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Lux Aeterna part 1, Morten Lauridsen

Lux Aeterna

I. Introitus

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus Deus in Zion
et tibi redetur votum
in Jerusalem:
exaudi orationem mean,
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem Aeternam Dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis

rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them
A hymn befits thee, O God in Sion.
and to thee a vow shall be fulfilled
in Jerusalem:
Hear my prayer,
for unto thee all flesh shall come.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

II. In Te, domine, Speravi

Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem
non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu devicto mortis aculeo,
aperuisti credentibus regna coelorum.
Exprtum est in tenebris lumen rectis.
Miserere nostri, Domine
miserere nostri.
Fiat misericordia tua, domine, super nos
quemadmodum speravimus in te.
In te domine, speravi:
non confundar in aeternum.

To deliver us, you became human,
and did not disdain the virgin’s womb.
having blunted the sting of death, You
Opened the Kingdom of heaven to all believers.
A light has risen in the darkness for the upright.
haver mercy upon us, O Lord,
Have mercy upon us.
Let thy mercy be upon us, O Lord,
as we have trusted in thee.
In thee, O Lord, I have trusted
let me never be confounded.

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His eye is on the sparrow

Early in the spring of 1905, my hus­band and I were so­journ­ing in El­mi­ra, New York. We con­tract­ed a deep friend­ship for a cou­ple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doo­lit­tle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle had been bed­rid­den for nigh twen­ty years. Her hus­band was an in­cur­a­ble crip­ple who had to pro­pel him­self to and from his bus­i­ness in a wheel chair. De­spite their af­flict­ions, they lived hap­py Christ­ian lives, bring­ing in­spir­a­tion and com­fort to all who knew them. One day while we were vi­sit­ing with the Doo­lit­tles, my hus­band com­ment­ed on their bright hope­ful­ness and asked them for the se­cret of it. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle’s re­ply was sim­ple: “His eye is on the spar­row, and I know He watch­es me.” The beau­ty of this sim­ple ex­press­ion of bound­less faith gripped the hearts and fired the imag­in­a­tion of Dr. Mar­tin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Spar­row” was the out­come of that ex­per­i­ence. ~Civilla Martin

The next day she mailed the po­em to Charles Gab­ri­el, who sup­plied the mu­sic. Sing­er Ethel Wa­ters so loved this song that she used its name as the ti­tle for her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


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With Christ my Savior and my God

I remember being in Louisville Kentucky in 2008 while this hymn was sung. Over 5000 men praising the Savior Jesus Christ for taking the wrath of God as our Penal Substitute. Myself and three other brothers from my church hopped on a plane to Louisville for the Together for the Gospel conference. If you listen very carefully you can hear us… Maybe not!

It’s funny how things work out, I had been thinking a lot lately about Christ and His atoning work on the cross as our Penal Substitute… and I came upon this Hymn on Youtube sung at TG4 while I was there… I think that’s pretty Cool! When you’re at this conference you get a ton of free books and one of the books we received that amazing I just took off my shelve from my study was Pierced For Our Transgressions(Rediscovering the glory of Penal Substitution) I would recommend this book to you, to learn more about Christ atoning work on the cross.

I deserved God’s wrath and God had mercy on me… So much mercy and love He put Christ in my place 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Christ was our Propitiation Romans 3:25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

1 Peter 2:22-24 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

Just something to think about!

Before the Throne of God Above


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Music in the Church

Today, many church services are described as traditional or contemporary, based solely on the type of music contained in them.  I personally gravitate toward a more “traditional” service, I love organ music and the complexity of some of the older hymns, especially those based on Bach’s chorales.  However, I have no problem worshiping when other types of music are involved, as long as the music does not distract from the words and the words are Biblical.  To me, the music is a vehicle for the words and should therefore take a backseat to Christ honoring lyrics.  Whether you love the music of modern praise or Southern Gospel or classic hymns, that should not be allowed to cloud your judgment on whether a song is acceptable for worship.  Only serious studying into the lyrics of that song can bring about the right conclusions.

Scripture does not say a lot about music but there are a couple of passages in the New Testament that speak about the topic:

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Ephesians 5:18-21 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

1 Corinthians 14:26 “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”

I especially like the last passage from 1 Corinthians, that when we as believers come together, everything done should be for building each other up in Christ.  If a hymn, worship chorus, sermon, special music, drama, or any other part of the Sunday morning service does not build the believer, it should not be included.

Getting back to music, I found a list of criteria that was used when putting together the 2008 Baptist hymnal and I think it works well as a filter for all music used in a service.

  • Does the hymn speak biblically of God?
  • Is it God-honoring?
  • Does the hymn present a biblical view of man?
  • Does the song help us to cover the depth and breadth of our theology?
  • Does the hymn call us to true discipleship, service, repentance, witness, missions and devotion?
  • Does the hymn speak biblically of salvation?
  • Does it engage the whole person – allowing a person to express his deepest feelings?
  • Does the hymn emphasize that Christ is the Christian’s Lord, Master and King? (the idea of total submission)
  • Is there a balance with corporate and individual response in worship? (immanence and transcendence)
  • Does the hymn speak biblically about the church, the body of Christ?

Just like one can speak without thinking, one can sing without thinking, I know that I am guilty of doing that.  Let us all make it our goal to think about what we are singing and do it for the glory of God.

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To God Be the Glory and all Majesty

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Come Ye Thankful People

Today’s hymn, “Come Ye, Thankful People,” was born from the heart of a man who ceaselessly gave thanks to God for his blessings. Henry Alford, born in 1810 was an Anglican minister in England. Each of the stanzas of the hymn is centered on a theme of harvest. First is the invitation to give thanks in God’s church. Verse two and three are Alford’s commentary on the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matt 13). And verse four is a prayer for the Lord’s return. “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

Come, ye thankful people, come
Raise the song of harvest-home:
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.

God, our Maker, doth provide

For our wants to be supplied:

Come to God’s own temple, come
Raise the song of harvest-home.

Even so Lord, quickly come

To Thy final harvest-home:

Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;
There, forever purified,
In Thy presence to abide:
Come, with all Thine angels, come
Raise the glorious harvest-home.

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During the American Civil War, in a certain overcrowded prison, men were dying daily. One of the new prisoners was a young preacher. As he saw the conditions surrounding him, he sobbed uncontrollably. Suddenly, from a window he heard, “Praise God, from whom all blessing flow . . .” More and more men began to join in, and the preacher that day was able to take courage and hope in a simple song called the “Doxology.” Thomas Ken, the composer, had been chaplain to King Charles of England. He pleaded with the king many times to turn to Christ. The outcome is unknown, but Ken was faithful and gave a witness for Christ. The words to the “Doxology” are just a part of two larger hymns he wrote entitled Morning and Evening hymns.

Praise God, from whom all blessing flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

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I surrender all

Van De Venter was involved in his church through counseling and personal
work when his friends urged him to give up teaching and become an
evangelist.  For five years he wavered in his decision.  He wrote:
“At last the pivotal hour of my life came and I surrendered all.  A new day
was ushered into my life.  I became an evangelist and discovered down deep
in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me.  God had hidden a song in my
heart, and a touching chord He caused me to sing songs I had never sung

Shortly after this time J. W. Van De Venter wrote the hymn, “I Surrender

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

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‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

One day Louisa Stead (1850-1917) with her husband and four year old daughter went to enjoy the beach at Long Island, New York. While there, they heard a call for help from a young child in the water. Mr. Stead went to his rescue but instead both he and the child were drowned. Louisa and her daughter were left to experience poverty in their life. One day she found some food and money had been left for her on her doorstep. The hymn “’Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” was born from that incident. Later Louisa and her daughter left for South Africa where she found herself a new husband. After which they led a missionary life.

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word,
Just to rest upon His promise, just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

O how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust His cleansing blood,
Just in simple faith to plunge me ‘neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ‘tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease,
Just from Jesus simply taking life and rest and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!

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Have thine own way, Lord

Adelaide Pollard was depressed and thought that God had deserted her.  She had a great burden for the country of Africa and she believed that she should go there as a missionary, but now as she was preparing to sail, it was evident that the funds she needed could not be raised.  That evening she read Jeremiah 18:3,4, the story of the potter.  As she read she believed the story was her own.  “Perhaps”, she said,  “my questioning of God’s will shows a flaw in life, so God has decided to break me, as the potter broke the defective vessel, and then to mold my life again in His own pattern.” That evening she wrote the poem, which became the hymn, “Have Thine Own Way,Lord.”   Adelaide Pollard finally did minister for God in Africa.  She wouldspeak publicly until she was 72 years old.

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter; I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter then snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power – all power- surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!


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