Today’s Worship–March 8th, 2013

Good Morning Saints!

Today’s Bible Reading & Verse

Numbers 33-34

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2


Today’s Song Story

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

The author of this hymn, Joachim Neander, was born in Bremen, Germany in 1650. In his early years, he lived a lusty, immoral life. Then he and a group of friends decided to attend a service conducted by a visiting preacher, Pastor Under-Eyke, and Neander was quickly converted. He was then influenced by Philipp Jakob Spener, a Pietist who sought to return vitality to the Lutheran church, which in his opinion had become staid and barren. The Pietists emphasized individual piety, and instituted small groups for prayer, scripture study, personal accountability, and good works. They believed that trust in Christ rather than correct theology constituted the core of the faith. This de-emphasis on theology brought the Pietists into conflict with the more traditional Lutherans.

In his mid-20s, Neander became director of the Latin School of Dusseldorf, where he served for several years. He experienced considerable opposition there because of his pietism, and was eventually dismissed from that position. He then suffered declining health, and died at age 30.

Neander’s life was tragic in the classic sense –– a life of great potential cut short by an untimely death. However, he wrote 60 hymns –– most during his tenure at the Latin School. Most are hymns of joyful praise, even though they were written at a time when Neander was living under considerable stress. Several of his hymns can be found in hymnals today, having inspired Christians around the world for more than three centuries. Few of us, regardless of longevity, can hope to have a legacy as enduring. It seems fair to say that God made more of Neander’s life than Neander could ever have expected.

"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" is based on Psalms 103 and 150. It was inspired not only by those psalms but also by the beauty of the hills and rivers that Neander experienced on his walks through the German countryside.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Catherine Winkworth, who translated this and a number of other German hymns during the 19th century. But for her efforts, we would know nothing of Neander or his hymns today.

Today’s Worship Songs


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Your People Sing Praises – Hillsong

Anything Genuine – Smalltown Poets

Let Your Glory Fall – Matt Redman

Deeper – Delirious?

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – King’s Kaleidoscope

Hear From Heaven – Brian Doerksen

Come Let Us Worship – Chris Tomlin

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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