All over Creation

a peace carol

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: DUNEDIN

Lyrics as Poetry

All over creation
joy spills into light,
stars, candles ablaze this Christmas night;
where Jesus is sleeping,
peace kisses the earth,
O that we could know
who Mary has brought to birth!This child will bring freedom,
this child will release
wellsprings of compassion, ways to peace,
this child will bring healing,
this child will inspire
love answering love,
and spirit to Spirit’s fire.This child will befriend us,
this child will invite
all children to share his world’s delight:
this Christ will confront us
when, children no more,
we plunder our planet,
crying from want and war.Let there be a moment
held, as in one breath
when all the earth turns away from death,
peace nursing creation,
peace spreading her wing,
O that we could know
what Christmas is meant to bring!

Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song


Shirley Erena Murray wrote the text for this “peace carol” in 1995 in response to a lovely melody sent to her by her composer-friend Jillian Bray. I took the photo below of Jillian as we enjoyed an afternoon together in John & Shirley Murray’s home in Raumati Beach, New Zealand during a 2014 visit.

As I was seeking some new inspiration for the coming Christmas 2008 season, I happened upon these words in Shirley’s 1996 collection Every Day in Your Spirit (Hope Publishing Company). I introduced Shirley’s words and my new musical setting to the choir at Knox United Church in Parksville (Vancouver Island, Canada) on Wednesday evening, November 5, 2008.

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Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Birth, Birthing
  • Christ
  • Christmas
  • Compassion
  • Creation
  • God∶ love of
  • Heal, Healing
  • Hope
  • Jesus∶ birth
  • Life∶ new life
  • Light
  • Love∶ God's
  • Mary (mother of Jesus)
  • Peace
  • Violence
  • War

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