Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Slow, Gentle Sunday

We usually spend several hours at church on Sunday mornings but this morning we were there for only half an hour.  The electricity was out so we had the briefest of church meetings with several prayers, hymns, and the sacrament, all in a chapel lit only by a little sunlight.  What a sweet experience!

If I had any handwork to do today I would do it while listening to some favorite hymns, like the one below.  Since I don't, I'll enjoy the hymns anyway.  The words are below if you'd like to sing along.

  Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
  Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
  Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
  Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

  Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
  Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
  By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
  Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

  Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
  And run not before Him, whatever betide.
  In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
  And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

  Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
  Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
  Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
  Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

I wish you a sweet and restful Sabbath today.



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    1. Mine, too, Missy. I'm sad it's not in our hymnbook but at least I can listen to it online.

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    1. Mine, too, though I forget it after a while until I hear it again.

  3. I love this song--in fact, back in December when DH and I were asked to provide a musical number for Sacrament meeting, we recruited a couple of his cousins and the four of us did a quartet of this.

    1. Hi, Janet. It is one of my favorites, too, but because it isn't in the hymnbook I don't think of it very often. As much as I love the Choir's version I imagine your quartet singing it was just beautiful, enhanced by the smaller environment of a chapel

  4. Oh Nancy how wonderful to find this today. One of my all time favourites...I just love it. Thank you!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jocelyn. Thanks!

  5. I love MoTab! I haven't heard that particular one before, and it's beautiful. Thanks! We had a couple of Sundays like that with a plumbing issue which was finally fixed. I never had church skip or shorten until I moved here. In Arizona, nothing ever seemed to happen!

    1. You're welcome, Susan. I think the Choir performs it beautifully.

      Our sacrament meeting has been cancelled several times through the years. Once or twice we had ice/snow storms and the roads were impassable. Another time there was a problem with the power, probably due to a severe thunderstorm. I'm always surprised when they cancel church.


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