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For Week Of Sunday, January 8, 2006
Featuring The Topic, "If we know the right thing to do, we must then go ahead and do it."




"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin."
- James 4:17
(KJV)





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Welcome

Welcome to the online worship service at Internet Church Of Christ. Here is a good place to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You are invited and are welcome at any time. Blessings to you in Him.

Opening Hymn

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

This is considered by many people to be the greatest hymn in the English language. The poem is by Isaac Watts, and the music is the hymn tune HAMBURG, by Lowell Mason, based on a Gregorian chant. MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis, attempting to present the original Lowell Mason arrangement.

MIDI music file at http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/surveyb.mid

WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS - by Isaac Watts, 1707 
                                      Public Domain

              When I survey the wondrous cross
              On which the Prince of Glory died,
              My richest gain I count but loss,
              And pour contempt on all my pride.
              Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
              Save in the death of Christ, my God;
              All the vain things that charm me most,
              I sacrifice them to His blood.
              See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
              Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
              Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
              Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
              His dying crimson, like a robe,
              Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
              Then I am dead to all the globe,
              And all the globe is dead to me.
              Were the whole realm of nature mine,
              That were a present far too small;
              Love so amazing, so divine,
              Demands my soul, my life, my all.
                                 Amen.
             

Invocation

                 O Lord, we know that You are everywhere,
                 And nothing happens that You cannot see,
                 But even so, we pray that You will come
                 And join with us directly at this time.
                 We now will offer up our praise to You,
                 And we do much desire to have You here.
                 In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.


Declaration Of Faith

The Apostles' Creed
   This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early
   centuries of the Christian church.

      I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
      Maker of heaven and earth:
      And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
      Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;
      Born of the Virgin Mary,
      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      He descended into hell;
      The third day he rose again from the dead;
      He ascended into heaven
      And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      The holy catholic church;     *
      The communion of saints;
      The forgiveness of sins;
      The resurrection of the body;
      And the life everlasting.
                             Amen.

                * Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
                  believers in Christ, not just one particular church.



Scriptures And Teachings

If we know the right thing to do, we must then go ahead and do it.
     "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and 
     doeth it not, to him it is sin." - James 4:17 (KJV) 

The Good Samaritan - The Perfect Example Of Doing Good

This is the story of the good Samaritan, as recorded in the Bible in 
   LUKE chapter 10, verses 25 through 37.

                         The Good Samaritan
   
   And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tested him, saying,
   Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
   
   He said unto him, What is written in the law? how do you read
   it?
   
   And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all
   your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and
   with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
   
   And he said unto him, You have answered right: this do, and you
   shall live.
   
   But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is
   my neighbor?
   
   And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem
   to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his
   clothing, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
   
   And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and
   when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
   
   And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked
   on him, and passed by on the other side.
   
   But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and
   when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
   
   And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and
   wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and
   took care of him.
   
   And on the next day when he departed, he took out two denarii,
   and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and
   whatsoever you spend more, when I come again, I will repay you.
   
   Which now of these three, think you, was neighbor unto him that
   fell among the thieves?
   
   And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto
   him, Go, and do likewise.
              ###
   
Here ends the story of the good Samaritan.
Source: King James Clarified New Testament (KJCNT)

http://www.loveallpeople.org/kjcntpage.html - PUBLIC DOMAIN

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Exhortation

"Take this day, and live it for the Lord."

        Take this day, and live it for the Lord;
        In everything you do, give praise to Him.
        The Lord is mighty, merciful and just.
        He gives us all the strength we ever need.
        We have no reason ever to complain,
        For we are His, and He is in control.

                                          William McGinnis
                                          Public Domain

Prayer For You

"Go Ahead And Give Yourself To Christ"

NOTE:  When you read this prayer, try to imagine hearing my voice as I
       speak it to you.  In this way, the prayer is reactivated, and it 
       the same as if I were actually praying for you at that moment. 
       (Just like television prayers are reactivated when you watch 
       them, although the videotape may have been shot years before.)
 
              
           
                Perhaps you are a Christian even now,
                You go to church and try to do your best,
                You try to put His teachings in your life,
                But still you do not feel that He is yours.
                You do not feel the closeness that you crave.
                If this is you, then say this prayer with me:
                     *             *             *
                O Lord, I want you closer in my life,
                I want you more to be a part of me.
                I want the best relationship with you,
                That anyone on earth could ever have.
                I know that, "as we give, we shall receive,"
                And so I now do give myself to you,
                In full completeness, holding nothing back.
                I'm yours, so you may use me as you will,
                And take whatever things you want from me.
                And now that I did give myself to you,
                I pray that you will give yourself to me,
                As bridegroom gives himself to his new bride.
                In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.

                                        by William McGinnis
                                        Public Domain

Holy Communion

A ceremony for Holy Communion is available to you HERE! - http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/pearl-holycommunion.html

If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as described in the ceremony.

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Closing Hymn

"Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind"

Words by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1872; music by Frederick C. Maker, 1887 (hymn tune REST). The MIDI sequence is Public Domain, by a person unknown to me, obtained from DigitalHymnal.org

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This is one of my very favorite hymns, truly an inspired work of highest spiritual and artistic merit, in both lyrics and music. I love it!

    DEAR LORD AND FATHER OF MANKIND
      by John Greenleaf Whittier   
           Public Domain
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise. 
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word,
Rise up and follow thee. 
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love ! 
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of thy call,
As noiseless let thy blessing fall
As fell thy manna down. 
Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace. 
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!



                                           <>< 
Words by John Greenleaf Whitter, from his poem "The Brewing Of Soma," as published in his book, THE PENNSYLVANIA PILGRIM, AND OTHER POEMS, published by J. R. Osgood and Company, 1872.

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Blessings to you! May you thrive and prosper in everything you do.

Benediction

    _____________________________________________________________
       
      "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
       all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)
         _____________________________________________________________

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord!

This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

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