The Church in all denominations excels at producing wonderful praise and worship music; which can be enjoyed by those of faith and none equally well.
Here I Am, Lord, also known as I, the Lord of Sea and Sky, after its opening line, is an inspiring Christian hymn written by the American composer of Catholic liturgical music Dan Schutte in 1979 and published in 1981.
Its words are based on a verse from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ Isaiah 6:8 NRSV.
Schutte wrote the song at age 31 when he was studying theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He was requested to compose, on short notice, a piece for the ordination mass of a deacon. The lyrics allude to the wonder of God’s creation in the sea and sky, the snow and rain, the wind and flames, and the stars at night, and how Jesus will come to bring light to people.
The contemporary hymn is published by OCP Publications and sung by the Wells Cathedral Choir in the YouTube link below.