I feel that time is flying by faster than before. It’s March already! And the third Sunday of Lent is coming. I have been blessed having my mom with me for two and a half months since December. She is heading homeon Wednesday. We didn’t do much, but I have spent time with her as much as I could. We have watched TV, talked, walked, and we have attended a dawn prayer service together. I have thought about the time that I have had with her. Even though we had some exciting trips and events, “staying” with her was the most precious gift. I am sure that I will miss her more than before. It has led me to think about “abiding” in Christ, as we have heard the word through Tom’s sermons. Somehow, I feel that abiding is more like living 24-7 together– not only during worship service or prayer time, but also in each moment of my daily activities. It is my lifetime goal that I abide in Christ 24-7.
On this third Sunday of Lent, the Sonrise Singers will praise God with a song called, “On Holy Ground” at the 8:00 AM service. I have chosen the song and imagine that we are all surrounded with angels to praise and worship God together at the service. At the 11:00 AM service, the Sanctuary Choir will sing one of my favorite anthems,” What Wondrous Love is This” as an offertory and the Viva Voce vocal ensemble will sing a beautiful song, “Pie Jesu” in Latin during communion. I pray that we truly learn how to abide in Christ 24-7 by having tuneful hearts and endless thirst toward our Savior during this Lent.
These are the texts of these two beautiful songs. Shalom!
What Wondrous Love is This
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul; what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down; I was sinking down, sinking down. When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul!
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb I will sing! To God and to the Lamb, who is the great “I AM,” while millions join the theme, I will sing!
When from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, and through eternity I’ll sing on!
Pie Jesu (Merciful Jesus)
Merciful Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them rest.
O Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant them eternal rest.