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Worship Ministry - September 2023

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8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10and which now has been manifested through the  appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” 2 Timothy 1:8-14 

It is easy for us to stay quiet, going with the flow to not create any awkward situations or conflicts. We can live moral lives, being good people without ever really telling the world we belong to Jesus; never telling our neighbors our salvation story or inviting them to church so they can hear the truth of God’s redemption plan. We just let them assume we are Christians and hope that is good enough. 


We all have a story to tell, a song to sing. God is good and has shown His blessings to each one of us in one way or another. God is loving and has helped us in our loneliest times of life. God is powerful and has shown His might when we needed to feel His presence. God is a provider and has shown up when we didn’t know where that next meal was coming from or how we were going to pay that bill. Without thinking too hard, I imagine each one of us can rattle off many examples of God’s presence in our lives. This is the story we tell to the world. This is the song we sing. 

All throughout scripture, as in the letter of 2 Timothy, the people of God testify of who He is, what He’s done, and what He is going to do. We are encouraged in 2 Timothy 1:8 to “not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.” We are encouraged, too, through songs like “Blessed  Assurance” with choruses like, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” 

So be not ashamed to tell the world what God has done in your life. Even when there is fear in you, God is worth overcoming that fear. Let the world hear the “song” God has placed in your heart, and worship Him in all places, all times, always. 

I love you and mean it!

Lyric of the Month
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

2 Timothy 1:12
But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.

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Worship Ministry - August 2023

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Rop tú mo baile 

Twelve hundred years ago, an Irishman penned the poem “Rop tú mo baile” in a language neither you nor I could read or understand, seeking God’s protection and wisdom. This man probably didn’t think that hundreds of years later, in 1905, Mary Elizabeth Byrne would take his poem and translate it into English. I’m sure he didn’t have in mind that a few years after that, a lady named Eleanor Hull would then set that English translation to a melody and give us the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” Yet, God used the faithfulness of that Irishman to speak to future generations and encourage them to seek God. 

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light 

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one 

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only first in my heart 

High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art 
High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all 

 As we have been going through Psalm 119, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness. God sustains and satisfies. God is a provider and comforter. God is present in our lives and He is faithful to the end. This wasn’t just true for the psalmist who penned Psalm 119, nor is it only true for us reading it today, but was true to the 8th century Irishman who was seeking the presence of God.  This is true for all generations! 

“Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalm 119:90

It is easy for us to be burdened with the trials of the world around us, and struggles we have in our own lives, and for that to cause us to forget God’s faithfulness. We think we are the first and only to ever have experienced this situation, this sin, or this hurt. We forget the millions that have gone before us, who experienced the same hurt we have, similar burdens we have carried, and completely different heartache; and yet the testimony of God’s faithfulness and the Good News of Jesus Christ continues to bring salvation to the world. 

This doesn’t mean that all our hurt magically goes away, but it should offer us hope. A hope that we aren’t facing this world alone, but are surrounded by other Christ followers. A thankfulness that God has given us great examples of men and women throughout scripture who have endured at great cost for the cause of Christ, and we can look to them in our time of need. A hope in the strength of God and that He will be with us till the end of our days.

“Whatever befall(s)” us in our life, whatever hurt, whatever pain we are enduring, may we still seek the vision and wisdom of God. May we desire God and His righteousness above all, knowing He is worth it all.

I love you and mean it!

Lyric of the Month
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

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