Though a little bit longer, Henry Purcell’s setting of Phil 4:4-7 (in English!) has always been a favorite of mine.
Rejoice in the Lord alway,
and again I say rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing
by prayer and supplication
let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
**Since April, the governor of Minnesota has ordered all Minnesotans to stay at home except for certain essential tasks. During the “Stay-at-Home” order, I’ve been sending devotional emails nearly every day to the congregation I pastor. Many of those emails have included a hymn or piece of sacred music. I want to share some of those here.**