Offertory – September 30, 2018

Morning Service – For the morning service, I will be playing “It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio G Spafford and Philip B Bliss (this arrangement by Carol Tornquist © 2003 Word Music, LLC). This arrangement is to be played “slowly, with expression” which is simple to do because it is written in such an unexpected minor key as the verses are played while the chorus is played in a faster major key. This is true of life, too. When we are going through hard, sad, difficult times in life, it seems like life goes by so slowly. But when we are able to say, “whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say ‘It is well, it is well with my soul’”, life seems to get better. This is my all-time favorite hymn because of the words and the story behind the song, and because it was the first hymn I ever played solo for church (although not this arrangement).

Here are the lyrics:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

(Chorus)
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. (Chorus)

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (Chorus)

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. (Chorus)

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul! (Chorus)

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul. (Chorus)

Evening Service – For the evening service, I have chosen “ More Love, More Power” by Jude Del Hierro (© 1987 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing, #558 in the Baptist Hymnal © 2008 LifeWay Worship). In our culture today, we always seem to need (and want) more. But instead of focusing on accumulating more material possessions or prestige, what would happen if we focused on having more of God’s love and His power in our life? How would life be different? What would our life be like if we pursued HIM with all of our strength instead of the fleeting things of this world?

Here are the lyrics:

More love, more power,
More of You in my life.
More love, more power,
More of You in my life.

And I will worship You with all of my heart.
I will worship You with all of my mind.
I will worship You with all of my strength,
For You are my Lord.

More love, more power,
More of You in my life.
More love, more power,
More of You in my life.

 

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