O Little Town of Bethlehem by The Ministers

My first Christmas song upload. The Ministers is made up of my sister and I, and any singer who wishes to minister with us through music.

My sister – Rosemary – is not keen on appearing on camera, so she settles for just audio. I chose ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ as a debut Christmas song and music video, because I thought I could manage the production within a short while. And I did!

Hope you like it!

Prayer for True Worship

In Prayer, we speak or chat with our God. He likes the time we make to acknowledge that He lives, to come before His Presence to communicate with Him, and to recognize Him in true and holy worship. It doesn’t end with adoring You, Lord, it continues with how we treat one another, because Your commandments encompass Your intent for us – to love You and one another.

Help us, that as we worship You, You may fill us to extend Your love and life to one another in righteousness.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Renewal

Prayer is not just a human activity; it is the Lord’s activity in us through the Holy Spirit – Fr. Samuel Frederick.
Prayer is key in our lives, especially in this present time of upheaval. Not just in Nigeria, but also all over the world, with one issue or the other. I ask that you join me to commend the world to its Maker to reach out and purify and grant His peace. Through Christ. Amen.
Please like, leave a comment and share for more to join in this prayer. Thank you, and may God answer us as we come together to pray – with IfeanyiChukwu.

Friend in Jesus song

Friend in Jesus by The Ministers

Friend in Jesus is written by Linda Ogbue and performed by The Ministers, formerly known as LinRose.

Linda Ogbue wrote the lyric, Friend in Jesus, before 10th of October 1994, as she remembered it. She released it at the same time as she did – Somebody Touched Me, in February .

The song shares the same story as Somebody Touched Me.

I’VE GOT A FRIEND IN JESUS

Chorus:

I’ve got a friend in Jesus

Someone I could, I could call onto

Yes He’s a friend, more than anyone else

He’s always, here and there and everywhere.

There was a man

Searching for a friend.

He looked all around

Went all about,

With open eyes.

Then I wondered

I wondered and I wondered

How could anyone feel so lonely?

When He said He is always

He’s always here and there and everywhere.

Walked up to him

And asked what it was.

He looked at me

Tears in his eyes

He held my hands and said

O my dear child

I searched and couldn’t find a friend.

All I’ve met had been so cold to me.

And he cried, so worried

So worried. Guess what l said to him!

Chorus.

He held on tighter

And wept his sorrows away.

Wept for joy

Threw his load away

And cried aloud

Oh what a waste of

What a waste of time and a waste of life!

What I’ve been searching for has been there

As He said He would always be.

He’ll be there, anytime I call on Him.

Chorus.

Bridge:

In the Bible – He’s there

In the Church – He’s there

In our homes and anywhere we are

He’s here and there and everywhere.

When in sickness – He’s there

Or in good health – He’s there

When in poverty or comfort

He is here and there and everywhere.

When in need – He’s there

Want of love – He’s there/

However you are feeling

He is here and there and everywhere.

Oh what a waste of

What a waste of time of and a waste of life!

What I’ve been searching for has been there

As He said He would always be.

He’ll be there, anytime I call on Him.

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

I’ve got a friend in Jesus                                 – Christ is your friend

Someone I could, I could call onto                 – He’s always around you

Yes He’s a friend, more than anyone else      – Oh Glory Alleluia –

He’s always, here and there and everywhere.

Chorus 3

Somebody Touch Me Music

Linda Ogbue wrote the lyrics of this song – Somebody Touch Me – on the 10th of March 1995. She said the idea to use the popular chorus with verses came to her before October 1994, but with prayers, she was able to come up with the lines of the verses in March 1995. 

Sometime between 2012 and 2013, she got a producer to do the song featuring her sister Rosemary and friends: Davies Christopher, Justin Dimaku and Jennifer Nwatu. 

She released it with another – Friend in Jesus – on radio in February 2014 as by LinRose. She was not sure if all the radio stations she gave them to played them but was sure Rhythm 93.7fm did. The Gospel program presenter at the time – Arthur Ngube – assured her that his listeners gave it a good review, along with another song – Friend in Jesus. 

Today, they are now referred to as The Ministers. 

You can find the song on iTunes, Apple Music and other online platforms. It’s a beautiful folk gospel sung to relax and excite for your enjoyment. 

Listen and tell us what you think.

SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME

Good morning – it’s a brand new beautiful day                     – uh uhuh u—-h

When the sunshine – pierces through my window its rays    – uh uhuh u—-h

That it gives me – the feeling to kneel down and pray           – uh uhuh u—-h

And thank Him – for another beautiful day.

What a feeling – to smile – into the beautiful day

It’s a feeling – you feel – when you hear His name.

Then He comes – see Him come

Into me – giving peace

Somebody touched me.

Chorus:

Somebody touched me (2ce)

Somebody touched my sou—l

When I was praying, praying to my Father

Somebody touched my soul.

While I close my eyes – I feel His presence inside    (Trumpeting takes the tune of uh.)

And deep in my heart – I feel the ice in me melting

Then the tears flow – as I weep away my sorrows

Not to sin again – now that I have seen your face.

So a new heart – is building – up inside of me

To love – and to share – and to give those who are in need

He is here – see Him here

In my heart – in my life

Indeed, He touched me.

Chorus.

Bridge.

Sou——l!

Yes, He reached out

Deep into my heart

I felt His hand

Reaching out to me

Telling me words

Words that are sweeter than honey

He said – oh He said

Start a day with a prayer and a smile

Then reach out, and be good

And be your own brother’s keeper

And that really touched me.

Chorus:

Somebody touched me (2ce)

Somebody touched my sou—l

When I was praying, praying to my Father

Somebody touched my soul.              – [It must be Jesus]

It must be Jesus – Eh! (2ce)

It must be Jesus oh—oh                     – [I know it is]

When I was praying, praying to my Fa-ther  – [Somebody touched me]

Somebody touch my – soul.                – [Somebody touched my soul]

Background repeats chorus tune while lead singer ad libs

Somebody touched me (2ce)              – [Oh, he touched]

Somebody touched my sou—l           – [As I pray]

When I was praying, praying to my Father – [Somebody touched]

Somebody touched my soul               – [Down deep inside of me]

It must be Jesus – Eh! (2ce)               – [E e eh]

It must be Jesus oh—oh                     – [I’m so sure]

When I was praying, praying to my Father

Somebody touch my soul.

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Dawn to Shine

Once upon a February 17, 2015, I woke up very early and went for a jog with my Sony Camcorder and decided to take pictures on my way back home somewhere in Shomolu Bariga, Lagos. The road was in repair at the time.

I got on camera how the day broke with Lagosians waking up to their daily activity.

I began clicking the camera from 6:35am. But i had to filter these first set to see some of the details.

I caught the first set of people already bathed and set out for the day before sunrise, at 6:59am. This is how Lagos life is, a daily hustle and bustle. It’s no place for a lazy person.

Below, a lot of the people were good sports posing for the camera, some wanted to be caught in it, and one man washing meat for a buka [local restaurant] didn’t. See the story in the pictures.

Let Me Be A Little More Music Video

Lyrics:

Glen Campbell, 1968

Let me be a little kinder
close my eyes a little more
to the fault of those around me – by 3 friends to sad girl
Let me praise a little more [2ce]
Let me be, when I am weary
Less concerned about myself,
Let me serve a little better – by sad girl attending to the poor
All my brothers in the Lord.
Let me praise a little more
Let me be a little meeker
With all those who are weaker,
Let me think more of my neighbour –    by the 4 as they attend to the poor. Boys sing
And a little less of me unison and girls sing descant
Let me praise a little more.
Orchestra interlude
Let me toil without complaining
Never close my eyes to needs,
Let me face the summons calmly, – classic rendering with repeat of verse 1
Let me praise a little more [2ce].

Soldiers of Christ Music Video

Lyrics:

Soldiers of Christ, arise – Charles Wesley (1749)

  1. Soldiers of Christ, arise
    And put your armor on,
    Strong in the strength which God supplies
    Thro’ His eternal Son;
    Strong in the Lord of hosts
    And in His mighty power.
    Who in the strength of Jesus trusts
    Is more than conqueror.
  2. Stand then in His great might,
    With all His strength endued.
    And take, to arm you for the fight,
    The panoply of God.
    From strength to strength go on
    And wrestle, fight and pray;
    Tread all the powers of darkness down
    And win the well-fought day.
  3. Leave no unguarded place,
    No weakness of the soul;
    Take ev’ry virtue, ev’ry grace.
    And fortify the whole;
    That having all things done,
    And all your conflicts past,
    Ye may overcome thro’ Christ alone
    And stand complete at last.