Offertory – July 9, 2017

Click here for a review of the purpose of offertory, then continue reading for my thoughts on this week’s selection.

Morning Service – For the morning service, I will be playing “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by Isaac Watts and Gesangbuch der Herzogl. This arrangement (© 1997 by Hal Leandard Corporation) is to be played triumphantly which is the perfect way to describe God’s power. There is a lot of use of octaves in this song which gives it its bold sound but the staccatos woven throughout give it the triumphant feel. This song is so much fun to play, you have to be careful it doesn’t run away without it, if you know what I mean. I love playing this song because it’s fun and I feel like it shows the fun, bold, triumphant nature of God’s power.

Here are the lyrics:

I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky

There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.

 

Evening Service – For the evening service, I chose the song “Abide with Me” by Henry F Lyte and William Henry Monk (#88 Baptist Hymnal (C) 2008 Lifeway Music). I chose this song more for me than for anyone else. When I’m not dwelling in Christ, my life is a mess. It may look fine on the outside, but it’s in turmoil on the inside. This has been my week this week. The words of this hymn are the sentiments of my heart as I plead for God to abide in me.

Here are the words:

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

 

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