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Saturday
Mar142015

Sunday's Hymn: Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed

Alas! and did my Saviour bleed,
And did my Sovereign die!
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I!

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree!
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While his dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes in tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do.

—Isaac Watts


 

Congregation and choir


Instrumental trio

 

Red Mountain Church
At the Cross (same words with added refrain)

 

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Thursday
Mar122015

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful

  • for one more year of sound mind and sound body.
  • for a big meal with the whole family (minus one sick son-in-law).
  • that my youngest grandson is a contented baby. It’s a wonderful thing when the youngest of three, all 3-years-old or younger, is an easy baby. I’m also thankful for every one of his pudgy chins.
  • for the promise of spring.
  • for the prologue to John’s gospel.
  • for the three persons of the Trinity, each with their own role in the creation, the incarnation, and the economy of salvation. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? 

Monday
Mar092015

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 77. Where has Christ promised that he will feed and nourish believers with his body and blood as surely as they eat this broken bread and drink this cup?

Answer: In the institution of the supper:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV)

This promise is repeated by Paul when he writes:

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 ESV)

Saturday
Mar072015

Sunday's Hymn: Ah, Holy Jesus

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee:
I crucified thee.

Lo, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered:
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered:
For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation:
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee
Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

—Johann Heerman


 

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Friday
Mar062015

Surrounding the Work of Jesus Christ

I posted at Out of the Ordinary this morning on the work of the Son and the work of the Holy Spirit in the economy of salvation.