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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 50

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 50

Q. What is the fourth petition?
A. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That is: be pleased to provide for all our bodily needs so that thereby we may acknowledge that you are the only source of all that is good, and that without your blessing neither our care and labor nor your gifts can do us any good. Therefore, may we withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it in you alone.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel (11) – Christmas Songs 2018

As promised yesterday here’s a more Pitch Perfect rendition of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, this time featuring a female group. (and seemingly one random dude)

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Don’t Worry. Be Happy! (preparing for MGPC 16/12/2018)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Call to Worship
Song: Saved My Soul
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 50
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2 – The revelation of the “man of lawlessness.”
Bible Memorisation:
Song: O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 11:1 – 12:8
Sermon: Don’t Worry. Be Happy!
Song: Come, O Long Expected Jesus
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel (10) – Christmas Songs 2018

Today we add a male a capella version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel for Pitch Perfect fans out there.
I’ll look around for a female version.

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O Come Thou Dayspring, Come And Cheer (via Michael Kelley)

This short article on the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Michael Kelley has been published a couple of times on his blog and explains the biblical imagery used in the hymn that speak of longing fulfilled.

We are longing for what only Jesus can bring, just as Israel was longing for centuries for the coming of God’s chosen One who would be their deliverer.
And while Israel longed for a physical delivery, we know now that our physical deliverance from circumstantial tribulation is only a shadow of the greater deliverance we need, and therefore the greater longing that permeates every experience of our lives.

Read the whole post at Forward Progress.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel (9) – Christmas Songs 2018

Here’s a stadium rock sort of version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel from group For King And Country, who are a Christian band based in the US with Australian roots. I hadn’t really heard of them.
There’s an interlude-y bit toward the end.

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Australian National Dictionary Centre’s Word of the Year 2018 – AKA It Must Have Been A Slow Year For Australian Words

It’s time for the Australian National Dictionary Center to release their ‘Word Of The Year’ for 2018.
This usually involves trawling the backwaters of social media to locate a phrase no one’s ever heard of.
No doubt you hear last year’s winner ‘Kwaussie’ – ‘kiwi(New Zealander)-aussie’ in general usage on a daily basis.
2018’s winner is ‘Canberra Bubble.’
This is the phenomenon whereby federal politicians, bureaucrats, and political journalists believe what’s going on in Canberra is actually of substantial interest to the rest of Australia.
Other short listed phrases were ‘bag rage’, the impact of finding out supermarkets no longer provide free shopping bags, and ‘drought relief’, the collection and provision of support for those struggling with lack of rain in primary production (and wondering where all the money that was collected has ended up).
All in all it seems to be have been a slow year for Australian language, which is a bit disappointing given that the Honey Badger spent all those weeks being the Bachelor.
And why hasn’t ‘Netflix and chill’ ever got a run?