Category Archives: Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest – Before You I Kneel

We start work tomorrow, and although I’ve shared this song in the not too distant past, I feel like I need to hear it each month as we begin a new SOWER project. Sometimes we work on big things (Gary might be moving a walk-in box this month!) and sometimes we work on not-so-big things (looks like I’ll be doing laundry and making beds to start!). So it’s important to remember…

Before You we kneel, our Master and Maker;
Establish the work of our hands.
And order our steps to seek first Your kingdom
In every small and great task.

Before You I kneel, my Master and Maker,
To offer the work of my hands.
For this is the day You’ve given Your servant;
I will rejoice and be glad
For the strength I have to live and breathe,
For each skill Your grace has given me,
For the needs and opportunities
That will glorify Your great name.

Before You I kneel and ask for Your goodness
To cover the work of my hands.
For patience and peace to shape all my labor,
Your grace for thorns in my path.
Flow within me like a living stream,
Wear away the stones of pride and greed
‘Til Your ways are dwelling deep in me
And a harvest of life is grown.

Before You we kneel, our Master and Maker;
Establish the work of our hands.
And order our steps to seek first Your kingdom
In every small and great task.
May we live the gospel of Your grace,
Serve Your purpose in our fleeting days,
Then our lives will bring eternal praise
And all glory to Your great name.

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Keith Getty / Stuart Townend / Kristyn Getty / Jeffrey J. Taylor

Sabbath Rest – The Everlasting Love of God

This past week was Sing! Global 2021: Singing through the Ages , which is an amazing gathering of musicians and theologians organized by Keith & Kristyn Getty (Getty Music).  I can only imagine the worship that must have filled those halls!!! While I’m highlighting the first song on this video, I encourage you to listen to the whole thing – I know you’ll be blessed!

The Everlasting Love of God
Matt Boswell & Matt Papa

How vast the everlasting love of God
How sure and faithful as the morning
This love so great for us could never fail
Nor end, for it had no beginning

How strong the Father’s beating heart for us
What mercy runs to meet the sinner
As rivers yearn to reach the lowest place
His grace shall flow to me forever
Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God

How great and precious my Redeemer’s blood
How pure the passion of the Savior
My sins are drowned beneath this mighty flood
My soul is swept away with wonder

Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God

How deep the measure of the Spirit’s work
Who dwells, who seals the promise
God’s love through time and all eternity
Shall stand and we shall stand upon it
What now could separate us from it?

Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God
Oh, the everlasting love of God
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me
The everlasting love of God
The everlasting love of God

Sabbath Rest – Speak, O Lord

This morning we had the joy of worshiping with our friends Bill and Jane.  As we sang this hymn before the Word was opened, I was struck with how this can apply to us not just on the Lord’s Day, but on everyday!

That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness

That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory

Teach us Lord, full obedience
Holy reverence, true humility
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity

Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority
Words of pow’r that can never fail
Let their truth prevail over unbelief

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity

And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory

Sabbath Rest – Before You I Kneel (A worker’s prayer)

We’re heading back to our SOWER work after spending most of this summer up at our beloved Vermont Cabin. We’ve soaked in that beauty and surrounded ourselves with family. It’s been truly a gift. But it’s time to get back to work! This song come up on my Pandora play list this morning, and it seemed so very fitting. May this always be our prayer….

Before You I kneel, my Master and Maker,
To offer the work of my hands.
For this is the day You’ve given Your servant;
I will rejoice and be glad
For the strength I have to live and breathe,
For each skill Your grace has given me,
For the needs and opportunities
That will glorify Your great name.

Before You I kneel and ask for Your goodness
To cover the work of my hands.
For patience and peace to shape all my labor,
Your grace for thorns in my path.

Flow within me like a living stream,
Wear away the stones of pride and greed
‘Til Your ways are dwelling deep in me
And a harvest of life is grown.

Before You we kneel, our Master and Maker;
Establish the work of our hands.
And order our steps to seek first Your kingdom
In every small and great task.
May we live the gospel of Your grace,
Serve Your purpose in our fleeting days,
Then our lives will bring eternal praise
And all glory to Your great name.

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Keith Getty / Stuart Townend / Kristyn Getty / Jeffrey J. Taylor


 

Sabbath Rest – Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Did you have a good LORD’s Day? Ours was a delight! We celebrated the birthday of one of us ‘seniors’, and trust me – we never take those for granted! (no pictures – we’re old and we forgot!)
We watched two sweet boys play in the pond, Untitled

and were graced with an appearance of a Barred Owl in a tree near the pond. I’ve never seen an owl in the daytime here at the cabin, so it was very exciting! (Sorry for the less-than-great photo. My iPhone camera can only zoom in so far….)
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Can you spot him? He’s lookin’ right atcha! Whoo cooks for you…
But a very special part of the day was reflecting on the Wondrous Mystery of His ‘grace unmeasured, love untold”.

VERSE 1
Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity

In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

VERSE 2
Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin

See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

VERSE 3
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory

See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

VERSE 4
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

– Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa 2013