The Worship Quote of the Week for (05/01/2007):

Milton's Prayer for Illumination
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a famous prayer for illumination, a plea to the Holy Spirit for guidance in the task of asserting "Eternal Providence" and justifying "the ways of God to men." These seventeenth-century lines come, not from a pastor preparing to proclaim God's Word from the pulpit, but from the opening pages of John Milton's epic PARADISE LOST (1674).

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Haydn's THE CREATION, May 1, 2007, 7:30 P.M.
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www.sbts.edu/pdf/announcements/Creation.pdf
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Did you realize that the text of Haydn's oratorio THE CREATION is based on the opening chapters of Genesis and on John Milton's epic poem, PARADISE LOST? Please take a look at the color flyer found at the web link above, and consider inviting your Louisville friends to join us for a free concert on May 1, 2007, at 7:30 P.M.
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MILTON'S PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
And chiefly thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou knowest; thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast Abyss
And madest it pregnant: what in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support;
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men.

óJohn Milton (1608-1674), PARADISE LOST, Book I, lines 17-26. As contained in THE POEMS OF JOHN MILTON, Edited with Introduction and Notes by James Holly Hanford, Second Edition. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1953, p. 206. This epic poem is available at a number of places online. Here is the version at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library: www.ccel.org/ccel/milton/lost/files/paradise_lost_1.html


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PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. TRY THIS LINK.
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www.sbts.edu/pdf/announcements/Creation.pdf
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Haydn's THE CREATION, May 1, 2007, 7:30 P.M.
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BIG ORGAN NEWS FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES
HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THE MINISTRY
OF DONALD P. HUSTAD
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In the last several months, our seminary has decided to completely renovate the historic 113-rank Aeolian Skinner organ in Alumni Memorial Chapel. More than thatówe are honoring our esteemed senior professor by naming the restored instrument the Donald P. Hustad Organ. If you are interested in more information about the exciting renovation of the Donald P. Hustad Organ, please send an e-mail note to alumniandfriends@sbts.edu. If you put "Hustad Organ" in the subject line or the body of the e-mail, you will be sent a PDF version of the information. Thank you very much. Please feel free to forward this notice to organ enthusiasts and church musicians whose lives have been blessed by Dr. Donald Hustad. Feel free to send me a personal note (carlstam@aol.com) if I can answer any questions.
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Have a great week.


Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu/icw
www.wqotw.org

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