2.November.2014, #268

We mixed these four together today.  The theme of the sermon was "The Spirit of God leads us in communal worship through carrying each others' burdens," which I this is a fine, albeit incomplete, point to make.  So to bolster that point, and enrich it, we sang smidges of these in succession, and instead of titles to the songs I put subtitles.  Like so:

You are my strength
Strength like no other
Strength like no other
Reaches to me

You are my hope
Hope like no other
Hope like no other
Reaches to me

Unfailing love
Stronger than mountains
Deeper than oceans
Reaches to me

In the fullness of Your grace
In the power of Your Name
You lift me up, You lift me up
— (We're lifted up by God)
Lean on me
When you’re not strong
I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
That I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on
— (But also we lift up each other)
If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on
— (But also we lift up ourselves)
Like a full force gale
I was lifted up again
I was lifted up again
By the Lord

And no matter where I roam
I will find my way back home
I will always return
To the Lord

In the gentle evening breeze
By the whispering shady trees
I will find my sanctuary
In the Lord

In the fullness of Your grace
In the power of Your Name
You lift me up, You lift me up
— (But also we’re lifted up by God)

One last thing... George Bernard Shaw was born today.  I've recently re-discovered My Fair Lady, which is excellent; it's based on one of his plays, which I've never read but is also supposedly excellent.  He (astutely) wrote: "No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means."

Posted on November 21, 2014 .