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Lord For The Years – Sunday Songs

Timothy Dudley Smith is an English hymn writer and retired bishop.
Tonight we sang ‘Lord, For The Years’.
Themes of personal salvation, the central importance of the Scriptures, prayer that the gospel will be received and the powerless and marginalised will be recognised flow and build to a strong affirmation that Christ will be glorified according to the purpose and power of God.

Here’s the lyrics from the Oremus online hymnal.
Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord for the years, we bring our thanks today.
Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive your people’s praise.
Lord, for our land in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.
Lord, for our world where men disown and doubt you,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without you:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.
Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us-
self on the cross, and Christ upon the throne,
past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.

Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith
Words © 1969 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved.

This YouTube features an organ rendition of the tune to which we sing these words.

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Steve Martin’s Hymn For Atheists

Steve Martin is a funny, funny man.
It’s not really true that atheists have no other hymns.
There’s always ‘Imagine’ and ‘My Way’.
So this makes at least three.
And I don’t think this is a profound contribution to dialogue on the matter.

(video starts very, very fuzzy, but comes into focus quickly)

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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 35

Lord’s Day 35

Q & A 96
Q. What is God’s will for us in the second commandment?
A. That we in no way make any image of God*1 nor worship him in any other way than he has commanded in his Word.*2
*1 Deut. 4:15-19; Isa. 40:18-25; Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:22-23
*2 Lev. 10:1-7; 1 Sam. 15:22-23; John 4:23-24

Q & A 97
Q. May we then not make any image at all?
A. God can not and may not be visibly portrayed in any way. Although creatures may be portrayed, yet God forbids making or having such images if one’s intention is to worship them or to serve God through them.*3
*3 Ex. 34:13-14, 17; 2 Kings 18:4-5

Q & A 98
Q. But may not images be permitted in the churches as teaching aids for the unlearned?
A. No, we shouldn’t try to be wiser than God. He wants his people instructed by the living preaching of his Word*4 – not by idols that cannot even talk.*5
*4 Rom. 10:14-15, 17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19
*5 Jer. 10:8; Hab. 2:18-20

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The Pastor’s Wife: Supportive, But Unimpressed (via Practical Shepherding)

Brian Croft writes about the best and most balanced means by which a wife can support her husband in his pastoral work.

 Regardless the temperament of a pastor and the type of church he serves, most of us would agree that every church will have a wide spectrum of affection for their pastor.  Every church to some degree has church members who view their pastor with rose-colored glasses, while others barely tolerate their existence and stay at the church despite him.  this causes pastors often to seek affirmation and encouragement by surrounding themselves with those who think they are the greatest preacher, most compassionate counselor, and strongest leader, while avoiding those who have less enduring thoughts of them.
This has led to what I think is a good, helpful, and healthy role for our wives to play in our lives as pastors while facing such a wide variety of affection to sift through among our people. A pastor’s wife should always be…
Supportive, but unimpressed… Read More

via Practical Shepherding

Of course, ladies, if he really does well, you can tell him.

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Luther On The Gospel (via Dane Ortlund)

From Dane Ortlund’s blog, Strawberry-Rhubarb Theology: Luther Defines the Gospel

In his ‘Preface to the New Testament,’ Luther writes:

This gospel of God or New Testament is
a good story and report,
sounded forth into all the world by the apostles,
telling of a true David
who strove with sin, death, and the devil,
and overcame them,
and thereby rescued all those who were
captive in sin,
afflicted with death,
and overpowered by the devil.

Without any merit of their own he
made them righteous,
gave them life,
and saved them,
so that they were given peace and brought back to God.

For this they sing,
and thank and praise God,
and are glad forever,
if only they believe firmly and remain steadfast in faith.

Luther’s Works 35:358

By the way, I ordered this last week.
Looks splendid.


Typefaces Are A Serious Matter (via Wondermark)

Wondermark reminds us to be careful when having ‘fun with fonts’.
Reading this caused me to think of one of the blogs I read, for some reason.