February 22, 2018

Behind the Music: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Wrapping up one of our last services of 2017, Maiya Sykes blessed our stage with a heartfelt rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” composed by Paul Simon, arranged by Marc Riley, and accompanied by the Hour of Power Orchestra. Sykes is a soloist from Southern California who has graced us with her fervent voice and zealous presence on many occasions. Sykes introduces the song: “This is a song I like to sing whenever I’m unsure about my path. It reminds me that God is my protector…God is always there for you, unfailing.” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was written in 1969, where amidst racial and political tension, the art of music was used a manner of catharsis and revolution. Seeking solace, Paul Simon took one line from a gospel song by the Swan Silvertones and ran with it, creating a ground-breaking anthem to be covered later by Elvis Presley and Aretha

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Faith Is the Opposite of Fear

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 Faith is a constant command in the scriptures, and it’s opposed to the feelings of dread and fear. Of course, the greatest command in the Bible is do not be afraid, do not worry, do not fear. Faith is the opposite of fear. Faith is the thing that fosters joy, possibilities, and hope, and it cultivates the calling of God in your life. Faith is the thing that makes you what you were called to be. Faith is trust. Trusting in the knowledge that in spite of my current experience, good things are coming. Faith is clinging on to God instead of clinging on to clarity. Faith is clinging on to God in the midst of the fog. When things are not going the way I thought, when it seems like life is falling apart, we can hang

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