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He Will Hold Me Fast – Sunday Songs

I’ve featured this a couple of times recently, but it should be a Sunday Song.
This is the official demo version of the song in congregational setting.

I’ve posted another version at this page.

Here’s the lyrics:
When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail,
He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold;
He must hold me fast.
He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
For my Savior loves me so,
He will hold me fast.
Those He saves are His delight,
Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight,
He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost;
His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast.
For my life He bled and died,
Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied;
He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life,
He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight,
When He comes at last!
He Will Hold Me Fast
Lyrics vv. 1-2 Ada Habershon (1861-1918), Public Domain;
Alt words vv.1-2, lyrics v.3, and music: Matt Merker, © 2013

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Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 26

Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 26

Q & A 100
Q What special things are we to consider in the ten commandments?
A We are to consider in the ten commandments, the preface, the substance of the commandments themselves, and several reasons annexed to some of them, the more to enforce them.

Q & A 101
Q What is the preface to the ten commandments?
A The preface to the ten commandments is contained in these words, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.1 Wherein God manifests his sovereignty, as being YHWH, the eternal, immutable, and almighty God;2 having his being in and of himself,3 and giving being to all his words4 and works:5 and that he is a God in covenant, as with Israel of old, so with all his people;6 who, as he brought them out of their bondage in Egypt, so he delivers us from our spiritual thraldom;7 and that therefore we are bound to take him for our God alone, and to keep all his commandments.8

*1 Exodus 20:2.
*2 Isaiah 44:6.
*3 Exodus 3:14.
*4 Exodus 6:3.
*5 Acts 17:24, 28.
*6 Genesis 17:7; Romans 3:29.
*7 Luke 1:74-75.
*8 1 Peter 1:15, 17-18; Leviticus 18:30; Leviticus 19:37.

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How To Walk Into Church (via St Helen’s Bishopsgate)

From an article on the St Helen’s blog:

We should walk into church with something of the following attitude.

1. Walk into church… as partners in the gospel
As Charlie preached to us from Philippians, he showed us that Paul was thankful for the Philippians partnership in the gospel (Philippians 1v5). And as he did so, there was a challenge for us: are we partners for the gospel in the same way? We should be like members of a rugby scrum, striving together towards the same goal. We should be like members of an impenetrable Roman shield wall, standing side-by-side, shoulder to shoulder, and relying on one another as we fight together.
We should not walk into church as mere church members, or church attenders, but as partners in the gospel, working together and doing what we can to see God’s kingdom grow.

2. Walk into church… as members of the same body
We are all to be partners in the gospel, but God has made us all very differently, and each of us different gifts and skills. In 1 Corinthians 12vv12-31, Paul explains that the church is one body, but it is made up of lots of different parts – arms, legs, eyes and so on. And the body needs each arm, leg, eye and nose to play its part to make the body work properly. The church needs every one of us, just as a body needs every one of its parts.
We should walk into church knowing that the church needs each one of us, eager to use the gifts God has uniquely given us to serve the body.

3. Walk into church… praying about where to sit
This final comment is copied unashamedly from the first chapter of Tony Payne’s excellent book “How to walk into church”. It is extremely short and easy to read, but it is excellent. I recommend it unreservedly.
Tony Payne observes that if we walk into church praying about where to sit, that puts us in the right frame of mind towards God. We acknowledge that God is in charge of every aspect of church, and that our ideas and preferences and dreams about what church should be like come a distant second. It also puts us in the right frame of mind towards each other. We begin to think about church as being about someone other than us, but as an opportunity for us to serve other people.
We should walk into church praying about where to sit. This attitude expresses perfectly what church is, and what it is we are doing there.

Read the whole post here.

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Accusation and Appeal (preparing for mgpc 26/6/2016)

Songs of preparation: The LORD’s Deeds I Remember (Psalm 77) and Put A New Song In My Heart.
Call to worship:
Praise: Praise my soul, the King of heaven.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: My Hope Rests Firm; Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1; Now To Him Who Loved Us.
Consecutive reading: Malachi 2:17–3:12 – The LORD answers the cynical charge that He fails to distinguish between good and evil and is guilty of injustice (2:17) by warning of a coming purge through His Messenger (3:1-5), and identifying the true source of Israel’s deprivations, its faithlessness (3:6-12).
Scripture memorisation: Acts 26:18
Praise: King Of Kings, Majesty.
Reading: Acts 25: 1-12.
Sermon: Accusation and Appeal – Faithfulness to the Gospel may bring times when our lives are disrupted in all sorts of ways, but the Gospel will spread through faithful trust in God.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross.

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Just Stop (via Babylon Bee)

Christian satire site Babylon Bee has an article about an imaginary phone app that provides an electric shock when someone is praying out loud and uses the word ‘just’.
Maybe pulpits or lecterns could be wired up with sensors and contact pads to do the same thing.