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May 7, 2023 - #4886 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Brian Mathias
Announcer: Lloyd D. Newell

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

“There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today”1
Music: John R. Sweney
Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Finale, from Symphony no. 6” (organ solo)
Music: Charles-Marie Widor

“How Bright Is the Day”2
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from Carousel 3
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“As a Shepherd”4
Music: Mack Wilberg
Lyrics: David Warner

“I Believe in Christ”5
Music: John Longhurst
Lyrics: Bruce R. McConkie
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. From the albums Then Sings My Soul and This Is the Christ.
  2. From the album Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
  3. From the album Showtime.
  4. From the album Tree of Life.
  5. From the albums Consider the Lilies, Called to Serve, and This Is the Christ.

The Spoken Word

The Sheepfold of God

Recorded in Wales, June 12, 2022
Lloyd D. Newell

Three times as many sheep as people live here in the beautiful country of Wales!1  Sheep are simply part of the landscape. Most every day, on the hillsides and along the roads, sheep follow their shepherds, a few of them wandering astray perhaps, but all of them—hopefully—finding their way back to the fold. Gazing at the Welsh countryside, you can’t help but ponder the symbolism of sheep, green pastures, and the Good Shepherd.

It would be wonderful if life were always as green and nourishing as these pastures. Unfortunately, our journey takes us through barren deserts and cold winters. As the scriptures correctly observe, “all we like sheep have gone astray.”But it’s also true that all we, like sheep, have a shepherd. With His gentle, familiar voice,3 the Good Shepherd leads us “beside the still waters.”4

The words of the great English poet William Blake seem to fit perfectly in this beautiful setting:

Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice
Making all the vales rejoice?5

And when we do wander off, the Good Shepherd comes to our rescue, for He cares as much about the one who strays as He does about the ninety and nine who stay. He never gives up on us. And when we are found, He carries us to safety, rejoicing in our recovery and welcoming us back to the fold.6 What does He ask in return for such goodness and grace? He invites us to feed His sheep,7 to help others find their way home too.8

What makes this invitation even more meaningful is the fact that our Good Shepherd is also the Lamb of God. He knows the way to peace and safety because He has walked, as we must, “through the valley of the shadow of death”9 and emerged victorious. He knows what it’s like to be a lamb like us.

William Blake’s poem says it this way:

Little lamb, who made thee? …
Little lamb I’ll tell thee.
He is called by thy name,
For He calls himself a Lamb.10

  1. See “Sheep Now Outnumber People Three to One in Wales,” Independent, Dec. 19, 2016,
  2. Isaiah 53:6.
  3. See John 10:27.
  4. Psalm 23:2.
  5. William Blake, “The Lamb,” in Songs of Innocence and Experience (1866), 8.
  6. See Luke 15:3–7.
  7. See John 21:16.
  8. See Hebrews 12:12.
  9. Psalm 23:4.
  10. Blake, “The Lamb,” 8.