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New Year

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New Year’s Eve, 2013

Hymn XLI. Ebenezer John Newton (1725–1807) The Lord, our salvation and light, The guide and the strength of our days; Has brought us together, tonight, A new Ebenezer to raise: The year, we have now passed through, His goodness with blessings has crowned; Each morning his mercies were new, Then let our thanksgivings abound. Encompassed with dangers and snares, Temptations, and fears, and complaints; His ear he inclined to our prayers, His hand opened wide to our wants: We never besought him in vain, When burdened with sorrow or sin, He helped us again and again, Or where, before now, had we been? His gospel, throughout the long year, From Sabbath to Sabbath he gave; How oft has he met with us here, And shown himself mighty to save? His candlestick has been removed From churches once privileged thus; But, though we unworthy have proved, It still is continued to us. For so many mercies received, Alas! what returns have we made? His Spirit we often have grieved, And evil, for good, have repaid: How well it becomes us to cry, “O, who is a God like to thee? Who passest iniquities by, And plungest them deep in the sea!” To Jesus, who sits on the throne, Our best hallelujahs we bring; To thee it is owing alone, That we are permitted to sing: Assist us, we pray, to lament The sins of the year that is past; And grant that the next may be spent Far more to thy praise than the last. —Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.

Lord’s Day 1, 2014

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—for He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you,  And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” —2 Corinthians 8:1–2 Hymn XVII. God speaking from mount Zion. John Newton (1725–1807) The God who once to Israel spoke From Sinai’s top, in fire and smoke, In gentler strains of gospel grace Invites us, now, to seek his face. He wears no terrors on his brow, He speaks, in love, from Zion, now; It is the voice of Jesus’ blood Calling poor wand’rers home to God. The holy Moses quak’d and fear’d When Sinai’s thund’ring law he heard; But reigning grace, with accents mild, Speaks to the sinner, as a child. Hark! how from Calvary it sounds; From the Redeemer’s bleeding wounds! “Pardon and grace, I freely give, Poor sinner, look to me, and live.” What other arguments can move The heart, that slights a Saviour’s love! Yet till Almighty pow’r constrain, This matchless love is preach’d in vain. O Saviour let that pow’r be felt, And cause each stony heart to melt! Deeply impress upon our youth The light, and force, of gospel truth. With this new-year may they begin To live to thee, and die to sin, To enter by the narrow way Which leads to everlasting day. How will they else thy presence bear When as a Judge thou shalt appear! When slighted love to wrath shall turn, And the whole earth like Sinai burn! —Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects. 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. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Winter Holidays, 2014–15: Filler #9

Have a happy new year, while remembering those past.
I promised I’d be back in 2016, so here I am. Unfortunately, I’m not prepared with a real blog post, what with a wild night of carousing* behind me. You’ll have to settle for this bit of grammar geekery†, which is the sort of thing an evening of unbridled bacchanalia* brings out in me. One of my beloved offspring recently related to me a commercial she had seen in which‡ the presenter repeatedly cited the authoritative “they,” that is, “They say . . . ,” which often leads us to wonder just who they are. In anticipation of that question, there appeared, off to the side of the screen, a character named “They.” This, I’m sure, was intended to be clever, and indeed, we thought it was—that is, until we sobered up and considered the grammatical proprieties. The indicative present tense of the verb say is conjugated thus: [I/you/we/they] say, [he/she/it] says. If They is a name, rather than a plural pronoun, the proper phrase would be “They says . . .” That, of course, doesn’t sound right, which is probably the main reason parents seldom name their children They. * Half a glass of wine, potato chips, and a couple of episodes of The Rockford Files. † Yes, it’s a word. You read it, didn’t you? ‡ Not “where”—“where” is a place.

Lord’s Day 53, 2017

Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” —1 Samuel 7:12 XIX. Ebenezer; or God’s helping Hand review’d and acknowledged. 1 Sam. vii. 12. For New-Year’s Day. Philip Doddridge (1702–1751) My helper God! I bless his Name: The same his Power, his Grace the same. The Tokens of his friendly Care Open, and crown, and close the Year. I ’midst ten thousand Dangers stand, Supported by his guardian Hand; And see, when I survey my Ways, Ten thousand Monuments of Praise. Thus far his Arm has led me on; Thus far I make his Mercy known; And, while I tread this desart Land, New Mercies shall new Songs demand. My greateful Soul, on Jordan’s Shore, Shall raise one sacred Pillar more: Then bear, in his bright Courts above, Inscriptions of immortal Love. —Philip Doddridge, Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures (Salop, 1755). 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. Tweets about #LordsDay from:thethirstytheo !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

New Year’s Day, 2018

Ecclesiastes 1:9.

New Year’s Day, 2019



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