We were recently delighted to receive a request from Churches Together in Cornwall (CTC) to use a recording made by St Molua’s Choir back in 2008.
CTC were hosting a pre-G7 conference Environment Service online on 6 June to celebrate God’s creation and new initiatives for its care as they prayed for wise decisions at the conference being held in the county.
Part of the service included a meditation based on the 18th century poem ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’. This was sung by our choir to a setting by Elizabeth Poston, with accompanying images by Chris Osborne of Penlee Cluster of Churches.
An extract of the recording from the service can be viewed below.
The tree of life my soul hath seen
Laden with fruit and always green
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree
His beauty doth all things excel
By faith I know but ne’er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree
For happiness I long have sought
And pleasure dearly I have bought
I missed of all but now I see
’Tis found in Christ the apple tree
I’m weary with my former toil
Here I will sit and rest awhile
Under the shadow I will be
Of Jesus Christ the apple tree
This fruit doth make my soul to thrive
It keeps my dying faith alive
Which makes my soul in hast to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree
The full service, which was originally streamed on Zoom, can still be viewed on Youtube
Additional information on the Churches Together in Cornwall service can be found at www.ctcinfohub.org/environment-service-6-jun-online/
A further selection of recordings of hymns, chants and anthems which St Molua’s Choir has sung over the years are available to listen to or download at