25.January.2015, #280

This has very little to do with Robert Schumann, or Clara Schumann for that matter, but they're so awesome that we're starting with their picture.

I found a song in the Presby hymnal called Lord, Speak to Me that I Might Speak.  The lyrics are from a woman named Frances Havergal (1836-1879), and the music is from Schumann.  I love Schumann, but the melody was a little obscure and I didn't have the grit to lead it for a few weeks until we all picked it up; so I made up a new melody/chords, purposefully making it quite soft, almost as a whispered prayer.  We didn't have mics, so no one could hear it, but it was cool just the same.  The lyrics are great:

Lord, speak to me that I may speak
In living echoes of your tone
As you have sought, so let me seek
Your erring children, lost and lone

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Your hung’ring ones with manna sweet

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious truths which you impart
And wing my words that they may reach
The hidden depths of many’a heart

O fill me with your fullness, Lord
Until my very heart o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word
Your love to tell, your praise to show

O use me, Lord, use even me
Just as you will, and when, and where
Until your blessed face I see
Your rest, your joy, your glory share
— Frances Ridley Havergal

Later, we bookended a prayer about thankfulness for God's provision in unexpected places/ways/times/etc with 2 songs.  We started with Thank You by Alanis, then did the extended prayer, then finished with a version of The Magnificat.  This Alanis song is killer.  "Thank you terror"?  "Thank you nothingness"?  Are you kidding me?  So good.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .