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Lead Me To Calvary – Sunday Songs

It’s always a pleasure to find a hymn that I haven’t heard before.
Lead Me To Calvary was composed in the first half of the twentieth century by Jane (Jennie) Evelyn Hussy.
It’s very much in the Gospel Song heritage than classic hymnary, but has a very attractive sentiment about it.

I couldn’t go past this rendition by a group called The Soul Stirrers.
You’ll hear Sam Cooke’s unmistakable vocals on this.

The lyrics:
(Most recordings use the first and last verses and sometimes the third. One recording had a different verse altogether. Sam doesn’t get past the first one, but I don’t care.)
King of my life I crown thee now —
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget thine agony,
Lest I forget thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
Show me the tomb where thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded thee whilst thou slept.
Let me like Mary, thru the gloom,
Come with a gift to thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb —
Lead me to Calvary.
May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for thee;
Even thy cup of grief to share —
Thou hast borne all for me.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 3

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 3

Q What is God?
A God is a Spirit,1 infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being,2 wisdom,3 power,4 holiness,5 justice,6 goodness,7 and truth.8

*1 John 4:24.
*2 Psalm 90:2; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17;1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:24; Isaiah 40:22
*3 Psalm 147:5; Romans 16:27
*4 Genesis 17:1; Revelation 19:6
*5 Isaiah 57:15; John 17:11; Revelation 4:8
*6 Deuteronomy 32:4
*7 Psalm 100:5; Romans 2:4
*8 Exodus 34:6; Psalm 117:2

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Preaching – Unique Proclamation (via Adam Ch’ng at Gospel Coalition Australia)

The words ‘sermon’ and ‘preaching’ fall out of use in some churches for a variety of reasons, both social and theological.
None of the replacement words or phrases really embrace the fulness of God imparting his grace to his people that is the act of a sermon being preached.
Whatever it’s called, as long as that is what is understood is happening.

Adam Ch’ng, at Gospel Coalition Australia, writes that –
Preaching is more than “sharing the Word”
Preaching is more than “explaining the Bible”
Preaching is more than “giving a Bible talk”

And concludes by writing

How then should we introduce the sermon?
We might unashamedly describe the sermon as “gospel proclamation” and call our churches to repent and believe. We might pray for our church to be not just informed but transformed by the Word. We might even ask our churches to “prepare to hear God speak”.
Whatever we might say, we must not diminish the supernatural significance of the preached word. Instead, we must lift our churches’ expectations of this sacred event. We need to aim higher.
For when we preach the Word with faithfulness, clarity and conviction, we are declaring Jesus’ victory over sin and death. We are transforming hearts, saving sinners and sanctifying the church. And we are acting as the mouthpiece of God who in that very moment is speaking light into the darkness.

Read the whole article at Gospel Coalition Australia.

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Lives Changed By Jesus 3 (preparing for MGPC 19/1/20)

Song: The Saving One
Call to Worship
Song: One True God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Search Me, O God
Affirming our Faith
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 23: 26-56 – Jesus is crucified and buried.
Bible Memorisation: John 3:16-17
Song: Jesus Shall Reign
Bible Reading: Luke 19:1-10
Sermon: Lives Changed By Jesus 3
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This I Believe

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Classic Country Footy Club Coffee

Wonderful hospitality at Tarpeena Football Club after a funeral today.

I saw cups like these in The Dish earlier this week, and the take me back to childhood memories.

And that mug has every one of 43 beans in it.

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Pulpit Chair, Penola

This chair is in the pulpit of the Presbyterian church at Penola.

No one sits in it anymore, but it’s still there.

A chair is not what the church is about, but it is a reminder of the centrality of the word in that place. It represents a wonderful legacy.

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Abide With Me by The Slocan Ramblers

I’ve been reflecting on the hymn ‘Abide With Me’ for a couple of funerals this week.
Here’s a rendition I found by The Slocan Ramblers from 2012.
I’ve never heard of them before, but I like this interpretation, it’s not a mournful hymn, it’s a great and comforting hope.