Behind the Music

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

The original author of the preceding words, Joseph Scriven, was very much familiar with trials and temptations in his life. He lost two soon-to-be wives. He lost his first fiancé to drowning the day before they were to be married, and his next fiancé died from a horrible fever shortly before they were to tie the knot. 

Joseph Scriven was born in Ireland in 1819 and moved to Canada in 1845 after the death of his first fiancé. After losing his first love, he dedicated his life to helping others. 

"What a Friend we Have in Jesus" was originally a poem written by Joseph Scriven to his ill mother to comfort her. He never intended it to be anything more.  In the mid-1800's, Charles Converse took the poem, made some adjustments to the text, and set it to the now very familiar tune.

At The Creek, we have been singing a modern arrangement of the song that keeps the integrity of the original tune by Charles Converse. The tune is by a band named "The Sing Team." It has a fresh sound that juxtaposes a happier sounding arrangement against the often times dark situations of this world. This arrangement really makes it fun to sing out "Take it to the Lord in prayer." 

Information for this post was gathered from Wikipedia

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More than Conquerors | Authors Rend Collective Experiment | Copyright © 2014 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) Catalog info Thankyou Music | Administrator Info | EMI Christian Music Publishing | Buy it on Amazon

Overcome by Jon Egan | Copyright: 2007 Vertical Worship Songs (Admin. by Integrity Music, Inc.) Buy it on Amazon

What a Friend We Have in Jesus | Words and Music by Robert Lowry Arrangement by The Sing Team  | 2009 Jordan Butcher and Luke Vander Pol. Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License. | Amazon Link