The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/04/2009):

Worship of a Ten-Year-Old
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There is a health update at the end of this message.
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Please see the news about music/worship study at
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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A FREE PIANO SCORE from June 23's WORSHIP QUOTE
is still available at http://www.gettymusic.com/still_my_soul.pdf
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Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE is a poem of worship and commitment from a ten-year-old girl (my great aunt, Betty Scott Stam). She and her husband, John Stam, attended Moody Bible Institute and went as missionaries to China. In December of 1934, scarcely one year after their marriage, they found themselves caught up in the advance of the Communists into the town where they were living. They were captured, held for an exorbitant ransom, marched through the streets of the village, and then were beheaded. I have written a short essay on their martyrdom. See www.carlstam.org/familyheritage/jbstam.html. May our families and churches help to train and nurture more ten-year-olds who will--like Betty Stam--surrender everything to the Savior.


I CANNOT
I cannot live like Jesus,
Example though He be--
For He was strong and selfless,
And I am tied to ME.
I cannot live like Jesus;
My soul is never free;
My will is strong and stubborn;
My love is weak and wee.
BUT I HAVE ASKED MY JESUS
TO LIVE HIS LIFE IN ME.

I cannot look like Jesus--
More beautiful is He
In soul and eye and stature,
Than sunrise on the sea.
Behold His warm, His tangible,
His dear humanity!
Behold His white perfection
Of purest deity!
YET JESUS CHRIST HAS PROMISED
THAT WE LIKE HIM SHALL BE.

-- Elizabeth Alden Scott Stam, THE FAITH OF BETTY SCOTT STAM IN POEM AND VERSE. Arranged by her parents, Clara and Charles E. Scott. Philadelphia: China Inland Mission, 1938, p. 50. www.carlstam.org/familyheritage/jbstam.html


SOUTHERN SEMINARY MUSIC/WORSHIP STUDY:
Perhaps you have heard about the recent changes in music study at Southern Seminary. I canít tell you how many people have contacted me, asking if I would come teach somewhere else since my job had been terminated. FUNNY! Here is the real story: The School of Church Music and Worship and the Leadership School at SBTS have been brought into a single school which is now called The School of Church Ministries. Dr. Thomas Bolton is stepping down as dean (after nine years), and he will continue to teach after a well-deserved sabbatical. I have been granted tenure and look forward to getting back to the classroom and the podium this semester. I will continue to serve as the director of the Institute for Christian Worship. Dr. Esther Crookshank has been named director of the new Academy of Sacred Music that will oversee the Seminary Music Academy, the R. Inman Johnson Concert Series, and certain lectures on hymnology and the like. Dr. Douglas Smith plans to retire in December. Dr. Greg Brewton will oversee the music portion of the new school. Dr. Ronald Turner and Dr. Sandra Turner are still here and going strong. That gives you a little glimpse of things ahead. We are still admitting students and look forward to many, many years of training church musicians for service in the Lord's precious church. Please pray for us and let me hear from you if there are prospective students whom I should contact (carlstam@aol.com).


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HEALTH UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST
FOR CHIP STAM, CANCER PATIENT
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Dear Praying Friends,

There are photos and longer journal entries at www.caringbridge.org/visit/carlstam. See also www.wqotw.org for past updates and comments.

We are so thankful to the Lord for his faithfulness to us during this long cancer journey. All is well. At present I am cancer-free. I go back to the clinic on August 14, and there will be periodic scans and tests as the months go by. We are overjoyed at the great results of the treatment and in my progress towards a full schedule of activities. Join us in praising God for these significant blessings.

If you haven't done so already, please read the important note above about recent changes in music and worship studies at our seminary.

Thanks for praying for my full and PERMANENT recovery.


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

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