Beautiful River

Today was a lloooooooonnnnnnggggggggg day setting up for our large gathering of Presbyterians at America’s Center, and the fun begins tomorrow! Well, it actually started today, and I’m not being sarcastic. Even though I was not 100% in my game, I loved the opportunity to set up a prayer room so thousands have a chance to listen for God’s voice during a week that will be chaotic and full of meetings, business, many people, and so much noise. There will be wonderful opportunities to gather with others in ministry, celebration, worship, and praise. And don’t miss the hand-cut banner, hand sewn stoles, and hand-pieced table covers that look like beautiful rivers flowing together. I hope you will also visit room 127 (Prayer Room) and room 200 (labyrinth) where other artistic surprises await! Here in St. Louis, near the confluence of our rivers, many gather as one body of faithful people eager to do the work of God.

The following original fourth stanza of Shall We Gather at the River is often omitted:

At the smiling of the river, Mirror of the Saviour’s face, Saints, whom death will never sever, Lift their songs of saving grace…..Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful , the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God. ~Robert Lowry

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