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Notes on the Notes – November 15, 2015

This week’s theme:

Worry vs Prayer/Baptism/Praise Team Contemporary Service

This week’s scripture:

1 Samuel 2:1-10

This week’s music:

“Come Just as you are”

“Come just as you are,
Hear the Spirit call.
Call just as you are –
Come and see, come, receive, come and live forever

Life everlasting and strength for today
Taste the living water and never thirst again.”

Hear Crystal Lewis at:


See the ladies of Na Hula O Kaleiokapualani worship in dance. Calvary Chapel West Oahu Easter Service – April 8, 2012. Pastor Charles Couch Jr.


Hear the song sung by the composer, Joseph Sabolick:  https://youtu.be/veQvv7Gw9UU

“Come Along With Me”

“Come along and sing with me
Come along and sing with me
Come along and sing with me
To the Lord our God for all our days.


A fun song of praise that the Joyful Noise will share with us!

“God Hears Your Prayer”

“Down on your knees,pray
Up on your feet,
Walking to school or going to sleep,
From everywhere God hears your prayer.

This week the Joyful Noise will share this song about prayer by Cynthia Wright (1978), arranged by Jane Marshall.

“Calm me Lord”

“Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm;
Still me, Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease;
Enfold me, Lord,
Enfold me in your peace.”

This centering song is taken from the collection “Sing the Story.”  The words are by David Adam with music by Margaret Rizza (1998).

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (VU #664)

“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Christ the Saviour is our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do our friends despise, forsake us? Are we tempted to despair?
Jesus’ strength will shield our weakness, and we’ll find new courage there.”

The words for this hymn were originally written by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855 as a poem to comfort his ill mother who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada.  He could not return to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed this poem.   Years later, one of Joseph’s friends discovered his poems and they were published in a book called Hymns and Other verses.”  The tune to the hymn was composed by Charles Crozat Converse in 1868.

Voices United does not contain the final verse of Scriven’s poem:

Blessed Saviour, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer.
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Hear the country singer, Alan Jackson at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X35JDIdQF5A

Watch a video about the creation of the hymn at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKjUoE2fack

Hear the Voice of Praise Quartet at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XRmGEbH0qs

“Forever Reign” was co-written by Reuben Morgan and Jason Ingram.  When asked about the story behind the song, Reuben Morgan says:
“The message of the song is very confessional. Throughout the song we declare who God is, “You are good, You are love, You are light, You are hope, You are peace, You are joy and You are life.” At the same time, we combine that message of who God is with our response, “You are good, You are good, when there’s nothing good in me.” I hope the song enlarges God in our view of Him. We need to know that God is not diminished by our circumstances, doubts or our response… “

You are good when there’s nothing good in me.  You are love on display for all to see.  You are light when the darkness closes in.  You are hope – You have covered all my sin.

You are peace when my fear is crippling.  You are true even in my wandering.  You are joy – You’re the reason that I sing.  You are life, in You death has lost it’s sting.

Oh, I’m running to Your arms. The riches of Your love will always be enough.  Nothing compares to Your embrace.   Light of the world forever reign.

You are more than my words will ever say.  You are Lord,  all creation will proclaim.  You are here – in Your presence I’m made whole.  You are God – of all else I’m letting go.

My heart will sing no other name – Jesus, Jesus.

Oh, I’m running to Your arms.  The riches of Your love will always be enough.  Nothing compares to Your embrace. Light of the world forever reign.”


“Lord Prepare Me” (MV18)

“Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.”

 This song of preparation for prayer was written by John W. Thompson and Randy Scruggs in 1982.    The lyrics of “Sanctuary” are a simple request for God to purify oneself. In addition to calling on God, it is implied that one must take some step to be purified. The end result is that a person will be a living sanctuary for God. This powerful song has impacted people for over thirty years, and it is sure to continue on this path for years to come.

To listen to this song go to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LiTy7ndOz

“God is in Control”

“God is in control and He loves and cares for you
God is in controlHe sees the sparrow fall and He know what you’ve been through
So put your faith and hope in His hands
In the One who calms the raging sea
For God is in control and He sees your ev’ry need.

He sees the tears you’ve cried
He knows the pain you’ve felt
He sees you when you fall and He loves you through it all.

Oh I don’t understand or always see His plan
But I know that He cares and that your pain He shares.”

Mark Cole is the worship pastor at Eastside City Church in Calgary.  He has a passion for introducing people to God at home and abroad and has travelled to over 60 countries.  Mark is also the founding arranger for praisecharts.com which supplies music arrangements, charts and songs to thousands of churches.

“Step by Step”

O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.  I will seek you in the morning and I will learn to walk in your ways, and step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days.”

This contemporary praise chorus was written in 1991 by Beaker -a pseudonym for David Strasser, a Christian songwriter and musician well known for his collaborations with artist Rich Mullins.  When Beaker was in the seventh grade, his youth pastor introduced him to his friend Rich Mullins, and the two soon became collaborators. Beaker co-wrote, performed, and toured with Mullins for several years.  In the mid-90s, Beaker dropped out of the spotlight to focus on family life.   Rich Mullins incorporated “Step by Step” into his song “Sometimes by Step.”  In 2002, “Step by Step” was recorded by Michael W. Smith and retains its popularity to this day.

To see Michael W. Smith performing his version of the song (Step by Step/Forever We Will Sing) in concert click below:


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