Beautiful arrangement of “Hymn to God the Father (Wilt Thou Forgive)” today at the Biola Lent site

March 6, 2014

If you visit the Biola Lentan devotional site today, and click on the music link at the bottom of the page, you will be treated to a stunningly beautiful and powerful arrangement of John Donne’s Hymne to God the Father (Wilt Thou Forgive…) – one of my favorite Lenten hymns.

Here’s the link.

The hymn is performed by “The King’s Men,”  a six member, vocal a cappella ensemble from the Conservatory of Music at Biola University.

A Hymn to God the Father lyrics:

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
With thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallowed in a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thyself, that at my death Thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
And having done that, Thou hast done;
I fear no more.

Note: this song does not appear to be available for purchase online either in CD or MP3 form.  I contacted those running the Biola Lent Project website, and they were kind enough to send me an MP3 version of the song.  It’s from the 1999 album by the King’s Men entitled Pure and Simple.   I’m uploading the song here as I don’t know whether the link to the Biola Lent Project site links will remain active once Lent has ended. 

Hymn to God the Father.  The King’s Men [Biola University].  From their 1999 album Pure and Simple.             My huge thanks to the Biola Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts.

John 17 and Habakkuk 3

March 6, 2014

For I have given to them the words which you have given me; and they have received them, (John 17:8a)
      Jesus, you have given us words of life and hope. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us receive the words Jesus has spoken to us.

      Holy Father, thank you for sending the Word made flesh, Jesus, to us.

and have known surely that I came forth from you; and they have believed that you sent me. (John 17:8b)
      Father, thank you for the gift of your son. Thank you for sending him to us so that we could no longer live just for ourselves.

      Holy Spirit, thank you for kindling the flame of belief in Jesus in our hearts.

O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
      O LORD, revive your work among us. Give us a passion for Jesus and a desire to go deeper with him. Thank you. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18 )

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalm 37:39-40)
      LORD, thank you for the salvation you wrought for us. You have delivered us and our trust is in you.

A word received: You are in my hand.

Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18: Phil. 3:12-21: John 17:1-8
Friday: 95* & 31 * 35; Ezek. 18:1-4,25-32: Phil. 4:1-9: John 17:9-19

Albany Intercessor

Suggestions for Lenten Reading

March 6, 2014

I’ve recently downloaded three books I plan to read during Lent:

I’d love to hear from our readers what you’ll be reading during Lent…  Thanks in advance.  I always love good book ideas!



Jessica Snell on Keeping Lent Simple

March 6, 2014

Yesterday for Ash Wednesday, Jessica Snell wrote a guest blog post at Clutter Interrupted.  She focused on how to keep Lent simple:

Lent is about simplicity.

It’s about concentrating on the good and important things, and letting the superfluous extras just fall away.

If you’re having trouble thinking of what to give up, just ask yourself:

  • What’s important?
  • What is missing from my life?
  • What do I want to concentrate on?
  • Where do I want to seek the Lord’s help in overcoming my sins?

And then start there. Usually you’ll find that if you’re trying to do one thing well, the unimportant things are crowded out. Take the next forty days as a chance to seek the Lord’s face. As you come into his presence, you’ll find that everything else pales in comparison to his mercy and love. Let the unimportant things fade away. You are going to spend some time sitting at the feet of your Lord.

Read it all here.

Yes, above all, Lent is about coming to Jesus and sitting at His feet,  seeking Him and casting off all the things (our sins) that hinder us from close fellowship with Him.  Lord, help me, help us to come and be with You this Lent.

Read more from Jessica about celebrating Lent as a family at her blog Homemaking Through the Church Year.  And don’t forget the booklet series “Let us Keep the Feast” (ideas for celebrating Advent, Epiphany and Lent as a family) which Jessica helped edit.

Syrian persecution

March 6, 2014 documents persecution of Christians in Syria.

Exodus 2:2-3 (ESV)
The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.
O Father, hide Your children in Syria from the eyes of those who would kill them.

Joshua 2:6 (ESV)
But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.
Raise up assistance to the Christians being persecuted.

2 Corinthians 11:32-33 (NIV)
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.
Provide a means of escape when they are hunted. Amen.

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