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Gloria. U2 performed their 1981 song “Gloria” for the first time in ten years recently during the third show of their five night residency at the United Center in Chicago. Here are the lyrics to the song:

I try to sing this songU2 at the UC
I…I try to stand up
But I can’t find my feet
I try, I try to speak up
But only in you I’m complete

Gloria…in te domine
Gloria…exultate
Gloria…Gloria
Oh Lord, loosen my lips

I try to sing this song
I…I try to get in
But I can’t find the door
The door is open
You’re standing there
You let me in

Gloria…in te domine
Gloria…exultate
Oh Lord, if I had anything
Anything at all
I’d give it to you
I’d give it to you

Gloria…Gloria…

musicnewsConcert Video: Bono and Costa Rica Woman Video. We attended U2’s concert at the United Center on June 25. Bono pulled Marcela, a young woman from Costa Rica out of the crowd. Watch it here.

  • Abide with Me. Check out this video of an acoustic version of my favorite song of 2015, “Abide with Me” performed by Matt Redman.
  • Your Love is Enough. Watch this video of Jon Foreman performing an acoustic version of this song from his The Wonderlands: Shadows EP, to be released July 17.
  • Amazing Grace. Watch former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on piano accompanying Utah violinist Jenny Oaks Baker in a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Music speaks quoteMUSIC QUOTES:

The only thing harder than waiting on God, is wishing you had. KB

Dear Lord, thank you, I haven’t been angry, mean, or selfish today. But I’m about to get out of bed and I’m gonna need some help. Lecrae

Is there anything better than a child experiencing her first sparkler? I think not. Charlie Peacock

Song of the Week

Moment of Surrender by U2

This song was included in U2’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. They played pieces of it before and after “Bad” in their second of five shows at Chicago’s United Center recently.

I tied myself with wire
To let the horses run free
Playing with the fire
Until the fire played with me

The stone was semi-precious
We were barely conscious
Two souls too cool to be
In the realm of certainty
Even on our wedding day

We set ourselves on fire
Oh God, do not deny her
It’s not if I believe in love
But if love believes in me
Oh, believe in me

At the moment of surrender
I folded to my knees
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I’ve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My body’s now a begging bowl
That’s begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

I was punching in the numbers at the ATM machine
I could see in the reflection
A face staring back at me
At the moment of surrender
Of vision over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I was speeding on the subway
Through the stations of the cross
Every eye looking every other way
Counting down ’til the pentecost

At the moment of surrender
Of vision of over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I write modern worship choruses

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Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 37 years, a St. Louis Cardinals fan, a manager at a Fortune 50 company, a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and Colossians 3:23 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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