Come Dwell

Lord of Lords

Come dwell with us

As we gather here

Come dwell with us

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Not just for a minute

Not just for a sec

Come dwell with us O Lord

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Give us rest

As we hang out here

Give us peace

As we settle here

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Dwell with us O Lord

Dwell with us O Lord

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A sojourn in the secular part 1

Spending time with others really does curtail my praising loudly in the van. However no one seems to mind if I sing along to the vacuous lyrics of current charting songs. And some people don’t mind as I sing lyrics from a long time ago.

My preference has always been folk songs, from the Northern wastelands of England. I had an eclectic musical heritage from the brass bands of Northern towns and villages to the beginnings of punk and beyond.

Now when I sing these long ago “vacuous” lyrics I see the emptiness in them, the dire need of the songwriter to find peace with their outpouring of teenage angst & middle age gender neutral menopausal hypocrisy.

Take these lines:

Now the summer’s over
and I find myself alone
with only memories of you
I was so in love I couldn’t see
‘cos I was living in a world of make believe.
But now you’re gone I’m just a daydreamer

I’m walking in the rain

chasing after rainbows I may never find again

Life is much too beautiful to live it all alone

A rainbow chaser! For those of us who love to see rainbows because they are an eternal reminder of God’s Noahic covenant, but not for us, for him. How reassuring that each rainbow reminds God of that covenant which along with the other OT covenants were fulfilled by Christ.

Jesus, our Lord and our God, who changed history for every single person on this planet. Our God who loves us {all} not just the obedient few, but us sinners, {all of us} even me, even you.

Our lives were empty, they were living in a vacuum of daydreams, chasing after status, dragons, nicotine, porn, bigger and better THINGS,

Our lives are now full, we are the richest people on the planet with no thought of monetary gain, because we inherit. We inherit, because God who loves us has invited us to join his family, no masses of paperwork, no forms to filled in and check boxes ticked. Just each of us turning away from our past and turning to Jesus, laying down our s*&t at the Cross, all of it, everything we have done, everything done to us. It is a time of celebration, of repentance, of new life.

No more chasing…

We are home…

And it is full of rainbows – chockablock with rainbows & moonbows & spectrums of every design. And our lives are changed. Human love lasts for a season. God’s love is eternal, it is real and it is open to all to accept this love.

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What time is it? Time to praise the Lord

I came home from chapel via circuitous route because I wanted to see something special. There is a wee brook not far from here that when the light catches on the water as the tumble down the stream light hits back up on the bank and depending what flowers are blooming they begin to radiate light too.

I was singing as is my wont as I drive, How lovely is Thy dwelling place, and when I arrived at my spot this came out instead of Psalm 84. Any theologians who wish to pick apart my lack of basic understanding of  it – work away – it is just an expression of how I was feeling today, not a doctrinally and theologically sound essay.

The theme of the service this morning was light, with the readings coming from John 1:1-14 and although it is a well known passage, it is one of those that springs off the page and dances in front of us. When we light a candle and then light another from it, it does not diminish the first light and we then have double the light. I don’t know where I heard this but ‘if every Christian shared the good news with just one other person and they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour that would double the number of Christians in the world’

“Do we reflect the light of Jesus in all we think, do and say?”

Praise the Lord for He is good, praise Him every day
Sing songs of hope and redemption, sing songs of joy and love
He is our Saviour King, He is our Living God
So praise the Lord for He is good and praise Him all the time.

We come before His throne this day, we come to worship Him
To acknowledge our deficiencies, we need to tell Him so,
To place our lives before Him, to make us fit for use
And praise the Lord for He is good and praise Him all the time.

Praise the Lord for He is good, praise Him every day
We witness of His mighty love, we tell of wonder and signs
He does stuff through us, that the world says ‘impossible’
So praise the Lord for He is good and praise Him all the time.

Step out in faith and take that risk, the poor in spirit rise,
Shake off the bonds of guilt and shame, humble then we come,
Through Him all things are possible, because He is so great
So praise the Lord for He is good and praise Him all day long.

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song – Psalm 51

Your unfailing love Lord

Drenches me in mercy
Your great compassion Lord

Wipes out my transgression

(Chorus)

Cleanse my soul Lord                          

Heal me O Lord                                          

Remove all the                                   

 iniquity

 

Your righteousness O Lord

Is true and just, my King

In your presence I come

With praise in my mouth Lord

Cleanse my soul Lord                          

Heal me O Lord                                          

Remove all the                                   

 iniquity

 

(Bridge)

Teach me wisdom in my heart Lord

In trials I will praise you O Lord

In danger I will worship you

Joy and gladness will fill my heart

Cleanse my soul Lord                          

Heal me O Lord                                          

Remove all the                                   

 Iniquity

 

Based on Psalm 51

My God

Your unfailing love is priceless

Your righteousness like mighty mountains

Your justice deeper than deep, deep, seas

Your faithfulness is boundless

And Your love reaches even me

 

In the shadow of your wings

I find rest, shelter and peace

The Light of this world

Humbled to walk as us

Punished as a living sacrifice

 

I owe You so much

Unworthy as I am, You love me

Sinner before You, Your grace envelopes

I confess, I heal, born anew

Broken hearted, remade soft

inspired by Psalm 36

Standing in this Place

Standing in this place

I hear you Lord

Above the sound of song

You touch my heart

All around continues

You move in me

Standing in this place

I hear You Lord

I hear You Lord

 

All praise to You Lord

All worship to You

Your name above all names

In all the earth

You reign, Lord,

You reign above all

You reign over me, over me

 

In the stillness of my heart

I feel You there

In the quiet of my mind

I hear You Lord

Singing praise to You

For all You’ve done

Standing in this place

I hear You Lord (echo)

I hear You Lord

We Have One Messiah

We have one Messiah, His name is Jesus,

He sits with the Father in heaven,

From time begun, our King was present,

Became one of us, to save us,

Humble servant, majestic Lord,

We bow down to worship only You.

 

We have one God, we praise Him now,

Higher than anything, He is Lord,

Grace and mercy flow through Him

To us, sinners below, unworthy

Forgiveness and assurance,

We are eternally thankful to You.

Two Worship Songs

Two songs created in Kerry, Padraig is so talented.

A little bit tinny – my Nokia

A bit hard to hear – my fault

Before You lyrics by S.Gallagher music by P. Forde

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Standing in this place lyrics by S Gallagher music by P. Forde

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