I have enjoyed reading our blog posts from mission teams and hearing our senior students’ testimonies at church last Sunday. I was especially excited because both the mission teams and the seniors were sharing about their faith. While hearing them, my heart was full of conviction with a serious question about whether I believe what I profess. Do I proclaim to follow Jesus but deny Him in my daily actions? I believe that we all do live with this heavy conviction at some point in our lives. I could sense in myself that it is easier to say that I live for Him, rather than to live as I say and be in Him. That is why Jesus must have told us to abide in Him always.
One of my favorite seasons, summer, is finally here. I love summer because of the feeling of vibrant energy. However, I confess that summer is a season of many distractions and it’s hard to keep my spiritual life in good shape. To prevent this, my girls and I made a commitment this summer to spend the first 15-20 minutes each morning with God’s word. I pray that God will help us to focus on abiding in Him throughout each day so we can live as we profess by His help and power.
This Sunday will be last Sunday for choirs until they resume in the fall. I would like to express my gratitude to the choir members and their families for their devoted hearts and faithfulness throughout the year. The Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Choir will sing together a challenging and powerful song called “Witness” at the 11:00 AM service. The Chamber Choir will sing a very advanced song called “Sing Joyfully” by the 16th century English composer William Byrd. We have saved “Witness” as our last Sunday anthem to share with you. We pray that our faith in Jesus may be shown throughout our daily lives as witnesses to others. At the 8:00 AM service the Sonrise Singers will share, “God is so Good” as an offertory.
There will be two Sundays for our special Summer Choirs. If you would like to praise God this summer, please come on July 14 and August 11at 10:00 AM and join us in the music room.
May the love of God enrich you and your families during the summer and help you to focus on Him!
Here are the lyrics to the anthem, “Witness.”
Who’ll be a witness for my Lord? Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?
Oh, I’ll be a witness for my Lord, I’ll be a witness for my Lord.
There was a man of the Pharisees, His name was Nicodemus and he didn’t believe. The same came to Christ by night, wanted to be taught out of human sight. Nicodemus was a man who desired to know how a man can be born when he is old. Christ told Nicodemus as a friend, “Man, you must be born again.” He said, “Marvel not, be wise, repent, believe and be baptized.” Then you’ll be a witness for my Lord. Soul is a witness for my Lord.
You read about Samson, from his birth, he was the strongest man that ever lived on earth. Way back yonder in ancient times, he killed ten thousand of the Philistines. Then old Samson went a wandering about. Samson’s strength was never found out. Til his wife sat upon his knee. She said “Tell me where your strength lies, if you please!” Well, old Samson’s wife, she talk so fair Samson said, “Cut off my hair! Shave my head just as clean as your hand, and my strength will come like a natural man.” Samson was a witness for my Lord, his soul is a witness for my Lord.
There’s another witness for my Lord! My soul is a witness for my Lord!