Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. Lanny Wolfe* (1942– ).  This song is representative of many coming from Pentecostal and Charismatic congregations during the 1970s, including ‘O may the Son of God enfold you’* (‘Spirit Song’) (1979) by John Wimber*. Wolfe wrote the words of the refrain in Columbus, Mississippi for a dedication service of a new church in 1977. Recounting this moment, Wolfe says that he remembered Jacob’s recounting of his dream of a ladder with angels going up and down to heaven: ‘Surely the Lord is in this place. And I was not aware of it’ (Genesis 28: 16, NIV). His inspiration transformed the scripture into a praise-song by adding three words, ‘Surely...

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