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Psalms of Praise & Thanksgiving

July 22 - Psalms & Summer Music

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Future Orchestra at CPC


Future Orchestra! 


Christ Presbyterian Church


Several weeks ago we said goodbye to our student string players, all of whom have finished high school and are beginning college.  It’s hard to imagine our Christmas and Easter cantatas without them…

 But wait!  Check out the top row of our Children’s Choir – in addition to singing, all of these upper elementary musicians are already playing an instrument.  We will hear some of them this summer, and, hopefully, more in years to come.  Top row, left to right:


Keith Scroggs recently started clarinet lessons and has already arranged a piece for worship.  Keith, his bassoonist mom and pianist grand mom will provide our special music offerings on August 3.


Maddy Raut plays violin and is in our Chime Choir along with mom Christy and sister Nayana.  Maddy also played wind chimes during a recent choir anthem.

Jeremy John plays violin, and will play “Seek Ye First” in worship on August 10.  Jeremy rings in the Chime Choir with his dad Sujin.

Brendan Sielinski told me last week he plays violin.  Brendan and his grandmother ring in the Chime Choir.

Roy Rinehart is a drummer and also rings chimes.  Roy played the Tom-Tom in a recent Children’s Choir song.

Colin McLean plays viola and will play “Ode to Joy” during worship next Sunday, July 27.  Colin and his Mom ring in the Chime Choir.

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Casey MacLean, violinist and one of our graduates, will play “Shall We Gather at the River.”  Casey will attend William & Mary this fall.

Our women’s chorus will sing “Come, Follow Me” during the offertory.


Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!  Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!  Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!  Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Psalm 150




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In Our Music This Sunday


“Recitative and Prayer” – Lindsey Smith, trombone

“Jesus Loves Me” and “Give Me Jesus” – Marilyn Dorn, vocal and guitar


At the end of July, I will be travelling to Taiwan to perform this piece, along with the Concerto for Trombone and Band by Rimsky Korsakov, at a summer music camp which is put on by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Besides my solo appearances, I will be working with the members of the brass section in coaching/tutoring sessions as well as giving master classes for local music teachers.

The Recitative and Prayer by Hector Berlioz is the second movement of his Opus 15 Grand Funeral and Triumphal Symphony.  The piece was originally scored for 200 wind and percussion players and was composed to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the July 1830 French Revolution. Even though Berlioz is widely known for his Symphonie Fantastique as well as many other symphonic and choral works, the Grand Symphony was actually the work most performed during his lifetime. The Recitative and Prayer is the second movement of the Symphony.

I’m very excited and honored to have been asked to take part in this and ask for prayers for my safe travel and success overseas as well as prayers for Jill and the boys during the time I will be gone.      Lindsey Smith

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For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:38-39)


“Jesus Loves Me” is a hymn written by Anna Bartlett Warner.  The lyrics first appeared as a poem in a novel called Say and Seal, written by her sister Susan Warner, and were spoken as a comforting poem to a dying child.  The tune was added by William Bradbury.   Along with his tune, Bradbury added his own chorus “Yes, Jesus loves me…”  After publication as a song, it became one of the most popular hymns in churches around the world, especially among children.  As originally published in 1860, it appeared in three stanzas:


Jesus loves me—this I know, for the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong.

Jesus loves me—loves me still, though I’m very weak and ill;
From his shining throne on high, comes to watch me where I lie.

Jesus loves me—he will stay, close beside me all the way.
Then his little child will take, up to heaven for his dear sake.


Whitney Houston sang this hymn on The Bodyguard soundtrack; she and Kelly Price sang it at Houston’s last performance in an impromptu duet at a nightclub.


“Give Me Jesus” is an African-American spiritual from the time of slavery in the United States. The lyrics are simple, but poignant.  That people stripped of all dignity and humanity could sing them says so much about their amazing faith!


In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.


When I am alone, give me Jesus


When I come to die, give me Jesus


You can have all this world, but give me Jesus


Marilyn Dorn, born in Chicago, says her earliest memory of music was swinging in the backyard and singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the top of her lungs.  She wanted to be a folk singer, but is happy to say she is now “a mission-driven federal bureaucrat.”   When her ten-year-old daughter wanted to join the choir, she said it was a package deal, and they joined together.  Marilyn teaches adult Bible Study, and will go to Guatamala with the Christ Presbyterian mission team this month.



It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night… (from Psalm 92)



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In Our Music This Sunday

Our Advocate, whose name is Love

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Our anthem for Sunday, “Before the Throne of God Above,” was written by Irish-American
hymn writer Charitie Lees Smith. Charitie was born in 1841, the daughter of a minister of the
Church of Ireland. She wrote this hymn, originally titled “The Advocate,” at the age of 22.

The hymn was recorded by Selah, a contemporary Christian vocal trio, who introduce hymns
and classic songs of the faith to a new generation of listeners, using beautiful harmonies and
modern musical sounds. Since the release of their first album in 1999, (Be Still My Soul), their
music, which features the talents of Allan Hall, Todd Smith and Amy Perry, has garnered the
group six Dove Awards (an accolade by the Gospel Music Association of the US recognizing
outstanding achievement in Christian music).


“Before the Throne of God Above” will be sungEliz & Glenn by Elizabeth and Glenn Himes, a father/daughter duo familiar to Christ Presbyterian Church. Just back from a 5-week summer study trip in Florence, Italy, Elizabeth says music has always been a huge part of their lives, both together and separately, and that “duets with her father are most special.”




Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea:
A great high Priest whose Name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands, my name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb: my perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am, The King of glory and of grace.
One with Himself I cannot die; my soul is purchased by His blood.
My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God!

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