Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sing Hosanna! Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning Give me oil in my lamp, I pray Give me oil in my lamp, keep my burning Keep me burning till the break of day Sing hosanna,sing hosanna Sing hosanna to the King of kings Sing hosanna, sing hosanna Sing hosanna to the King On Saturday night at dinner, my youngest daughter began quietly singing a song that we are practicing with the children at church for our annual Parade of Palms. The song is “Give Me Oil in my lamp” (also known as Sing Hosanna) Her voice was so sweet and her attempt to sing it true to form was priceless. Our Parade of Palms is held at each of our three Sunday morning services on Palm Sunday. The children walk in with their palm branches waving proudly (ok, there are always a few little ones that are a bit too zealous) They parade to the front of the sanctuary and then share their musical offering with the congregation. Sweet sweet voices singing their praises for our Lord. We are moving into a very special time in the church year. What traditions do you observe during Holy Week? We begin with our Parade of Palms. MidWeek Lenten Services continue on Wednesday night. Maundy Thursday is a special time as our fifth graders partake of their First Communion. Good Friday brings a somber mood and a time for reflection. And Easter Sunday is glorious – Hallelujah, He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! In all of this, what music comes to mind? I personally find that music can invoke special memories, feeling and emotions – more than any other external stimuli. Psalm 92:1 tells us It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High. What music ‘speaks’ to you this time of year? I will be creating a layout of my daughter marching with her palm branch (hopefully without ‘too’ much zeal) with the words to Sing Hosanna. (I just need to make sure my camera is ready on Sunday morning) Here is word-art – just for you – with Psalm 92:1. Please share with us in the Faith Sisters Gallery and the Providence 365 forum what your layout (or special project) is for week 16. We look forward to seeing your interpretation of this challenge. We hope you are enjoying your Providence 365 journey through the year. Have a wonderful week. May you be surrounded with His Love.