Sunday Worship 8-14-16

O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.
Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.
Teach me thy patience, still with thee
in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong.
In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future’s broadening way,
in peace that only thou canst give,
with thee, O Master, let me live.

Washington Gladden

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Meditation on “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

  • Hymn Lyrics written by Joseph Scriven

    “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is such a familiar hymn, sung in countless churches on numerous Sundays.   It is an old-fashioned tune that many of us find ponderous and frankly boring. It is often sung slowly and drags.

    Until you really think about the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to spare

What a privilege to carry

everything to God in prayer.

— He is a friend like no other. He is never selfish, He gladly bears every sadness and loss we encounter in life.  Beyond that, He takes on every mistake we make. He doesn’t just sympathize with our grief and forgive us for wrongs, He removes the burden off our shoulders and places it on His own.  It enables us to live lives of joyous, clear-eyed freedom.  We are able to live with an inner serenity.

Why don’t we?  We often think of prayer as a chore and forget it is a great help given to us.  What do we lose when we don’t pray?

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.

Foolishly, we don’t take advantage of this amazing help and comfort.  We fret, worry, and despair over circumstances and problems we can’t change.   We spend hours complaining and stressing with our loved ones, creating what if scenarios that might not ever happen.  We forget or don’t understand that when  we confess our guilt to Jesus, He gives us access to God our Creator, the One who sustains us. We are losing sleep, health and strength.  We are adding stress, grey hair, and fat; and shortening our lives.

We forget that once we take Jesus at His Word and promise allegiance to Him, trusting that His blood covers our sin,  we receive the tremendous privilege of being able to have fellowship with God.  In this restored relationship, we are given the gift of communication with God through prayer. This is the same God Who with His power  created the universe and has the power to change us and give us peace.

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble everywhere?

We should never be discouraged:

take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

who will all our sorrows bear?

Jesus knows our every weakness

take it to the Lord in prayer.

Jesus is the great high priest who understands every temptation we go through and knows the extreme difficulty of resisting sin. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet He did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16

Are we weak and heavy laden,

cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge;

take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

We lose friends.  Sometimes we are wronged and can not forgive.  Sometimes we wrong others and don’t know how to reconcile, or after seeking forgiveness, don’t receive it.  We must seek Jesus and look to His example of turning the other cheek.  Ask the Holy Spirit to give us the grace to remember how much we have forgiven and in obedience, forgive.  As for seeking forgiveness, pray that you can approach that person with the humility of Jesus and that God will move in that person’s heart.  If there is no reconciliation, lay that relationship at the feet of Jesus and continue to pray for that person.   Pray that the Lord teaches you through this situation.

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

thou wilt find a solace there.

 

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Sunday Worship 7-17-16

  • This may be my favorite hymn, definitely in my top 5.

The Solid Rock

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
by Edward Mote, 1797-1874
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

 

 

 

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Good Quote 7-13-16

Humanity does not pass through phases as a train passes through stations: being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind. Whatever we have been, in some sort we are still.
C.S. Lewis, The Allegory of  Love

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Good Quote 6-29-16

In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.
C.s. Lewis, The Four Loves

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Sunday Worship 6-19-16

Honoring our Father in Heaven Today

“Our Father”

The words of Christ
Passed down through generations
The Son of God teaching us to pray
Echoed words
Father have Your will, Your way in me
Completely

We wholly trust
You’re faithful in provision
Amazing grace, mercy for our sins
May we forgive
The way that You’ve forgiven us, oh Lord
So we can sing

Our Father
Hallowed be Your Name
Forever our God be exalted
Your kingdom come and in us
Let Your will be done
Our Father

Lead us from the valley of temptation
Deliver us from the evil one
Lord You reign and here we stand
Victorious in Your Name
Together we pray

Our Father
Hallowed be Your Name
Forever our God be exalted
Your kingdom come and in us
Let Your will be done
Our Father

Yours is the kingdom and power and glory
God of authority ancient of days
Yours is the wisdom and honour
Forever and always
And always

Yours is the kingdom and power and glory
God of authority ancient of days
Yours is the wisdom and honour
Forever and always
We pray

Our Father
Hallowed be Your Name
Forever our God be exalted
Your kingdom come and in us
Let Your will be done
Our Father

Our Father
Hallowed be Your Name
Forever our God be exalted
Your kingdom come and in us
Let Your will be done
Our Father
We pray
Our Father
We pray
Our Father

 

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Sunday Worship 5-29-16

  • Celebrating Marriage!

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Good Quote 5-25-16

…our whole being by its very nature is one vast need; incomplete, preparatory, empty yet cluttered, crying out for Him who can untie things that are now knotted together and tie up things that are still dangling loose.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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Sunday Worship 5-22-16

This is a great hymn for Communion Sunday!

 

I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all, and frees us
From the accursed load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus,
To wash my crimson stains
White in His blood most precious,
Till not a spot remains.
I lay my wants on Jesus:
All fullness dwells in Him;
He heals all my diseases,
He doth my soul redeem.
I lay my griefs on Jesus,
My burdens and my cares;
He from them all releases;
He all my sorrows shares.
I rest my soul on Jesus,
This weary soul of mine;
His right hand me embraces,
I on His breast recline.
I love the Name of Jesus,
Emmanuel, Christ, the Lord;
Like fragrance on the breezes
His Name abroad is poured.
I long to be like Jesus,
Meek, loving, lowly, mild;
I long to be like Jesus,
The Father’s holy Child;
I long to be with Jesus,
Amid the heavenly throng;
To sing with saints His praises,
To learn the angels’ song.

Horatius Bonar

http://www.hymnary.org/text/i_lay_my_sins_on_jesus

 

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Sunday Worship 5-15-16

Happy Pentecost Sunday!

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