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For Week Of Sunday, October 16, 2005

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." - (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" (Colossians 1:16 KJV)

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Opening Hymn

Fairest Lord Jesus

Words: Anonymous, from Munster Gesangbuch; translated by Joseph A. Seiss (with altered first verse ?). Music is a Silesian folk melody, published as Schlesische Volkslieder, arranged by Richard S. Willis. Believed to have been sung by Crusaders, known as "Crusaders' Hymn." Historical details at http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/a/faljesus.htm. MIDI file sequenced from a published Public Domain arrangement by Bill McGinnis. Everything here is Public Domain

MIDI music file at http://www.loveallpeople.org/fair9.mid

FAIREST LORD JESUS - Anonymous, from Munster Gesangbuch, translated by 
Joseph A. Seiss - Public Domain
                      Fairest Lord Jesus,
                      Ruler of all nature,
                      O Thou of God and man the Son:
                      Thee will I cherish,
                      Thee will I honor,
                      Thou my soul's glory, joy, and crown.
                      Fair are the meadows,
                      Fairer still the woodlands,
                      Robed in the blooming garb of spring.
                      Jesus is fairer,
                      Jesus is purer,
                      Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
                      Fair is the sunshine,
                      Fairer still the moonlight,
                      And all the twinkling starry host.
                      Jesus shines brighter,
                      Jesus shines purer,
                      Than all the angels heaven can boast.
                                    Amen.

   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

Invocation

       O Lord, we come together in Your name,
       And as You promised, we know You are here.
       AND SO WE WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS,
       AND PRAY THAT YOU FIND PLEASURE HERE WITH US,
       AS WE, YOUR LOVING CHILDREN WORSHIP YOU.
       We now invite you here to stay with us,
       And linger as we tell you of our love.
       FOR YOU ARE EVERYTHING THAT WE DESIRE,
       AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE, WE GIVE TO YOU.
       In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.
       
                        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.
                             Amen.
                * Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
                  believers in Christ, not just one particular church.


Scriptures And Teachings

GOD WANTS MERCY FROM US, NOT SACRIFICE

God doesn't want any payment from us, as if we were buying His goodwill. He wants mercy, that is, He wants us to love others as we love ourselves.
      "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God
       more than burnt offerings." (Hosea 6:6 KJV)
      "But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not
       sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners
       to repentance." (Matthew 9:13 KJV)
      "But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not
       sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless."
       (Matthew 12:7 KJV)
       
             "For all the law is fulfulled in one word,
             even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour 
             as thyself." (Galatians 5:14 KJV)

Absolute Sovereign God

The Lord God Almighty is absolute sovereign God over all things whatsoever. He created the heavens and the earth: everything whatsoever that exists. He has power over all things. He gives whatever He chooses to whomever He pleases. Nothing exists or occurs without His permission.

       
    "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
     (Genesis 1:1 KJV)
    "All things were made by him; and without him was not
     anything made that was made." (John 1:3 KJV)
       
    "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
     for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
     and were created." (Revelation 4:11 KJV)
    "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and
     create evil: I the Lord do all these things." (Isaiah 45:7 
     KJV)     
    " . . . whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine."
     (Job 41:11 KJV)
    " . . . for all the earth is mine." (Exodus 9:15 KJV)
    "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon
     a thousand hills." (Psalms 50:10 KJV)
    " . . . for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof."
     (Psalms 50:12 KJV)
        
    "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked
     shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath
     taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21 KJV)
       
    "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and
     he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among
     the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say
     unto him, What doest thou?" (Daniel 4:35 KJV)
    "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with
     mine own?" (Matthew 20:15a KJV)
    "Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say
     unto him, What doest thou?" (Job 9:12 KJV)
    "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked
     for the day of evil." (Proverbs 16:4 KJV)
    "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any
     thing too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:27 KJV)
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For His own reasons, He permits good and evil to exist side-by-side on earth. Blessings occur amidst tragedy. Good and evil are intermixed everywhere we look. Satan and all his evil works exist only by God's permission. These facts are illustrated by The Parable Of The Tares Of The Field.
                 Parable Of The Tares Of The Field
       
       MATTHEW 13:24-30 (KJV)
        24
               Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The
               kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good
               seed in his field:
        25
               But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among
               the wheat, and went his way.
        26
               But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit,
               then appeared the tares also.
        27
               So the servants of the householder came and said unto him,
               Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from
               whence then hath it tares?
        28
               He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants
               said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them
               up?
        29
               But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye
               root up also the wheat with them.
        30
               Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time
               of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together
               first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them:
               but gather the wheat into my barn.
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       MATTHEW 13:36-43 (KJV)
        36
               Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the
               house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare
               unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
        37
               He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good
               seed is the Son of man;
        38
               The field is the world; the good seed are the children of
               the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked
               one;
        39
               The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the
               end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
        40
               As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the
               fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
        41
               The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
               gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them
               which do iniquity;
        42
               And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be
               wailing and gnashing of teeth.
        43
               Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the
               kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him
               hear.
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Why is this? Why does God do things this way? We don't know at this time. His thoughts are not our thoughts. We have only limited understanding of His methods and purposes. Later, we will understand it all, when He is ready for us to have this understanding.

       ISAIAH 55:8-9 (KJV)
       
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        8
               For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
               ways my ways, saith the LORD.
        9
               For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
               ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your
               thoughts.
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      "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
       I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
       (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)
       
May the Lord bless this presentation of His holy Word.

Prayer For You

"To Those Who Have Their Doubts"
             To those who have their doubts about the Lord,
             Who read the Word, but cannot hear its voice,
             Who view the world, but cannot see Design,
             For you I have have a special prayer today:
             I pray the Lord will open up your eyes,
             And let you see His glory all around.
                      Bill 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.

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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MIDI music file at http://www.loveallpeople.org/rest.mid
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Please also see http://hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh358.sht

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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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.

Benediction

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      "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)
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Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord!

This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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