Special Music

On behalf of First United Methodist Church of Center and during this time while our church is unable to gather in our sanctuary, we want to share special selections chosen by our musicians Nancy Dickerson, Pianist, and Jim Green, Organist. Thank you Nancy and Jim for your ministries with our church and sharing your beautiful, hopeful and uplifting music with us.

First UMC presents “Surely Goodness and Mercy”
May 9, 2020

Please join us as we continue our special music with Nancy Dickerson playing one of her favorite hymns, “Surely Goodness and Mercy.” Thank you Nancy!

The Celebration Hymnal
Hymn #691
Words: John W. Peterson and Alfred B. Smith; based on Psalm 23​
Music: John W. Peterson and Alfred B. Smith,​
Words and music 1958 copyright by Singspiration Music.

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.​
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.​
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.​
4 Yea, 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 comfort me.​
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.​
6 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.

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First UMC presents “Forward Through the Ages”
May 5, 2020

Thank you for joining us as we continue our special music selections with Jim Green sharing “Forward Through the Ages.” Thank you Jim…

The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 555
Words: Frederick Lucian Hosmer, 1908
Music: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1971

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10 (NJKV)

First UMC presents “Standing on the Promises”
May 1, 2020

Please take a moment to listen to our special music this evening played by Nancy Dickerson. Thank you Nancy for sharing your beautiful music with us!

Standing on the Promises
The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 374
Words and Music by R. Kelso Carter, 1886

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”—Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

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First UMC presents “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
April 28, 2020

Today we present our special music with Jim Green playing “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” Thank you Jim!

The United Methodist Hymnal Page 89
Words: Henry Vandyke, 1907
Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1824, Arr. By Edward Hughes, 1864

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“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

First UMC presents “God Will Take Care of You”
April 25, 2020

Please take a moment to listen as Nancy Dickerson shares one of her favorite hymns “God Will Take Care of You.” Thank you Nancy!

The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 130
Words: Civilla D. Martin, 1904
Music: W. Stillman Martin, 1903
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“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
—Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)


First UMC presents “How Great Thou Art”
April 22, 2020

Please join us today as we continue our special music selections with Jim Green as he shares “How Great Thou Art.” Thank you Jim…

The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 77
Words and Music by:
Stuart K. Hine, 1953
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“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.“ —Romans 1:20 NIV


First UMC presents “I Love To Tell The Story”
April 17, 2020

As we continue our special music presentations, please listen to Nancy as she shares “I Love to Tell the Story.” Thank you Nancy!

The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 156
Words: Katherine Hankey, Ca. 1868
Music: William G. Fischer, 1869
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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)


First UMC presents He Lives
April 15, 2020

Please join us as we continue our special music selections and share with you “He Lives” played by our church organist Jim Green. Thank you Jim!

The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 310
Words and Music: Alfred Ackley, 1933
Copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
—John 14:27 (NIV)


First UMC presents On Eagle’s Wings
April 12, 2020

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Please join us as we continue our special music with Nancy playing one of our favorites “On Eagle’s Wings.”

The United Methodist Hymnal – Page 143
Words and Lyrics: Michael Jonas, 1979
©1979, 1989 North American Liturgy Resources

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”—Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)


First UMC Presents Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!”
Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Sharing special music with Jim Green as he plays “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!”

The United Methodist Hymnal – Page 64
Words: Reginald Heber, 1826
Music: John B. Dykes, 1861

Colossians 3:1-4 (NRSV)
“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”


First UMC presents ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
April 10, 2020

Please join us as we continue our special music with Nancy playing “‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.” Thank you Nancy for sharing your beautiful music with us.

The United Methodist Hymnal Page 462
Words: Louisa M. R. Stead, 1882
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick, 1882

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
—John 3:16-17(NRSV)


First UMC Presents Because He Lives
April 7, 2020

Please join us as we continue our special music selections and share with you “Because He Lives” played by our church organist Jim Green. Thank you Jim!

Because He Lives
The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 364
Words: Gloria and William J. Gaither, 1971
Music: William J. Gaither, 1971

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” —Lamentations 3:21-23 (NRSV)


First UMC Presents Sweet, Sweet Spirit
April 3, 2020

Please join us as we continue our special music selections and share with you “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” played by our church pianist Nancy Dickerson. Please take a moment to listen or sing the words, “There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place…” Thank you Nancy!

Sweet, Sweet Spirit
The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 334
Words and Music: Doris Akers, 1962

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”—Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)


First UMC Presents “It is Well With My Soul”
April 1, 2020
During this time while we are unable to gather in our sanctuary, we want to share special music from our organist, Jim Green, and pianist, Nancy Dickerson. Today’s selection is “It is Well with My Soul” played by Jim. Please take a moment to listen or sing the words…

It is Well With My Soul
The United Methodist Hymnal
Page 377
Words: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
Music: Philip P. Bliss, 1876

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)