SUMMER SUN OR WINTER SKIES (Words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Verse 1 sung by David Moddle and is immediately followed by one of the instrumental interludes; piano accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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  • Eb Instrument
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  • Viola (alto clef)


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Summer sun or winter skies,
Christmas comes —
shepherds, angels, lullabies,
words recorded by the wise:
read it in the book —
take another look…

Shadows track the hawk in flight
Christmas now —
children born in fire and fight,
silent night a violent night,
hawks are in control
of a nation’s soul

There where terror plies its trade
Christmas now —
children learn to be afraid,
minefields of distrust are laid,
evil is in force
on a winning course

Child of peace, God’s human face,
Christmas now —
come to plead war’s counter-case,
bring the dove a nesting place,
though her wings are torn,
though her blood is drawn

Winter skies or summer sun
Christmas comes —
still the threads of hope are spun,
goodness will outclass the gun,
evil has no tooth
that can kill the truth.

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