Mai te Rangi ki te Whenua (From heaven to earth)
Mai Whenua ki te Rangi (From earth to heaven)
Paiheretia tatou ki te ora (Binding us in wellness)
Paiheretia tatou ki te rangimarie (Binding us in peace)
Paiheretia tatouki te whakaponon e (Binding us in faith)
These are the opening words to the New Zealand version of ‘The Blessing’, which has become an online global sensation. The song, ‘The Blessing’ was first created by an American group called Elevation Music at the beginning of the year. It is based on Numbers 6:24-25 and has connected deeply with thousands of people around the world.
Churches from many countries have collaborated to produce their own version. Each musician and singer sends in their contribution, and it is merged into one beautiful video.
Grant Norsworthy of Nelson sent out a call to musicians around the country to create a New Zealand version. He said “The Blessing is not just a well-crafted song with solid biblical lyrics, it is the global Church singing together despite the restrictions…of Covid 19. The Church has taken this opportunity to sing God’s blessing from their isolation ‘bubbles’ over their communities, their cities, their nations and the whole world. Hallelujah!” St. Barnabas parishioner Liz Yeoh took up that call.
I caught up with Liz and asked her about the experience of singing on The Blessing. The invitation came from a Facebook page that Liz is part of. She found listening to the UK version very meaningful, having just had her third child Josephine. So when the opportunity arose to contribute to a New Zealand version Liz jumped at the chance.
With two pre-schoolers and a two week old new-born, Liz managed to record herself singing her part. It took her 3 or 4 takes before she was happy with her contribution. She filmed it on her phone and sent it in. You can see Liz just over half way through at 5.28m at the top left hand corner of the clip.
I encourage you to watch it, if you haven’t already. It is moving and very beautiful. You can find it by searching ‘The Blessing Aotearoa’ on either Google or YouTube.