Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 6, 2009
O Lord, how shall I meet Thee,
How welcome Thee aright?
Thy people long to greet Thee,
My Hope, my heart’s Delight!
Oh, kindle, Lord most holy,
Thy lamp within my breast
To do in spirit lowly
All that may please Thee best.
Thy Zion strews before Thee
Green boughs and fairest palms,
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Dec 15, 2008
HOW TO GET KICKED OUT OF CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Christmas Eve 1990. I came this close to being physically thrown out of church.
We were new to town and we heard that a certain church in town had a fantastic Christmas Eve service. So, we went with some friends, about ten of us total, to this
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 30, 2019
“In 2012, Getty's hymn "In Christ Alone" was involved in a controversy with the Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal committee in the creation of their new hymnal "Glory to God". The committee requested permission from Getty and Stuart Townend to use an alternative lyric to the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 8, 2009
The Reason Behind an Unusual Hymn Singing Practice is Discovered
Sometime in the last decade of twentieth century, a young pastor who was a fresh graduate from a renowned seminary was assigned to shepherd an old church in a remote village. The church was founded and built sometime in the late
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 10, 2008
LifeWay Worship Music Group is creating the ultimate worship resource, an electronic hymnal with an initial collection of 1,000 hymns to be released in '08. The project is one of the largest
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 1, 2002
Isaac Watts wrote fifty-two books, twenty-nine of them on theology. But he is best remembered for his hymns. He wrote more than seven hundred, and even today the average modern hymnal will have twenty or more of his songs--276 years after they were written. When he died he was reciting
Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Jul 14, 2008
“Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” by George Croly
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
This verse is left out of most hymnals. But it gets to the heart of the matter. I
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 28, 2008
In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M in the United States, developed a "low-tack", reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive. For five years, Silver promoted his invention within 3M, both informally and through seminars, but without much success. In 1974, a colleague of his,
Since my high school years, the message of the Gospel Hymn “God Will Take Care of You” by Civilla D. Martin, have spoken to my heart, especially in times such as these. I would like to share the lyrics of the first stanza and the refrain with you this morning. You may also find the complete text
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Mar 25, 2008
In Germany during World War II there was a Protestant church the stood near some railroad tracks. These tracks often carried Jewish families on their way to be exterminated by the Nazi death camps. The cries for help and justice were sometimes very loud and disturbing especially as the congregation
John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be
Contributed by Dan Thompkins on Jan 11, 2008
WHAT ARE WE VOTING FOR?
A parishioner had dozed off to sleep during the morning service.
“Will all who want to go to heaven, please stand?” the pastor asked.” – All stood, except the sleeping parishioner.
After they sat, the pastor continued, “Well, will all who want to go to the other
Contributed by Keith Bowman on Dec 7, 2006
Pastor Buchanan tells the story of a member of his church who’s name was Ken. Ken was going throw a very tough time in his life when he darkened the door of the church. You see Ken had AIDS. Since the day Ken had been found and rescued by Christ he faithfully attended services. Even after his
Contributed by Darrin Fish on Dec 10, 2007
A church had an unusual ritual every Sunday morning.
• Before the church sang the Doxology, they would stand up,
• everyone would turn to the right and face a blank white wall,
• and they would sang.
• Every Sunday they did this
• Finally a visitor to the church was confused and asked,
Contributed by Davon Huss on Nov 22, 2004
B. We can be thankful even during the most difficult circumstances in life. We see an especially inspiring example of a brave and thankful heart in the story behind one of the church’s thanksgiving songs #788 in our hymnal, Now Thank WE All Our God. This hymn was written during the 30 years war
Contributed by Vernon Murray on Mar 11, 2004
Some time back, my father-in-law told me of an experience he had in the wilderness of West Virginia. He was strolling through a field when he heard the joyous chirping of a robin. He enjoyed its melodious praise for a while before his eyes caught sight of the bird. It was perched high in a wild
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Nov 9, 2011
THE OLD MAN AND THE SAVIOR
Jan Weinert wrote: "The old man came into the service shortly after it started. He sat at the end of my row, with two vacant seats between us. A noticeable hearing aid was in his ear, and he held the bulletin up to within inches of his thick glasses to try to read it.
Contributed by Gregg Bitter on Jun 6, 2010
He claimed to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." Sports Illustrated crowned him the "Sportsman of the Century." His nickname was "The Greatest." He was the three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali.
But where is that left hook followed by the hard right to the face
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Nov 1, 2001
[Experiences of Mediocrity, Bob Russell, When God Builds a Church, Howard Publishing Co, 2000, pp 110-11]
The experience for a first-time visitor in many … churches goes something like this:
You drive into the parking lot of the church at 10:40 Sunday morning.
You assume you’re five minutes
Contributed by Johnny Creasong on Nov 21, 2006
The year 1636 was unbelievable for German pastor, Martin Rinkart. Amid the darkness of the Thirty Year War, Pastor Rinkart is said to have buried 5000 of his parishioners, including his wife, in the year 1636, an average of 15 per day. In the heart of that kind of grief and pain, his parish