Our devotions through music continue this morning with renditions of hymns offered by our Celebration Ringers (under the direction of Frank Arbushites).
The first recording, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” is one of many hymns penned by prolific American poet and hymn writer Fanny Crosby. While the first verse is no doubt the most familiar, I’m drawn to the second, which reads:
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
love and mercy found me;
there the bright and morning star
sheds its beams around me.
(United Methodist Hymnal, #301)
The text of the second recording, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” includes these words in the closing verse:
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
leaning on the everlasting arms.
(United Methodist Hymnal, #133)
Near the cross, may you find love and mercy. Near the Lord, may you find peace.
And may you remember:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
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We are Wesley Church.
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