STAR CHILD (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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The Audio Sample is played on piano by Ron Klusmeier. The sample consists of a Verse and Refrain followed by the last Verse, Refrain, and extended Ending (using the 5th Ending).

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Lyrics

Star-Child, earth-Child,
go-between of God,
love Child, Christ Child,
heaven’s lightning rod,

REFRAIN:
This year, this year,
let the day arrive
when Christmas comes for everyone,
everyone alive!

Street child, beat child,
no place left to go,
hurt child, used child
no one wants to know,

REFRAIN

Grown child, old child
mem’ry full of years,
sad child, lost child,
story told in tears,

REFRAIN

Spared child, spoiled child,
having, wanting more,
wise child, faith child,
knowing joy in store,

REFRAIN

Hope-for-peace Child,
God’s stupendous sign,
down-to-earth Child,
Star of stars that shine,

REFRAIN

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Every Day in Your Spirit (Hope Publishing Co., 1996, No. 23): “A carol which grew out of increasing concern at the market values dictating our welfare system, now creating more and more ‘social rejects’.”

The choral version of this composition was dedicated by Ron to Foster & Sherry Freed’s four children. Foster and Ron were long-time colleagues in ministry at Knox United Church in Parksville, BC on Vancouver Island.

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