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By shaunefc, Apr 19 2020 11:04AM

Hymn Stories: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

When John Newton was ordained a curate of Olney Parish in Buckinghamshire, England, after a hard past of working as a sailor and slave trader, he gave particular attention to ministering to the people in ways that went above and beyond the weekly worship service. He began arranging spiritual gatherings during the week: one on Thursday afternoons for children, where he would explain the Scriptures to them “in their own little way,” and one in the evenings for adults to allow for extemporaneous prayer and teaching.

For these meetings Newton began to compose little bits of verse to be sung, probably as a way to summarize and impress the Scripture lessons on the minds and hearts of his congregants. Regarding his composition of these hymns, Benson writes

Newton was not a poet and did not pretend to be one. . . . He was writing for plain people, and made his hymns so simple that these could follow and understand. In all this he took his cue from Dr. Watts. Newton had a ready pen, some imagination, deep feeling, a knowledge of Scripture, and an urgent motive.

Eventually Newton composed over 200 of these hymns and combined them with 68 more from his friend William Cowper to publish Olney Hymns. The book became quite popular in England and America as it captured the spirit and theology of the Evangelical revival that was happening in those days through the ministries of George Whitefield, the Wesleys, and many others.

The hymn “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” was published in Olney Hymns under the title “The Name of Jesus.”

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds

In a believer’s ear!

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,

And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,

And calms the troubled breast;

’Tis manna to the hungry soul,

And to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,

My Shield and Hiding Place,

My never failing treasury, filled

With boundless stores of grace!

By Thee my prayers acceptance gain,

Although with sin defiled;

Satan accuses me in vain,

And I am owned a child.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,

O Prophet, Priest and King,

My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,

Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,

And cold my warmest thought;

But when I see Thee as Thou art,

I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim

With every fleeting breath,

And may the music of Thy Name

Refresh my soul in death!

By shaunefc, Apr 4 2020 06:56PM

Holy Week Timeline

This timeline gives a very basic account of what was taking place during Holy Week. Other sources may slightly vary some of the timings, but this timeline has a helpful list of actual events during this period.

You will see parallel passage references from more than one Gospel for some of the happenings. Try reading any one of them, for a start. Then, if you wish to go deeper, prayerfully read another parallel account.

Sunday - Palm Sunday


Ride on, Ride on in Majesty

All Glory, Laud and Honour, to Thee, Redeemer, King

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey

Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-18

Some Greeks ask to see Jesus

John 12:20-36

Jesus weeps over Jerusalem

Luke 19:41

Enters Temple

Mark 11:11

Returns to Bethany

Matthew 21:17, Mark 11:11


Jesus curses a fig tree

Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14

Jesus clears the temple

Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46

Jesus returns to Bethany

Mark 11:19


Disciples see withered fig tree on way to Jerusalem

Matthew 21:20-22, Mark 11:20-21

Jesus challenges religious leaders and teaches in the temple

Matthew 21:23-23:39, Mark 11:27-12:44, Luke 20:1-21:4

Jesus teaches on the mount of Olives

Matthew 24:1-25:46 Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-36

Judas agrees to betray Jesus

Matthew 26:14-15


The Bible says nothing about Wednesday. He probably remained in Bethany (just outside Jerusalem and where they were staying for the Festival) with his disciples, or may have visited the temple again.

(Another source for this day suggests reading about Jesus’ being anointed with precious ointment against His burial. Mark 13:3-9.)

Thursday - Maundy Thursday

Jesus shares a "last supper" (Passover meal in which Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) with his disciples.)

Matthew 26:20-35, Mark 14:17-26, Luke 22:14-30

Jesus speaks to the disciples in the Upper Room

John 13:1-17:26

Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46

Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12

Jesus is questioned by the Jewish authorities

John 18:13-24

Friday - Good Friday


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

There is a Green Hill Far Away

Jesus is formally tried by the Sanhedrin (the Jewish Government composed of the Priests) and the Roman Authorities

Matthew 26:57-27:26, Mark 14:53-15:15, Luke 22:54-23:25, John 18:19-19:16

The crowd reject Jesus

Matthew 27:15-23, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:18-25, John 18:33-40

Jesus is flogged and mocked

Matthew 27:24-31, Mark 15:16-20, John 19:1-16

Jesus is crucified

Matthew 27:32-54, Mark 15:16-39, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37

Jesus is buried before the Sabbath (Saturday)

Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-54, John 19:38-42


Nothing happens.

(One source mentions this may when Jesus went to Hades and led captivity captive. 1 Peter 3:18-20. But many are not willing to state this timing firmly.) We do know that this was a sad day for His disciples.)

Sunday - Resurrection Day - Easter Day


Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

The Strife is O'er, the Battle Won

Jesus rises from the dead. Hallelujah!

Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-21:25

By shaunefc, Mar 28 2020 07:54PM

BIBLE READING: *Philippians 1.

The Epistle to the Philippians is a Prison Epistle (a letter written while in prison). Paul wrote it about 62 A.D. and was hoping to be freed from prison. It was written to show his appreciation of, and love for, the Philippian believers. Also to give thanks to God and to give encouragement and teaching for these faithful souls.

Chapter 1. The apostle Paul writes that, even in his sufferings, and through his imprisonment, the Kingdom was increased. (1:12).

Three of the many key themes in chapter 1.

A. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ. 1:9-11. 1:21.

B. Suffering will come during our earthly pilgrimage. 1:29.

C. Security for time and eternity through the love of God. 1:6. 1:27,28.

*Reason for the Choice of Philippians 1. (Besides it being an excellent chapter!)

Those who wish can listen to a friendly and helpful free webinar Bible Study on Philippians 1.

Please sign up via instructions on website link as below.

RMS will be doing a 30 minute webinar Service 10am Sunday March 29th, based on the account of Lazarus.

*RMS will be doing a webinar Bible Study (interactive for those who wish) 7.30pm Thursday April 2nd, based on Philippians 1. One can email any questions to Barry, in advance.

Rev Barry Osborne has been to our church and knows it. He knows some of us personally.


1 Thy hand, O God, has guided

Thy flock from age to age;

The wondrous tale is written,

Full clear, on ev'ry page;

Our fathers owned Thy goodness,

And we their deeds record,

And both of this bear witness,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

2 Thy heralds brought glad tidings,

To greatest, as to least;

They bade men rise, and hasten

To share the great King’s feast;

And this was all their teaching,

In ev'ry deed and word,

To all alike proclaiming,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

3 Through many a day of darkness,

Through many a scene of strife,

The faithful few fought bravely,

To guard the nation’s life.

Their Gospel of redemption,

Sin pardoned, man restored,

Was all in this enfolded,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

4 And we, shall we be faithless?

Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?

Shall we evade the conflict,

And cast away our crown?

Not so; in God’s deep counsels

Some better thing is stored;

We will maintain, unflinching,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

5 Thy mercy will not fail us,

Nor leave Thy work undone;

With Thy right hand to help us,

The vict'ry shall be won;

And then by men and angels,

Thy name shall be adored,

And this shall be their anthem,

One Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Author of above hymn (written 1889) was Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821 – 1891) (Each hymn book seems to have slightly differing words, in places!)


1. Our own Margaret Silver said that in these days Psalm 121 and Psalm 91 are very helpful passages.

2. Abraham Lincoln said: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”


While crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, F. B. Meyer was asked to address the first class passengers. At the captain’s request he spoke on “Answered Prayer.”

An agnostic who was present at the Service was asked by his friends, “What did you think of Dr Meyer’s sermon?” He answered, “I don’t believe a word of it.”

That afternoon Meyer went to speak to the fourth class passengers. Many of the listeners at his morning address went along, including the agnostic, who claimed that he just wanted to hear what the babbler had to say.

Before starting for the service, the agnostic put two oranges in his pocket. On his way he passed an elderly woman sitting in her deck chair, fast asleep.

Her hands were open. In the spirit of fun the agnostic put an orange on each outstretched palm. After the meeting he saw the old lady happily eating one of the pieces of fruit.

“You seem to be enjoying that orange,” he remarked with a smile.

“Yes, sir,” she replied, “My Father is very good to me.”

The agnostic retorted, “Your father? Surely your father can’t still be alive!”

“Praise God,” she replied, He is very much alive.”

“What do you mean?” pressed the agnostic.

She explained, “I’ll tell you, sir. I have been seasick for days. I was asking God somehow to send me an orange. I suppose I fell asleep while I was praying. When I awoke I found that He had not only sent me one orange, but two!”

The agnostic was speechless.

Later he was converted to Christ.

By shaunefc, Mar 21 2020 08:10AM

Old Testament Exodus 2:1-10.

“Motherhood, in challenging circumstances.”

1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.

10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

New Testament Luke 1:36-56.

"Two mothers-to-be, in blessed circumstances.”

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

HYMN OF THE WEEK. March 22nd-28th

For the beauty of the earth,

For the beauty of the skies,

For the Love which from our birth

Over and around us lies:

CHRIST, our GOD, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

For the beauty of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale, and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light:

CHRIST, our GOD, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,

For the heart and brain's delight,

For the mystic harmony

Linking sense to sound and sight:

CHRIST, our GOD, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth, and friends above;

For all gentle thoughts and mild:

CHRIST, our GOD, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

For each perfect Gift of Thine

To our race so freely given,

Graces human and Divine,

Flowers of earth, and buds of Heaven:

CHRIST, our GOD, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

For Thy Bride that evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,

Offering up on every shore

This Pure Sacrifice of Love:

CHRIST, our GOD, to Thee we raise

This our Sacrifice of Praise.

Original text of 1864. (Two verses omitted)

Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917).

By shaunefc, Dec 8 2015 01:22PM

We are sad to report the death of one of our Elders for several years, Rev’d Graham Silver, on Thursday November 26th, 2015.

He had served in Rural Mission and as Minister at two Churches, prior to moving to Egerton, following health complications. He preached monthly at Egerton Free Church (EFC) and also occasionally at local Anglican churches. He was our organist and also played the instrument a few times monthly at the two nearby Anglican Churches.

He leaves behind his dear wife, Margaret Silver, to whom we express our sympathy and love, and for whom offer our prayers. Prayers also for relatives and friends who mourn this loss of a loved one and friend.

The Thanksgiving Service will be at 11.30am Thursday December 17th, 2015, at Egerton Free Church, Chapel Lane, Egerton Forstal, TN27 9BX (view map). Service followed by a Committal and then Refreshments, all at EFC.

Floral Tributes family only, please. For those who wished to give donations in memory of Graham, he noted this to the Funeral Directors A W Court,who will help enable it. His wording was:- “Equal donations to St Mark’s Hospital Foundation for polyposis research, Ashford Pilgrim’s Hospice and Egerton Free Church.”

Another direct quote in the newspaper announcement he requested, regarding the Thanksgiving Service, says:- “No black – bright clothing requested.”

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