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I Surrender All

It is Well With My Soul

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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I Surrender All

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All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.

 

All to Jesus I surrender, humbly at His feet I bow;

Worldly pleasures all forsaken, take me, Jesus, take me now.

 

I surrender all, I surrender all.

All to Thee my blessed Savior.

I surrender all.

I surrender all.

 

All to Jesus I surrender, make me, Savior, wholly Thine;

Let me feel Your Holy Spirit, May I know Thy power divine.

 

I surrender all, I surrender all.

All to Thee my blessed Savior.

I surrender all.

I surrender all.

 

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee;

Fill me with Thy love an power, Let Thy blessings fall on me.

 

I surrender all, I surrender all.

All to Thee my blessed Savior.

I surrender all.

I surrender all.

 Arrangement Copyright 2000 Don Wigton

 

With the strength of conviction and the gratitude of genuine love Vanessa delivers a tender performance of this classic.  Rich harmonies compliment her expressive vocal is so completely surrendered under the hand of her loving Lord that it cannot help but penetrate into your inner soul.

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Song Story

Judson W. Van De Venter was a schoolteacher by profession but an artist at heart.  Teaching allowed him the time to study his drawing and painting.  After many evangelistic meetings in his church, his friends urged him to become an evangelist after noticing his gifts in counseling and working with people.  For years he wavered between his love for art and his apparent calling to the ministry.

 

He later wrote: “At last, the pivotal hour of my life came and I surrendered all.  A new day was ushered into my life.  I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me.”  It was a few years later that Judson, remembering that decisive moment in his life, wrote this hymn.

 

We began to sing this song during our years at First Baptist Church of Bakersfield while we were ministering as a praise team in the Sunday morning worship service.  Later, when we started the group Selah this song instantly became a part of our ongoing repertoire.  It turned out to be a very moving arrangement and congregations all over were particularly responsive to it.  “I Surrender All” was used in almost every altar call with much success as it became one of our own favorites.

 

However, it was not until after Selah disbanded that we recorded the song.  I had not ever gotten tracs of several of our pieces and asked the group members if they would like to get together again to fill in the gaps.  I had always wanted a recording of this piece and welcomed the opportunity to lay it down.

 

The main reason why the group went their separate ways was our busy family schedules.  Therefore, when we finally decided to record the song, I could not get everyone together at one time.  So in came the Selah members to the studio, one-by-one, to lay their own vocal trac over Vanessa’s lead.  To hear the resultant harmonies, you would never know it!

 

It is very hard to surrender everything to the Lord.  Hence, this song pulls hard on the emotions of everyone who truly loves God.  The Selah arrangement begins with a tender solo by Vanessa on the first verse bringing Mitch in on the second.  Virginia eventually slips in the third as the convincing vocal harmonies build towards a modulation that lifts the song up into sheer praise and dedication to God.  We pray that this arrangement encourages you as you surrender all to God.

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It is Well With My Soul

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When peace like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea-billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

 

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

 

Though Satan should buffet, tho’ trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

 

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

 

My sin -- O, the bliss of the glorious thought,

My sin -- not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

 

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

 

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

The trumph shall resound and the Lord shall descend,

“Even so” -- it is well with my soul.

 

Arrangement Copyright 1999 Don Wigton

 

A light piano lights the way towards hope eternal. . .filled with a message of  assurance a flute joins with a confident and encouraging melody. . .a cello joins to declare the faith of a thousand generations who have learned to trust in God.

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There is not a hymn that expresses the provision of God in times of overwhelming distress as this emotional song does.  It came from a period of personal despair that few of us could even imagine.  In 1871 Horatio G. Spafford, a forty-three year old businessman, suffered complete financial disaster in the Great Chicago fire.  Right before the fire he and his wife lost their son. Yet this was only the beginning of Horatio’s problems.

 

Filled with grief they decided to go away on vacation in England to visit with their friend, Dwight Moody, as he conducted evangelistic campaigns.  He sent his wife an four daughters ahead on the SS Ville du Havre.  In the mean time, Horatio would follow in just a few days.

 

On its way to England, the ship that carried his family was struck by an iron sailing vessel and sank within twelve minutes.  Two hundred and twenty-six lives were lost in the tragedy, including Horatio’s four daughters.  When the survivors were brought to shore at Cardif, Wales, Horatio was met by his wife alone who declared, “Saved alone.”

 

He booked passage on the next ship and asked the captain to notify him when they had reached the point where the Ville du Havre went down.  He stood out on the deck looking at that mighty ocean that claimed the life of his daughters, then returned to his cabin that night to pen those great lyrics: “When sorrows like sea billows roll. . .it is well, it is well with my soul.”

 

The evening when I laid down the instrumental to this song was a time of personal tragedy.  Just days before I had heard that an x-ray had revealed a growth on my mother’s lung.  That night I received the news that a cat scan had demonstrated inflammation on the lymph nodes, which, if is was to be cancer, could mean that it had already spread.  The doctor would be doing minor surgery within a few days to take a biopsy, so I indicated that I would drive down for support.  It is with this on my heart that I read the words, “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well with my soul.’”

 

That night God gave me the answer that I needed.  Sometimes His responses to our dilemmas are not exactly what we want to hear, but in this case I well understood and received the message.  I explained to Vanessa that I knew that our hope for the future was to trust in the sovereignty of God.  It is God and God alone who gives and takes life, and whatever the outcome of this tragic time, I knew and understood fully that He was in control and that I must trust Him for the outcome.

 

Days later the doctor came out of the operating room explaining that my mom indeed had cancer.  Yet this instrumental is filled with hope.  It was written by a man deep in despair, now performed by one who was filled with the agony of the possible loss of his mother.  I sincerely pray that you will be blessed by this offering and moved to put your trust in God regardless of the circumstances that surround you. 

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Leaning On the Everlasting Arms

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What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way.

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

O, how bright the path grows from day to day,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms;

I have blessed peace with my Lord so dear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 

Arrangement Copyright 2000 Don Wigton

 

Vanessa’s voice resounds on this gutsy arrangement over Don’s hammering blues piano and classic B3 with heart-felt devotion and praise.  This timeless rendition ushers from her joyous spirit with fervor and a desire for God.  It is certain to enrapture you.

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It was after he dismissed his class that A. J. Showalter found two letters at home from his former students.  Both writers had lost their wives who had died on the same day.  The scripture that came to Showalter’s mind was Deuteronomy 33:26-27 that carries the assurance of God’s “everlasting arms” to support us.  Showalter then wrote a letter to the hymnwriter Elisha Hoffman and suggested that he write a hymn to that theme while giving him the wording to the chorus.  Hoffman responded quickly with three stanzas that Showalter put music to and “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was born.

 

This was the first hymn that I fell in love with.  During the late ‘70s, after seeing my hopes for rock-and-roll stardom dashed, I began attending a church in Long Beach, California (after being asked to sing in the vocal group that the featured on TV weekly.)  I was a bit of a lost bullet at the time, but found myself enveloped by the love of that sweet church.  So I found myself attending whenever I got the chance.  Sunday nights were less formal and more intimate than the Sunday services and I enjoyed them very much.  “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was sung every service.  I loved the melody and the words really spoke to the condition that I was currently in, so I adopted it as a personal favorite.

 

Later in the ‘80s I put together a midi arrangement of it for my vocal group “Selah” to sing to.  Eventually Vanessa got the task and she sang it with the amount of heart that it deserved.  However, we never got around to recording it.

 

It wasn’t until one of the last days of the millennium that I finally got Vanessa to the microphone to sing “Leaning” once again.  As usual, she laid it down in a couple of takes with her quite professional demeanor adding exquisite killer harmonies.  I kicked in with a few piano licks that had never been recorded and the results were fantastic!!  We sincerely pray that your will be encouraged in the understanding of the provision of the Lord as you listen to this cut.

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