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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

About Writing Music and God's Blessing on the Song:


ABOUT WRITING  MUSIC and GOD'S BLESSING ON THE SONG:


MUSIC DIRECTOR’S PRAYER FOR THE CHOIR:

“We come together this evening Lord in your Name. We are here because we love You and we pray that You will bless our efforts and bless our joy in serving You.

Dear Lord, thank You for watching over us during the week and for bringing us safely here. We pray that You will bless us as we devote the talents that You’ve so graciously bestowed upon us. Bless those on Sunday morning who will hear and sing the words to these songs…words that were written by composers who, following an experience with You, Lord…penned words down on paper…words that You have given to them, to be shared with those who long to hear.

Thank You for Your love, your strength, Your joy in serving You.”

In Jesus’ Name,   Amen



Excerpt from 'Man and His Music,' an essay by Carol Castagna.

"The embryo in the kernel of an artist’s mind is victor.  Restless, the pearl in the shell, this treasure, awakens and whispers its melody and soars to heights unknown.    This essence of brilliance and creativity declares his stance, immovable.  It will not be overcome by the winds of time.  It moves to emerge, to influence, to sing."          
                    Carol T. Castagna      
                         © October, 2012 
                         Library of Congress


II Corinthians 4:7
For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ… But we have this treasure, in earthen vessels that the Excellency of the power may be of God and not us.

A SONG for you:

   

                                                                                    BE STILL
A song of encouragement and faith 
        
“Be still and know that I am God today.”
Whispers His voice within.   “I’ll lead the way.
Trust me with all your heart
Lean not to your own way.
Trust me when naught you see
There’s grace for each new day
Believe, my child believe-
And it shall be-though in the mist of night
Soon morning light you’ll see”
His promise is our hope
His love, our joy and stay.
“Be still and know that
I am God today."
(c) October 2012
Carol Castagna
Lyrics and Melody

Another SONG for you:

Sonnet of hope

After the passing of my dear Grandmother (Rose) Raimonda DeLucia, the Lord gave me these words of comfort...    

How can my heart be lonely?

When I have Jesus always

Guiding me and walking by my side?

He is my Sunshine after rain –

And with me He abides

When days seem dark and empty-

My Friend reminds me softly

Just how much He cares about my grief

He fills me with new hope and peace –

And gives me sweet release

How is it that He loves me so?

My heart will never, never know

To bring such stillness after storm

To quiet my heart with comfort warm

My heart will never comprehend

His wondrous love and so I sing

How can my heart be lonely?

When I have Jesus always

Guiding me and walking by my side?

He is my Friend, my Joy, my Life and with Him I’ll abide.


© October, 2012
Lyrics and Melody

Carol T. Castagna

PSALM 37: 7

REST IN THE LORD AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM…