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Is He Worthy? – Sunday Songs

Is He Worthy? was released on Andrew Peterson’s Resurrection Letters Volume 1 and I’ve already feature it here.
It’s been included by Chris Tomlin on his upcoming album Holy Roar.
Which probably means its going to be sung in lots of churches quite a lot pretty soon.
I’m not sure how it works in congregational setting, but call and response is a legitimate but not often used form.

The lyrics and song structure are very strong (it is an Andrew Peterson composition, after all), and the melody is regular enough to be singable.

Here’s Tomlin’s version.

And, here’s Peterson’s

The lyrics:
Do you feel the world is broken?
(We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen?
(We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through?
(We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new?
(We do)
Is all creation groaning?
(It is)
Is a new creation coming?
(It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst?
(It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this?
(It is)
Is anyone worthy?
Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this?
He is
Does the Father truly love us?
(He does)
Does the Spirit move among us?
(He does)
And does Jesus, our Messiah hold forever those He loves?
(He does)
Does our God intend to dwell again with us?
(He does)
Is anyone worthy?
Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
From every people and tribe
Every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God
To reign with the Son
Is He worthy?Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this?
He is!
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
He is!
He is!

Words and Music: Andrew Peterson / Ben Shive
(c) 2018 Jakedog Music and JunkBox Music.


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 39

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 39

104.
Q. What does God require in the fifth commandment?
A. That I show honor, love, and faithfulness to my father and mother and to all who are set in authority over me; that I submit myself with respectful obedience to all their careful instruction and discipline; and that I also bear patiently their failures, since it is God’s will to govern us by their hand.


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Living As Exiles, Not Expatriates (via D.A. Horton)

We are citizens of heaven living on earth, not people from heaven seeking to become citizens here.
That difference should show in our priorities and in our relationships.
From D.A. Horton.

Living as exiles means that fighting for political power isn’t our main objective, suffering together well as we reach the lost in our society is. The fathers and mothers of our faith, living on mission outside of Jerusalem, were known to spiritually flourish while they were socially oppressed and persecuted. Many of them held no power, yet they preached Christ in boldness and loved those living on the margins of society with them.

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Surprising Faith: That Of A Roman Centurion (preparing for MGPC 30/9/18)

Song: Rescuer
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Made Alive
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Here Is Love, Vast As The Ocean
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism Q25
Song: Praise him From All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Haggai 2 – The LORD promises that the glory of the new temple (then being built) shall be greater than the glory of the former temple, that of Solomon, destroyed by the Babylonians.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 11:24-25
Song: Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
Bible Reading: Luke 7:1-10
Sermon: Surprising Faith: That Of A Roman Centurion
Song: Through The Love Of God Our Saviour
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love of the Father


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One Ring To Rule Them All – Sort Of

This animation features mice and a plot line vaguely reminiscent of a classic work of popular fiction.
All in five minutes.


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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL / AFL Grand Finals

Here we are.
Another season of both football codes comes to an end.
The NRL has proved itself to be a very even competition, though the inconsistency of teams is perplexing.
The AFL has proved itself to have a small group of highly competitive teams, another small group of less reliably competitive teams, and a large group of teams making up the numbers.

I favour the outside teams for both games, Melbourne very deservedly, and West Coast because they’re good and I don’t think Collingwood have another game like last week in them.
For the final time in 2018:
NRL (last round 1/2; season tally 103/180)
Melbourne

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 144/205)
West Coast


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Guiding Light by Mumford And Sons

Mumford And Sons have just released the first single from their soon to be released fourth album, Delta.
It’s called Guiding Light.
If you listen the lyrics might strike you as being reminiscent of a Christian praise/pop song.
Or it might make you wonder how much Christian praise/pop is straying into secular music.
Anyway, it sounds like they’re carrying some of the experimentation of their third non-folk album back into the sound of their first two folk-oriented albums.
You might even hear some banjo.