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Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective

Rend Collective have yet another new album out.
Counting Every Blessing seems to indicate they’re sticking with their established sound.

I was blind, now I’m seeing in colour
I was dead, now I’m living forever
I had failed, but You were my Redeemer
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I was lost, now I’m found by the Father
I’ve been changed from a ruin to treasure
I’ve been given a hope and a future
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I am counting every blessing
Counting every blessing
Letting go and trusting
When I cannot see

I am counting every blessing
Counting every blessing
Surely every season
You are good to me

You were there in the valley of shadows
You were there in the depth of my sorrows
You’re my strength, my hope for tomorrow
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

Surely Your goodness pursues me
Surely Your heart is still for me
I will remember Your mercies
All my days
Through every storm and gale

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Davo Gunning Arrives In Adelaide

A long-term project has been the revitalisation of the Presbyterian Churches in Adelaide.
Davo Gunning has been identified as the lead pastor of the work.
This article gives a bit of insight into his initial experiences as he and his family take up residence, having moved over from Sydney.
Here’s a taste:

Finding our place in a new community…
Adelaide is a place where the town shuts down for a bike race, in a strange yet enticing expression of community. People say hello as you walk past them in the street, a pleasant change from the earphone brigade we have been used to.
The old favourites at the shops aren’t there, but new and exciting delights meet us. From Fruchocs to Farmer’s union iced coffee, we have a lot to learn. You can’t drive in any direction for five minutes without hitting a major shopping centre.
Our yellow number plates stick out like a sore thumb, you can feel the eyes screaming, “you’re not from around here, are you?” But the people of Adelaide are friendly and welcoming and we are feeling more comfortable every day.

We’ve just had our first Sunday with church, and instantly felt connected.
This community of believers, who are committed to growth, will be a pleasure to serve with and along side. So far I have been to 5 of the 6 congregations within the Adelaide charge, and although small in number, the members of this church have a clear love for Jesus, a desire to make his name known, and a willingness to make significant changes for the sake of kingdom growth. It is so exciting to be a part of this church family, with our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus.

Read the rest at the church2church blog.

On the ground in South Australia

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The Remarkable Ordinary by Frederick Buechner

The Remarkable Ordinary is a collection of shorter writings in which Frederick Buechner explores how stories cause us to pause and, in reflection, gain personal insight.
A short read, but an invitation to consider God’s story in all the stories that are part of his creation.

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View Of Sunrise From The Treadmill, Jetts Haymarket, Sydney

Watching the city wake up.

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The Hammer Of God

One of my long-term thoughts has been to read the book The Hammer Of God by Bo Giertz.
It was highly commended by people I respect a lot.
The subtitle of an early English language edition is A Novel About The Cure Of Souls.

I’m only into the early stages; it takes the form of a novel.
It deals with the theological distinction between grace and law.

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Pushbikes Of Sydney

Something different on this trip to Sydney has been sightings of pushbikes just sitting around the place unattended.

Watch them quietly resting in the urban wilderness, sometimes alone, other times in small peletons.

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Christ Is The World’s True Light – Sunday Songs

I went to two worship services at two different churches in different denominations this morning.
Benefits of being in the big city.
This hymn was part of the earlier gathering.
I think we sang it to the tune NUN DANKET, the usual accompaniment to Now Thank We All Our God.
From what I’ve heard of YouTube recordings of other tunes (like the one below) I think it was a wise decision.

Christ is the world’s true light,
Its Captain of salvation,
The Day-star clear and bright
Of every man and nation;
New life, new hope awakes,
Where’er men own his sway;
Freedom her bondage breaks,
And night is turned to day.
In Christ all races meet,
Their ancient feuds forgetting,
The whole round world complete,
From sunrise to its setting:
When Christ is throned as Lord,
Men shall forsake their fear,
To ploughshare bear the sword,
To pruning-hook the spear.
One Lord, in one great Name
Unite us all who own thee;
Cast out our pride and shame
That hinder to enthrone thee;
The world has waited long,
Has travailed long in pain;
To heal its ancient wrong,
Come, Prince of Peace, and reign. Amen.