St. Peters By the Sea in Sitka

I began my first full day in Sitka by attending the Episcopal Church here, St. Peters by the Sea. There were 4 of us attending 8:00 o’clock service. The homily was wonderful and included a reading of the lyrics to How Great Thou Art. It ended with the vicar playing a rendition of it on the piano that I will never forget. This will be a memory I will have forever.  What a mark it made on my heart.  For those of you who might want to re-read the lyrics, they go like this.

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed. Refrain:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Refrain

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Refrain

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Refrain

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”

 

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