Children of the Wind (Chris Inglis)

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  • (Posted 2004-07-09)  CPDL #07555:   
Editor: Chris Inglis (submitted 2004-07-09).   Score information: Letter, 15 pages, 2.4 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: large file (2 Mbytes), Pentecost anthem, please notify composer, he would like to hear responses.

General Information

Title: Children of the Wind
Composer: Chris Inglis

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Soloists: B
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Now when the day of Pentecost had come to Jerusalem, the twelve disciples, the eleven plus Matthias, were all together in one place. It was a still spring morning.
All of the sudden, the sound of a violent wind came blowing from the heavens and filled the entire house where they had gathered. The wind brought tongues of fire which spread among them and came to rest on each one of them.
The wind, the fire, touched each of them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Apostles began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
In response to the noise of the great wind, a crowd gathered and was in confusion because they heard each of the disciples speaking as if in their own languages. Completely baffled, they said, "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it we hear them, each one of us, in our own native language?" All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, "What does this mean? But others jeered at them, saying, "They have drunk a great deal of new wine!" But Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Let this be known to all of you and listen carefully to what I say. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only nine o'clock in the morning."
"Hear the words of the prophet Joel: 'I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity, and your sons and daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams!'"
Ba'iym b'nai ruach,
Note: Ancient Hebrew and Greek text meaning "Onward, Children of the Wind."
 Poruentai tekna pneumatas.

That day, three thousand people were baptized. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers. Reverential awe came on everyone, and many wonders and miraculous signs came about by the apostles. All who believed were together and held everything in common, and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need. Every day they continued to gather together by common consent, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number daily. That same fire burns yet today, just as the wind blows here still – Now!!

People listen! It all begins today.
You have the power, pow'r to change the world.
The Spirit can teach you to reach out when you pray
With loving arms to wrap around the world.
This is the end of the night. Rejoice in the dawn's early light!
And move across the world healing human hearts;
You'll be Children of the Wind.
The miracle of what you've felt today
May be shared now and spread across the world.
March to battle against poverty and pain,
Our vict'ry banner ready to unfurl.
You are the salt of the earth.
Today – a new chance, a new birth.
And you'll move across the world
soothing suff'ring hearts;
You'll be Children of the Wind.

People listen! It all begins today.
We have the power, pow'r to change the world.
As we leave here, we begin a brave new day.
God's creation and a brand new world.
We're the voice. We're the choir.
Spirit love, wind and fire.
We'll move across the world changing human lives;
We'll be Children of the Wind.