EMU Music have released some acoustic lyric videos of their songs for free download from their website.
It has been encouraging to see how various media groups have sought to support churches who are streaming services.
We haven’t used We Declare.
I’ve wanted our videos to be a reflection of what we do in our normal worship services, and I’m not introducing new material at this time.
I think familiarity is helpful for folks in this situation.
There’s enough change we’ve got no control over, so I’m trying to set aside new things where we’ve got a choice.
Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 13
Q & A 23
Q What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?
A Christ, as our Redeemer, executes the offices of a prophet,1 of a priest,2 and of a king,*3 both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.
Q & A 24
Q How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A Christ executes the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word4 and Spirit,5 the will of God for our salvation.*6
Q & A 25
Q How does Christ execute the office of a priest?
A Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice,7 and reconcile us to God,8 and in making continual intercession for us.*9
Q & A 26
Q How does Christ execute the office of a king?
A Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us,10 and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.11
*1 Deuteronomy 18:18; Acts 2:33; Acts 3:22-23; Hebrews 1:1-2.
*2 Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 5:5-6.
*3 Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; 1 Corinthians 15:25.
*4 Luke 4:18-19, 21; Acts 1:1-2; Hebrews 2:3.
*5 John 15:26-27; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 1:11.
*6 John 4:41-42; John 20:30-31.
*7 Isaiah 53; Acts 8:32-35; Hebrews 9:26-28; Hebrews 10:12.
*8 Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Colossians 1:21-22.
*9 Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24.
*10 Psalm 110:3; Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:2; Colossians 1:13.
*11 Psalm 2:6-9; Psalm 110:1-2;. Matthew 12:28; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Colossians 2:15.
The current crisis in a unique time for pastors.
Usually crises are experienced on a personal or group level, but almost never on a ubiquitous level.
When folk experience crisis situations we try to help them draw down of the spiritual capital God has accumulated in their lives.
A crisis is not the optimal time to be depositing the elements of faith, it’s a time to draw down the fruit of faith.
So when a whole congregation of people are faced with varying levels of exposure to an ever present crisis pastors (particularly those who have been with a group of people for a long time) look to see what has been built up, and how that which has been built up serves to bring people to a deeper trust in Jesus.
I’m not rushing to provide extra content the folk of MGPC, I’m more interested in supporting them as they live out that which we’ve been storing in our lives these years.
Jared Wilson seeks to encourage pastors who are pastoring in a season we have not personally experienced or prepared for and reminds us we are shepherds.
As people’s anxiety and unease rises, you are leaning into your qualifications of gentleness and self-control. The strategies and gifts on which you were always tempted to lean too heavily have now been neutralized. Now you are profoundly aware of your own dispensability. And that is to your advantage. Your felt weakness is fertile soil for the power of the Spirit. Now you must shepherd.
The church will not be in the building again tomorrow.
Again, the video service that we’ve produced contains elements that are present when MGPC worships each week.
It is not a replacement, it’s a substitute.
We hope its familiarity and content will be a help and an encouragment.
We also hope that it will nurture your anticipation and desire for the time when we will gather together physically.
Song: 10,000 Reasons
Call to Worship
Song: Saviour Of The World
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Alas And Did My Saviour Bleed
Affirming our Faith
Song: Worship, Worship, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Acts 4:23-37 – Peter and John report of their experience to the assembled church.
Bible Memorisation: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14.
Song: ‘Tis So Sweet
Bible Reading: Matthew 5: 1-15
Sermon: Salt And Light – Blessing Shared
Song: This Is Amazing Grace
I felt like posting a version of Angel Band tonight and EmmyLou Harris’ version wins.
and here’s a bonus Johnny Cash version.
The negative emotions we feel are meant to cause us to reflect on self and circumstance to consider changing what we are doing or where we are.
The current cultural moment is amplifying emotions.
That amplification could manifest as an increase in generalised anxiety.
The situation does not create the generalised anxiety, so much as it reveals an inherent fragility in our spiritual formation.
Zack Eswine continues to unpack Psalm 91 as a demonstration of the principal of self-reflection that seeks to use the experiences of life to direct us to deeper trust in God.
OVERCOME YOUR ANXIETY BY NOTICING YOUR DWELLING PLACES
But maybe you struggle to take hold of this shade. It would make sense if you did. Maybe anxiety agitates and fidgets you. You can’t feel the shade. God and your world are fragmented.
Anxieties have crawled over my life for years. When anxious I search for dwelling places. Certain dwelling places only inflame my worries. Like a two-day-old mosquito bite. Scratch it once and the itch reignites. Sometimes we are tossed about by everything we dread but cannot find anchor, partly because of where we are choosing to dwell. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High” says the Psalmist (vs. 1). “Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place,” says the Lord (vs. 9). Sure, you might say, but how can you hold an anchor when your hands shake and your grip fails you? I’m trying to say, “exactly!” That’s the whole grace of it.
You don’t steady an anchor. An anchor steadies you.
So, pause today. Notice your dwelling places. Ask yourself this question: “Do the dwelling places I choose anxious me or anchor me?” Perhaps you’ve made the news your dwelling place. Perhaps you are scrolling, scrolling, scrolling to find dwelling places that in the end aren’t steadying you at all. What would it be like for you to let this Psalmist invite you to a different dwelling place? What would it be like for God and His promises to be your dwelling place today?
If even those on the darkside can work with appropriate distancing in place everybody should be able to.