can help but cel-e-brate
the beau-ties of the earth?

(chorus)
I mean Who? Who? Who?
Who can help but cel-e-brate?
Who can help but cel-e-brate
the beau-ties of the earth?

Milk-weed flow’r, pur-ple rain
Mon-arch out my win-dow pane
Back-yard sanc-tu-ar-y
where I wor-ship ev-‘ry day. (ch)

Fa-ces light fa-ces dark
Fa-ces smil-ing in the park
Face a new di-rec-tion
and you find a-noth-er friend. (ch)

Time to work, time to play,
time to thank God ev-‘ry day.
Take some time to go take in
the out-doors ev-‘ry day. (ch)


Words and music by Bret Hesla.
Written on commission for Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.
© 2019 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Use with permission, please.
Licensed via OneLicense.net, Contact: Bret.hesla@gmail.com.
Recording:
Piano: Tom Witt; Guitar: Bret Hesla, Percussion: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Fiddle: Linda Breitag
Vocals: Martha Schwen-Bardwell, Ray Makeever, Linda Breitag, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Bret Hesla

Notes: Who Can Help But Celebrate. This song was  written on commission for my home congregation, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. It combines two key themes for this community: celebration and care of the earth. Located in the middle of a large metropolitan area, it’s important for us – and challenging–to find ways to live sustainably and be connected to the earth. We’re wrestling with this challenge as we move into the next 150 years.

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