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June 06, 2021 - #4786 Music & the Spoken Word

The Music & the Spoken Word broadcast airs live via TV, radio, and internet stream on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. mountain time. For information on other airtimes, visit “Airing Schedules” at musicandthespokenword.org.

This encore performance of Music & the Spoken Word has been specially selected for airing while the Choir and Orchestra are practicing social distancing. It contains a new Spoken Word written and delivered by Lloyd Newell.

Music

Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Saints Bound For Heaven”1
Music and Lyrics: American folk song
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“If the Savior Stood Beside Me”2
Music and Lyrics: Sally DeFord
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“Trumpet Tune in Seven” (organ solo)
Music: James C. Kasen

“Their Sound Is Gone Out into All Lands” from Messiah
Music: George Frideric Handel
Lyrics: Scripture

“How Can I Keep from Singing?”3
Music and Lyrics: Robert Lowry
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Morning Has Broken"
Music: Gaelic melody
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“All People That on Earth Do Dwell”3
Music: attributed to Louis Bourgeois
Lyrics: William Kethe
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg 

  1. On the CD Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
  2. On the CD Teach Me to Walk in the Light.
  3. On the CD Tree of Life.

The Spoken Word

Picking Up Litter

Some time ago, a motorist driving along a stretch of highway was intrigued to see three elderly women with large plastic bags, picking up trash along the roadside. The driver knew that highway cleanup was often assigned to fill a community service requirement—usually for those who had a debt to pay to society. He smiled as he tried to imagine what these women could possibly have done to deserve this duty. 

He saw them again the next day—and the next day and the next. Finally, his curiosity got the best of him, and he pulled over, leaned out the window, and said, “Excuse me. I’ve noticed you along this stretch of road for a week now. And I couldn’t help wondering what you did to get stuck with this job.” 

The women looked at each other and laughed as they realized for the first time how they must look to passersby. One of them replied, “We didn’t get assigned to do this job. We chose it! We each live alone, but we go walking together every morning, and we noticed all this litter along the highway. So we figured that if every morning, during our regular walk, we stopped long enough to take just one bag of garbage out of the world, maybe we could make a difference!”

All of us share the resources of this world, and all of us have a vested interest in preserving it for future generations. But not all of us stop long enough to do something about it. The world is a more beautiful place because three walking companions decided to pick up some litter every day.

But there’s another lesson from their good turn. We also share the spiritual and emotional atmosphere of this world. And there are many kinds of debris that litter that environment—unkind words, hurtful actions, discouragement, heartache, and loneliness. Wouldn’t it be a more beautiful place if each of us determined to dispose of this kind of litter—to take just one bag of garbage out of the world each day?

The kind deeds we do, the service we render, no matter how small, add to a growing circle of goodness. We can’t clean it all up at once, but as we each take our share of garbage out of the world, we make it a more beautiful place for everyone.