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June 18, 2023 - #4892 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd D. Newell

"On This Day of Joy and Gladness"1
Music and Lyrics: Leroy J. Robertson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

"For the Beauty of the Earth"2, 4
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: Folliott S. Pierpoint

"Sheep May Safely Graze"3
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyrics: Salomon Franck
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

"Sing Praise to Him" (organ solo)
Music: Bohemian Brethren’s Songbook
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

"Home Is a Special Kind of Feeling," from The Wind in the Willows4
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: David Grant

"My Father’s Faith"
Music and Lyrics: Janice Kapp Perry
Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins

"Standing on the Promises"
Music and Lyrics: Russell K. Carter
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

  1. From the album Let Us All Press On.
  2. From the album Consider the Lilies.
  3. From the album Heavensong.
  4. From the album Love Is Spoken Here.

The Spoken Word

A Sacred, Holy Calling

June 19, 2022
Lloyd D. Newell

Perhaps the best-known prayer ever uttered, the Lord’s Prayer, begins: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). To hallow is to make sacred or holy, to revere and respect, so the prayer opens in reverence for the name of God. There are many names and titles we can use to refer to God, all of them hallowed and worthy of reverence, but it’s significant that the name we’re invited to use in this prayer is “Father.”

Our kind and loving Heavenly Father is the perfect model for fathers. Just think of all the attributes and qualities of our Heavenly Father that are also ideal in earthly fathers: He never stops caring, never stops loving His children, even amid our shortcomings and weaknesses. He guides, protects, and watches over us. He provides for our needs. He sees our potential and helps us grow to achieve it. And He’s always available, through prayer, whenever we need to feel His love and support.

Of course, no mortal father comes close to that ideal. But there is something sacred, something heavenly, about good fathers, kind and caring fathers, who are doing their best to bless their children with a loving example. They strive to be good, if not perfect; they strive to put family first, not second; they strive to teach their children with compassion, not criticism. There’s a hint of heaven in every honest—if imperfect—attempt.

Just as our Heavenly Father is patient with His children’s failings, we must be patient with our own—and with those of the fathers in our lives. Like all of us, they are learning and growing along the way. In the case of fathers who are absent or even abusive, we can look to our Heavenly Father for the love, guidance, and example that we might have missed. We can do the same when death has, for a time, taken a father from the family circle.

Fatherhood is a sacred, holy calling—“[on] earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). In every generation, good fathers are always remembered, always valued, and always needed. We love and respect the hallowed name of Father.