Just a Closer Walk – every day!


Just a closer walk – Derek, Dan, Tim, Hans, Brett

I pushed my comfort zone again at church yesterday. This time when I was asked to do special music in worship I tried a bluesy version of “Just a Closer Walk” and it turned out to be a lot of fun. And – of course – the spirit-directed part of this meant that the music and Rebekah’s message tied in together like we’d planned it that way!

I played at both worship services, along with my men’s group friends Tim and Dan. Then, at 9:00, we also enjoyed the rich accompaniment of Hans on bass and Brett playing drums.

IMG_3921My inspiration for the arrangement was Van Morrison’s soulful version on his Hymns to the Silence double album. I slowed it down some, then changed out the verses for a hybrid sampling of well known hymn lines. The result was fun to do, and packed full with classic hymnology.

It’s great to be in worship as a faith community, regardless of the choice of music, but there is something compelling and poignant about the winsome invitation of this classic song; to walk more closely with Jesus; to experience and to share his kind of strength; to celebrate communion together around the Lord’s Table; to live – and to love – as followers of the Living Way…


I am weak, but Thou art strong;

Jesus, keep me from all wrong;

I’ll be satisfied as long

As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

  Chorus... Just a closer walk with thee;
          Grant it, Jesus, this my plea.
          Daily walking close to thee;
          Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound

My sweet Lord, To Beulah Land I’m bound

A mighty fortress is our God.

Be thou my vision, Precious Lord.



Just as I am – How can it be?

I once was blind, but now I see.

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

This light of mine, dear Lord, let it shine.

 Repeat Chorus last time….






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