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April 23, 2023 - #4884 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd D. Newell

“Come, Ye Children of the Lord”
Music: Spanish melody
Lyrics: James H. Wallis
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“If the Savior Stood Beside Me”1
Music and lyrics: Sally DeFord
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

Prelude on “Little David, Play on Your Harp” (organ solo)
Music: African American spiritual
Arrangement: Andrew Unsworth

“Give Glory to His Honored Name”
Music: George Frideric Handel
Lyrics: Samuel Humphreys

“Come to My Garden,” from The Secret Garden 2
Music: Lucy Simon
Lyrics: Marsha Norman
Arrangement: Kurt Bestor

“On This Day of Joy and Gladness”
Music and lyrics: Leroy J. Robertson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Redeemer of Israel”3
Music: Freeman Lewis
Lyrics: Joseph Swain; adapted by William W. Phelps
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. From the album Teach Me to Walk in the Light.
  2. From the album Showtime.
  3. From the albums Called to Serve, Then Sings My Soul and Come, Come, Ye Saints.

The Spoken Word

Remember the Sabbath Day

23 April 2023
Heidi Swinton

How often have you looked at what’s pressing in your life and said, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day”? Or responded to an invitation with, “I’m sorry; I don’t have time”? Or looked at the clock in disbelief and wondered, “Where did the day go?” 

We live in a time-crunched society where it seems every hour is spoken for. But when this world was created, that hectic cycle was never the plan. In the Bible we read that God created the earth in six days and on the seventh day, He rested.1 And He invites us to follow the same pattern.

A weekly day of rest can seem impractical at times. The temptation is strong to use every available day to get things done, to get ahead, or—more often—to catch up. God, who created both the world and us, knows we probably wouldn’t take a day off if He didn’t designate one for us. We call it the Sabbath, a word that means “to rest.” But it’s more than just a break from our labors. In addition to resting on the seventh day, God also blessed it, sanctified it, and made it holy.2 And He asks us to keep it holy,3 because even more than relaxation, we need holiness. After caring so diligently for earthly concerns, we need a day to care for the needs of the soul. After six days of the worries and work of the world, we need a day of heaven.

So in our places of worship, we set aside the cares of the world and feel the support of fellow believers. In quiet moments of studying the word of God, we reinforce our faith. In prayer and meditation, we reconnect with God. And in loving service to family and friends, we remind ourselves of what really matters.

  1. See Genesis 2:1–2.
  2. See Genesis 2:3.
  3. See Exodus 20:8.