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Here We Come A-Wassailing by Kate Rusby – Christmas Songs 2013 Day 31

Okay, I know I may have said there’d been enough Kate Rusby, but I was wrong.
This joyous version of Here We Come A-Wassailing (A-Caroling) is a perfect way to express my wishes that anyone reading this have a blessed and joyous new year, and that these songs have been an encouragement to think of Jesus who has come once to redeem us, and who will come again to rule and make all things new.

The lyrics:
1.
Here we come a-Wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wandering,
So fairly to be seen.
Here we come a wandering
So fairly to be seen.
Love and joy come to you
And to you a Wassail too
God bless you and send you,
A Happy New Year
God send you a Happy New Year.
2.
We are not daily beggars
That beg from door to door,
But we’re the neighbours’ children,
That you have seen before.
We’re the neighbours’ children
That you have seen before.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you a Wassail too,
God bless you and send you,
A Happy New Year,
God send you a Happy New Year.
3.
I have a little purse
It’s made of leather skin.
I need a silver sixpence,
To line it well within.
I need a silver sixpence,
To line it well within.
Love and joy come to you
And to you a Wassail too,
God bless you and send you,
A Happy New Year.
God send you a Happy New Year.
4.
God bless the master of the house.
And then the mistress too,
And all the little children,
That round the table grew.
All the little children,
That round this table grew.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you a Wassail too,
God bless you and send you,
A Happy New Year
God send you a Happy New Year.
5.
Here we come a-Wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
And here we come a wandering,
So fairly to be seen.
Here we come a wandering,
So fairly to be seen
Love and joy come to you,
And to you a Wassail too,
God bless you and send you,
A Happy New Year
God send you a Happy New Year.
God bless you and send you,
A Happy New Year
God send you a Happy New Year.


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One Miracle After Another – Jozua’s Progress

For anyone following Jozua’s situation I’m hope the infrequent updates are not too much of a frustration.
I’ve been conscious of preserving some of the family’s privacy, though they have been so very generous in providing updates and news.
But it seems appropriate to share a bit more detail more widely.
Last week I mentioned that Jozua was breathing on his own.
Over the last week everyday has bought news of progress toward that for which we are praying.
Most exciting for us was news that came on Sunday.
This is his father’s account (grab a tissue):

Today, after the church service we attended, we walked up to Jozua. He was lying there with his eyes open, looking very clearly at us. We put on his glasses. We then started asking him, to identify where David was, and he looked David’s way, where Anne was and he looked Anne’s way, and to look where Naomi was and he looked Naomi’s way. When Diana returned from getting him some ice cubicles we did do the same and he looked to all again! We rejoiced in this and Jozua smiled with the great smile he has. What a joy to see him and Jozua seeing and recognising us. We then had a little green card with YES and a red card with NO and we asked him if he wanted another ice cubicle. He lifted his hand and went directly to YES. We were so happy and Jozua gave us another smile! Rejoice! This day cannot go wrong anymore! It’s like getting your son back from the dead. It is like Lazarus rising from the grave. It’s like losing a brother for Anne, David and Naomi and getting him back! Elijah prayed and it did not rain for 3.5 years. All God’s people prayed and God has brought back Jozua within 3 weeks!
Sunday is the day we are reminded of Jesus’ resurrection. It is also great to have Jozua back on this side of heaven and have this day. It is a great day!

As yet Jozua still needs lots of sleep, and has not been able to speak.
He is starting to take some food.
And he smiles.

So do we all, as we continue to pray for healing, with much thanksgiving.
Jozua’s mother puts it best:

We continue to pray for Jozua’s recovery, but also that everyone who has been touched by this may know the same God. He is right there, knocking at your door and waiting to be let in, so you will have His peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7) with whatever happens in your life. If you already know Him, share it around. He’ s the best gift ever, for He saves His people from their sins (Matth 1:21).


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Did You Know? – Christmas Songs 2013 Day 30

We sang Did You Know this year at Christmas time (as well as in 2012, when the album Advent was released).
I thought then, and still do, that it is the most melodic and singable track on the whole album.
Simone Richardson and Philip Percival work very carefully on their compositions, and it shows in a song that is both singable and worth singing. And has some lasting value.

The lyrics:
1.
Did you know this little one set the stars and lit the sun?
Did you know this child you hold is the Lord from ages old?
Mary can you see the light
Shining in the dark of night?
Chorus
Sing out in praise
The joy of all the earth
Sing out in praise
The joy of all the earth
Sing out in praise
The joy of all the earth has come.
2.
Can you hear the angels’ song “Glory, glory to our God!”
Shepherds put away your fear, Christ the Lord, your saviour’s here!
Born in Bethlehem this night
A baby boy, your soul’s delight
Chorus.
3.
Faithful saints now pass at peace, for your eyes have finally seen
What was promised is fulfilled, deaf can hear and lame are healed
We have seen His outstretched arm
Saving us from every harm.
Chorus.

© 2012 Philip Percival & Simone Richardson


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This May Be The Creepiest Ad Ever For New Technology

There are times you view an ad and then wonder who on earth the product makers want their product to appeal to.
Apparently Samsung’s new digital wristband watch/phone/camera thing is meant to appeal to borderline sleazy stalkers (who ski).
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The Truth From Above / The Herefordshire Carol – Sunday (Christmas) Songs 2013 Day 29

This is a new one to me.
Adapted from a longer set of traditional words, the tune is arranged by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

The lyrics:
1.
This is the truth sent from above,
The truth of God, the God of love;
Therefore don’t turn me from your door,
But hearken all both rich and poor.
2.
The first thing which I do relate,
Is That God did man create
The next thing which to you I tell,
Woman was made with man to dwell.
3.
Then after this was God’s own choice
To place them both in Paradise,
There to remain from evil free
Except they eat of such a tree.
4.
But they did eat, which was a sin,
And thus their ruin did begin —
Ruin’d themselves, both you and me,
And all of their posterity.
5.
Thus we were as to endless woes,
Till God the Lord did interpose
And so a promise soon did run
That He would redeem us by His Son.

Here’s a rendition by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.


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Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 52

Westminster Confession Of Faith – Lord’s Day 52

Chapter 33 – Of the Last Judgment
I. God has appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ, to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father. In which day, not only the apostate angels shall be judged; but likewise all persons, that have lived upon earth, shall appear before the tribunal of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds; and to receive according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.
II. The end of God’s appointing this day, is for the manifestation of the glory of his mercy in the eternal salvation of the elect; and of his justice in the damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient. For then shall the righteous go into everlasting life, and receive that fullness of joy and refreshing which shall come from the presence of the Lord: but the wicked, who know not God, and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ, shall be cast into eternal torments, and punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
III. As Christ would have us to be certainly persuaded that there shall be a day of judgment, both to deter all men from sin, and for the greater consolation of the godly in their adversity: so will he have that day unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord will come; and may be ever prepared to say, Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.

And Amen.
Thanks for reading along through this series during 2013.