The musical Godspell had a huge influence on me growing up. The high school I went to (Cardinal Mooney in Rochester NY) actually did the musical as part of their Spring production one year. I remember on my paper route the next morning after seeing the performance singing over and over “Long live God, Long live God, Long live God, Long live God” which is what was sung as they carried Christ’s dead body out of the auditorium before the image was shown of the resurrected Son. We also had the soundtrack on cassette that we wore out from playing it too much. The song below was one of my favorites.

All Good Gifts

by Stephen Schwartz

We plow the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand
He sends the snow in winter
The warmth to swell the grain
The breezes and the sunshine
And soft refreshing rain
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above
So thank the Lord
Oh thank the Lord for all his love
We thank thee then O Father
For all things bright and good
The seed time and the harvest
Our life, our health, our food
No gifts have we to offer
For all thy love imparts
But that which thou desirest
Our humble thankful hearts

I want to thank you, Lord, thank you for all you give
Thank you, Lord


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