Luke 24: 13-35, ready by Carlos Gillette (Pitt Street morning congregation)
Lilika Noavea, a member of the Epsom congregation, is the new Rosser Scholar. While tuition arrangements have yet to be finalised this is a taster of what she will add to the Pitt Street Choir and the wider Parish. The hymn is “Faimalie”. Many will know it in the English language as Horatio Spafford’s ‘It is well with my soul’.
The story of ‘It is well with my soul’ is one of the great 19th century stories of faith. Horatio Spafford had seen his business destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of October 1871. Two years later he planned a family trip to Europe but did not join his wife and four daughters on the ship as there were issues related to the fire he had to deal with. On November 22, 1873, while crossing the Atlantic on the steamship Ville du Havre, the ship collided with another vessel and sunk. Two hundred and twenty-six people, including the four Spafford daughters drowned. His wife Anna survived and on reaching England, sent her husband a telegram that read ‘Saved alone.’ Later, as Horatio sailed to England to join his wife, he wrote “It is Well with My Soul.” His composition, given the back story, is a remarkable statement of faith.