Behold I make all things new

Behold I make all things new

One of the great delights of having several songwriters at saint ben’s is that it just isn’t all that unusual to have new songs appear on any given Sunday, most often built around one of the biblical texts for the evening. On the Fifth Sunday in Eastertide the lectionary had us reading Revelation 21:1-6, a text rich with hope-filled imagery. “God will be with them,” John positively rhapsodizes, “to wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.

Charles Garinger took hold of the text and produced a song we sang at the very beginning of the liturgy to still us and get us ready for worship. The digital recorder was running, and we got a pretty good – though admittedly raw – recording, live off the floor. You can listen to this new song by clicking the arrow:

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Along with Charles on lead vocal and guitar, our ensemble for the evening included Trish Vrolijk on piano and vocals, Judith Newsom on violin and vocals, Robert Burton on guitar, Larry Campbell on bass and vocals, and Jeremy Yuen on percussion and vocals.

Behold, behold I make all things new

These words are trustworthy and true

Behold, behold I make all things new

These words are trustworthy and true


I am the Alpha and Omega

The beginning and the end

I give water from the spring of life

And death you shall transcend


(Charles Garinger, from Rev 21:1-6)

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