Today’s Worship–January 10th, 2012

Greetings Saints!

Today’s Bible Reading & Verse

Job 24-28

Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28

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[Job’s three friends] simply assumed that sin and suffering are always inexorably bound together in a cause/effect relationship. Whenever and wherever there is one, there is the other. Notwithstanding what they knew to be true about Job’s character, they refused to budge. They refused to allow the possibility that on occasion, as mysterious as it might seem, a righteous man might suffer greatly. – Sam Storms

Today’s Song Story

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

This hymn is often used during services for the dedication of church buildings, but it has nothing to do with churches built of brick and stone. It talks instead about "the Church," which is built of flesh and bone. The church, you see, is not a building where we come to worship. We are the church –– you and I –– the people of God.

The first verse of this hymn talks about Christ as the foundation and the cornerstone of the church. This is language from the New Testament (Eph. 2:19-20; 1 Peter 2:5). Christ is the foundation and cornerstone of the church. Christ is the foundation and cornerstone of our lives.

The second verse (or third verse –– check your hymnal) speaks of us as a temple, which is also New Testament language (1 Cor. 3:16). We, the church, are God’s temple –– the place where God dwells –– and this hymn asks God to "Shed within its walls alway" –– which is another way of saying, "Dwell within us always."

In the last verse, the hymn reminds us that we will live with God forevermore.

This is an ancient Latin hymn, written in the seventh or eighth century. It was translated into English by John Mason Neale, a 19th century Anglican clergyman and Latin scholar. Neale was an unlikely man to do anything significant. As a young man, health problems caused him to leave active service as a clergyman, and he became the administrator for a home for elderly people. When he tried to revitalize the chapel services there, he was rebuked by the bishop and forbidden to conduct services. When he tried to simplify funeral services, he provoked a riot that required police to bring the mob under control. He clearly lacked the common touch.

Nevertheless, Neale labored long and happily in his study –– poring over old, musty Latin documents –– and was therefore able to give us such hymns as "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" –– and "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" –– and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" –– and a host of others. He reminds us once again that God often chooses unlikely people to be the vehicles for his blessings.

–– Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan

Christ is made the sure foundation
Christ the Head, the Cornerstone
Chosen of the Lord most precious
Binding all the Church in one
Holy Zion’s help forever
He our confidence alone
He our confidence alone

All the heavens praise your wonders
Hosts of angels sing on high
In one vast eternal anthem
"Worthy is the Lamb!" they cry
To the Three-In-One adoring
We would join to magnify
We would join to magnify

To this house of worship enter
Come, O Lord of Hosts this way
Armed with grace and loving-kindness
Hear your servants as they pray
And your fullest benediction
Shed within these walls this day
Shed within these walls this day

Laud and honour to the Father
Laud and honour to the Son
Laud and honour to the Spirit
Ever Three and ever One
God, who always was and shall be
Through the ages yet to run
Through the ages yet to run

Today’s Worship Songs

Playlist

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3zeFIWkPsyJ5vPGCpWrMFvd6ydvkEfIL&feature=mh_lolz

(WARNING: many of the ads on YouTube are offensive to Christians and may contain swearing and immoral acts. I suggest you follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to play these songs without any commercials or ads)

For All You’ve Done – Hillsong

Seek – Downhere

Love Me Good – Michael W. Smith

There’s Only One (Holy One) – Caedmon’s Call

Madly – Charlie Hall

Song of Reconciliation – Ashton, Becker & Dente

God of All Glory – Jeremy Riddle

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Servant’s House, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Come visit our Facebook page –

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Montreal-QC/The-Servants-House-Church/304924542965?ref=ts

For information concerning our place and time of our Sunday worship call us at 514-451-4385 or 514-929-6098.

May Christ richly bless you!
Gerry Desjardins
Worship Pastor
The Servant’s House
175 McVey
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada

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Ordained minister since 2003
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