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Dec 30, 2018 - #4659 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

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

“I Will Follow God’s Plan”1
by Vanja Y. Watkins
Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins

“Carrillon de Westminster” (Organ solo)
by Louis Vierne

“When You Wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio
Music: Leigh Harline
Lyrics: Ned Washington
Arrangement: Michael Davis

“New Year”
by John Rutter

“O Come Ye Nations of the Earth”
German hymn tune
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Teach Me to Walk in the Light.

The Spoken Word

A Year of Possibilities

As we close the calendars on one year, we open them to another. We reflect on days past and anticipate days ahead; we look back and we look forward every time we begin another year.

In reality, January 1 is just another day—not that different from the other 364 in the year. But it has become a day to celebrate. Why all the excitement? Maybe it has something to do with the wonder and mystery of a new year. None of us really knows what the next 12 months will bring, what new experiences we will have, or what surprises lie in store.

Of course, sometimes we don’t like surprises. Uncertainty can be uncomfortable, even frightening. But it can also be liberating. A new year represents a fresh start, a chance to do better and be better, to accomplish things we’ve never done before. Yes, we may have made mistakes in the past, but the new year invites us to leave them behind. “That was last year,” it cheerfully declares. “Let’s make this year different!”

More than six decades ago on this broadcast, announcer Richard L. Evans observed: “Sometimes we overemphasize uncertainty.” A better approach to the new year, he suggested, is faith, work, and patience. “We must be willing to work without knowing all the outcome in advance. . . . We must be willing to wait for final answers.” We must “shun false pride and pettiness” and trust that God “will not leave us alone nor let anything be lost, nor any good go unrewarded.”

Yes, we celebrate New Year’s Day as an expression of faith. We believe that if we are diligent and patient, every year can be better than the last. In that spirit, Richard L. Evans offered these words of benediction to the past year and welcome to the year ahead: “God grant us faith, work, patience and a little time to live the goodness of life with our loved ones, to live above the contentious controversies, and to see the eternal certainties beyond the uncertainties, and to walk in prayerful humility with Him who gave us everlasting life and who keeps Creation in its course.”1

  1. From the Crossroads (1955), 233–34.