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As You Go – Sunday Songs

We hosted a citywide gathering tonight at mgpc. Some of our musicians and friends provided the music.
We tried a pretty jazzy version of Arise, My Soul Arise; (that I don’t think we completely mastered, but which I enjoyed a lot) along with Before The Throne Of God Above; Be Thou My Vision; Speak, O Lord; and concluded with As You Go.
As You Go is written by Mark Altrogge and was featured on the Sovereign Grace Music album The Gathering.
It moves nicely, and makes some helpful points which focus the experience of corporate worship as the body of Christ spreads back out into the world.
A good ‘going’ song.
The lyrics:
1.
As you go, may you know the love of Christ
How deep and long, how high and wide
As you leave, may you seek to win the prize
And find His death to be your life
CHORUS
May you go in the love of your Father God
May you go in the grace of Christ
May you go in the power of the Spirit now
To bring Him glory with your life
2.
As you go, may you know the pow’r of grace
His very strength for what’s to come
As you leave, may you feel His mighty hand
Guiding your steps in the race you run
CHORUS
3.
As you go, may you show His heart to bless
The ones with less, the blind and lost
As you leave, may you be the light of Christ
And show our hope is in the cross
CHORUS
Mark Altrogge.
© 2011 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)


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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 31

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 31

Q & A 122
Q What is the sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man?
A The sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man is, to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to do to others: What we would have them to do to us.

Q & A 123
Q Which is the fifth commandment?
A The fifth commandment is, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Q & A 124
Q Who are meant by father and mother in the fifth commandment?
A By father and mother, in the fifth commandment, are meant, not only natural parents, but all superiors in age and gifts; and especially such as, by God’s ordinance, are over us in place of authority, whether in family, church, or commonwealth.

Q & A 125
Q Why are superiors styled father and mother?
A Superiors are styled father and mother, both to teach them in all duties toward their inferiors, like natural parents, to express love and tenderness to them, according to their several relations; and to work inferiors to a greater willingness and cheerfulness in performing their duties to their superiors, as to their parents.

Q & A 126
Q What is the general scope of the fifth commandment?
A The general scope of the fifth commandment is, the performance of those duties which we mutually owe in our several relations, as inferiors, superiors, or equals.

Q & A 127
Q What is the honor that inferiors owe to their superiors?
A The honor which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defense and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, that so they may be an honor to them and to their government.

Q & A 128
Q What are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?
A The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against, their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands, and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government.

Q & A 129
Q What is required of superiors towards their inferiors?
A It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, pray for, and bless their inferiors; to instruct, counsel, and admonish them; countenancing, commending, and rewarding such as do well; and discountenancing, reproving, and chastising such as do ill; protecting, and providing for them all things necessary for soul and body: and by grave, wise, holy, and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, honor to themselves, and so to preserve that authority which God has put upon them.

Q & A 130
Q What are the sins of superiors?
A The sins of superiors are, besides the neglect of the duties required of them, an inordinate seeking of themselves, their own glory, ease, profit, or pleasure; commanding things unlawful, or not in the power of inferiors to perform; counseling, encouraging, or favoring them in that which is evil; dissuading, discouraging, or discountenancing them in that which is good; correcting them unduly; careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, temptation, and danger; provoking them to wrath; or any way dishonoring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous, or remiss behavior.

Q & A 131
Q What are the duties of equals?
A The duties of equals are, to regard the dignity and worth of each other, in giving honor to go one before another; and to rejoice in each other’s gifts and advancement, as their own.

Q & A 132
Q What are the sins of equals?
A The sins of equals are, besides the neglect of the duties required, the undervaluing of the worth, envying the gifts, grieving at the advancement of prosperity one of another; and usurping preeminence one over another.

Q & A 133
Q What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment, the more to enforce it?
A The reason annexed to the fifth commandment, in these words, “that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you”, is an express promise of long life and prosperity, as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good, to all such as keep this commandment.


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Carl Trueman At PTC Melbourne – Stephen McDonald’s Notes

Thanks to Stephen McDonald for posting four sets of notes taken from lectures given by Carl Trueman at the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne.
I’m sure all the usual riders about these being Stephen’s notes and not verbatim transcripts apply.
Carl Trueman – A Few Good Men: Preserving the Gospel According to Paul
Carl Trueman – A Form of Sound Words: Church and Confession
Carl Trueman – Seven Marks of a Healthy Church: Lessons from Luther
Carl Trueman – Proper Priorities for the Church Today


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Footy Tips AFL Round 18 / NRL Round 21, 2012

AFL (106/144)
Round 18
Hawthorn
Adelaide
North Melbourne
Collingwood
Richmond
Sydney Swans
Fremantle
St Kilda
West Coast

NRL
Round 21
Melbourne
Gold Coast
Canterbury
Cronulla
Manly
Canberra
Souths
Brisbane


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Bagpipe Appreciation Day – July 27

Today is Bagpipe Appreciation Day.
No, really.
What are the chances that I’d make that up?
Here’s Highland Cathedral, probably my favourite piece of bagpipe music.


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The Paradox Of A Pastor’s ‘Game Speed’ (via Zack Eswine)

A great post by Zack Eswine, who points out that in a world that values speed and productivity, the pastor’s skill set really revolves around endurance and generosity of spirit.

Finding our “Game Speed” as Pastors

“I want you to practice at game speed!” the coach shouted. As his voice echoed and bounced off of the gym walls my third grader was wide eyed and full-eared. This was his first basketball camp. “I don’t care if you make mistakes!” the coach bellowed. “But I do care that you don’t lolly gag around! Ten minutes of practice at game speed is better than thirty minutes of casually shooting and dribbling!” The coach’s point is a good one. We play the way we practice. We should practice the way we play. This is how teams win games. I got to thinking. How does this principle apply to trying to succeed as a pastor? Asking the question a problem rises. A tension challenges us.

The Problem and the Tension
Why? Because the business of the pastor is our neighbor’s interest and growth in Jesus along with the way of life that Jesus recovers for us. The problem for us is that as a norm Jesus reorients us to Himself in a slow and simmering kind of way over the course of time among an ongoing acquaintance with the means of His grace. This slow advance in likeness to Jesus requires that pastors possess the kind of skills requisite for such gracious plodding.
And this is where the tension challenges us. Most of us have trained for pastoral ministry as if the “game speed” of the pastorate requires a quantity of results all at once. We’ve learned languages in thirteen weeks, skimmed books in thirteen minutes and mastered divinity in six semester bursts of adrenaline, reddened eyes, missed time with wife and kids and breath that both smells and depends upon coffee or mountain dew. Many of us also find ourselves in organizational ministry structures that likewise measure our daily ministry output on this same value of doing the most amount of work in the least amount of time for the biggest amount of influence.
We are prepared for a “game speed” that values results large and fast only to find that most days require our patience and our ongoing presence among unfinished people whom we can neither fix lightly nor heal quickly. Praying quickly, loudly and once doesn’t mend most things. Ours is a repetitious visitation of prayers and presence through the tragedies and triumphs of the handful of neighbors with whom we are to live as their pastor. This game speed needs players who are practiced in stamina, waiting, self-control, patience, listening, slow pacing, perseverance, silences, unfixed dilemmas and uncontrollable circumstances in Jesus.

Practicing a Jesus Pace
What kind of practice do we pastors need in order to equip us with those kinds of skills necessary for what a pastoral “game speed” often requires?
Jesus paces slow with us. He long suffers, waits for the right timing in our lives, bears us up and even though He has said something to us He teaches it again as we delay to understand His meaning. For most of us, Jesus has chosen a “game speed” that is generous in its mercy and strong in its ability to take a long view with us. Our souls are different than our events, programs and sermons. By their nature they require tending over a long period with frequent visits and lots of grace.


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Master List Of Re-Hymned Music Projects

Just found this link at Cardiphonia.
The data base lists various sites which are hosted by musicians who have produced material that references old hymn lyrics and varying styles of musical accompaniment.
Even a list this comprehensive seems to have missed recent contributions by EMU music and Sovereign Grace music and Matt Searles.