Wen Ti (聞笛)/Lift your eyes unto the hills
Wen Ti (The Flute Plays) was written in the 9th century. It describes beautiful bamboo flute music coming from a nearby home; the poet wonders who is playing the lovely tune. The flowing pentatonic melody is used here with new words for various sections of a worship service: call to worship, assurance of pardon, doxology, and benediction.
This arrangement was commissioned for a service at the 2018 Calvin Worship Symposium. You can hear it at the following times in the video:
11:47 Call to Worship: “Lift Your Eyes unto the Hills” (based on Psalm 121 and 124)
21:44 Assurance of Pardon: “God Is Gracious to Forgive” (evoking Colossians 1:12-15)
1:22:56 Doxology “To the One Who’s Shown Us Love” (from Revelation 1:4-6)
Anthem for SATB choir and piano with optional C instrument; includes full score and C instrument part.
Chinese folk song
text based on Psalms 121 and 124, Colossians 1:12-15, and Revelation 1:4-6
words and arrangement by Greg Scheer
copyright December 2017
Call to Worship
Lift your eyes unto the hills.
Ponder, who shall be your help?
Our help comes from God, the Lord,
Maker of the heavens and earth.
Assurance of Pardon
God is gracious to forgive.
Through the Son’s most precious gift
We escape death’s dark domain,
live in light where Christ e’er reigns.
Praise to God whose love is shown
in the cross of Christ, his Son.
Praise the Spirit, who empowers
life abundant, life of love.
May the Lord, your gracious God,
bless you with unending love.
May God’s light and deep shalom
be with you forevermore!