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The Lord Is Coming – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 16

The Lord Is Coming by Scott Mulvahill is not a Christmas Carol, but it certainly is an Advent appropriate song.
It’s also pretty cool.


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Seeing Clearly (preparing for MGPC 17/12/17)

Song: Blessed Be Your Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love So High
Prayer Of Confession
Song: When Zion’s Captive Ones Returned
Affirming our Faith: Heidelberg Catechism 1
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Micah 6: 1 – 16 – Micah as covenant prosecutor indicts Israel for unfaithful to the terms of the covenant, summoning witnesses (verses 1,2), pronouncing covenant curses (verses 9-16), and reminding them of God’s grace (verses 3-5) and His simple requirements: justice, kindness, and humility (verses 6-8).
Bible Memorisation: Mark 5:19b
Song: As With Gladness
Bible Reading: Mark 8:22-30
Sermon: Seeing Clearly
Song: I Cannot Tell (Tithes & free will offerings will be taken up during this song. Guests are not obligated to give an offering.)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: In Christ Alone


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Labor Of Love – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 15

I’m watching a live-stream of Andrew Peterson and friends performing the Behold The Lamb Of God concert.

What better song to feature today than Labor Of Love.
There are other versions of this on YouTube by other singers, but Peterson’s vocalist of choice is Jill Phillips.
So here it is.


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Vale R.C. Sproul

R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness Of God was one of the first Christian books I read.
(Recommended by my pastor Roger Stone, naturally)
It was a formative influence in understanding the Bible.
Sproul died today and there are many tributes all over the internet.

Here’s a topical hymn, the lyrics of which were penned by Sproul.
Now he is seeing the reality of that which his words could only imagine.
This is Highland Hymn.


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Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 14

Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon is a Finnish Christmas carol that translates as ‘On the hay, in the bulls’ trough’.
I heard it on an album by Chelsea Moon; the version below is an acapella one by a group called Rajaton.

The lyrics:
1.
Heinillä härkien kaukalon
nukkuu lapsi viaton:
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.
2.
Helmassa äitinsä armahan
nukkuu Poika Jumalan;
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.
3.
Keskellä liljain ja ruusujen
nukkuu Herra ihmisten:
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.
4.
Ristillä rinnalla ryövärin
nukkuu uhri puhtahin:
Enkelparven tie kohta luokse vie
rakkautta suurinta katsomaan.

English translation:
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/heinill%C3%A4-h%C3%A4rkien-kaukalon-hay-bulls-trough.html#ixzz51E9dhXuU
1.
On the hay, in the bulls’ trough
Sleeps an innocent Child.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.
2.
In the hems of the beloved mother
Sleeps the Son of God.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.
3.
In the midst of lilies and roses
Sleeps the Lord of people.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.
4.
At the cross beside a robber
Sleeps the purest Victim.
The path of a flock of angels
Soon leads to Him
To marvel at the greatest Love.


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Bad Christmas Presents #2

#2 in a series of what not to give your beloved for Christmas.
Even buying the most expensive one in Bunnings won’t save you.