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Hear Our Prayer – Sunday Songs

Continuing a semi-regular series featuring tracks from EMU Music’s Songs For Little Rooms 2 Album.
Hear Our Prayer is another song that has reasonable lyrics, but I wonder how the melody works as a corporate song.
Vocalists can sing it okay but something about the combination of pace and melody makes it hard for me to visualise a room full of other people singing it with confidence and volume. That said, it’s a pretty easy melody to pick up.
I wonder if you’d find yourself humming the tune. That sort of thing.
The lyrics on the other hand make a very strong statement well suited to the start of worship.
The lyrics:
Hear our prayer, God above
As we come to you and seek your patient love
Hear our hearts, hear our minds
Hear the echoes of the words we cannot find
Be our hope, be our guide
In our wanderings of weakness break our pride
Not for ease shall we pray
But for strength that we may walk with you this day
So we pray in faith, your will be done
As we long to see your kingdom come
We ask with one voice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Hear our prayer, faithful one
Shape our yearnings to the gospel of your Son
Free our hearts, free our minds
From the war that sin will wage till you arrive
Be our joy, be our stay
Give us eyes to see you answer prayer this day
Hear us praise all you’ve done
We rejoice as we receive the victory won

Words and music: © 2014 Greg Cooper (Rhinoceros Music Publishing) & Andrew Judd
Based on the hymn ‘Father, hear the prayer we offer’ (Words: Love M. Willis 1859)

Here’s EMU’s rendition.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 39

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 39

Q & A 89
Q How is the Word made effectual to salvation?
A The Spirit of God makes the reading, but especially the preaching, of the Word, an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners, and of building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, unto salvation.*1

Q & A 90
Q How is the Word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?
A That the Word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend thereunto with diligence, preparation, and prayer;2 receive it with faith and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.3

*1 Nehemiah 8:8-9; Acts 20:32; Romans 10:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
*2 Deuteronomy 6:16 ff; Psalm 119:18; 1 Peter 2:1-2.
*3 Psalm 119:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; Hebrews 4:2; James 1:22-25.

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Five Questions A Pastor Should Ask Themselves In Preparation For Sunday Morning

Kent Hughes shares five questions he asks himself as a pastor in preparation for Sunday morning.
They’re also good points for those praying for pastors as well.

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Forgiven (preparing for mgpc 4/10/2015)

Songs of preparation: Lord Vindicate Me (Psalm 26) and Salvation Belongs To Our God.
Responsive call to worship:
Praise: From All That Dwell Below The Skies.
Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: Jesus Paid It All; The Apostle’s Creed; Now To The King Of Heaven.
Consecutive reading: Ezekiel 25:1-17 – Chapters 25-32 contain a series of oracles against most of the states of the ancient Near East. Chapter 25 features prophecies against Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edam, and Philistia..
Bible memorisation: Psalm 3:3,4.
Praise: Consider Christ.
Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-31
Sermon: Forgiven – God confronts David over his sin and David responds and is restored.
Pastoral prayer, tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Bless The Lord, O My Soul – 10,000 Reasons.

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Footy Tipping 2015 – NRL / AFL Grand Finals

Well, so much for two grand finals composed entirely of teams from outside the states in which the respective Grand Finals are held.
Fremantle: get some players who can kick a winning score.
The NRL Grand Final is the most even I can remember for some time. It doesn’t matter who wins, though I lean toward North Queensland, both because I think any team with Jonathan Thurston deserves favouritism and because they haven’t won a premiership before. But if Brisbane win I wouldn’t be surprised at all.
In the AFL Hawthorn are my pick because I think they have another gear and will simply explode on the day, like last year when they proved themselves a class above Sydney. West Coast winning would be a huge upset.

NRL (last round 2/2; season tally 122/192)
North Queensland

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 142/208)
West Coast

I’ll do a wrap up for completion’s sake on Monday.

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The Dead People In My Phone

Our local newspaper will publish this some time or another.

I felt a little relief lately in finding out that I wasn’t the only one whose phone contains dead people. There were recent media reports about the reluctance of some people to delete the details of those who have died from their electronic contact list. I am one of those people.
As I scroll through contacts I see relationships that span decades, and also a significant number of folk I’ve known since I moved to Mount Gambier.
Seeing the names is an incidental activity. I don’t just sit and look through my contacts on a regular basis. Usually I want to call, message or email someone. Occasionally details need to be forwarded to other people.
So the names of friends, colleagues, family and others flash before me. Sometimes later I’ll think of them; of the circumstances of our meeting, times we’ve shared together, the time of their death.
From time to time I wonder why I don’t delete their contacts. Each time I know why they remain. It’s not because I’m a terrible administrator (though I am a terrible administrator). It’s not because of some phobia. It’s because I like them being there. I like these unplanned and random remembrances of friends departed.
Deleting their names would take these encounters away. And it would make them seem to be gone. But they’re not really gone.
Jesus recalled that when God spoke of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he said ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’, not that he was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus believed that God spoke that way because Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with all of the faithful, had not departed to non-existence but still existed in relationship with God.
It always makes me a bit sad when I attend the funerals of folk who I know believe in a life beyond this one, but those gathered get told the only way they now exist is in the memories of their loved ones. That’s not the belief that carried these folk through life and comforted them as they faced the grave. Their hope and belief should at least be acknowledged and not ignored or set aside as people give remember their lives.
I don’t keep those contacts in my phone because my memories of these folk are all that exists of them.
I keep them because they remind me, that even though they are not physically present, that they lived and died believing that they would continue in relationship with God after the grave through trust in Jesus who is the resurrection and the life.
I keep their details to remind me that our contact though interrupted, will one day resume.

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Professional Line Sitters

Same Old Line Dudes are a New York based business that offer their services in these terms:

Cronut Delivery? No problem! Designer Sample Sales? A breeze! Saturday Night Live Standby Tix? We’ve got it covered! We are a team of professional line sitters whose primary aim is to reduce your wait for anything this great city has to offer. With over 8 million residents, lines for anything in New York can be long! Add to that, over 56 million tourists each year and you’re in for an even longer wait!
Whether it’s iPhones, the latest Air Jordans, or the hottest Broadway tix in town, Same Ole Line Dudes, understands your wants & needs and is here to help. We even go above and beyond with our Delivereach premium service by not just waiting, but including purchase & delivery and even shipping if you’re out of state! Whatever the event or product, we show up & do the work so you don’t have to, freeing you up for important things like…LIFE.

Their prices begin at $25 for the first hour with $10 for each following half hour (at a minimum of $45 a job).
The staff say they make $1000 a week.
As this video explains.