Wednesday, December 10, 2014

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

"While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" dates back to 1703. The words were written by Nahum Tate, who was the Poet Laureate in the reign of Queen Anne, and Nicholas Brady. Only the Psalms of David were sung in the Anglican Church prior to that time. Tate and Brady were the first to paraphrase the psalms for singing in rhyme which then became distinctive of their work. The familiar melody was taken from "Siroe," an opera by George Frederick Handel.
"There were shepherds living out under the open sky in the field, watching in shifts, over their flock by night.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the Glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them:
'Do not be afraid - for behold, I bring you Good News of a great Joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Messiah - the Lord!' " ~ Luke 2:8-11

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Born into a family of Gospel singers & musicians in South Bend, Indiana, David began singing & playing the piano as a small child.
In the 1970's, his musical style was shaped by the acoustic rock artists of the time - and in the 1980's David played the local nightclub circuit as keyboardist/singer with the band Justus.
But God comes in places unlooked for - unexpectedly.
After committing himself to the work of the Gospel, he served for three years as Praise & Worship Leader at a local church.
Now, David & his wife Debbie have committed themselves to sharing the Gospel of the life changing Power & Love of Jesus Christ, through this music ministry, based in Elkhart, Indiana.


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