Psalms and Prayers

The book of Psalms in the Bible is considered some of the most beautiful poetry ever written. The psalms include writings of every human condition: joy, thanksgiving, yearning, hope, anger, bitterness, sorrow. C.S. Lewis wrote that in reading and singing the psalms “we find an experience fully God-centered, asking of God no gift more urgently than God’s presence with us, joyous to the highest degree, and unmistakably real.”

Our Sunday morning service on April 22 will be a service of psalms and prayers with some of the most beautiful musical psalm settings ever written interwoven with meditations from Jim Dant. The SC Governors School Cantus will sing the William Byrd “Sing Joyfully Unto God our Strength” based on Psalm 81, the modern jubilant setting of Psalm 150 by Aguiar, and the Mendelssohn setting of Psalm 42: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” Our Sanctuary Choir will combine with Cantus to sing the Ned Rorem “Mercy and Truth are Met Together” based on Psalm 85, the Gerald Finzi “God is Gone Up with a Shout” based on Psalm 47, and the Mack Wilberg “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” based on Psalm 23.

I encourage you to read these psalms in your personal devotions and be present in this beautiful worship service on April 22.

— Vivian