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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