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Covenant is pleased to present Sweet Hour of Prayer, a beautiful new album featuring the exquisite harp music of Clare Bender. This soothing album includes fresh arrangements of 21 favorite hymns—many beautifully combined in medleys that will add a peaceful touch to your Sunday afternoons. Songs include:
- If You Could Hie to Heaven in the Twinkling of an Eye
- O My Father
- My Heavenly Father Loves Me
- How Gentle God's Command
- Did You Think to Pray?
- A Child's Prayer
- Medley: Sweet Hour of Prayer/Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning!
- A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
- Give, Said the Little Stream
- Medley: Love One Another/Because I Have Been Given Much
- Medley: Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words to Each Other/Love at Home
- Teach Me to Walk in the Light of His Love
- Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
- Medley: How Great the Wisdom and the Love/l Stand All Amazed/Our Savior's Love
- Jesus, Lover of My Soul
- I Love to See the Temple
About the Author
William Henry Channing wrote:
To seek elegance rather than luxury and refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich;
To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages with open heart,
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions and hurry never,
. . . To let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is my symphony.
This too, was Clare Bender’s symphony. Clare started playing the piano at age eight and took violin lessons during the fourth and fifth grades. But after poking the girl next to her in the eye with her bow, she decided she wouldn’t be a violinist like her dad. It was in high school that Clare began playing the harp. She furthered her talents by taking harp and voice lessons at Brigham Young University, where she met her husband, Jerry. Their duet became a quartet with the addition of sons Jacob and Samuel. Clare later finished her degree at Centralia College.
Clare’s symphony included three movements that were repeated over and over again in all she did. They were her love of children, love of music, and love for her Savior. Each area always overlapped with the next. Clare’s love for music touched so many people as she used her gifts and talents. She played the harp in the symphony and in orchestras and she taught both piano and harp lessons. Listening to her play the harp was truly heaven on earth. Shortly before passing away on September 6, 2004, Clare sent her friend a plaque that reads, “Good friends are like angels; you don’t have to see them to know that they are there.” Although Clare’s mortal life has ended, her relationships, her influence, and her music continue. Clare’s symphony is eternal.