here in the power of Christ I stand.

1. I’ve started to help lead the music at church. One of the best parts about it so far is that during the bits when I’m not singing, I can listen to everyone else singing. And there’s something really beautiful about hearing your whole church confess together, “In Christ alone my hope is found / He is my light, my strength, my song.” Part of the beauty of congregational worship is that in singing together, in speaking and confessing our sinfulness together, and in proclaiming the Scriptures and the mystery of our faith together, we are not only speaking these things to the Lord, but to one another.

2. Also, I don’t refer to leading the music as “leading worship”, because the whole of a Sunday service is worship–the liturgy, listening to the sermon, and yes, the singing, too.

3. And if you know my story at all, you know that “In Christ Alone” has a really special place in my heart. God has used it to bring me back from the edge of losing it many a time. Including this morning. “No guilt in life, no fear in death / This is the power of Christ in me.”

4. And I’m sitting here writing this to remind myself; a blog post is one more way of underlining this place in God’s story of my life as I’m reading what He wrote down before time began. Still a lot of chapters to go (I hope), and I can’t really skip ahead in this one. But He has been good so far. And He will be good to the end.

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2 thoughts on “here in the power of Christ I stand.

  1. this was truly a lovely Sunday afternoon read, short and pitch perfect.
    My husband is the sound engineer at our huge church and he has told me multiple times that he will often turn down the sound in the house enough so he can just listen to the sound of all those voices singing out to God as one. And I thought that was the nicest thing I had ever heard.

  2. This blessed me. God’s work in your life is a living testament to His goodness to His people. And by His grace, you continue to “shine like a star in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” I feel really blessed to know you and to see your faith grow and mature over the years.

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