Garth in concert as part of
Commemoration of UN Declaration of Human Rights
Where: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA – further details tbc
When: Sunday 6th December 2020 – time to be confirmed
more details to be confirmed
There is an Ancient Peace
a Quiet Day for Activists
When: Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10am – 4pm
Where: Halstead Baptist Church, Hedingham Rd, Halstead CO9 2DW
Tickets: free, but as numbers are limited booking is required – watch this space for a link to Eventbrite, it will be live in a couple of weeks
Garth tells the background to the song:
“‘Let Nothing Disturb You’ was inspired by some words of Teresa of Avila, also known as St Teresa of Jesus (1515 – 1582). She was a Prioress and Carmelite nun, a central figure in a movement of spiritual and monastic renewal.
And she wrote these words as a poem, translated here:
All things are passing
God alone never changes
Patience gains all things
If you have God
You will want for nothing
God alone suffices
These words were taken by musicians at Taizé and turned into a short four line song – suitable for times of worship, and the song is repeated again and again. Taizé music is beautiful and very suitable for Lent. I heard the Taizé song from friend and guitarist Dave Perry who played it to a group of us one evening – Dave was the guitarist on my new album My Name Is Palestine, which includes this song.
I liked this chorus, and thought that for a song on an album it needed a bit more progression so I wrote three other verses and then a chorus section. The words are picking up on the original theme of Teresa and also Taizé, where again the song is normally sung in Spanish so I end the song with the Spanish words “Nada te turbé”. Read more…
Make a Difference in the World
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
Half-truths, superficial relationships,
So that you will live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice,
Oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you will work for justice, equity and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain,
Rejection, starvation and war,
So that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
From ‘A World of Blessing’, edited by Geoffrey Duncan
Garth Hewitt writes redemption songs
and then sings them without fear.
His voice comes through clearly,
challenging us by his witness to act for justice. His is a brave voice,
needed more than ever in a fearful world, and in a sometimes timid church.
Please God, it will help us
sing redemption songs of our own.
The Revd Lucy Winkett
Rector, St James’s Piccadilly
previous Chair of Trustees of Amos Trust