Sunday, we sang "A Mighty Fortress" by Christy Nockels,
a song based on Psalm 46:1-2
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change
and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea."
I believe that Christ followers are not to be a fearful people,
but we are to possess a quiet confidence
that comes from trusting in God's goodness and His power.
And so we sang,
"A mighty fortress is our God
A sacred refuge is Your Name
Your Kingdom is unshakable
With You forever we will reign
We will keep our eyes on You
So we can set our hearts on You
Lord we will set our hearts on You"
So today is Memorial Day. Jane and I are participating in a community celebration at Reflection Lake at Memorial Oaks Cemetery I-10 exit Eldridge and U-TURN.
It begins at 11:00 if you want to join us. We are singing a trio with Hailey Michels with full orchestra directed by Mark Holter. There is a lot of great music with quartets, trios and soloists, many from StoneBridge.
I was able to pick the song we were to sing and I chose. "In God We Still Trust".
I wanted to sing a song that fully celebrated America, but that fully honored God as the One in whom we put our trust. A statement that no matter what we go through, our confidence and our strength comes from the Lord.
So here is the second verse and chorus of "In God We Still Trust"
It speaks my heart more elegantly than I ever could.
"We celebrate the stories of our heroes
who spilled their blood upon our battlefields
We stand and pledge allegiance
when Old Glory’s flying high
the spirit of the patriot revealed
Yet deep within our hearts there’s something more
Though we love this land,
still our hope is in the Lord
in the Lord
And so we stand, one nation under God
united by the truth that sets us free
the voice that spoke creation into order
now calls us as a nation to our knees
When we turn out hearts to heaven
we know He’s leading us
and that is why
in God we still trust"
Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all those who sacrificed so we are free to worship.