Spirit Water

Spirit Water

SATB with organ, soloist, piano, string bass and percussion

 

boat“Create in us a clean heart, O God and put a new and right spirit within us.”

Psalm 51 was the inspiration for “Spirit Water”, a choral piece in three movements that was commissioned by East Liberty Presbyterian Church to help celebrate the rededication of its sanctuary. This rededication followed months of intensive cleaning and restoration work.

There is a powerful parallel between the transformation of ELPC’s Cathedral of Hope and the transformation that we must each go through as individuals, as we walk our journey with God. In this journey, we must occasionally stop, clean the cobwebs from our souls and ask for God’s help in following our intended path.

This cleaning does not mean that we wish to erase our pasts. Our pasts hold powerful lessons that become a part of everything that we accomplish in the future. Instead, we must clean away those obstacles in our lives that prevent us from being the loving persons that God wishes us to be.

It is my prayer that we as individuals will take cleansing steps to prepare ourselves for our loving futures and that God will “ignite us to do deeds of mercy and justice around the world.”

The three sections of Spirit Water range in style from slow gospel to pop to jazz. Performance time is 15 minutes.


Lyrics for Spirit Water

Words by Jeffry Blake Johnson with David P. Goldstein

1. Cleanse Our Hearts

Creator of all of Creation,
Wash us through with your Spirit water,
Cleanse our hearts, beyond brand new,
Shine through our souls your loving power.

Help us to clear a place for living,
Help us to make a space for love.
Help us to see with child-like eyes
The grace of creation, our place in the world.

2. Teach Us Our Path

Teach us our path.
Teach us our life.
Teach us to love ourselves.

Lover of all, may we love you above all,
May we love our world family as we love ourselves.
May we thrive in the light of your love
And help all others to thrive as well.

3. Fill our Hearts with Compassion

Spirit that flows through the river,
Spirit flow through my heart.
Spirit that flows through the meadow
Flow gently through my soul.

Creator, fill our hearts with compassion.
Fill us not with pity, but with celebration
For the kind human spirit that lives within us.
Ignite us to do deeds of mercy and justice
around the world.

Creator of all of Creation,
Wash us through with your Spirit water,
Cleanse our hearts, beyond brand new,
Shine through our souls your loving power.

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