Saturday, July 12, 2008


We attended the Saturday night service at church tonight. Rick Harwell, Meck's Worship Pastor, delivered a challenging message reminding me that I have to choose my life's path (or road) paying particular attention to the example set by Christ.

Before Rick's message, Steven led worship. Tonight was meaningful to me because a song that he wrote last winter opened the service. I've heard its progression from the initial chorus to the completed piece, and I love the message and the melody that God gave Steven. It's a song about grace and our response to such an amazing gift from God.

At the end of the worship set, Nichole sang a song accompanied only by Andrew's guitar. I will be the first to admit that I may be ever-so-slightly proud of my two kid-in-laws, but I don't know when I've been more blessed musically than I was tonight.

The song that Nichole sang is called "Captivate Us," and if you've never heard it--you should. I doubt there is a more powerful recorded version available than what we heard live tonight--but here are the lyrics. I hope they cause you to sense the splendor of God's worth and majesty and that if you aren't already captivated by His greatness and love, you soon will be.

Your face is beautiful
And Your eyes are like the stars
Your gentle hands have healing
There inside the scars
Your loving arms they draw me near
And Your smile it brings me peace
Draw me closer oh my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to Thee

Captivate us, Lord Jesus
Set our eyes on You
Devastate us with Your presence
Falling down
And rushing river, draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus, with You

Your voice is powerful
And Your words are radiant bright
In Your breath and shadow
I will come close and abide
You whisper love and life divine
And Your fellowship is free
Draw me closer O my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to Thee

Let everything be lost in the shadows
Of the light of Your face
Let every chain be broken from me
As I’m bound in Your grace
For Your yoke is easy, Your burden is light
You’re full of wisdom, power and might
And every eye will see You
Captivate us, Lord Jesus--with you

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