Filmed during Garth’s concert at
St Mark’s Church, Broomfield Road, Sheffield, on Friday 12th May 2018
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An evening of enjoyment, prayers, and stories of struggle and hope in a time of uncertainty.
Garth brings an ancient message – first heard on a hillside, in a garden, in a marketplace, sometimes even a place of worship. We join him as he sings and tells his stories in a local church, and experience the intimacy and friendliness for which his concerts are known as he interacts with his audience, who respond with singing and laughter.
You will feel as though you had been there.
Garth says, “This was a warm and friendly evening, and interestingly I knew many people in the audience from different stages of my ministry. As I look at the film I spot someone who was in our youth club at St Luke’s Maidstone when I was Curate there – I spot people who have promoted concerts for me through the years, people who have been on Amos journeys with us to the Holy Land, Nicaragua, even South Africa. I spot someone who has sung songs of mine in all sorts of different places, which I always feel is a great compliment. There’s a thirteen year old lad who comes regularly to my concerts when I’m in the area – so there’s a good mixture of supporters, encouragers, and friends.”
What have they done to the “Little Town”?
Imprisoned it in a concrete wall
Bethlehem – once a holy city
Trapped inside a ghetto wall.
Here where angels sang of peace
Where love and hope were born anew
Once surrounded by a heavenly host
Now surrounded by a concrete view.
Yet people crushed and hidden away
Still celebrate on Christmas Eve
Lighting candles for the child –
They still remember – still believe.
So light a candle this Holy Night
For Bethlehem and Beit Sahour
And for all the people caught inside
That cold and grey prison wall
Longing for a world of peace
Where all are treated equally
Where all can recognise their worth
Where all can live with dignity –
Where all can join hands with neighbours
Whether Muslim, Christian or Jew
And find a way to live together
Making Holy dreams
Making Holy dreams come true.
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