There is a way for us to be this wonderful body but do we see it, feel it, move into action to be; simply, faith-filled.
Beautiful voice, beautiful song. We are the hands and feet. Are we?
I enjoy hearing the different languages and different voices in this recording.
Where do you see diversity in your life?
If this then that….freedom, blessings, Jesus as liberator
“If I had a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ with them all.” So said Peter Böhler to Charles Wesley, inspiring the first line of the classic hymn, “Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise” (Psalter Hymnal Handbook.) Written to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Charles’ conversion to Christianity, this declaration of Christ’s power and victory in his own life, rich in Biblical imagery of the Kingdom of God, becomes our own hymn of praise. We stand with the angels before the throne of God, lifting our voices as one church to glorify the one who “bids our sorrows cease.”
1 O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and king,
the triumphs of God’s grace.
2 Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life and health and peace.
3 He speaks, and listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive,
the mournful broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.
4 Hear him, you deaf, you voiceless ones,
your tongues again employ;
you blind, behold your Saviour comes,
and leap, you lame, for joy!
5 My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of your name.
May God bless us and keep us
Even though we are not in our church buildings we build sanctuaries in our homes; our safe places. AND still we sing….
As we recognise and know who Christ is for us we still sing. We cannot keep from singing. Sing on dear friends.
Fishing, Faith, and Knowing
John 21: 1-14
4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So, they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
As we enter the weekend let’s raise our voices in giving thanks for this week, for the world, and for each other. We are blessed to be a blessing. Even in the tumult we can bless each other.
Enjoy the weekend.
We are called even in the storms of life, in the times of deep distress and pain. We are called – to be the people of God.
Here’s an unfamiliar tune (at least to me) of Jesus calls us o’er the tumult.
Do you feel the pull of the sea? Keep your gaze on Jesus – straight ahead. There is love in abundance.