Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way .
Lead us from night to never ending day.
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine;
And glory, laud and praise be ever Thine
When in our music God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried:
How oft, in making music, we have found
a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound
So has the church, in liturgy and song,
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
borne witness to the truth in ev’ry tongue:
Let ev’ry instrument be tuned for praise;
let all rejoice who have a voice to raise;
and may God give us faith to sing always:
Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000
Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory
fills my heart with joy and love,
teach me ever to adore thee;
may I still thy goodness prove.
Text: Robert Robinson, 1735-1790, alt.
Some people pray for rain to saturate drought-stricken land. Some pray for the rains to cease: watching crops (life) die as they are drowned. I certainly try to drink “the right” amount of water to keep my body hydrated each day. Yet, with the incessant availability of sugar-packed and “calorie-free” beverages that are just more… exciting… than plain water, I probably don’t actually drink enough pure water for what my body needs.
In our Baptism, simple water is used by which “the triune God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful self to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the body of Christ, the church.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 225) Indeed, it matters not the quantity of physical water because Jesus promises to us in John 4:14: that “those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Praise to the One who calls and names us up from the waters into life!
Soli Deo Gloria,Joshua LindgrenDirector of Worship and Music
Now that the outdoor temps have skyrocketed, the Woodlake Lutheran Z’ingers [“Zoom-Singers”] Choir would like to send you some cool vibes with a smooth rendering of “What a Wonderful World.”
[Note: this video is not meant to be serious and will hopefully brighten your day!]