Worship: August 16, 2020

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.”

We sing:

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.

Psalm 133

Chorus 1
Hineh ma tov u’ma’naim
Shevet achim gam yachad

Chorus 2
Hineh ma tov
Hineh ma tov
Lai, lai, lai

Verse 1
It’s like precious oil flowing
Down the beard of Aharon
From the top of his head
To the edge of his robe
Hineh, hineh ma tov

Verse 2
It’s like the dew of Hermon descending
Upon the mountains of Zion
For there, the Lord commanded blessing
Life forevermore

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Behold how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together

This arr. and new words and music © 2016 Integrity’s Praise! Music/BMI (adm worldwide at CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK which is adm by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family)

May we find the many and rich blessings as we dwell together, apart.

Barbara

Blessed Sabbath

Our worship while we shelter in place.

Psalm 133

The Blessedness of Unity

A Song of Ascents.

How very good and pleasant it is
    when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
    life forevermore.