Sunday is All Saints Day, November 1st. As a Prelude to our All Saints worship, our Liturgical Musician, Nancy Cox, offers a reflection on the song she chose for the Prelude this week.
Our prelude is "Behold the Lamb" by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend. Nancy selected this this piece because the words caught her attention and interest for a Sunday when we celebrate the ways in which we are connected by our communion meal and by God's great love for each of us, which holds us in life and in death.
The words for "Behold the Lamb" are as follows:
Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away, slain for us --
And we remember the promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this bread of life, and we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of peace around the table of the King.
When Nancy read these words, during her selection process, memories of our discussions in the Friday Morning Bible Study's "Revelation" series came to mind. This clarified her choice for this week as she remembered our discussions in that class about the image of the lamb and the peaceful protection it symbolizes. In Revelation 7: 15-17 we hear a description of those at peace before the throne of the lamb in heaven described in this way:
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
To watch a video of Nancy playing this Prelude, please CLICK HERE.