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The School Of Praise (preparing for mgpc 1/1/17)

Songs of preparation: Hallelujah! Praise The LORD’s Name (Psalm 148) and All Glory Be To Christ.
Call to worship:
Praise: O God Our Help In Ages Past.
Corporate Prayer of Confession:
Song of assurance, confession of faith, doxology: The Family Prayer Song; The Apostles’ Creed; Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.
Continuous reading: Daniel 4: 1 – 27 – Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream, a prophesy of the King’s humiliation for his failure to recognize the sovereignty of God.
Bible Memorisation: Ephesians 3:18-19
Praise: Speak, O Lord.
Scripture reading: Psalm 148.
Sermon: The School Of Praise – God’s people recognise that praise is woven into the fabric of the universe, we don’t praise God alone, we’re joining in the chorus.
Pastoral prayer.
Tithes and offerings.
Departing praise: O Lord My God – How Great Thou Art.

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I’m By Your Side by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

So Familiar by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell was one of my favourite album purchases this year.
It came out in 2015 and took me a while to find, but I’m glad I did.

Here’s I’m By Your Side.

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Lighting 10,000 Sparklers All At Once

Ever wondered what happens if you light 10,000 sparklers all at once?
Maybe I’ll play this video before I go to bed well before midnight tomorrow.

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Looking Forward To Saturday Night

Okay, since January 1 is a Sunday, I won’t be staying up till midnight on Saturday to see the New Year in.
My daughters point out that I didn’t stay up till midnight last year either. But I didn’t have a reason to go to bed before midnight. I was just lame.
This year I have a reason. So I’m not lame. I’ll party like it’s not yet 9.45.
I’ll deal with 2017 next year.

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Welcome Doctor Martin

Martin Luther takes up residence in the Batcave annex at mgpc, just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
I haven’t jumped ship though.
John Calvin bobble head still rules the roost.

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Vale Richard Adams, Author Of Watership Down

I read Watership Down over forty years ago or so.
The edition I read had a cover like the one pictured here.
It was an evocative piece of fantasy fiction. About rabbits.
Far cooler than Harry Potter.
There was an animated movie that featured Art Garfunkel’s song Bright Eyes.
I even remember an episode of The Goodies that spoofed its plot.

It’s author, Richard Adams died at the age of 96. Hardly an untimely victim of the curse of 2016.

The website dedicated to the book, and Adams’ other works published this quote from Watership Down in a post confirming his death:

‘It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses.
“You needn’t worry about them,” said his companion. “They’ll be alright – and thousands like them.”’