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Notes on the Notes

Notes on the Notes – April 18, 2021

Sunday Before Earth Day This week’s music: “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (VU #291) “All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: In love, God made them all. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, God made their glowing colours, God made their tiny wings. […]

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Notes on the Notes – April 11, 2021

What if…? This week’s music: “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Give Thanks” (VU #179) “Hallelujah, hallelujah. Give thanks to the risen Christ. Hallelujah, hallelujah. Give praise to God’s name. Spread the good news o’er all the earth: Jesus has died and is risen. Hallelujah…. Come let us praise the living God, Joyfully sing to our Saviour. Hallelujah…” The […]

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Notes on the Notes – April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday This week’s music: “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” (VU #155) “Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah! Our triumphant holy day, hallelujah! Who did once upon the cross, hallelujah! Suffer to redeem our loss.  Hallelujah! Hymns of praise then let us sing… Unto Christ, our heavenly King,… Who endured the cross and grave,… Sinners […]

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Notes on the Notes – Good Friday 2021

Good Friday “We Remember” The opening anthem by Joal Raney (2011) draws us into the Good Friday story by retelling some of the events of Jesus’ ministry and leading us to the phrase “we remember Calvary.”  It incorporates the traditional hymn “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”  by Isaac Watts.   Watts was deeply disappointed with […]

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Notes on the Notes – March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday This week’s music: “You Shall Be the Path” “You shall be the path that guides us, You the light that in us burns; Shining deep within all people, Yours the love that we must learn, For our hearts shall wander restless Till they safe to you return; Finding you in one another, We […]

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Notes on the Notes – March 21, 2021

Lent 5 This week’s music: “God of the Bible” (MV #28) “God of the Bible, God in the Gospel, Hope seen in Jesus, hope yet to come, You are our centre, daylight or darkness, freedom or prison, you are our home. God in our struggles, God in our hunger, Suffering with us, taking our part, […]

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Notes on the Notes – March 14, 2021

Lent 4 This week’s music: “Come and Journey with a Savior” “Come and journey with a Saviour who has called us from our birth, Who has washed us in the waters, and who loved us on the earth. Come and journey, come and journey, with a Saviour who has come. We are all God’s sons […]

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Notes on the Notes – March 7, 2021

Lent 3 This week’s music: “Take Up Your Cross” (VU #561) “Take up your cross, the Saviour said, If you would my disciple be; Take up your cross with willing heart, And humbly follow after me. Take up your cross; Let not its weight fill your weak spirit with alarm; Christ’s strength shall bear your […]

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Notes on the Notes – February 28, 2021

Lent 2 To Trust, Even When it is Difficult This week’s music: “He’s Always Been Faithful to Me” “Morning by morning, I wake up to find the power and comfortOf God’s hand in mine.Season by season I watch Him, amazed,In awe of the myst’ry of His perfect ways.All I have need of His hand will […]

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Notes on the Notes – February 21

Lent 1 This week’s music: “You Shall Be the Path” “You shall be the path that guides us,You the light that in us burns;Shining deep within all people,Yours the love that we must learn,For our hearts shall wander restlessTill they safe to you return;Finding you in one another,We shall all your face discern.” The words […]

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Notes on the Notes – February 14, 2021

Transfiguration Sunday This week’s music: “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” (VU #264) “Immortal, invisible, God only wise,In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,Most blessed, most glorious the Ancient of Days,Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;Thy justice like mountains high soaring above,Thy […]

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Notes on the Notes – February 7, 2021

This week’s music: “We are One” (VU #402) The tune for this hymn was composed in 1987 by Jeeva Sam of Regina, SK, a United Church minister.  The arrangement is by another United Church minister, David Kai, of Gloucester Ontario (1995) . Written especially for the music, the hymn text comes to us from a third United […]

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Notes on the Notes – January 31, 2021

This week’s music: “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (VU #326) “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of God’s grace. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’tis life and health […]

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Notes on the Notes – January 24, 2021

This week’s music: “Come to My Heart” (VU #661) “Come to my heart, Lord Jesus; teach me to walk in your way.Come to my heart, Lord Jesus; come to my heart today.Give me the peace and joy that only you can bring.Come to my heart, Lord Jesus; give me a song to sing. Fill me […]

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Notes on the Notes – January 17, 2021

This week’s music: “New Every Morning” (VU #405)   “New every morning is the love our wakening and uprising prove;Through sleep and darkness safely brought, Restored to life, and power, and thought. New mercies each returning day hover around us while we pray;New perils past, new sins forgiven, New thought of God, new hopes of […]

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