Strong Texts


Third Sunday in Lent

Week of: March 4, 2018
Scripture: John 2:13-22

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
(Romans 4:25, NIV)

Each week during the season of Lent 2018, the Reflections will explore the lectionary text through the lens of a representative hymn.

"Living for Jesus,"
The Faith We Sing 2149. Text by Thomas O. Chisholm. Music by C. Harold Lowden.


As he prepared a publication of hymns in 1917, C. Harold Lowden decided that the tune he had composed needed a stronger text. He replaced the original title “Sunshine Song” with “Living for Jesus” and asked Thomas O. Chisholm to write a new text.

Chisholm was reluctant, saying that he had no idea how to write a text to pre-composed music. However, Lowden insisted that God had led him [Lowden] to select Chisholm to write this text.

It is fascinating that Lowden had already given the hymn its title.

In our work as worship architects or the worshiping church, let us pray that we may meet the challenge of choosing strong texts, just as Lowden sought from Chisholm. Let us ask for strength to “do each duty in his holy name.” Pray that everything you do be in Christ’s name — worthy of him.

Consider ...

Consider singing a different stanza of this hymn at the close of each of your ensembles, religious arts gatherings, and other worship team meetings during the rest of the Lenten season as a part of your closing prayers.


O, Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to you, henceforth to live and work for you alone. Amen.

Catherine NanceThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Music Ministries
St. John's United Methodist Church
Aiken, SC


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