“THE BLESSING” CONTINUES | Grant Norsworthy
I don’t believe this has ever happened before.
Not like this! All around the world, countless
people of the Christian faith - singers,
instrumentalists and technicians - have worked
together - across geographical, denominational,
theological, racial, age, stylistic, musical ability
and other boundaries - to bring God’s words of
blessing to their communities, their nations and
to the rest of the world.
And they have chosen to do this by singing a
song - the same song - together. “The Blessing”.
In last month’s issue of [WM], I wrote about
how this movement of God’s Church began
and started to grow. Utilizing the song “The
Blessing” from Elevation Worship, a wave of
“virtual choirs” have been formed - singing to
the whole world from the YouTube “stage”.
These videos have been gathering tens of
thousands, hundreds of thousand, even
millions of views. All of them combine uploaded
video submissions from individuals and smaller
groups into a collage of voices and faces to
powerful effect. A beautiful picture of unity
though diversity. A clear display of many different
people with one common, powerful desire to
be conduits for God’s Word of blessing.
What may have started as a good project idea
for Church singers to undertake during a time
of no Church gatherings and no congregational
singing during Covid-19 lockdown has become
much more. Even though, for many (but by
no means all!) of us the Covid-19 pandemic
troubles seem to be subsiding, the desire and
need to sing “The Blessing” continues.
We have chosen to join a global choir to sing
God’s blessing in a time such as this.
For my previous [WM] article I included links
of my favorite five “The Blessing - virtual choir”
videos of the ones that had been released up
to the time of writing. Now it’s my pleasure
to highlight another five that have gone live
since then. That’s five more of the many! How
many, you ask? I don’t know. I’ve lost count.
Check out the videos below.
Who are the Tamil people, you may ask?
They’re an ethnic group who live mainly in Sri
Lanka and parts of southern India in regions
where they are very much in the minority.
These are only a handful of the many that can
be found on YouTube. Search them out. The
musical and technical quality varies wildly, but
the common sincerity, purpose and passion are
hard to deny.
In my home country of New Zealand, it has
just been announced that there are no known
cases of the Covid-19 illness within our shores.
We have not been in lockdown for a while now.
It feels like we Kiwis have dodged the Covid-19
bullet! But only yesterday the World Health
Organization announced that, globally, there
have been more than 100,000 new cases in
nine of the last ten days. Many are still suffering
and that suffering is getting worse.
And while things are rather tranquil for me in
rural New Zealand right now (working away
to co-ordinate and produce “The Blessing
| Aotearoa/New Zealand” song video), the
news - especially from the USA - while it’s not
so dominated by Covid-19, clearly shows a
greater need than ever for more of Almighty
God’s blessing on us all.
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Name: “The Hawaii Blessing”
Release date: May 14, 2020
Name: “The Blessing - Canada”
Release Date: May 17, 2020
Name: “The Blessing Tamil | ஆசீர்வாதம் | Tamil
Worship Leaders | Tamil Christian song | 2020”
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Name: “The Blessing SWEDEN | Välsignelsen Sverige”
Release Date: May 24, 2020
Name: “The Bay Area Blessing — Churches sing 'The Blessing'
over the San Francisco Bay Area”
Release Date: May 30, 2020
54 July 2020
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