Dear Village Chapel Singers and Extended Chapel Family,
This is the second in a series of musical messages for our Chapel Choir being shared with our extended Chapel family during the month of August. Each message includes a link to an anthem on the website of music distributor J W Pepper, where, by clicking the music cover and then clicking the arrows to scroll the pages, you can see and hear the music. It is not the Chapel Choir, but we think it is the next best thing, and we hope you will be blessed as we have been.
From the Lectionary, Matthew 14: 22-33, verses 29-31: And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters [b]to come to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the [c]wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (American Standard Version, biblegateway.com)
Last Monday night those of us on and near Bald Head experienced the power of nature as Hurricane Isaias ripped ashore with surprising fury. It was a small and fast-moving hurricane, and everyone had prepared for a minimal storm, but we awakened to more damage than anyone expected. Our beautiful Chapel was spared and is fine! We thank God for our safety and pray for all who are dealing with difficulties in the aftermath.
In searching for music, I kept coming back to the theme of God’s amazing Creation, of how it all works, of hurricanes and their purpose in nature, and I think, “My God, how great Thou art!” Eric Nelson, director of the Atlanta Master Chorale, has put the hymn of that name into a new setting that moves and lifts the spirit with each key change. Accompanied by organ and brass, here is “How Great Thou Art” by Eric Nelson.
May God be with each of you till we meet again.
Organist and Music Director
The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island