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My Saviour’s Love (What Tongue Could Tell) – Sunday Songs

I’ve been looking forward to the release of the colloborative album of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa.
The album, His Mercy Is More contains songs that both of them have previously released along with some new material.
Released by Getty Music, it’s notable in that previous releases by that label have predominantly featured the work of Keith and Kristyn Getty, working with others.
This time, though both Gettys are involved, Boswell and Papa take the lead.
Their previous releases have moved more and more toward songs that are truly singable in corporate assembly, and have tremendous lyrics.

Here’s My Saviour’s Love (What Tongue Could Tell)

What tongue could tell my Savior’s love
What song of angels could describe
Could endless praises be enough
To echo full His sacrifice
How worthy is the Lamb of God
Beyond all might or skill of pen
Still we confess and strain towards
Such mystery and magnificence
My Savior’s love
My Savior’s love
What could compare
What tongue could tell my Savior’s love
What tune could carry on its wings
The beauty of that final breath
What words dare paint the awesome scene
When God stood in the stead of man
When Jesus Christ the radiant One
Took on the shadows of our hate
Then rose again just as the sun
With light and power in fullest grace
And when in death this tongue is stilled
My song of life has reached the end
Though as a flower I may wilt
This everlasting truth will stand
No death or life could separate
Me from the love of Christ my Lord
This hope is sure from age to age
My song will be forevermore.

Words and Music: Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Keith Getty
© ©2019 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Messenger Hymns (BMI) / Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP) / Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP) / Adm by

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 33

Question 33
Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Saviour.

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Near The Kingdom (preparing for MGPC 18/8/19)

Song: Jerusalem
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love Defends Me
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Just As I Am
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 33
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 9: 28-60 – The Transfiguration, and the conclusion of Jesus’ Galilean ministry as He begins, in verse 51, his long journey towards the cross, having “set His face” to Jerusalem.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 12: 17a
Song: To God Be The Glory
Bible Reading: Mark 12: 28-34
Sermon: Near The Kingdom
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Death Was Arrested

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A Whyalla Institution

The genius that is the Bottle And Bird.

I can’t recall seeing a combination bottleshop and takeaway drive through anywhere else, but this Whyalla institution thrives, even on Show weekend.

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Runaway Alarm Clocks

I wake up by myself every morning.
Even when I set alarms I wake up and turn them off.
Clocky and Tocky are alarm clocks that run off, so you wake up trying to catch them.
Obviously they’re useless for teenagers: they’d just spin around in all the rubbish.
And I refuse to believe people so tidy that these things would free-range around would have trouble waking up.
Anyway, I need to get to sleep.

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Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven by Alison Krauss and The Cox Family

The full title of the song is Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Wants To Die).
It’s from an early 90’s album by Alison Krauss and The Cox Family called I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.

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The Difference Between Following A Vocation And Volunteering (via Will Willimon)

Will Willimon’s memoir Accidental Preacher is an engaging collection of memories and observations.
He tells the story, and the art of telling the story is as enjoyable as the stories themselves.
In writing about the somewhat neglected concept of calling, he makes the observation that being a disciple of Jesus is not our idea. We didn’t volunteer, we were called. And that stops our service being about ourselves and makes it about the one who idea our service originated from.

In a rare lapse into autobiography, Isaiah dates his call, “In the year that king Uzziah died,” leaving us to speculate why the death of the king was significant in the young prophet’s vocation. Methodists adore this passage. Our Methodist national anthem is based on Isaiah 6, Dan Shutte’s “Here I Am, Lord.” Few Methodists make it through two stanzas of this hymn without volunteering to go evangelize Zulus or at least to shed a maudlin tear.
Here I am, Lord, is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. … I will go, Lord, where you send me … I …
Note the prevalence of the first—person personal pronoun as vocation degenerates into volunteering. Rather than risky encounter with a summoning God, worship morphs into sappy songs, syrupy clichés on the screen, followed by the sharing of tiring details about our personal lives at the coffee hour. Christian preaching slides into “Come right over here and sit next to me. I’m dying to tell you all about myself,” and theology becomes commentary on human experience of God rather than God. Interiority writ large.
Here I am, Lord overlooks a great gift of vocation: rescue from our overly cultivated subjectivity. Vocation’s power, said Hermann Hesse, is when “the soul is awakened…, so that instead of dreams and presentiments from within a summons comes from without,” and an external relation “presents itself and makes its claim.”
Vocation is not evoked by your bundle of need and desire. Vocation is what God wants from you whereby your life is transformed into a consequence of God’s redemption of the world.
Will Willimon, Accidental Preacher, Eerdmans, 2019, pgs 51-52, 54.