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Lord’s Day 45, 2017


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

—1 Peter 1:3–5

Anthems for the Cathedral of Exeter
Joseph Hall (1574–1656)

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Leave, O my soul, this baser world below,
Oh, leave this doleful dungeon of woe;
And soar aloft to that supernal rest,
That makes all the saints and angels blest.
Lo, there the Godhead’s radiant throne,
Like to ten thousand suns in one!

Lo, there thy Savior dear in glory dight,
Adored of all the powers of heavens bright;
Lo, where that head, that bled with thorny wound,
Shines ever with celestial honor crowned;
That hand, that held the scornful reed,
Makes all the fiends infernal dread.

That back and side, that ran with bloody streams,
Daunt angels’ eyes with their majestic beams;
Those feet, once fastened to the cursed tree,
Trample on death and hell, in glorious glee,
Those lips, once drenched with gall, do make
With their dread doom the world to quake.

Behold those joys thou never canst behold,
Those precious gates of pearl, those streets of gold,
Those streams of life, those trees of paradise,
That never can be seen by mortal eyes;
And when thou seest this state divine,
Think that it is or shall be thine.

See there the happy troops of purest sprights,
That live above in endless true delights;
And see where once thyself shall ranged be,
And look and long for immortality;
And now, beforehand, help to sing
Hallelujahs to heaven’s King.

Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation
if you can possibly help it.
But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these.



Posted 2017·11·05 by David Kjos
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