Monday, May 20, 2024

Hannah’s Song – Music Story

Hannah prayed for a child.
And the LORD granted her petition.
Then Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart rejoices in the LORD … there is no Rock like our God.”

From the album “Sing” this video is scrolling playback of her prayer set to music.

Kathy


Click here to read Hannah’s prayer.

Lead sheet music (PDF) is available for Hannah’s Song.

Click here for PDF.



Monday, April 29, 2024

Blessed – Music Story

Crowds of people were following Jesus. He was in the public eye, being sought out. Were his disciples basking in the limelight? Finding pleasure in fame?

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain and sat down. His disciples came to him, and Jesus described to them the person who is to be congratulated, to be envied. He explained the best way of living, the one that gives the greatest rewards today and tomorrow. The person who accepts the demands of God’s Kingdom, that person truly finds happiness and well-being.

What Jesus taught his disciples is known as The Beatitudes and is found in The Sermon on the Mount.

From the album “Sing” this video is scrolling playback of a song based on Numbers 26:24-26 and Matthew 5:3-16.

Kathy

You can read The Beatitudes here.

Print (PDF) sheet music (lead sheet) is available for Blessed.

Sheet Music
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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Romans – Music Story

Something is wrong with the world.

We live in a violent world. War is raging on every continent. In fact, thirteen major wars are being fought right now, including the civil war in Myanmar that forcibly displaced over a million people. As the military was seizing power, my niece evacuated on one of the last planes out of the country.

We live in an asylum-seeking world. Thousands of Mexican migrants with their belongings stuffed into one bag are bussed to “sanctuary cities” in the U.S and simply dropped off. In a major city just a few hours from my home they fill a third of the already overwhelmed family homeless shelters.

We live in a world battling over orthodoxy. In a neighboring state, an education law resulted in the removal of hundreds of books from public schools, classic works of fiction, nonfiction history books, even Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary novels!

The apostle Paul explains the root of the problem in the New Testament book of Romans.

Three songs from Romans

1.      The Mind of God

We originated in the mind of God. We are created by, through, and for a triune God to reflect his unity and diversity.[1]

2.      Bad News! Good News!

The problem is personal. We don’t reflect God’s unity and diversity. We have fallen short of the glory of God. We are sinners. God’s solution to the problem was personal. God sent his Son, Jesus, to demonstrate that he loves us. We are forgiven and made right with God through Jesus’ death.[2]

3.      The Love of God

Surrounded by violence? Forcibly displaced? Seeking asylum? On the wrong side of orthodoxy? For those who have accepted God’s solution, nothing can separate them from the love of God.[3]

Kathy


[1] Romans 11:33-36

[2] Romans 1:2-6, 3:10-18, 5:1-11, 10:5-13

[3] Romans 8:31-39