Music for your weekend worship [Free download!]

October 18, 2014

I love the Weareworship sites in the US and the UK which feature several free MP3 downloads each week.  At the UK site this week they’re offering a wonderful new Stuart Townend/ Keith Getty adaptation of a classic William Cowper hymn.  What a great prayer for a Saturday evening and preparation for Sunday worship.  [Note you don’t have to live in the UK to join the UK version of the site or benefit from the free downloads]


O for a closer walk with God
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Where is the blessèdness I knew
When I first saw the Lord?
Where is that soul-refreshing view
Of Jesus and His word?

O Fire of God, come burn in me;
Renew a holy passion,
Till Christ my deepest longing be,
My never-failing fountain,
My never-failing fountain.

The full song is here


William Cowper (1731-1800)
Adapt. & new music: Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

Copyright © 2009 Thankyou Music

CCLI Number: 5568927

An Excellent Ebola prayer resource from Tearfund

October 18, 2014

Ebola prayer - tearfund

Lord Jesus, you who healed the sick,

we ask you to raise up people struck down by Ebola,

and stop this deadly virus from causing more suffering and death. Amen.

Tearfund , an Evangelical relief and development organization, has put together an excellent powerpoint presentation: Prayers for Communities Affected by Ebola

It’s an 8 page presentation with a prayer litany and excellent pictures.   HIGHLY recommended for use by prayer groups, congregations, families.

There is also a prayer update written on October 17th at Tearfund’s website.


Credits:  the photo and the prayer at the top of this entry come from the Tearfund presentation. We trust it’s ok to share them in order to promote this great resource!

Luke 9, Acts 28, and Psalm 116

October 18, 2014

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43a)
      Jesus, bring us to that same awe of God’s majesty.

“Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” (Luke 9:44)
      Lord, you are still being betrayed into the hands of sinful people.

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” (Luke 9:46-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to Jesus as little children.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Father, help us receive all who come to us, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching all that concerns the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence as Paul did.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2)
      LORD, I love you — thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

WORD: Come to me and know me.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10 or Jer. 29:1,4-14: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Toni Loveless, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Rain, heavy at times.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Mark (man) — “healing for Mary”

Coretha (blind woman) — We prayed for protection and that she will reach her destination.

(Muslim man) — “I already prayed.”

Torre & Steve (men) — We prayed for Steve’s business and for Jean.

Toni (woman) — She has an infected tooth which is causing her pain. We prayed for healing and guidance for the dentist.

Will (man) — We prayed that he would be the man and father God is calling him to be. We also prayed for his sons Will, Jr. and Raymond.

a Lincoln (man)

Moses (regular) — He had an operation on his pancreas.

a 199 + Alex (young man) — He gave his burdens and his sins and life to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 B Ishmael (young man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was thrilled to know that he had a Father in heaven that he can cry out to. I showed him Psalm 130 as a model for crying out to God.

Albany St.

Eric — for provision and protection for the dog.

Teligza and Tibel (son) –for protection

Tinia — Protection in his life.

Rodney — “Hit and Run” prayer on way to work.

Mike (mailman) — Protection on the street

Kasie — Asked prayer for Mary her sister who is having a baby.

Albany Intercessor


October 18, 2014

Psalm 88 New Living Translation

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. A song to be sung to the tune “The Suffering of Affliction.” A psalm of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 O Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out to you by day.
I come to you at night.
2 Now hear my prayer;
listen to my cry.
3 For my life is full of troubles,
and death draws near.
4 I am as good as dead,
like a strong man with no strength left.
5 They have left me among the dead,
and I lie like a corpse in a grave.
I am forgotten,
cut off from your care.
6 You have thrown me into the lowest pit,
into the darkest depths.
7 Your anger weighs me down;
with wave after wave you have engulfed me. Interlude
8 You have driven my friends away
by making me repulsive to them.
I am in a trap with no way of escape.
9 My eyes are blinded by my tears.
Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;
I lift my hands to you for mercy.
10 Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?
Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude
11 Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12 Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?
13 O Lord, I cry out to you.
I will keep on pleading day by day.
14 O Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you turn your face from me?
15 I have been sick and close to death since my youth.
I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
16 Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.
Your terrors have paralyzed me.
17 They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long.
They have engulfed me completely.
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones.
Darkness is my closest friend.

O Lord, hear our cry and have mercy on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Amen.

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