June 3, 2018 - #4629 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Brian Mathias
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Let There Be Light!”
Music: Gilbert M. Martin
Lyrics: John Marriott

“Awake and Arise, All Ye Children of Light”
Welsh tune
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” (Organ solo)
American hymn tune
Arrangement: Dale Wood

“Unfold, Ye Portals” from The Redemption
Music: Charles Gounod
Lyrics: English translation by Reverend John Troutbeck

“Hold On” from The Secret Garden
Music: Lucy Simon
Lyrics: Marsha Norman
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”1
American folk hymn
Lyrics: Robert Robinson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD America's Choir and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.

The Spoken Word

"Is Your Life on Autopilot?"

For many years, modern airplanes have been equipped with a feature called “autopilot.” When a plane is flying on autopilot, its direction and altitude are controlled automatically, without the pilot needing to constantly control its every move.

Autopilot is a helpful feature on airplanes. But life is not meant to be lived on autopilot.

Unfortunately, our days can sometimes become so filled with routine or mundane tasks that we find ourselves going through the motions of life without experiencing much of its joys. When life is on autopilot, we get things done but feel no sense of accomplishment; we survive but do not truly live.

So how do we break out of this holding pattern? How do we grab the controls and take our lives to new heights? A good place to start is to decide on a destination. Where do we want to go with our lives, and is our flight path leading us there? What do we consider most important, and what are we willing to sacrifice for it? This may require a course correction, a shift in how we use our time or spend our energy.

Most often, it’s not a total reroute that we need—just a few fresh habits or activities to break up the old routine. For you, it may be keeping a journal, taking up painting or gardening, or going on a regular walk—not because you need to get somewhere or even because you need exercise but just because. Or maybe you feel inspired to take an old friend to lunch or check in on a neighbor or do something kind for a stranger. Look not for big events but appreciate the small, simple acts that give life profound meaning.

Yes, you may experience some turbulence as you pilot your life to a higher altitude. It’s not easy to change old habits. But remember that you are the captain, and your life will only reach its destination with you at the controls.

Henry David Thoreau said it well: “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability … to elevate [one’s] life by conscious endeavor.”1

  1. Walden, or Life in the Woods (1893), 142