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“I Will Not Fear” (Ode 5)

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the week — So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19

Sunday, July 18 — Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 2 Samuel 7:22 NKJV

My life flows on in endless song,

above earth’s lamentation,

I hear the real, though far off hymn

that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,

while to that Rock I’m clinging.

Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing? (701)

And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Revelation 1:17-18 NKJV

Through all the tumult and the strife,

I hear that music ringing.

It sounds and echoes in my soul;

how can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm,

while to that Rock I’m clinging.

Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing? (701)

Lord of the universe, we are awed by your power and might, yet thankful that you graciously make room for us in your great kingdom. Guide us to extended that same hospitality to others in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 23 read by Max McLean in the KJV

Psalm 23

The Lord the Shepherd of His People

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “He Leadeth Me
(Original Lyrics) Author: Joseph H. Gilmore (1862)

1 He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain:
He leadeth me, he leadeth me;
by his own hand he leadeth me:
his faithful follower I would be,
for by his hand he leadeth me.

2 Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
sometimes where Eden’s flowers bloom,
by waters calm, o’er troubled sea,
still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me. Refrain

3 Lord, I would clasp thy hand in mine,
nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whatever lot I see,
since ’tis my God that leadeth me. Refrain

4 And when my task on earth is done,
when, by thy grace, the victory’s won,
e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
since God through Jordan leadeth me. Refrain


Closing Prayer

LIFE-GIVING GOD,

Quicken me to call upon thy name, for my mind is ignorant, my thoughts vagrant, my affections earthly, my heart unbelieving, and only thy Spirit can help my infirmities.

I approach thee as Father and friend, my portion for ever, my exceeding joy, my strength of heart.

I believe in thee as the God of nature, the ordainer of providence, the sender of Jesus my Savior.

My guilty fears discourage an approach to thee, but I praise thee for the blessed news that Jesus reconciles thee to me.

May the truth that is in Him illuminate in me all that is dark, establish in me all that is wavering, comfort in me all that is wretched, accomplish in me all that is of thy goodness, and glorify in me the name of Jesus.

I pass through a vale of tears but bless thee for the opening gate of glory at its end.

Enable me to realize as mine the better, heavenly country.

Prepare me for every part of my pilgrimage.

Uphold my steps by thy word.

Let no iniquity dominate me.

Teach me that Christ cannot be the way if I am the end, that He cannot be Redeemer if I am my own saviour, that there can be no true union with Him while the creature has my heart, that faith accepts Him as Redeemer and Lord or not at all.

(Courtesy: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Edited by Arthur Bennett, p. 170)