The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/03/2009):

Prayer from the Early Church (Te Deum laudamus)
There is a brief health update at the end of this message.
Max McLean's THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS comes to Louisville
on November 6-7, 2009.
FREE WORSHIP CONFERENCE: GOSPEL-CENTERED WORSHIP FOR THE LOCAL CHURCH, for worship leaders and pastors, November 10-11, 2009, at Louisville's Sojourn Community Church. Presenters include Tim Smith (of Mars Hill Church), Sandra McCracken, and Kevin Twit. Co-sponsored by the SBTS Institute for Christian Worship.
Registration is now open for the 2010 CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP,
January 28-30, 2010, in Grand Rapids. Presenters include Jeremy Begbie, Marva Dawn, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Lester Ruth, John Witvliet, and many others.

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a prayer from the early church. The TE DEUM LAUDAMUS is an ancient and glorious text that proclaims the worshiper's praise, thanksgiving, and petition to the triune God. Some think that these lines date from the fourth or fifth century. One appealing legend is that the words were spontaneously improvised by St. Augustine and St. Ambrose at Augustine's baptism, but there is no historical basis for that pleasant thought. The Latin prayer has been set to music by countless composers, from the Baroque masters to practicing church musicians of our day. Martin Luther translated it into German and there are at least twenty-five metrical settings in English ("Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"). The Oratorio Chorus and Seminary Orchestra here at Southern Seminary will perform the festive version by John Rutter on November 17 under Carl Stam's baton (along with the Fauré REQUIEM and the Finzi MAGNIFICAT). All are welcome.

Try reading this out loud.

We praise Thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.
To Thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens and all the powers therein.
To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabbaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy Glory.”

The glorious company of the apostles praise Thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise Thee.
The holy church throughout all the world doth acknowledge Thee:
The Father of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honorable, true, and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man:
Thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants
whom thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Thy people: and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee and we worship Thy Name,
ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted: let me never be confounded.

— Anonymous 4th- or 5th-century Latin text.

[If you look around, you can find modern English renderings of the TE DEUM text, ones that avoid "thee" and "thou" and "vouchsafe." But for today, may the Lord vouchsafe to give a great week!]

Max McLean's powerful dramatic production of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is coming to Louisville's Brown Theatre on November 6 & 7, 2009. There are also upcoming performances in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Please take a look at these sites and learn more about this great opportunity, including the availability of group rates and student tickets. I am a great fan of this actor and his work through Fellowship for the Performing Arts.


Dear Praying Friends,

A new journal entry and some photos are available at (click on "journal"). This includes a detailed description of my opportunity to share my cancer story with the Morehead alumni reunion at UNC-Chapel Hill on October 22-25.

We are still waiting patiently (and prayerfully) for the next PET scan, scheduled for November 18. Thanks for your friendship, interest, and faithful prayers to our great God and Savior. The waiting is not easy.

In His care,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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