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checks may be made payable to "Grace Community Church"

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Visit any US Bank branch office to make a deposit in cash or by check for "Deborah A. Smith Memorial Fund".
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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Lyrics of serenity from The Innocence Mission

Jill Klinehamer, Charity's first year college roommate and long-time friend posted this note on Sunday, July, 8, 2007.

Hello, All...

I recently received Innocence Mission's new CD, We Walked in Song (thanks to my cousin, Michele, in Seattle) as well as an earlier record of theirs called Christ Is My Hope. For those of you not familiar with Innocence Mission, they are a husband-wife Christian folk-rock duo. I have liked them since high school (oh way back when) and I am so pleased they're still making great music. I found the hymns and songs on Christ Is My Hope especially beautiful, and I wanted to share some lyrics with you, in honor of Deb.

Many of you probably know the hymn It Is Well With My Soul, which is one of my all-time favorites. If I knew Karen Peris, the singer for The Innocence Mission personally, I would beg her to play an acoustic set for Deb and her friends and family. For now, instead, here are some lyrics from three songs: It Is Well With My Soul, Beautiful Saviour and Morning Star. I have found them very comforting and lovely, and I hope you will too.

jill :)

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast tought me to say:
It is well, it is well with my soul...
Lyrics by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873)
Beautiful Saviour
Beautiful Saviour, King of Creation;
Son of God, and Son of Man,
You will we cherish,
You will we honor
Light of our souls, their joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows,

Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in the flowers of blooming spring;

Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;

Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.
(Unknown author, back in 1677)
Morning Star
Morning star so radiant and holy
Shine on me in my great hour of need.
Jesus Christ so beautiful and lovely,
Shine over me...
(Don Peris, ca 2000)

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