This morning in chapel we sang the beautiful hymn Come Thou Font
Despite having sung it many times this morning the words hit me in a different way than they every have – particularly these 2 verses
Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
It’s like singing my life story. Amazing.
I’m preparing a sermon at the moment for chick’s chapel next week. It’s on 1 Corinthians 8 which at first I wasn’t that excited about. But after some hard work over the last few days I am loving it! Despite it’s seemingly strange subject (Now concerning food offered to idols. vs1) I believe it has a lot of meaning for us and more implications than appear at first glance. Once I have preached it I’ll most likely post it on here.
As well as my new found love of 1 Corinthians 8 I have also reaslised how sad it is for me that I don’t get to preach regularly. I’m really enjoying the preparation phase and I always enjoy a chance to speak to a captive audience, so I’m looking forward to chapel. I’m hoping to get some useful feedback so I can keep improving this skill – it’s just a shame it will probably be a year until I get another go.
But such is life!
Great sermon this morning from David Hohne on prayer.
God ALWAYS answers our prayers. Sometimes he answer with a no. So how do we know we can still trust him?
Arguably the biggest No he gave was to his son. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane –
My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me
Whatever our ‘cup’ is, if the answer is no, are we able and willing to finish our prayer as Jesus did – yet not as I will, but as you will?