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Online Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ
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For Week Of Sunday, August 7, 2005

"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (John 8:32 RSV)


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.

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Opening Hymn

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"

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Words are by Martin Luther, translated. Music (EIN' FESTE BURG) is by Martin Luther, arranged by J. S. Bach, with MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis from a published Bach arrangement. Everything here is Public Domain, free for all to use without restriction.

NOTE: This is the most spectacular four-part arrangement of this music that I have ever heard. I found the music contained within a larger published Bach work, and I converted it faithfully by hand into a MIDI sequence with a brisk tempo and strict, uniform meter, keeping Bach's exact pitches and harmonies. Holy Spirit guided this effort more than any other He has ever done with me. Every note was exactly as He dictated. When you get to Heaven, expect to hear this arrangement being sung by angels. Enjoy!

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A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD - by Martin Luther (1529), Translated by
                               Frederick H. Hedge (1853).

           A mighty fortress is our God,
           A bulwark never failing;
           Our helper He, amid the flood
           Of mortal ills prevailing.
           For still our ancient foe
           Doth seek to work us woe;
           His craft and pow'r are great,
           And, armed with cruel hate,
           On earth is not his equal.
           Did we in our own strength confide,
           Our striving would be losing,
           Were not the right Man on our side,
           The Man of God's own choosing.
           Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
           Lord Sabaoth His name,
           From age to age the same,
           And He must win the battle.
           And though this world, with devils filled,
           Should threaten to undo us,
           We will not fear, for God hath willed
           His truth to triumph through us.
           The prince of darkness grim -
           We tremble not for him;
           His rage we can endure,
           For lo! his doom is sure;
           One little word shall fell him.
           That word above all earthly pow'rs -
           No thanks to them - abideth;
           The Spirit and the gifts are ours
           Through Him Who with us sideth.
           Let goods and kindred go,
           This mortal life also;
           The body they may kill;
           God's truth abideth still,
           His kingdom is for ever.

   The Essence Of Christianity
            "For God so loved the world, that he gave his
             only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
             in him should not perish, but have everlasting
             life." (John 3:16 KJV) Commentary


                 Holy Spirit, Lord be with us,
                 As we join to give You praise.
                 Share with us Your loving presence,
                 Fill us with Your perfect ways.
                 Let our love for You be pleasing,
                 Everlasting, pure and free;
                 Let our praise bring joy unto You,
                 Welcome may it always be.
                           by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain                              

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

Scriptures And Teachings

How To Love Strangers

"Give them what they ask for; give them what they really want; give them what they need."

First, Give Them What They Ask For

When a stranger asks you for something, give it to him, unless you have a really good reason not to. This is the first and most important level of loving someone: give him what he asks for. Don't ask him why he wants it. Don't pass judgment on him or his motives. Simply give him what he asks for. This comes first. Make it your personal policy to grant direct requests: if somebody asks you for something, give it to him. Get in the habit of saying "Yes" to requests.

Jesus was very clear on this point:

      "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who
       wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:42 NASB)

Next, Give Them What They Really Want

Many times people are afraid to ask for what they really want. So after you have given them whatever they ask for, go a step farther and try to determine what they really want. The easiest way is simply to ask: "What do you really want?" Then, within your abilities, give them what they really want.

Give Them What They Need

Many people are reluctant to ask for help, even if they need it very much. We should learn to be sensitive to the needs of others and provide for them, even if they do not ask for our help. But be careful about assuming too much: sometimes they would really prefer to do it themselves rather than to accept our help. Many older people, for instance, do not want help in getting in and out of cars, even though they appear to need help. They would rather do it themselves.

Always Follow The Law Of Love and The Golden Rule

The Law Of Love fulfills all of God's law for mankind in this one saying, "Love your neighbor as yourself." The Golden Rule puts The Law Of Love into action: "Treat others as you would like to be treated." The Law Of Love and The Golden Rule are really the same thing, expressed in two different ways.
                             The Law Of Love
       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)

                             The Golden Rule
      "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for
       this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 RSV)

But What About Preaching The Gospel? Doesn't That Come First?

Some Christians believe that everybody needs Jesus Christ more than anything else, therefore we should always preach the Gospel first, before we help people in any other way. What about that?

Yes, it is true that Jesus Christ is more important than anything else. But we should never use this fact as an excuse not to help people who have other needs of immediate high priority. If someone needs food, feed him first. Then tell him about Christ when he is in a better position to listen.


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Prayer For You

To Lead You To Your Goal
NOTE: When you read this prayer, try to imagine my voice as I
      speak it to you.  In this way, the prayer is reactivated,
      and it is the same as if I were actually praying for you
      at that moment.

                "To Lead You To Your Goal"
                  I pray the Lord will lead you to your goal,
                  Despite confusion cast along your way.
                  I pray that you will ask and then receive
                  His holy guidance to provide a path
                  That leads you straight to where you need to go.
                  In Jesus' name I pray for this, Amen.
                         by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain

Holy Communion

A ceremony for Holy Communion is available to you HERE! -

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

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

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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!

      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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Please note that this poem appears, unmarked, as verses within the larger poem, "The Brewing Of Soma," and that this page is absolutely faithful to the original in its content and format. Various hymnals have modified it for various reasons, but this is the authentic original text, complete, as published.

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


      "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.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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