Today’s Worship–February 23rd, 2013

Good Morning Saints!

Today’s Bible Reading & Verse

Numbers 3-4

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” – John 1:29-31


Today’s Song Story

Near to the Heart of God

Cleland B. McAfee was born in Ashley, Missouri in 1866. He became a pastor at Park College, and to be creative, Rev. McAfee prepared an original hymn for his church choir each quarter for use during Holy Communion. He usually wrote his stanzas on the theme he chose for his sermon, setting them to appropriate music.

His people began to anticipate their gifted minister’s hymns and tunes with the same eagerness with which they looked forward to his sermons.

Then tragedy struck with unexplained suddenness. Diphtheria claimed his brother Harold’s two precious daughters within a 24-hour period. MaAfee and his entire church family offered to the bereaved parents all the love and sympathy their hearts could muster.

The young pastor began to think about the communion hymn he wanted to write for the following Sunday morning. Soon he was saying to himself, “We can find peace and comfort if we stay near to the heart of God.” He echoed the sentiments of David, who wrote in Psalm 4:8, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”

And soon the words were flowing from his pen. He found himself writing, “There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God; a place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.” The song was sung at the Howard McAfee home on Saturday evening, and at the college communion service the next day.

Today’s Worship Songs


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Lay Me Down – Chris Tomlin

Let Go – Elevation Worship

Free – Jeremy Camp

Never Gone – Colton Dixon

Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective Experiment

This Is Amazing Grace – Bethel

Yield My Heart – Kim Walker-Smith

Waiting Here For You – Martin Smith & Jesus Culture

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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