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October 16, 2022 - #4857 Music & the Spoken Word

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

“When in Our Music God Is Glorified”
Music: Traditional English melody
Lyrics: Fred Pratt Green
Arrangement: Emily Crocker

“For the Beauty of the Earth”1
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: Folliott S. Pierpoint

Menuet gothique, from Suite gothique (organ solo)
Music: Léon Boëllmann

“I Sing the Mighty Power of God”1
Music: English melody
Lyrics: Isaac Watts
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“What a Wonderful World”
Music and Lyrics: George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Morning Has Broken”1
Music: Gaelic melody
Lyrics: Eleanor Farjeon
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Let Us All Press On”2
Music and Lyrics: Evan Stephens
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

  1. From the album Consider the Lilies.
  2. From the album Let Us All Press On.

The Spoken Word

“Patches of Godlight”

(Recorded with Lloyd Newell at The Kilns, outside Oxford, England)

The Kilns

I’m standing in front of a home called “The Kilns,” located in Headington just outside of Oxford, England. The home got its name from the fact that it was built on a brickworks site long ago. It’s a lovely house surrounded by beautiful gardens, but it would be unremarkable except for the fact that the beloved writer and Oxford University professor C. S. Lewis lived here for more than 30 years until his death in 1963. He wrote his most notable books here, including The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity to name a few.

This charming spot recalls these words Lewis wrote: “Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”1

As Lewis well knew, you can’t always predict when a patch of sunlight or a patch of “Godlight” will shine into your life. But you can put yourself in a position to receive that light, because God, like the sun, is always there, whether or not we recognize Him.

Lewis himself, for example, was an atheist in his early teens and through his 20s. But then his faith in Christianity was rekindled with the help of his close friend and fellow professor J. R. R. Tolkien. Lewis called himself a “most reluctant convert to faith,”2 but once converted—once that patch of Godlight arrived—he believed with his whole heart, mind, and soul.

C. S. Lewis spent the rest of his days teaching about God and His love. “The great thing to remember,” he explained, “is that, though our feelings come and go, [God’s] love for us does not.”3

Holy Trinity Church

A memorial to C. S. Lewis sits in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey in London, placed there on the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death. His actual gravesite is just a few miles from The Kilns, here in the peaceful surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. Inside the church are reminders of his life, including a plaque on the pew where he sat. But perhaps the most touching monument to C. S. Lewis’s life and faith is the “Narnia window,” a fitting reminder to do what he did: seek for and find light—patches of Godlight.

  1. C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, (1963), 91.
  2. In David C. Downing, “C. S. Lewis as Atheist Turned Apostle,” C. S. Lewis (blog), May 2, 2012,
  3. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, rev. ed. (1952), 102–3.