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Sunday 3rd May 2020

By shaunefc, May 3 2020 10:46AM

Hymn: O God, our help in ages past


O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.


Under the shadow of Thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.


Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God,

To endless years the same.


A thousand ages in Thy sight

Are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.


Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.


O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while life shall last,

And our eternal home.


Isaac Watts, 1719, based on Psalm 90


Can we note three or more truths about God found in this hymn?

Can we find three or more truths about ourselves found in this hymn?



Anecdote shared by Pastor Ken Slater


Dear Friends,


One of my delights used to be attending an Away Day for Baptist Pastors at what was The Methodist Guest House at the Meads in Eastbourne. My day started with an early walk to "Robbie's Seat", placed in memory of Fyfe Robertson "Robbie" the Scottish TV presenter, himself a son of a Pastor. After a time of quietness overlooking the sea, it was back to breakfast with approximately 40 Pastors. This was followed by lectures from invited speakers in an atmosphere of warm and invigorating fellowship.


Before one of the meetings I noticed that most Pastors who entered made a beeline for one particular man, hands were warmly shaken, backs patted and many smiles and greetings exchanged. I was keen to know who this man at the centre of attention was. I discovered it was Doctor Raymond Brown, one time Principal of a Bible College, Pastor, Bible Commentator and renowned preacher.


At one of the sessions, "Ray" as everyone called him was asked to give his testimony, something rarely if ever asked of Pastors possibly because hearing Pastors talk a lot, people can overlook the fact that they have a story, much of which they have never heard. The testimony was gripping, a real eye-opener, if that is the right term. Many who thought they knew him found out things they might never have imagined. I remember some parts vividly but how he started impressed me greatly.


He used words similar to what can be found in Psalm 66, "Come and see what God has done" and then he added "For Me!". Some Christians don't like personal testimony, they can be exaggerated and a vivid imagination can take over. What interested me was that Dr. Brown, whilst he mentioned what had happened to him, was careful to say that, "the Lord had done it".


A Pastor spoke to me this week about the pitfall of speaking about our lives experiences in an eloquent and easy manner and failing to tell people what God has done in our lives. Of course we have to be careful and tactful, to pray for opportunities and openings. An important thing is to have in mind to witness if an opportunity arises. A salesman when he goes out in a morning, his day may start with breakfast, saying goodbye to his family, filling the car up with fuel, setting his satnav and fulfilling an appointment but on his mind is, he is going out to sell.


As a child I was taught the following Chorus:-


Lead me to some soul today,

O teach me, Lord, just what to say;

Friends of mine are lost in sin,

And cannot find their way.

Few there are who seem to care,

And few there are who pray;

Melt my heart, and fill my life,

Give me one soul today.


Why not listen to it being sung below:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO0bk-WleTE


God Bless,

Ken.



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