Visited the picturesque Rendelsham Cemetery today and saw a couple of phrases at the bottom of headstones that I don’t remember seeing before.

They appeared more than once, a lasting expression of faith in generations past still speaking.

Oh Give Thanks, which is Wendell Kimbrough’s version of Psalm 107.
This rendition is a lot of fun. The song is fun. Giving thanks to God for who he is and what he does is fun.
God’s praise in song shouldn’t be confined to a few hours on one day of the week.
Imagine when it will be present everywhere, all the time.

The lyrics:
We were wand’ring in the desert with our souls so starved and weak.
We were hungry for a homeland we did not know how to seek.
But we lifted up our voices to the only One who hears;
And the God of mercy came and brought us near.
We were locked out of the garden, and our backs bent down with pain.
In the shadow of death’s darkness, we were slaves to sin and blame.
Then we cried out in our labor to the only One who hears,
And the God of mercy wiped away our tears.
Oh give thanks to the LORD for His love endures forever!
We were wandering and lost, and our Father brought us home,
To a safe dwelling place, to a feast of joy and laughter.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
We were fools in our rebellion, with our hunger strike of pride.
We were sick and growing closer to the death we should have died.
Then he heard of our condition, and he called us by our names;
And the God of glory took away our shame.
We were far out on the ocean, making wealth and chasing dreams,
But the waves of great destruction brought us tremb’ling to our knees.
Then we cried like drunken sailors to the only One who hears,
And the God of comfort took away our fears.

Words and Music: © 2014 Wendell Kimbrough

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 21

Chapter 13 – Of Sanctification
I. They who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and strengthened, in all saving graces, to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
II. This sanctification is throughout in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life: there abides still some remnants of corruption in every part, whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.
III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome: and so the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Continuing in the concluding season of our 2 Kings series Power Without Glory.
Our sermon called ‘Faithful, Yet Flawed’ portrays a trust in God that endures because it is right, not because it easy.

For those unable to join us at MGPC, the service will be live-streamed.
The video is available at our website and youtube channel.

Song: Jerusalem
Call to Worship
Song: Love Come Down
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My Faith Looks Up To See
Affirming our Faith
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Romans 16:1-16 – The Apostle Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles and plans to visit Rome, and from there, Spain.
Bible Memorisation: Romans 15:13
Song: O, For A Thousand Tongues
Bible Reading: 2 Kings 18:1-37
Sermon: Faithful, Yet Flawed
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This I Believe (The Creed)

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