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Be Still, for the Presence

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

We celebrate with joy that Christ has come to rescue us from sin and evil through the work of his son, Jesus Christ. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 35 identifies the church as “the fellowship of those who confess Jesus as Lord…the bride of Christ…”

 
Belgic Confession, Article 21 professes how Jesus Christ is a high priest forever and provided for the cleansing of our sins; Article 10 proclaims him as the “true eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship and serve.” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2 calls us to “live and die in the joy of this comfort” and “to thank God for such deliverance.”

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Introductory/Framing Text

“Be Still, for the Presence” is an invitation to recognize the presence of God as we gather to worship. 
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Be Still, for the Presence

Tune Information

Recordings

Musical Suggestion

The tune is simple and sweet, almost folksy. But a folksy arrangement works against the tone of still reverence invoked by the text. This song can be accompanied well by an organ; a more contemporary arrangement with a praise band is also suitable, increasing in textual complexity (and perhaps tempo, too) from the “stillness” of the first verse to the “power” of the third. Start the tempo andante, with enough room for a tiny breath after “Be still” in the last line. 
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Author and Composer Information

David Evans (b. 1957) is a piano teacher in Southhampton, England. “Be Still” is one of the very first worship songs he wrote. It was inspired by the story of Jacob at Bethel and a concern that we Christians sometimes “charge into worship without grasping the awesome reality that the Holy One is actually in our midst! We are, too often, ‘asleep on holy ground.’” 
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