Daily Devotions - Saturday, 26 September 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Saturday, 26 September 2020

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Call to Prayer

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136 : 1)

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Saturday, 26 September 2020.

Prayer

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me;

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.

When the world is pounding me,

Like a ship upon the sea,

Lord, who rules the wind and water, stand by me.    

Introduction

I am going to speak about the only hymn in CH4 which has been recorded by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, namely ‘Stand by Me’.

The author, Charles Tindley, born in 1851, was considered to be free though his father was a slave. Never able to go to school, he taught himself to read aided by asking people to help him. He moved to Philadelphia where he worked as a brick carrier. He and his wife Daisy attended the Bainbridge St. Methodist Episcopal Church. Charles later became the church officer, a job with no salary.

He enlisted the help of a Philadelphia synagogue to learn Hebrew and then learned Greek through a correspondence course with the Boston Theological School.  

Tindley then became pastor of the church at which he had been a church officer. Under his leadership, the church grew year by year from 130 members to a multi-racial congregation of 10,000. After his death the church was renamed "Tindley Temple."

He refers to this passage in his hymn.   (Acts 16 : 16 ff)

Charles Tindley is also attributed with the first version of the song which became ‘We shall overcome’. I will let Tindley’s song which came from his hard-won experience speak for itself.

Lets us pray it together,

In the midst of tribulation, stand by me.

In the midst of tribulation, stand by me.

When the hosts of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail,

thou who never lost a battle, stand by me.

 

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me.

In the midst of faults and failures, stand by me.

When I do the best I can, and my friends misunderstand,

thou who knowest all about me, stand by me.

 

In the midst of persecution, stand by me.

In the midst of persecution, stand by me.

When my foes in battle array, undertake to stop my way,

thou who saved Paul and Silas, stand by me.

 

When I'm growing old and feeble, stand by me.

When I'm growing old and feeble, stand by me.

When my life becomes a burden, and I'm nearing chilly Jordan,

O thou Lily of the Valley, stand by me.

 

We further pray today for those in difficult situations whatever they might be and who need to reconnect with the God who stands by us.

Accept these prayers for our sisters and brothers, of every colour and country as we join our hearts and minds together praying…  

Our Father

which art in heaven

hallowed be Thy name

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

and lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil

for thine is the kingdom

the power and the glory

forever.

Amen

 

May the peace of God which passes human understanding

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Christ,

and may the blessing of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be with you today and always.

Amen