Thursday, February 4, 2010

With One Voice Glorify the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6).

Last Sunday I finished my sermon series on "The Pursuit of God's Vision for the Church" – and played a recording of "One Voice" by the Wailin' Jennys as a song of response after the message. I have posted this song before (August 5, 2008) when we were going through the "one another" texts in Scripture together. This song came to mind again throughout this past month of January as we went through Paul’s prayers regarding God’s vision for the church; he always emphasized the one-hearted unity we would share someday in glory, when the “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. . . . so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God" (Philippians 1:6,10-11).

Again, the spirit of the words and the music reflect a mood and texture of what I imagine the apostle Paul was thinking of when he wrote: I am posting this again for the number of new people in the church, and also as requested by those who have been with us who wanted to hear it again.



This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

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