Category Archives: Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest

I need to be very honest here. One of the harder things about our life on the road is our lack of church family. Oh, it’s been wonderful to visit churches around the country and catch glimpses of how God is working in different communities. We worship a Big Big God, and he is not constrained by denominations or worship styles or liturgy. These have been powerful lessons we have learned, and we are thankful for them. But given that we change locations, on average, every three weeks we have become Professional Church Visitors. And sometimes we grow weary of it. Which is why we have come to love the little Bradford E-Free Church near our cabin.
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We get there 4 or 5 times over the course of the summer and each time we are greeted with “Hey, it’s the Conrads! Welcome home!” and hugs. Lots and lots of hugs. We may just be ‘summer folk’, but they include us in their family. I know they pray for us (and we them) and we are blessed to worship with them when we can. This morning was no exception. We sang a ‘new to me’ hymn and the words really spoke to my heart. I’ve found a video, but I hope you take a minute to read through the words before you listen to the video. They are very powerful! May we all continue to be astounded by this “amazing wonder, irresistible and free!”

God of Grace

“God of grace, amazing wonder,
Irresistible and free;
Oh, the miracle of mercy
Jesus reaches down to me.
God of grace, I stand in wonder,
As my God restores my soul.
His own blood has paid my ransom;
Awesome cost to make me whole.

God of grace, who loved and knew me
Long before the world began;
Sent my Saviour down from heaven;
Perfect God and perfect man.
God of grace, I trust in Jesus;
I’m accepted as His own.
Every day His grace sustains me,
As I lean on Him alone.

God of grace, I stand astounded,
Cleansed, forgiven and secure.
All my fears are now confounded
And my hope is ever sure.
God of grace, now crowned in glory,
Where one day I’ll see Your face;
And forever I’ll adore You
In Your everlasting grace.”

— WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH GETTY & JONATHAN REA COPYRIGHT © 2003 THANKYOU MUSIC
-Performed by Joanne Hogg, Kristyn Getty, Margaret Becker
– Video by Maxfli82

Sabbath Rest – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

An ancient advent hymn (12th century), translated in 1851, O Come, O Come Emmanuel has long been a favorite Christmas hymn of mine.  Here are ALL the verses, and an instrumental rendition by The Piano Guys.

1 O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

2 O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go. Refrain

3 O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

4 O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain

5 O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death’s abode. Refrain

6 O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light. Refrain

7 O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace. Refrain

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness


My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness
And clothed me in His light
And wrote His law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fears to fly;
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For ev’ry step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To him who reigns above,
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace,
Whose ev’ry thought is love.
For ev’ry day I have on earth
Is given by the King;
So I will give my life, my all,
To love and follow him.

— WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH GETTY & STUART TOWNEND COPYRIGHT © 2003 THANKYOU MUSIC

 

The Heavens Declare His Handiwork

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Psalm 19:1-6 (ESV)