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Notes on the Notes – May 3, 2020

Our Emmaus Story!


Luke 24:13-35

This week’s music:

“Jesus, Come to Our Hearts” (VU #324)

“Jesus, come to our hearts like falling rain;
Come to refresh,
Come to renew,
Wash all our sins away.

Spirit, come to our hearts like rushing wind;
Come with your fire,
Come with your life,
Blow all our doubts away.

Come, God, come to our hearts like shining sun;
Come to reveal,
Lighten your Word,
Drive all our gloom away.

Glory be to the Lamb that once was slain;
Praise for his life,
Praise for his death,
Praise that he lives again.

Praises be to our God, the three in one;
Praise for the sun,
Praise for the wind,
Praise for the falling rain.”


Photo by Michael Pratt following last Sunday’s storm

This hymn is from Alleluia Aotearoa (1993).  The text is by New Zealand hymn writer, William Worley.  The tune was arranged by David Dell. The text reminds us of the Trinity, connecting each to the natural world.

Hear the song:

“Sing Your Joy” (VU #253)

“Sing your joy, proclaim God’s glory!
Rise and sing, the morning has come!
Bless our God and praise all creation;
Song of the earth, and light from heaven;
God is alive! Hallelujah!header-godsalive

All the earth is filled with rejoicing,
Light and life, the wonder of God!
Christ has triumphed!
Risen for ever!

Joy of our hearts,
and hope of our dreaming;

God is alive! Hallelujah!

May we learn to become your kingdom,
May we be your kindness and truth!
Love is our calling, gift of your presence;
Children of God, and spirit of Jesus;
God is alive! Hallelujah!

Light our way, O God of the living,
May we learn to see with new eyes!
Jesus the Lord, our power and promise;
Light for the blind, and food for the hungry:
God is alive! Hallelujah!”

This hymn was written by hymn writer David Haas in 1987. It was first published in the Catholic Book of Worship III.   The words celebrate the risen Christ and ask for God to move in us, changing us as we move forward in our faith journey.



“Knowing You”

“All I once held dear, built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own,
All I once thought gain I have counted loss,
Spent and worthless now compared to this:

Knowing You, Jesus,
Knowing You –
There is no greater thing.
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You, Lord. 

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more,
To be found in You and known as Yours,
To possess by faith what I could not earn,
All surpassing gift of righteousness.

Knowing You, Jesus,…

Oh, to know the power of Your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like You in Your death, my Lord
So with You to live and never die.

Knowing You, Jesus…”

This week’s anthem is a song written by worship leader and songwriter Graham Kendrick in 1994.  It was inspired by the book of Philippians, where Paul lists his impressive qualifications, and then dramatically sweeps them all aside for the sake of one supreme aim – to know Christ.

See Graham Kendrick sing the song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sotCi7St0fA

“A New Creed”

“We are not alone,
We live in God’s world,
We believe in God,
Who has created and is creating,
Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
To reconcile and make new,
Who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.United church crest

We are called to be the Church,
To celebrate God’s presence,
To live with respect in Creation,
To love and serve others,
To seek justice and resist evil,
To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
Our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.”

This setting of the New Creed of the United Church of Canada was composed by Richard Hall.  To learn more about what the United Church believes as stated in the New Creed go to: http://www.windsorparkunitedchurch.com/a-new-creed/

“Come and Fill Our Hearts” (MV #16)

communion-1000x563“Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace,

This song of centering comes from the Taize Community, with music by Jacques Berthier (1982).

Hear the song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCVyLhfZuBk

“Bless Now, O God, the Journey” (VU #633)

“Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make,
The path through noise and silence, the way of give and take.
The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,
Then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.

Divine Eternal Lover, you meet us on the road.
We wait for lands of promise where milk and honey flow.
But waiting not for places, you meet us all around.
Our covenant is written on roads, as faith is found.”

This hymn is from Sylvia Dunstun’s first collection, In Search of Hope and Grace (1991). The melody, THORNBURY was composed by Basil Harwood, an English organist and composer of church music in 1864. We also use the same tune for the hymns “Your Hand, O God, Has Guided” (VU #274) and “To Abraham and Sarah” (VU #634).

Hear the melody on pipe organ at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hPE3L4WBJU0

“Like a Rock” (MV #92)

Click to learn more about our benediction response: http://www.windsorparkunitedchurch.com/notes-on-the-notes-april-26-2020/

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