Last week it was a joy to release Pantete chairete – Rejoice always (1 Thess. 5:16)
Set to the brilliant music of one of Bach’s Brandenberg concertos. We are delighted to be able to send out a second offering by Bach: a version we recorded of his well-known piece Sheep may safely graze, set to a video that Jonathan Greenwood filmed in the Brecon Beacons of, er, sheep grazing safely. May the music and the images minister something of the peace of the Lord to you.
There is also a wider thought woven into the original words by the deeply religious composer that most people are unaware of, (I certainly was until recently) and that concerns the great benefits of wise rulers. It seems even more important than usual this year to be praying for our leaders, whether in the church or nation, at home or overseas in the face of so many challenges that are confronting the world.
Click here to see the original words.#of sheep may safely graze?# [#Sheep may safely graze and pasture
Where a shepherd guards them well.
So the nation ruled in wisdom
Knows and shares the many blessings
Which both peace and plenty bring.]
After listening to the piece, why not revist the Prayers for our Times that we sent out in the last edition on behalf of our leaders?
Sheep may safely graze and pasture
In a watchful Shepherd’s sight.
Those who rule with wisdom guiding
Bring to hearts a peace abiding
Bless a land with joy made bright.
Schafe können sicher weiden
Wo ein guter Hirte wacht.
Wo Regenten wohl regieren
Kann man Ruh’ und Friede spüren
Und was Länder glücklich macht.