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February 23, 2020 - #4719 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Narrator: Lloyd Newell

“How Excellent Thy Name” from Saul 1
Music: George Frideric Handel

“Be Thou My Vision”2
Music: Irish melody
Lyrics: Irish hymn; translated by Mary E. Byrne
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Sing Praise to Him” (organ solo)
Music: Bohemian Brothren’s Songbook, 1566
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

“Alleluia” 1
Music: Attributed to Giulio Caccini
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Down to the River to Pray”3
Music: American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“We Love Thy House, O God"
Music: Leroy J. Robertson
Lyrics: William Bullock

“High on the Mountain Top”4
Music: Ebenezer Beesley
Lyrics: Joel H. Johnson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

1. On the CD O Come, Little Children.
2. On the CD Heavensong.
3. On the CD Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
4. On the CDs Called to Serve and Then Sings My Soul and in the CD set The Missionary     Collection.

The Spoken Word

Havens of Faith and Learning

Some time ago, Clarence Thomas, an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court, dedicated a new chapel on a college campus in Michigan. In his dedicatory address, he quoted the architect of the chapel: “When you enter a church, it is as if you are entering through a gateway from the profane toward the sacred.”1 Justice Thomas’s plea was that the chapel be more than just an impressive building. “Let it be a place,” he said, “where people enter the presence of a majestic God. Let it be a house of worship, of prayer, of meditation, and of celebration before God. Let it be a haven of rest for the weary, a place of healing for the wounded, a place of comfort for the grieving, and a source of hope for the despairing and forgotten.”2

To some, a chapel and a college campus might seem like an odd pair. That’s because these days, faith and learning are too often portrayed as opposites. The perception is that one can be either religious or educated, probably not both.

By contrast, the chapel on the college campus would “stand as a bold declaration to a watching world that faith and learning are rightly understood as complements, and that both are essential to the preservation of the blessings of liberty.”3

Because we live in such a chaotic and troubled world, we need both belief and reason, both study and faith, to find meaning and purpose in life. The soul needs to be strong as well as the mind. Rather than competing, they need to work together. As we discipline our minds and deepen our faith, we are in a better position to strengthen both ourselves and our nation’s core institutions—such as the home and family, the community and state. As we take time both to worship and to learn, to pray and to ponder, we become beacons of light in a darkening world.

Thank heaven for houses of prayer and worship, standing alongside places of knowledge and learning. Both are essential because together they create a haven in a turbulent world.

1 In “Faith and Reason Are Mutually Reinforcing,” Imprimis, Nov. 2019,                 
2 “Faith and Reason Are Mutually Reinforcing.”
3 “Faith and Reason Are Mutually Reinforcing.”