Today’s Worship–January 29th, 2012

Morning Saints!

Today’s Bible Reading & Verse

Exodus 1-3

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58


Today’s Song Story

How Great Thou Art

Carl Boberg was a Swedish lay preacher who, among other things, published a Christian newspaper and served for a dozen years in the Swedish parliament. He wrote the original version of this song in 1886, and entitled it "O Store Gud," which means "O Great God." His inspiration for the song came from the beauty of Swedish meadows and lakes after a thunderstorm. He published his song in his newspaper, but it didn’t seem to catch on.

But then someone translated it into German under the title, "Wie Grosse Bist Du," and it spread further.

Then Rev. Ivan S. Prokhanoff, an evangelical Russian Christian, translated it into Russian. Prokhanoff was an important figure among Russian Christians, so his involvement insured its spread in Russia.

Then Stuart Hine, an English missionary to the Ukraine, heard it, translated it into English, and added one or more verses –– inspired, he said, by the beauty of the "woods and forest glades" of the Carpathian Mountains after a thunderstorm. The last verse, which begins, "When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation, and take me home," was inspired by Eastern European refugees who had fled to England and who asked, "When are we going home?" Hine printed his version of the song in leaflet form, and it was distributed somewhat widely in England.

Then in 1954, at Billy Graham’s London crusade, someone gave George Beverly Shea a copy of the leaflet. Shea, as you might remember, had a beautiful bass voice and was one of Graham’s featured singers at the crusades for many years. Shea stuck the leaflet in his pocket, and didn’t think much more about it at the time. People often gave him copies of music for his consideration.

But later, Shea examined the leaflet more carefully, and was impressed by the power of the words. He introduced it at the Toronto Crusade in 1954, but it was at the New York Crusade in 1957 that he used it extensively for the first time. He sang it ninety-nine times at that crusade –– accompanied by the Crusade Choir.

After that, "How Great Thou Art" became Shea’s signature song, and he sang it wherever he went. He used it often in Billy Graham’s "Hour of Decision" radio broadcasts.

Today’s Worship Songs


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Most High – Hillsong

Doxology – David Crowder Band

You Move Me – Susan Ashton

Here You Stand – Cheri Keaggy

Along the Road – Ashton, Dente & Becker

Father’s Love – Bob Carlisle

My Tribute – Crystal Lewis

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Servant’s House, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Come visit our Facebook page –!/pages/Montreal-QC/The-Servants-House-Church/304924542965?ref=ts
For information concerning our place and time of our Sunday worship call us at 514-451-4385 or 514-929-6098 or email me @
May Christ richly bless you!
Gerry Desjardins
Worship Pastor
The Servant’s House
9641 Blvd. LaSalle,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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