Yesterday’s worship service was good for my soul in so many ways. In both the 8:15 and 11:00 service I listened to Trevor Stewart play viola and in the latter service the Chapman Stick. I first heard him on a Saturday at the Old Town Farmer’s Market and promptly bought his CD. The choir sang beautifully, but also, some of my favorite hymns were sung.
I have loved the hymn “It is Well With My Soul” for so long. The words written by Horatio Spafford after several tragic events in his life, he lost a son, his livelihood in the Great Chicago Fire and then his four daughters on ship crossing the Atlantic to Europe. It is said he penned the words to this song near the spot where his daughters drowned on his way to meet his grieving wife. This is one of my favorite renditions of that hymn. In worship, we ended the service with this hymn.
Our sermon series is focusing on how DO we love God with all our hearts and all our souls and all our minds and all our strength and our neighbor as ourselves? This service was looking at our soul work and how is it we can find peace in our souls.
I used this great quote from John Wesley that I received this last week at the Order’s and Fellowship meeting.
“Whether you like it or not, read and pray daily. It is for your life: There is no other way; else you will be a trifler all your days….do justice to your own soul; give it time and means to grow.”
A link to yesterday’s worship service can be found here
How is it with your soul today? How will it be with your soul this week? I pray it will be well with your soul and that through your life, your heart and your spirit God’s grace and love is made real in the world.