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The Communion Service Script


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Preparing for the Communion Service...

Note: This ceremony is generally practiced among those who have already entered into a committed relationship with Jesus and who are actively seeking to hold to the Holy Spirit in all “ways.”

Prior to participating in a Communion Service, especially for conductors of the ceremony, we do recommend that a thorough study of the article, "Communion - an Overview" be made, as well as a study of all other correlating articles such as "A Communion/Passover Study" by Pastor G. Evan Newmyer (See our Study Resources to find this and other Bible Short Studies & articles by Pastor Newmyer). This will give leaders and participants an understanding of the history and purpose of “Communion” as well as information on how to set up and prepare for a service.

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MOTL Study Plans: To facilitate a relaxing, inspiring, and informative tour of Message of the Lighthouse Bible Study resources, consider one of our Study Plans:

The "Twenty Week Study Plan" is ideal for those who wish to be regular hosts of Communion Services or of Message OTL-Style Focus Groups.

Then, for a deeper, in-depth study experience... consider "The Expository Study" of Scriptures, especially helpful for those in Leadership or preparing for Leadership.

For more information please see the MOTL Study Plans/Study Resource area of our Website.

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For those who observe the New Covenant, “Communion” is an opportunity to “Remember” the example of Jesus, and to reaffirm a commitment to walk in Mercy, while holding to Grace; both are critical elements of an authentic Christian walk. Therefore, the focus of this ceremony should always be on the meaning of words read or spoken, while keeping the soul open to “receiving” any leading or re-direction from the Spirit.

Contributions to the ceremony by participants...

Though a “group leader” can host the ceremony, it can be significant and enjoyable for volunteering participants to share in the reading of different passages; some might even bring Scripture verses or music to contribute to the event. However, remind those who will be reading, to take their time with passages and information. Suggest to them to move slowly through the lines, pausing as the Spirit leads, to allow the listeners to absorb the feeling and meaning.

pink-roses-dewUsing this Script as your program....

You are welcome to print this “Program” and use it to guide you through your own Communion ceremony. This Script is written in a manner in which it can be read word for word; or it can simply serve as a reference or general book mark for different phases of the ceremony, as the Spirit leads. You will likely recognize some passages from this Script, as they have been taken from the Communion Overview. However, the importance of the meaning of those passages bears repeating. Please "en-joy," as you enter into your Communion experience.


Regarding Music for your Communion Service...

musical_notes2-1Adjacent to this article, you will find our MP3 Player which gives you access to the songs suggested in the Script. Please enjoy our inspirational music, available at Message of the Lighthouse on a Free Will Love Offering Basis for use at your personal ceremony, since the "Spirit-inspired" messages in the songs pertain greatly to the purpose of Communion.

However, as The Holy Ghost leads, feel free to bring other inspirational music to the table which delights your heart and helps you feel closer to God.



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Script - Welcome to the Lord’s Table and to our Communion Ceremony

“This do in remembrance of me.”- 1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV)

Communion offers us a special opportunity to “Remember” the sacrifices of Jesus at the time of his passion and death as well as to reflect on the many examples of Love and Mercy which he gave us throughout his life and ministry on earth.

Why do we do this? We “Remember” so we might follow in the Footsteps of the Master, a path which will require much commitment and the development of character of soul; a path for which we will need to refresh our hearts and minds on a regular basis in order to continue in our daily resolve to become those who are known by their Fruit.

Communion involves Belief in that we reflect on the past, on what occurred in the life of Jesus some 2000 years ago. Yet, as we “Remember” we are also reminded of what is possible for our souls to achieve by the Grace of God.


Becoming Christ-Like...

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It is likely that all of us struggle from time to time with “old knee jerk” reactions left over from the habits of the flesh-nature. Due to the limitations of our “old nature” we may not be able to consistently forgive; we may find it hard to demonstrate Fruit of the Spirit or hold to Mercy in the face of difficulties or painful events.

But via the New Nature (by the Spirit) we can forgive and we can become vessels for Spiritual Fruit, which is why we need the Spirit and why the examples which Jesus left us are so important to “Remember” and to draw from frequently and as often as needed.

So in moving closer to the goal of becoming “Christ-like,”… we also remind ourselves during Communion, that we have been given the Gift of the Holy Ghost (Grace), which is the Seed of His Spirit bringing the Resurrection Power, to lift us, to enable us, and to carry us where we cannot go without that help.

We ask the Spirit or the New Man at Communion time, not only to “discern” our hearts and motives, but to also show us where we might need to come up higher in our Love Walk. After we are clear and responsive to what “chastening” or encouragement that there is to receive from the “Greater He” within us, we move on to partake of the Bread, representing mercy and representing all of us in the Body who are to be the Bread of Mercy. Then, we take of the Wine, representing the Spirit within us by which we can transform. All of this is done in celebration of our New and wonderful Covenant.

“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” - 1 Corinthians 11:32 (KJV)

In this Scripture we see that whenever we submit to being examined or “judged” by the Spirit, by the Christ in us or “of the Lord” as the verse states, we are then open and able to be corrected and redirected, especially if we have become side-tracked or distracted from a focus on the Spirit.

As our soul identifies more and more with the Spirit of Christ…or… as “the two become one,” that is… the soul and the Spirit, we find ourselves living more and more by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction; For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getting understanding." – Proverbs 3:11-13 (KJV)


“Remembrance” at Communion Time...

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“But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." - John 14:26 (KJV)

With our souls, our minds and our hearts… we experience this “Remembrance” at Communion time…of Jesus and of his many shining examples of Love in action but especially of his many commandments to us to “also do” as he has shown us, such as:

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” - Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV)

With the help of the “Gift of the Holy Ghost,” which is the “Holy Spirit” within us, we lean into that Spirit that we might “have ears ….and hear” what “saith the Spirit to us,” now at the time of our Communion and always, as we continue to walk with the Spirit every where we go.

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” - Revelations 2:17 (KJV)


Let us prepare for Communion...

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We begin our Ceremony with the “Our Father” as we contemplate the wonderful meaning of the words. In Matthew 6: 7-13 (KJV) we find:

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye..."

Our Father which art in heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power

And the Glory for ever… Amen”

And immediately after Jesus teaches this prayer we see that He adds in verse 14-15: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Once again, we see how important that Mercy and Forgiveness is to Jesus.


Preparing for Communion with the Song...

"The Our Father"


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(Please find the song, "The Our Father" on the MP3 Player adjacent to this article.)

“Our Father”...

The Song “Our Father,” is based on the Scriptures found in Matthew, Chapter 6; but the musical version of the prayer continues by remembering also, elements of the “process unto transformation” which we undergo as we are being formed into “The Church” by the Spirit of God.

The reference to the “Holy Breath of Jesus” in the second half of the song, comes from John 20:21-23, when Jesus is said to have “breathed on them” who were gathered, empowering them by the Holy Ghost, that they would be able to forgive. This action of Jesus is also known as “The Ingress Aires” and with this action, He also said, “whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained,” again, pointing to mercy and forgiveness.

Since Scripture tells us that the “Spirit” was not given until Pentecost, which was after Jesus departed from the earth, then this empowerment by the “Holy Ghost” mentioned in John 20 (KJV) shows, that even without having yet received the Gift of the Holy Ghost which is the Holy Spirit… that it is still possible and expected for all of us to learn to forgive and apply mercy.

Imagine how much more we can do and how much more is possible for us to accomplish spiritually, as we seek the presence of the Holy Spirit, which is Christ in us. Let us embrace that strength and guidance which comes with the Holy Spirit and become all that God has for us.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”- Philippians 4:13 (KJV)


Our Father

1. Our Father of all creation

Holy is Your Name

Your Kingdom come, Lord

Your Will be done

On earth as it is in Heaven

Thank you this day for our daily bread

And forgive us Lord our debts

As we forgive others Lord

Lead us away from all temptation

You’ve delivered us from evil

Conquered sin and death forever

For yours is the Kingdom

The Power and the Glory

Forever and ever

Amen, Amen

Forever and ever

Amen.


2. Lord Jesus plant Your Spirit in us

As we lift up Your Name

Your Holy Home come

As your Will be done

Kingdom of Heaven to Kingdom of God

Breathe on us today with your Holy Breath

To be Your Bread of Mercy

To forgive as we’ve been forgiven

Help us to resist the voice of darkness

But deliver us from deception

Form us into Your Church

Your Bride waiting

And we pray that Your Kingdom

Your Power and Your Glory

Can move through us freely in every way

Have Your Way today!

For yours is the Kingdom

The Power and the Glory

Forever and ever Amen, Amen

Forever and ever

Amen.

Adaptation from Holy Scripture by Ann M. Wolf

Original words & Music by Ann M. Wolf c 2010 - BMI

From the CD “Remember Me”- by Ann M. Wolf – c 2010- All rights reserved.


Approaching the Lord’s Table

with a clean heart...

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So, prior to approaching the Lord’s Table, we seek the Spirit (which is Grace,) to “discern” our hearts and motives and ask, that any remaining “tare” (false wheat or hindering element) be brought to our attention for healing and cleansing, especially with reference to the need to forgive or apply mercy somewhere in our lives. This is done, so that we might “take Communion” with a clean heart, as it is possible to come to the Table in an unworthy condition by taking Communion before clearing one’s heart of unforgiveness.

Yet, since “learning how to forgive” is one of the reasons why we come to the Table in the first place, let us take the first step now in preparing for Communion by simply pausing to ask the Holy Spirit, to bring to our attention any areas of our love walk where we might need to come up higher; we also ask to be shown by God, any areas of unforgiveness which we might be holding.

“Releasing” in love as we are released...

As the music plays: If a name or face comes to mind for any of us during this part of our ceremony, we can ask help from God to “move the mountain” from our hearts. We can also pray and “stand in the gap” for those who we know are challenging and pray that they might find peace. And as we pray for them, we are released from the burden of the pain of the “fiery darts” which may have in any way affected us.

Note: Should any participants desire a brother or sister from the Body to pray with them at this time, they can indicate their need to those in attendance who are assigned to assist in this manner during the service.


Let us celebrate

forgiveness and mercy

with Scripture...

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“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love they which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” - Matthew 5: 44-48 (KJV)

“They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth; I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.” - Matthew 9:12-13 (KJV)

"When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." - Mark 11:25-26 (KJV)

“By Mercy and Truth, iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil” - Proverbs 16:6 (KJV)

“Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”-  Psalms 23:6 (KJV)


Our Focus now moves

to The Last Supper...

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With hearts aligned with the Holy Spirit, flowing in Mercy, Meekness and Humility, we continue our celebration of Communion by reading from one of the accounts of the Last Supper:

Matthew 26: 26-30 (KJV) - “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Mark 14: 22-26 (KJV) - "And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said,” Take, eat: this is my body.” And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.”

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Luke 22: 14-20  (KJV) - "And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come.” And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”

Then we see the account in 1 Corinthians 11: 23–25 (KJV) when Paul by the Holy Ghost, spoke of the Last Supper: "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”


Let us review "The Message"

given through the song …

"Remember Me"

(Please find the song "Remember Me" on the MP3 Player adjacent to this article.)

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“Remember Me”

1. When you break this bread,

Remember me

When you drink from this cup,

Think of me

For this is my Body

And all of me I’ve given

That all my Father’s people shall live.


2. When you wake each morning,

Remember me

Take me with you,

Wherever you go

When Love is the reason,

For all you do

I will live in you.

Ch: So remember me,

I am with you for all time

Remember me,

Let my Spirit cleanse your mind

Remember me,

I will be back for you in time

Remember me


3. When you speak, speak Life

And remember me

When you reap each harvest,

Think of me

And shine like a beacon,

Cast your light across the seas

For someone could be searching for me

Ch: Keep your eyes on me,

I am with you for all time

Remember me,

Let my Spirit cleanse your mind

Remember me,

I will be back for you in time

Remember me.


4. When you break this bread,

Remember me

When you drink from this cup,

Think of me

For this is my Body

And all of me I’ve given

That all My Father’s people shall live.


5. When you wake each morning,

Remember me

Take me with you,

Wherever you go

When I am the reason,

For all you do, I will live in you; So remember me…

Original Words and Music by Ann M. Wolf – c 2010 – BMI

From the CD “Remember Me” by Ann M. wolf – c 2010 – BMI – All rights reserved


Sharing of the Bread and the Wine (or Juice)...

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As music plays: Let us share the Bread and the Wine or Juice as we continue “In remembrance” of the life full of peace and mercy which Jesus has for us, reflecting on the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:15-17 (KJV):

“I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” For we being many, are one bread and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”

As we eat the Bread we “Remember,” that we are to be the Bread of Mercy everywhere we go, as we represent Jesus. And as we drink the wine, we “Remember” our New Covenant which brings us the power to change and grow by the Spirit of God; that we might become the people of God which He has in mind and that we might fulfill the calling and purpose of our souls in this life.


We now consider "The Message"

given through the song...

"By Your Love"

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(Please find the song, "By Your Love" on the MP3 Player adjacent to this article.)


“By Your Love, They Will Come to Know Me”


1. Who held me, as I waited and watched?

What do you think that I was seeing?

What did I say, when I prayed from the Cross?

“Father forgive them,

They know not what they do.”


Ch: Thus, pray ye one for another

Lift each other up as I have shown

And serve ye one another

That by your love,

they will come to know me.


2. Who led me as I traveled so far?

What do you think

sustained me on my journey?

What prayer did I give

Over the loaves

And the fishes that thousands would feed?


Ch: Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive our debtors Lord

Lead us not into temptation


3. And who’ll speak through you as I now send you forth

As I anoint your voices to teach Love?

What will you pray

As you stand upon the Rock,

Listening for the Spirit to lead you?


Ch: Pray ye daily to the Father

And pray ye in my Name

And as you weep from pure devotion

They will see Me in your face.


Ch: Thus pray ye one for another

And the circle of Love will be complete

Serve ye one another

That by your love, they will come to know Me.


Original words and music by Ann M. Wolf – c 2010 – BMI

From the CD “Remember Me” by Ann M. Wolf – c 2010 – BMI – All rights reserved


In Closing...

As the message in the song suggests, we pray for one another and we “stand in the gap” for one another as we offer...

(Please find the Audio Version of "The Lighthouse Prayer" on the MP3 Player adjacent to this article.)

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The Lighthouse Prayer...


Father we pray….

For You to remain with us every moment,

To lead and guide us in becoming

The loving and caring people of God, that You have in mind,

That by Your Spirit

We might be formed into vessels of honor, mercy and peace,

And be able to fulfill the call and mission

That You have for our souls and for our lives.


We pray….

That we can hold fast to Your Spirit

And to the Ways of the Spirit,

Learning to respond to all situations as You would have us do;

That others would see Your light, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, tolerance, forgiveness, mercy,  patience and love in us;

That we might be Lighthouses for You in this world;

As Your Light in us draws people

To Your Shelter and Healing Presence.


Heavenly Father, we lift up in prayer….

All Your Saints who are depending on Your Holy Spirit,

Including all of those who minister in Your Name,

Those who suffer persecution because of their Love for You,

Those who are “The Called” according to Your Purpose,

That they might remain in You as You remain in them

With all of their needs met, their hearts encouraged

and their spirits kept strong as they carry out their work

in the mission fields of this world.


We pray….

For the workers of compassion and mercy,

For parents, teachers, social workers,

For protection, defense and rescue officers

And for all those who are in service to others,

In our country and throughout the world;

That these loving souls may have everything that they need,

Right on time, for their good works,

For their missions and their ministries;

That through them, help may reach those in need

While these workers remain strong and encouraged themselves.


Lord God, we pray ….

For our National and World Leaders,

For our Commanders in Chief

And all National and International Public Servants

Down through our state and local community workers,

That they might seek Godly Wisdom

In all their affairs and decisions

And that they too, have all the resources needed

To govern in a Godly manner

Yet lead, according to Your Will.


We lift up in prayer ….

Those who are sick or suffering in any way;

That comfort reaches them, healing encourages them

With hope sustained.


Lord God, we pray…

That you would help us to become willing

To do Your Will in all ways,

To seek Your Voice in all our affairs,

To be willing to stand fast in what needs to remain and

To be willing to change what needs to be changed,

To remain teachable and open

To all the ways in which You speak to us

& through whom You speak to us;

That we might remain humble and entreat-able

No matter what the position or office

That You have placed us in to serve;

Help us see others through Your Holy Spirit, as You see them,

Help us forgive and help us ask for forgiveness when needed.

Help us forgive ourselves when we err,

And lead us back to the ways of the Spirit

That we might act no longer in error,

But joyfully live by the leading of Your Spirit.


Be with us Jesus…

We wish to walk with You every day

And feel You with us each moment

To share Your Beauty and Grace with everyone we meet.

Let it shine from our eyes Lord and be felt in our touch.

Let it resound in our voices

That it might be celebrated in all we do,

That the work of our hands be worship

That the song from our hearts be praise,

That our laughter break through any sadness and

That our tears can be of the joy and strength that we find in You

As we share all these things with one another, as Family.


Jesus, you comforted us when you said..“Be not afraid, for I have overcome the world”...

So we ask Lord, that you help us “Remember You” always

And keep our eyes on You throughout the trials of life

And through these changing times

That our joy and our strength would be in You

That You would use us to be a blessing and bring comfort to others

As we are also blessed and comforted.


Now, I lift up my family Lord, each member to you,

I lift up my extended family, friends and acquaintances,

I lift up my community Lord, each member to You,

I lift up my Spiritual family Lord, each member to You,

I lift up those members of

The Message of the Lighthouse community

Who are all throughout the world,

That they might be blessed and protected

And have all that they stand in need of.


I lift up those whom You have brought to my attention

Who stand in need of prayer…..

I bring to You these concerns of my heart….

As I place my confidence and hope in You and Your Guidance.


I thank You now….

For all the blessings and resources that You have sent;

Help me use them Lord, the Way You intended.

And I thank you....For the fulfillment of prayer

I thank you that You Are Who You Are

Today, Always and Forever


By the authority granted in the Precious Name of Jesus, we pray.


Please enjoy the song, “23rd Psalm”

as you continue your fellowship with those here.

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May God Bless and Keep us all ever close to Him and may we always “Remember” that:

“As we walk in mercy and by Grace...

  His love is with us every place.”

(Please find "The 23rd Psalm" on the MP3 Player adjacent to this article.)


The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Shepherd,

I shall not want

He bid me to lie in green pastures

He leadeth me beside still waters

He restoreth my heart and my soul

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

For His Own Name,

For His Name Sake

Yeah, though I walk

Through the valley

Of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil

For Thou art with me,

Thy Rod and Thy Staff

They are my strength and my comfort

Thou preparest a table before me

In the presence of mine enemies

Thou anointest my head

With Holy Oil

My cup and my heart runneth over

Surely goodness and mercy

Shall follow me

All of the days, of all of my life

By His Grace I will dwell

In the House of the Lord

Forever and ever Amen, Amen

By His Grace I will dwell in the House of the Lord

Forever and ever; Amen


Adaptation from Holy Scripture - By Ann M. Wolf

Original words & Music by Ann M. Wolf - c 2010 - BMI

From the CD “Remember Me” - By Ann M. Wolf – c 2010



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