In His Arms of Love

Posted on 12/03/2017 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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lyrics by Henry van Dyke
music by Ludwig van Beethoven

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,
Op'ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.

lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

by Judson W. Van DeVenter

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

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Father God, thank You for this time to be in Your presence, to be able to fellowship with other believers. We ask You to envelope us in Your arms of love. Keep us still and hold us near. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Please be seated.

I titled today's fireside chat In His Arms of Love. There are times when I feel like God is holding me in His arms, wanting me to be near Him and to be calm and at peace.

Sometimes, I know that I try to resist Him and I escape His arms of love. He sometimes goes after me and sometimes He realizes that I need to be alone. I need time to be alone and to think. He wants me to decide to be in His arms of love. He does not want to decide for me.

Sometimes He goes after me because He knows that I am on the path to danger and He wants to make sure that I am safe. He wants me to learn to call to Him when I need Him and to rely on Him more.

When He pulls me into His arms of love, He holds me still and holds me near. I am at peace when He wraps me in His arms of love. I am safe there. I am protected. His love consumes me as His arms envelope me. It's so warm. It's so peaceful.

In these times, the storm ceases and the fear goes away. Even if my voice shakes and I cry, His arms wrap around me...and I know...His love has taken the fear...the pain...whatever it is. His love has taken it away. And I am overwhelmed. His waves of love wash over me. All I can do is allow Him to touch me and to love me. Because in that moment...there is nothing else.

I have a feeling there are some of us that need Father God to come and pick us up in His arms of love. To hold us still and in peace. To hold us close and protected.

Ask Him to do it! Ask Him! Allow His love to wash over you over and over and over again.

Altar call.

I want us all to take some time to ask God to hold us still and to hold us near. To wrap us in His arms of love and to overwhelm us with His presence. Do not go away from here without feeling like Father God held you today!
I'm going to pray now.

Father God, I ask right now...for all of us...under the sound of my voice to have an experience with You right now. That we all have an experience where we feel Your presence wrap around us. We feel You holding us still, holding us near. That we feel Your love wash over us again and again. Father, I know You want to do good things in our lives...I'm asking that You would do this. It is a request. Not a demand. I thank You for being our Father. For sending Jesus to die for our sins. For being on the earth in the form of Holy Spirit. I thank You for our very lives. Bring about our awareness of You that we have never had before. I pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Amen.

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May God bless you this week.
May He wrap you in His arms of love, holding you still and holding you near.