Art, Poetry, Music, and Nature for the New Year
Sunday, January 3 2021

Word

When I look at your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings
that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Psalm 8:3–4

Music

A Living Prayer, by Ron Block

You can hear Alison Krauss & Union Station sing their song “A Living Prayer” but equally stunning is the version Lisa Bond uploaded for worship on June 7, 2020 when our own musicians sought to express the beauty of what it means to find God “on the rugged road through barren lands.” If words were enough to get us through hard times, this text would be that balm: “The way is dark, the road is steep” but God becomes “my eyes to see, strength to climb, grief to bear.” But words are never enough, so the melody takes us the rest of the way, possibly with an embarrassment of tears if we’re open to it.

Prayer

God of my ever-living prayer, comfort me and bid me live. Amen.

Ron Block, A Living Prayer
From online worship, June 7, 2020

In This World I Walk Alone
With No Place To Call My Home
But There?s One Who Holds My Hand
On The Rugged Road Through Barren Lands

The Way Is Dark, The Road Is Steep
But He?s Become My Eyes To See
Strength To Climb, My Grief To Bear
The Savior Lives Inside Me There

In Your Love I Find Release
A Haven From My Unbelief
Take My Life And Let Me Be
A Living Prayer, My God To Thee

Through These Trials Of Life I Find
Another Voice Inside My Mind
It Comforts Me And Bids Me Live
Inside The Love The Father Gives

In Your Love I Find Release
A Haven From My Unbelief
Take My Life And Let Me Be
A Living Prayer, My God To Thee

Take My Life And Let Me Be
A Living Prayer, My God To Thee