Archive for May, 2011

Jesus Is the True and Better…

True & Better from Peter Artemenko on Vimeo.

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Worship Notes 5/29/2011

Sermon Text:  John 8:21-30

Sin and Who Jesus Is
21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them,“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Song : All Hail The Power of Jesus Name

Edward Perronet 1779


“Thou shalt be called by a new name;…thou shalt also be
a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem
in the hand of thy God.”–Isa. 62:2,3.

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.

The “Royal Diadem” or the ” Crown of Glory” is quite simple us, The Church, presented to God not as a crown to be worn but as his workmanship redeemed through Christ for his own Glory.

Song: Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder

Public Domain. Words: John Newton. Music: Darmstadt Gesangbuch.

Let us love the Lord Who bought us
Pitied us when enemies
Called us by His grace and taught us
Gave us ears and gave us eyes
He has washed us with His blood
He presents our souls to God

Let us wonder grace and justice
Join and point to mercy’s store
When through grace in Christ our trust is
Justice smiles and asks no more
He Who washed us with His blood
Has secured our way to God

Scriptural Warning:  Romans 3: 9-20

10 as it is written “None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”

Assurance of Pardon: Romans 3: 27-31

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.

Song: Before the Throne of God Above

Words: Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863.

Hebrews 4:14-16: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

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The Light of the World

In John 8.12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” This statement is one of several “I am” statements that are found in John’s gospel. Our response to the “I am” statements of Jesus is usually along the lines of, “Oh cool, isn’t that clever.” However, Jesus’ 1st century audience took these statements as much more life or death, do or die. The Pharisees’ response shows the weight and depth of Jesus’ statements, a weight and depth that our response indicates we miss.

The Pharisees responded by trying to prove that Jesus testimony about himself was wrong. They understood that Jesus was actually claiming something significant about himself. They understood that if Jesus’ claims were true, then there were significant consequences for their lives. Had Jesus only been being clever, it would not have mattered whether what he said was true or not, but he was in fact making a incredible claim about where he fit into history. What was this claim that the Pharisees seemed to clue into?

Throughout Scripture light is important. In creation, light dominantly breaks into the darkness at the command of God. The ninth plague on Egypt was a darkness that could be felt, but light remained for the Hebrew people. As the Jewish people wandered in the wilderness they were given light in the night by a pillar of fire, the means God used to lead the Israelites through the wilderness by night. These last two points of light would have had particular significance in the immediate context since the Jewish people were either finishing or had just finished celebrating the Feast of Booths, a feast that called the people of God to remember how he delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh. While each of these influence could be developed in relation to Jesus’ claim to be the light of the World, none of them add more weight to Jesus’ statement than the prophecies found in the book of Isaiah. The Apostle John records the words of John the Baptist who claimed to the one promised messenger of Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 40.3 & John 1.23). The Baptist’s self-identification with the message of Isaiah coupled with what the Apostle’s explanation of the Baptist’s role (John writes, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John [the Baptist]. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light (John 1.6-8, ESV).) gives us good reason for understanding light references throughout the gospel of John with a clear eye toward Isaiah. Therefore, consider the following statements.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us  a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this (Isaiah 9.2-7, ESV).

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and  the coastlands wait for his law.
Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
“I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42.1-9, ESV).

And now the LORD says,
he  who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength—
he says:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isaiah 49.5-6, ESV).

In each passage a redemptive light is promised – a light that will be the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, a light that will be to all nations, a light that will bring salvation to the end of the earth! When Jesus proclaims, “I am the light of the world,” he is not just being clever – he is claiming to be the promised light of Isaiah who will break into this dark world in real history to bring salvation to his people.

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Worship Notes 5/22/11

Sermon Text: John 8:12-20

I Am the Light of the World

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


Sacred Light by Fotofacade

Call to Worship: Revelation 22:17

17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

Confession of Faith: 1 John 1:5-10

Walking in the Light

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Song: Father Long Before creation


Words: from a Chinese Hymn.

God’s compassion is my story,
Is my boasting all the day;
Mercy free and never failing
Moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us, God so loved us
That His only Son He gave.

SONG: Holy, Holy, Holy


Words: Reginald Heber, 1826

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee
Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Acknowledgement: John 3:19-21

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

SONG: Be Still, My Soul


Public Domain. Words: Katharina A. von Schlege

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

SONG: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Saying


Lyrics: Horatius Bonar, 1846.

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-20

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk, till traveling days are done.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “My Father’s house above
Has many mansions; I’ve a place prepared for you in love.”
I trust in Jesus—in that house, according to His word,
Redeemed by grace, my soul shall live forever with the Lord.

Horatius Bonar was known as the Prince of Scottish Hymn Writers. He wrote more than 600 hymns.

SONG: It Is Finished


Taken from the Gadsby Hymnal
Words: Thomas kelly, 1769-1855
Music: Clint Wells and Brian T. Murphy, 2004

“It is finished!” Sinners hear it;
‘Tis the dying Victor’s cry;
“It is finished!” Angels bear it,
Bear the joyful truth on high:
“It is finished!” Tell it through the earth and sky!
“It is finished!” Tell it through the earth and sky!

Crown the mighty Conqueror, crown him,
Who his people’s foes o’ercame!
In the highest heaven enthrone him!
Men and angels sound his fame!
Great his glory! Jesus bears a matchless name

“It Is Finished” can be found on “The Gadsby Project” by Red Mountain Music. It is a wonderful CD.

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Habits of the High-Tech Heart (Chapter 4)

Here’s the deal. I want to give this book a fair chance, but, honestly, I like this book a little less at the end of each chapter than I did at the beginning.

What I do like about Habits of a High-Tech Heart is how it is organized. In each chapter Schultze lays out the chapter sections with brief explanatory paragraphs. In his introduction to chapter 4 he tells us,

The first section of this chapter examines our high-tech projects as forms of human folly… The second section examines the ways that information technologies create new moral dilemmas, even when they are solving instrumental problems… The third section suggests that we should fear our own technological exploits… The fourth section considers how humor can foster technological humility (Schultze, 92-93, emphasis his).

Each statement is explained in a paragraph. This feature is really helpful, in fact, it is a little too helpful. Schultze does such a great job introducing his chapters and sections that not much is added to his thought process in the actual sections. Nonetheless, I enjoy the structure of the book. It is very puritanical.

The thing that is really getting me about Schultze books is that he is onto a very important idea that could, in a tremendous way, show us our sin and need for the gospel in a very culturally minded manner; however, he doesn’t (or perhaps I should say hasn’t yet) do this. In some ways, Habits of a High-Tech Heart reminds me of Paul’s address to the Greeks at the Areopagus in Acts 17. Paul looks around, notes the culture, and then reasons with the people about the gospel in terms they would understand. The key thing in Paul’s address is that he is actually talking about the gospel and humanity’s need for it. Schultze on the other hand looks around, notes the culture, and then reasons with the people about the culture in terms they will understand.

More than once, Schultze has pointed to real problems with technology, and he does so again in this chapter. He points out the ridiculous and false hope that we put in technology. He also notes that many of our technological efforts to deal with the practical and moral issues of technology are only temporary solutions and often introduce greater practical and ethical issues. Nonetheless, in the end, rather than acknowledging the sinful idolatry that is evident in our attitudes and practices about technology, attitudes that can only be dealt with in Christ, Schultze says that a humble attitude fostered by humor about our technological prospects is what we need. He writes (in his paragraph introducing the fourth section of the chapter), “Humor especially fosters a proper sense of proportion, reveals our tomfoolery, and cultivates greater patience (Schultze, 93, emphasis his). If what Schultze is saying about the hope we put in technology is true, and I think it is, then we don’t need humor, we need repentance. If we really are as idolatrous as Schultze presents, and I think we are, then we don’t need jokes, we need a Savior. If we really are as impatient and really do lack any self-control in our desire and acquisition of technology as Schultze says we are and do, and I think he is correct, then we don’t need comics, we need the Spirit. After all – idolatry is sin. Sin necessitates a Savior. The Savior has promised his Spirit. The Spirit bears fruit in believers that includes both patience and self-control (among many other things). Perhaps this is where Schultze is going and it is my own impatience that can’t wait for him to get there. We will see.

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Worship Notes 5/15/2011

Serom Text:  John 7:53 8:11

“Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Call to Worship: Psalm 102:18-22

18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord: 19 that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, 21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise, 22 when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

Confession of Faith: WCF 1.1 (mesv)

1. Although the light of nature and the works of creation and providence manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, to such an extent that men are without excuse, yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and of his will which is necessary for salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at various times and in diverse ways, to reveal himself and to declare his will to his church; and afterward—for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh and the malice of Satan and of the world—to commit this revelation wholly to writing. Therefore the Holy Scripture is most necessary, God’s former ways of revealing his will to his people having ceased.

SONG: All Creatures of our God and King

Francis of Assisi 1225

St. Francis is famous for many things, including love of animals.  Pictures of him usually have birds flying nearby and small animals at his feet.  A popular story tells of him stopping to preach a sermon to a flock of birds.  He reminded them that God had blessed them with beautiful clothing even though they had never learned to spin or weave –– and that God had blessed them with food even thought they had never learned to sow or reap.  Then he called them to sing their songs as praises to God. The hymn, “All Creatures of Our God and King,” is an outgrowth of that sentiment.  It is a call for “All creatures of our God and King” to “lift up (their voices) and with us sing, Alleluia!”            –– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan

SONG: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Thomas A. Chisolm (1866-1960) Hymn written in 1923

“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him’” (Lamentations 3:19-24).

SONG: O Word of God Incarnate

Words: Will­iam W. How, 1867.

O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.

“In the first verse of this hymn, he clearly establishes the Bible as the revealed Word of God. In the second verse he states the thought that the Church(a body of born again believers) is the agency by which the Bible has been and still is transmitted to mankind. In verse three he uses a number of metaphors that describe the Scriptures in their relationship to daily living-banner, shinning beacon, chart and compass. Verse four concludes with a prayer that the Church (a body of born again believers) may ever be the faithful custodian and administrator of this treasure in guiding men to Jesus Christ as their personal savior.”               -www.biblestudycharts.com


Image of Rembrandt’s “Apostle Paul”
courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.

SONG: Lord You have Searched Me (Psalm 139)

Lord you have searched me;  You have known
My rising and my sitting down;
And  from afar you do know well
The very thoughts that in me dwell.

You know all the ways I plan,
My path and lying down you scan;
For in my tongue no word can be,
But, lo, O Lord, is known to Thee.

SONG: How Firm a Foundation

John Keith

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

What a great reminder that the foundation of our faith is the Word of God and not a creation of man.

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If You Want Some Great Parenting Advice…

…read this. Here’s an excerpt to get you hooked.

There are already scores of books on parenting, many of them quite good. I’ve read several of them and have learned much. I really do believe in gospel-powered parenting and shepherding my child’s heart. I want conversations like this:

Me
: What’s the matter son?
Child: I want that toy and he won’t give it to me!
Me: Why do you want the toy?
Child: Because it will be fun to play with.
Me: Do you think he is having fun playing with the toy right now?
Child: Yes.
Me: Would it make him sad to take the toy away?
Child: I guess so.
Me: And do you like to make your brother sad?
Child: No.
Me: You know, Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. That means loving your brother the way he would want to be loved. Since Jesus loves us so much, we have every reason to love others–even your brother. Would you like to love him by letting him play with the toy for awhile?
Child: Yes I would daddy.

I try that. Really I do. But here’s what actually happens:

Me: What’s the matter son?
Child: I want that toy and he won’t give it to me!
Me: Why do you want the toy?
Child: I don’t know.
Me: What’s going on in your heart when you desire that toy?
Child: I don’t know.
Me: Think about it son. Use your brain. Don’t you know something?
Child: I guess I just want the toy.
Me: Obviously. But why?
Child: I don’t know.
Me: Fine. [Mental note: abandon "why" questions and skip straight to leading questions.] Do you think he is having fun playing with the toy right now?
Child: No.
Me: Really?! He’s not having fun? Then why does he want that toy in the first place?
Child: Because he’s mean.
Me: Have you ever considered that maybe you are being mean by trying to rip the toy from his quivering little hands?
Child: I don’t know.
Me: What do you know?
Child: I don’t know!
Me: Nevermind. [I wonder how my brilliant child can know absolutely nothing at this moment.] Well, I think taking the toy from him will make your brother sad. Do you like to make him sad?
Child: I don’t know.
Me: [Audible sigh.]
Child: He makes me sad all the time!
Me: Well, I’m getting sad right now with your attitude! [Pause, think, what would Paul Tripp do?  Thinking . . . .thinking . . . .man, I can't stop thinking of that mustache. This isn't working. Let's just go right to the Jesus part.] You know, Jesus wants us to love each other.
Child: I don’t know.
Me: I didn’t ask you a question!
Child: [Pause.] Can I have some fruit snacks?
Me
: No, you can’t have fruit snacks. We are talking about the gospel. Jesus loves us and died for us. He wants you to love your brother too.
Child: So?
Me: So give him the toy back!

Then I lunge for the toy and the child runs away. I tell him to come back here this instant and threaten to throw the toy in the trash. I recommit myself to turning down speaking engagements on parenting.

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Worship Notes 5/8/2011


Sermon Text: John 7:40-52

The People Respond to Jesus’ Claims

40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”43 So there was a division among the people over him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

Call to Worship: Isaiah 12:5-6

5 “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known [1] in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your [2] midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

SONG: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Words Robert Robinson 1758, Music Asahel Nettleton in 1813.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

After a long period of sadness and trouble, a consequence of Israel’s disobedience, Israel repented under the leadership of a new priest and judge, Samuel. God restored their political security, and the people, for their part, re-committed their hearts and minds to their Lord.
Samuel placed a large stone at the place where this restoration began. He publicly dedicated it as a monument to God’s help, God’s faithfulness, God’s eternal covenant. And as the people got on with their lives, the stone stood there, visible to all who passed that way, a reminder of judgment and repentance, mercy and restoration.
The Ebenezer stone represented a fresh beginning, a reversal of course for God’s people. It also said something important about God: his mercies are everlasting; his covenant is forever. -www.anotherthink.com

SONG: O God, the Rock of Ages

Words: Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr., 1860 Music: Lance & Mary Dean Johnston, 2010

O God, the Rock of Ages,
Who evermore hast been,
What time the tempest rages,
Our dwelling place serene:
Before Thy first creations,
O Lord, the same as now,
To endless generations,
The everlasting Thou.

Acknowledgement & Assurance

John:18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
John 1:12  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

SONG: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Words: John Newton. Music: Alexander Reinagle (arr. Bill Moore)

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.

John Newton’s dying words. “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things — that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour.”

SONG: All My Tears

Words & Music: Julie Miller

When I go, don’t cry for me
In my Father’s arms I’ll be
The wounds this world left on my soul
Will all be healed and I’ll be whole.
Sun and moon will be replaced
With the light of Jesus’ face
And I will not be ashamed
For my Savior knows my name.

It won’t matter where you bury me,
I’ll be home and I’ll be free.
It won’t matter where I lay,
All my tears be washed away.

Gold and silver blind the eye
Temporary riches lie
Come and eat from heaven’s store,
Come and drink, and thirst no more

SONG: Why Should I Fear?

text: William Williams
music: Benj Pocta and Brian T. Murphy, 2006.

Had I the guilt of all the world,
He’s able to forgive:
Why should I fear? The debt is paid.
If only I believe.

Benediction: May the Lord bless you to rest in Jesus, the Prophet, the Messiah, the Son of David and to walk in his Spirit that you may not gratify the flesh.

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