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September 25, 2022 - #4854 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Sing Praise to Him”
Music: From Bohemian Brethren’s Songbook
Lyrics: Johann J. Schütz; trans. Frances Elizabeth Cox
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Awake and Arise, All Ye Children of Light”
Music: Welsh melody
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” (organ solo)
Music: Thomas Hewitt Jones

“The Ground” from Sunrise Mass
Music: Ola Gjeilo
Lyrics: Liturgical text 

“Home Is a Special Kind of Feeling” from The Wind in the Willows
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: David Grant

“Love Is Spoken Here”1
Music and Lyrics: Janice Kapp Perry
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“How Firm a Foundation”2, 3
Music: Attributed to J. Ellis
Lyrics: Attributed to Robert Keen
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg 

  1. From the album Love Is Spoken Here.
  2. From the album Called to Serve.
  3. From the album Then Sings My Soul.

The Spoken Word

Better Families, Better People

A family recently went on vacation together. The hope was to create lasting memories and opportunities for family bonding. But, as with most family vacations, those high hopes were soon tempered by reality. There were good times, but there were also unexpected delays, noisy crowds, and hidden expenses that disrupted the family’s carefully laid plans. Not surprisingly, this led to some frayed nerves, miscommunication, and discord among family members. At times, it was tempting to wonder whether the vacation was even worthwhile.

And yet, in spite of all that, the family did create lasting memories and opportunities for bonding. In fact, they seemed to bond most strongly over some of those unexpected struggles. They grew personally and as a family in ways that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

It’s a stretch to say that life is like a vacation, but there are some similarities between the experiences of this family and our journey through life. We may plan for—and hope for—endless joy and comfort. But that’s no one’s reality. Life is wonderful but at times painful; sweet and sometimes bitter. Challenging circumstances don’t disrupt the plan—they’re actually part of the plan—the plan for us to grow and progress. Central to that plan is the fact that we’re all traveling together as a family. The connection, belonging, and refinement that comes from family life makes us better people. Yes, family life can be messy at times. But nothing polishes off the rough edges quite like the interactions we have in families—both our immediate family and the great family of God.

Every good family has some family rules, and in God’s family one of the best known is called the Golden Rule. Jesus of Nazareth put it this way: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12). In other words, treat others the way you would like to be treated.

That rule applies even when we’re hungry, tired, and frustrated. On vacation and in life, striving to treat others the way we want to be treated makes for smoother travel. More than that, it makes for stronger families. And stronger families make better people.