Archive | March 2015

Easter lily


The Easter Lily, purest white,
Seems illumined by a holy light;
Glowing with grace of the risen Lord,
It stands supreme in the dark of night.

A symbol of One who defeated death
To reign in power above all strife,
To beckon all who will believe,
And offer to them eternal life.

The debt of my sin has been crucified,
Nailed to the cross with wounds of my shame;
Because Christ lives, I too shall live–
All praise and glory to His blessed Name!

The Easter Lily, so pure and white,
Represents Jesus, the risen LORD;
He stands supreme as the one, true God;
My Savior is worthy to be loved and adored!
But about the Son He says,
“Your throne, O God,
will last for ever and ever,
and righteousness will be
the sceptor of Your kingdom.”
Hebrews 1:8

Poem by Connie Faust

Psalm 139


For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 5 You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Arrangement and Audio by Stephen Sollars
Photo by Aaron Paul Lazar

i believe


There are things as we travel this earth shifting sands
That transcend all the reason of man
But the things that matter the most in this world
They can never be held in our hand

I believe in a hill called Mt. Calvary
I’ll believe whatever the cost
And when time has surrendered and earth is no more
I’ll still cling to that old rugged cross

I believe that the Christ who was slain on the cross
Has the power to change lives today
For He changed me completely, a new life is mine
That is why by the cross I will stay

Repeat Chorus

I believe that this life with its great mysteries
Surely someday will come to an end
But faith will conquer the darkness and death
And will lead me at last to my friend

Repeat Chorus

And when time has surrendered and earth is no more
I’ll still cling to that old rugged cross

Lyrics Bill Gaither
Audio Stephen Sollars
Photo Marge McCoy