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Music Notes - September 2020

Posted by communications on September 16, 2020 at 9:40 AM

So, 2020: What a year, huh? Recently I saw a post in which the writer said we should “just put up a tree, call it a year and be done with it”. I can relate to that feeling as I’m sure many of you can as well. There have been many challenges for all of us this year; stress and anxiety are all around; floods, fires and even an earthquake in North Carolina. In the midst of everything else friends, family and fellow citizens continue to die. It can feel overwhelming at times. But, I’m reminded of the opening of Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Please read the entire psalm when you have time(it’s only 11 verses).

The words of hymn 550 in The Hymnal 1982(“Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult”;) speak to the challenges of keeping focused on Christ and his call to “follow” him in the midst of chaos. If you have a hymnal at home you will notice that hymn numbers 549 and 550 both use this text. It is the same text but two different tunes. In other denominations this text is sung to yet another tune. Ok, I’m no rocket scientist BUT, if all these composers are setting this text to different tunes maybe there’s something to which I should pay attention. In case you don’t have a hymnal at home, below is part of that wonderful hymn text. I hope it will encourage you during these challenging days.



"Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult"

Jesus call us; o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea, day by day his clear voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me”. Jesus call us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store; from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more”. In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these”. Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call, give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.

Words: Cecil Frances Alexander(1818-1895)


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