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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