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Here I Am

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Canons of Dort V, 13 explain that our assurance of eternal security and perseverance cannot “produce immorality or lack of concern for godliness in those put back on their feet after a fall, but it produces a much greater concern to observe carefully the way which the Lord prepared in advance” and it is “an incentive to a serious and continuous practice of thanksgiving and good works...” (Canons of Dort V, 12) Therefore, this sub-section contains songs which express both the desire and the commitment of the believer to walk in obedience for holy living. Woven throughout these songs are expressions of fervent desire for holy living, a dedication to follow God’s will, a surrender of one’s will, and prayers for the Holy Spirit to continue his sanctifying work.

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Confession and Affirmation
Lord God, lover of the world, I have so often turned my back on your love, and yet . . .
Here I am, Lord, here I am.
Gracious God, faithful provider, I have so often used your gifts without thanks, and yet . . .
Here I am, Lord, here I am.
Sovereign God, I have so easily disobeyed your word, and yet . . .
Here I am, Lord, here I am.  I come to do your will.  Amen.
Note: The last line could be sung rather than spoken.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Tune Information

Name
HERE I AM
Key
A Major
Meter
4.3.6

Author and Composer Information

Rory Cooney (b. 1952) has been the director of liturgy and music ministries at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington, Illinois, since 1994. His published compositions span a career of songwriting that began nearly 35 years ago, and continues to the present, as he tries to write to the needs of the church and the communities in which he serves. Early compositions were published by Composers’ Forum for Catholic Worship and Resource Publications in the 1970’s, and his works are represented in Gather and RitualSong, as well as other publications.

His recording career began in 1984, and virtually all of his recordings have been collaborations with his wife, Theresa Donohoo, and Gary Daigle. His most recent work with GIA Publications, Inc. has been the collection "Today" and Terry Donohoo’s "Family Resemblance."

 
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