Sunday musical offering

October 11, 2020

Lullaby, twilight is spreading
Silver wings over the sky;
Fairy elves are softly treading,
Folding buds as they pass by.
Lullaby, whisper and sigh, 
Lullaby, lullaby.
Lullaby, deep in the clover
Drone the bees softly to rest;
Close white lids your dear eyes over,
Mother’s arms shall be your rest.
Lullaby, whisper and sigh,
Lullaby, lullaby.


Sunday musical offering

June 28, 2020

A lovely Swedish folk song, arranged for choir and piano by Dan Forrest.


Sunday musical offering

April 19, 2020

Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’

Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.


Sunday musical offering

February 16, 2020

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain,
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left his Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite his grace,
Emptied himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine.
Alive in him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown through Christ, my own.
Amazing love! How can it be
That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?


Musical offering for the eighth day of Christmas

January 1, 2020

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn king.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light.
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn king.

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great desire of nations,
Ye have seen his natal star.
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn king.

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son;
Evermore your voices raising,
To the eternal three in one.
Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn king.


Musical offering for the fifth day of Christmas

December 29, 2019

He is born, the divine Christ child,
Play the musette and the bagpipe merrily;
He is born, the divine Christ child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild.

Through long ages of the past
Prophets long have foretold His coming,
Through long ages of the past,

Now the time has come at last.

He is born, the divine Christ child,
Play the musette and the bagpipe merrily;
He is born, the divine Christ child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild.

O how lovely, O how pure
Is this perfect child of heaven;
O how lovely, O how pure
Gracious gift to humankind.

He is born, the divine Christ child,
Play the musette and the bagpipe merrily;
He is born, the divine Christ child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild.

Jesus, Lord of all the world,
Coming as a child among us;
Jesus, Lord of all the world,
Grant to us Thy heavenly peace.

He is born, the divine Christ child,
Play the musette and the bagpipe merrily;
He is born, the divine Christ child,

Sing we all of the Savior mild,
Sing we now the divine Christ child!


Musical offering for the third day of Christmas

December 27, 2019

It’s the birthday of Sir John Goss (1800-1880), who composed the music to “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” in 1871. It’s performed here by the Portland Choir and Orchestra in an arrangement by Dan Forrest.

See amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on earth below,
See the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years.
Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the lofty skies;
He, who throned in height sublime
Sits amid the cherubim.
Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Sacred infant, all divine,
What a tender love was Thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this.
Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.


Musical offering for the first day of Christmas

December 25, 2019


Sunday musical offering

August 25, 2019

Psalm 100:1-3 in Zulu, set to music by American composer Dan Forrest.

(This is the fourth movement of Jubilate Deo, composed in 2016. The words are from Psalm 100 and each movement is in a different language and musical style, reflecting the global aspect of the text. The full performance is well worth a listen.) 


Sunday musical offering

March 10, 2019

Entreat me not to leave you,
Nor to turn back from following after you.
For where you go, I will go,
And where you live, I will live;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If ought but death part you and me.


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