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Delight In The Lord (feat. Josh Garrels) by Liturgical Folk

A song from Liturgical Folk, with vocals by Josh Garrels, based on the Collect (focused prayer) for the Third Sunday in Lent from the Book of Common Prayer.
“Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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Animals Reacting To Musical Instruments

As amusing as this video is, the fact that when I started playing it my cat came and sat on my lap (and is helping me type this) adds to the enjoyment.
A variety of animals, a variety of instruments, a variety of reactions.

Smidge approves.

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O Praise The Lord (Anástasis) – Sunday Songs

O Praise The Lord is a song celebrating the resurrection (Anástasis) of the Lord Jesus and the life which it brings to his disciples.

The lyrics:
I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet.
My Savior on that cursed tree
His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone
O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Then on the third at break of dawn,
The Son of heaven rose again.
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King
He shall return in robes of white,
The blazing Son shall pierce the night.
And I will rise among the saints,
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face
Refrain and repeat.

Words and Music: Benjamin Hastings | Marty Sampson | Dean Usher
© 2015 Hillsong Music Publishing

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 12

Question 12
What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

This track covers Questions 9 to 12.

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Community Created Through The Word (via Sinclair Ferguson)

The Bible is central to Christian worship, not simply as the source for information to be taught and the basis for our shared belief, but because it is the way God grows Christians as the body of Christ.
From Sinclair Ferguson.

I’m not a great fan of the expression “means of grace,” but I think we shouldn’t miss out from this the pattern of, for example, Ephesians 4 with its emphasis on the ministry of the word in what it actually produces in the life of the church—where it produces a community in which each part is doing its work properly and upbuilds itself in love.
We’re not just a teaching institution. The word of God creates a new kind of community. And so the preaching of the word without the creation of that new kind of community ordinarily does not make the same evangelistic impact on the world around. But the creation of that community helps people to see that the word that is preached has illustrations in the life of this new community that are beyond contradiction.
Often one finds that people who think little of the gospel find that they cannot contradict the reality they experience when they come among God’s people. And it’s that reality that begins to work in their hearts to open their ears to listen to what the word is actually saying.
When we speak about the means of grace and the importance of the preaching of the word, we’re not saying that all we need is more ministers, or even all we need is more preaching, but what is produced by that.


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Deliver Us (preparing for MGPC 24/3/19)

Song: From The Day
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: How Sweet The Name
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 12
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Zechariah 12: 1-14 – From Chapter 12 to the end of Zechariah’s prophesy the focus is the judgment of the nations and the salvation of Jerusalem. That salvation ultimately is not merely deliverance from earthly enemies, but spiritual salvation through the work of the Holy Spirit and the Messiah “whom they have pierced”(12:10; John19:37).
Bible Memorisation: 1 Corinthians 10:13b
Song: Worship The Lord
Bible Reading: James 1: 2-18
Sermon: Deliver Us
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here


90’s Church Revitalisation Documentary

I’m watching what seems to be a documentary from the 1990s about church revitalisation.
It may be a little bit dated, but I’m sure the basic principles will come back into style again.

It is also has a number of very skilled character actors playing very charming characters.
Mary Wickes as Sister Mary Lazarus is wonderful.