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A re-post of a hymn that fits with any common metre tune

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The glory of the bloodied God
His fruitfulness in shame
Stooped lower than all men have trod
In torment in the flame

The writhing worm, disjointed dry
Rejected from His birth
Thrust groaning into Satan's sky
Accursed by heaven and earth

Hell's blackest cloak enfolds with death
From Pinnacle to pit
To choke the Source of Living Breath
Extinguish all that's lit

The Mighty Man at war cries out
It echoes ‘gainst the sky
Resounding as a futile shout
Within a victory cry

Creation torn from Head to toe
His body out of joint
The Rock that splits is split in two
Creation to anoint

Our Jonah hurled as recompense
Into abysmal depths
The beast that swallows Innocence
Is swallowed by His death

Divine appeasing blood poured out
Divinely pleasing scent
While man appraises with his snout
Declares it death's descent

Crowned in curse, enthroned on wood
My God nailed to the tree
The reigning blood, that cleansing flood
Is opened up for me.

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Gearing up for Thursday.  Please add to this list:

For Sermons...

You can't go past Dev's classic here.

And Paul Blackham's teaching is fantastic

John recommends Scott Hoezee’s sermon, “How We See Things–Psalm 47″

And an essay by Stephen T. Davis, “The Meaning of the Ascension for Christian Scholars”.

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For Prayers...

The Collects from BCP:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

or this

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell; who liveth and reigneth with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

The South Indian Anglican Collect:

O God, whose blessed Son, our great high priest, has entered once for all into the Holy Place and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf: grant that we, sanctified by the offering of his body may draw near with full assurance of faith by the way which he has dedicated for us and evermore serve thee, the living God; through the same thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

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For Songs:

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words here

We thank Thee Jesus, Dearest Friend

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And here are a couple of my own:

A kids song about the ascension

A kids song about Jesus moving house (eventually to heaven)

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"He Rose Up" (lyrics below)

He rose up among us, as told.

He rose up the Promise of old.

My Brother in strife,

Assuming my life.

Exalted, the Father’s Decree

He rose up, He rose up for me.

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He rose up humanity’s Last

Man’s Answer in life unsurpassed

My Champion living,

God’s life of thanksgiving.

Exalted as I’m meant to be

He rose up, He rose up for me.

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They raised Him, my Saviour, on high

Man lifted, accursed, left to die.

My Priest in atonement,

My Lamb in enthronement.

Exalted on destiny’s tree,

He rose up, He rose up for me.

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He rose up from death He arose,

Immortal to crush all His foes.

The Lord of all history,

My Christ has the victory.

Exalted the darkness must flee,

He rose up, He rose up for me.

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He rose up to heaven, He rose,

Ascended beyond other thrones.

My Friend in high places,

My Fountain of graces.

Exalted, my heavenly Plea,

He rose up, He rose up for me

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I rise up, I rise up in Him,

Emboldened in spite of all sin.

In Jesus attaining,

My destiny – reigning.

Exalted, with angels to sing,

I rise up, I rise up in Him.

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"God Said Go - Jonah Song" DOWNLOAD

Chords: Em7 G A
End of verse: E G A C D D#m E
In between verses: E G D E G D

And here are the words - the kids sing (shout!) all the bolded words:

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Verse 1:

God said ‘GO – to Nineveh

All those baddies I want to win-over.’

Jonah said ‘NO – not Nineveh

All those people are terrible sin-lovers.’

God said ‘GO!’

Jonah said ‘NO!’

The storm went BLOW

Jonah said ‘THROW!’

And down he GO!

Into the Depths of the Sea!

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Verse 2:

God said GO – to a giant fish

Save my prophet before he gets smelly

The fish said OH what a lovely dish

Swallowed him whole so he lived in his belly

God said GO!

The fish swam LOW

Through the FLOW

Jonah said WHOAH!

And down he GO!

Into the belly of the fish!

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Verse 3:

Jonah said OH – what a mess

I’ve done things my way I must confess

I’m so LOW – I could die

But even now God hears my cry

Jonah said ‘OH

You’ve brought me LOW

I’m sorry SO

Save my SOUL.’

And up he GO

Spat up onto the beach.

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Verse 4:

God said ‘GO – once again

Nineveh needs your word to repent.

Jonah said ‘OH – alright

I’ll tell them there’s Woe if they don’t get it right.’

So Jonah said WOE,

Cos God says ‘NO’

The people went ‘OH!

We’re sorry SO

Save our SOUL!’

And God saved every one!

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Verse 5:

Jonah said ‘NO – I guessed

God would have mercy if they confessed.

‘God’s so SLOW to judge

He loves to forgive, never bears a grudge.’

God said ‘GO!’

Jonah said ‘NO!’

But God changed ROLE

He washed their SOUL

Whiter than SNOW

Cos God’s the best preacher of all!

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Finally.  The success they deserve -  Rage Against the Machine have the UK's Christmas number 1.

And for those who have been following the exploits of this feisty four-piece, it's more apt than you know.

It all began when Zachary Ragg formed his little beat-combo Ragg and the Be Cleans.  They hit the road, playing the usual tent crusades and church picnics.  But while their lyrics were outstanding, soaked as they were in the best of Patristic and Reformation theology, their rap / heavy metal fusion (birthed in the Anfechtung of their Lutheran heritage) was often lost on the good church folk.

Their career took a decisive turn when Sony snapped up the talented young boys and re-branded them as Rage Against the Machine.

From that point onwards, young Zachary's profoundly Christian lyrics were altered by cynical producers riding the wave of 90s angst.  But Christ the Truth can now reveal the original words to 'Killing in the Name.'  We reproduce them here with comments in the hope that its Christmas wonder can be reclaimed.

The song is introduced with its own title:

Carolling in the Name of...

So sacred is the divine Name the Be Cleans dare not speak it.  And yet they unfold His majesty with a moving ode to His divine kenosis:

Now the One who works forces

Is the same who bears crosses

So taken is Zachary with this Christmas meditation that he dwells on the theme at length.  Then, with a discernably Lutheran slant, he launches into a stunning exegesis of Galatians 3.  He addresses Israel under the law, hammering down upon them the slavery in which they are bound:

And now you do what they told you

And now you do what they told you

And now you do what they told you

And now you do what they told you

Soon the antiphonal response will be added, pronouncing the divine judgement:

And now you're under a curse

And now you're under a curse

And now you're under a curse

And now you're under a curse

The tension builds until we find release in Christ's marvellous exchange:

He Who dies - He justifies

He wears your bad - now the chosen: white

He justifies - He Who dies

He wears your bad - now the chosen: white

After this chorus of exultation in Christ's substitutionary work, the Be Cleans recapitulate their meditations on Galatians 3.  Soon all is resolved as they turn to Galatians 4:4.  With ever increasing certitude, Zachary takes on the role of the incarnate Christ, born of a woman, born under law.  Now, from within our humanity He fulfils the law and reverses the curse.  He pronounces His benediction in words reminiscent of Hebrews 10:7 -

Bless you, I now do what I told you

Bless you, I now do what I told you

Bless you, I now do what I told you

Bless you, I now do what I told you

The excitement of the Be Cleans reaches fever pitch and who can blame them?  Christ has come, He now shoulders the burden, the curse is reversed, slaves are turned to sons.  The final line from Zachary proves le mot juste - what else can we do but adore the condescension of this Great Shepherd of the brethren!

Brother-Flocker!

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Here's the audio.

There's a harmony too, but I'll have to add that when I get some recording software.

He rose up among us, as told.
He rose up as promised of old.
My Brother in strife
Assuming my life
Exalted, the Father's Decree
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up humanity’s Last
He rose up in life unsurpassed
My Champion living
God’s life of thanksgiving
Exalted as I'm meant to be
He rose up, He rose up for me.

They raised Him, my Saviour, on high
Man lifted, accursed, left to die
My Priest in atonement
My Lamb in enthronement
Exalted on Destiny's Tree,
He rose up, He rose up for me

He rose up from death He arose
Immortal to crush all His foes
The Lord of all history
My Christ has the victory
Exalted, the darkness must flee
He rose up, He rose up for me

He rose up to heaven, He rose
Ascended beyond other thrones
My Friend in high places
My Fountain of graces
Exalted, my Heavenly Plea
He rose up, He rose up for me

I rise up, I rise up in Him
Emboldened in spite of all sin
In Jesus attaining
My destiny – reigning
Exalted, with angels to sing
I rise up, I rise up in Him

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I wrote this while working on my kids ascension song.

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He rose up among us, as told.
He rose up the Promise of old.
My Brother in strife
Assuming my life
Exalted, the Father's Decree
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up humanity’s Last
Man's Answer in life unsurpassed
My Champion living
God’s life of thanksgiving
Exalted as I'm meant to be
He rose up, He rose up for me.

They raised Him, my Saviour, on high
Man lifted, accursed, left to die
My Priest in atonement
My Lamb in enthronement
Exalted on Destiny's Tree,
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up from death He arose
Immortal to crush all His foes
The Lord of all history
My Christ has the victory
Exalted, the darkness must flee
He rose up, He rose up for me.

He rose up to heaven, He rose
Ascended beyond other thrones
My Friend in high places
My Fountain of graces
Exalted, my Heavenly Plea
He rose up, He rose up for me.

I rise up, I rise up in Him
Emboldened in spite of all sin
In Jesus attaining
My destiny – reigning
Exalted, with angels to sing
I rise up, I rise up in Him

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Here is my (NOW EDITED) attempt at a kids song for the ascension.

It views the ascension first from heaven (Psalm 24 perspective) and then from earth (Acts 1 perspective).

Audio here.

 

FROM HEAVEN:

Here He comes  - Here He comes 

Open up   -  Open up

It’s the King  -  It’s the King of Glory

 

Who is He?   Who is He?

This King  -  This King

It’s the LORD  -  It’s the LORD, King Jesus

 

And He sits on the throne

At God’s right Hand

Our Friend, our Brother, our King

 

Rising up, Rising up

Lifting us, Lifting us

To our God, carried up in Jesus.

 

FROM EARTH:

Up He goes – Up He goes

From the earth  -  From the earth

To highest throne in heaven

 

Open up  - Open up

To our King  - To our King

He’s our LORD  -  He’s our LORD, King Jesus

 

And He sits on the throne

At God’s right Hand

Our Friend, our Brother, our King

 

Rising up, Rising up

Lifting us, Lifting us

To our God, carried up in Jesus.

 

And He sits on the throne

At God’s right Hand

My Friend, My Brother, My King

 

Rising up, Rising up

Lifting us, Lifting us

To our God, carried up in Jesus.

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O thou brain -- exalted, senior,
Holding forth from pulpit's throne.
Feed us with thy academia,
Meted out in monotone.
     ‘We could never,
     ‘We could never,
     ‘Plumb such myst'ries on our own.'

Hear the classics now recited,
Tumbling from thy tutored lips.
Nooks ignored are now ignited,
By thy greek and latin quips.
     ‘O how richly
     ‘O how richly,
     ‘Wisdom from each sentence drips.'

Teach us frames to fathom glory,
Scriptures' tale doth not agree.
Pure distil the Jesus story,
Into subtle sophistry.
     ‘All was darkness
     ‘All was darkness,
     ‘Till thou spoke and now we see.'

Pompous, ponderous, proud, pretentious,
Leaning o'er thy preacher's perch.
Pressing out the sap that quenches,
Thirst for knowledge, Eden's search.
     ‘Breathe thy wisdom
     ‘Breathe thy wisdom
     ‘Till inflated is thy church'

O thou noble mind pray guide us,
Through the darkness and the lies.
Warn us from thy foul deriders,
We shall fear, avoid, despise.
     ‘Raise a banner
     ‘Raise a banner
     ‘We shall chant thy tribal cries.'

How to mark our true devotion?
What could ever count as praise?
But to clone thy stale emotion,
Forced to feign thy learned ways.
     ‘Where's my pulpit?
     ‘Where's my pulpit?
     ‘I'll abide there all my days.'

Marching strong into the brightness,
Resolute, we set our face.
Staunch persistence, clothed in rightness,
Rectitude, our saving grace.
     ‘Call us onward
     ‘Call us onward
     ‘Grimly to our resting place.'

Then one day in vindication,
Face to face at last we'll see
Precious few in that location,
Gathered with thy coterie.
     ‘Now receive us
     ‘Now receive us
     ‘To thy ‘ternal library.'

 

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I'll confess I'm part of the problem as much as I'm part of the solution.

But part of the solution is confessing there's a problem.

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