(WEEK 6)

The text for “All Creatures of Our God and King” is a meditation on the 145th Psalm, which is also heavily influenced by Psalm 148. Both of these psalms exhort all of God’s creatures (the word “creature” simply means, “that which is created”) to praise Him, and of God’s work in sustaining all of Creation. As we read so often in Scripture, all of God’s works will praise His Name… everything that is exists as a testimony to His greatness!

Psalm 145:5-12

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Psalm 148:1-8

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. Praise the LORD from the earth, you giant sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind, fulfilling his word!

Verse 1
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

Chorus
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 2
Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

Verse 3
All the redeemed washed by His blood,
Come and rejoice in His great love.
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Christ has defeated every sin,
Cast all your burdens now on Him.

Verse 4
He shall return in power to reign,
Heaven and earth will join to say,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Then who shall fall on bended knee?
All creatures of our God and King.
 

By St Francis of Assisi (verse 3 and 4 by Jonathan and Ryan Baird)

(Week 5)

I am sure over this past Easter weekend, many people thought of or maybe even sang the song, “When I survey the Wondrous Cross”. This is probably Isaac Watt’s most well know hymn. Watts was labled in later years as the “Father of English Hymnody.” I love the parable Jesus told in Matt 13:51-52.
This parable reminds us that, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old”.
For Watts, what he wrote was cutting-edge, today for us it is an “old treasure”. The version of Isaac Watt’s hymn we sing at Orchard contains a chorus that was written in 2001 by Chris Tomlin giving us “treasures of the new”.

Version is Sung by Pat Barrett

Tim Challies reminds us of this particular hymn and its history:

“It was a daring move when, in 1707, Isaac Watts published his first book of hymns. At that time it was the practice of almost every congregation of the Church of England to sing only Old Testament psalms in their public worship. However, Watts had grown to dislike this because it restricted the Christian from being able to explicitly celebrate in song all those aspects of the gospel that are fulfilled and illuminated in the New Testament.

In the preface to Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Watts addresses the worship situation of his time and offers a defense for writing and publishing new music. Within Watts’ book, under the section “Prepared for the Holy Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper” is the first public printing of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

Concerning the hymn’s creation, there is no special story that singles it from among the many others he wrote. (He is credited with something like 750 hymns.) But what makes the hymn unique is the particular beauty of its language and imagery, and the power with which it highlights the most significant event in human and personal history — the cross of Jesus Christ our God.
Watts’ giftedness for writing hymns, combined with his courage in publishing them, would eventually turn the tide against singing only psalms and set a new standard for Christian worship in the English language.
 
Verse 1
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Verse 2
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

Vesre 3
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Verse 4
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
 
Chorus
by Chris Tomlin
Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
All who gather here by grace, draw near and bless Your name
 
 

Week 4 - In Christ Alone

(WEEK 4)

As we enter into "Holy Week", let this beautiful song remind you of what Christ came to earth to accomplish for all those who would believe. The video (CLICK HERE) is of Keith and Kristen Getty who co-authored, "In Christ Alone" with Stuart Townend. This song has been translated into many languages and has been a blessing to Orchard, as well as believers around the world.

In Christ Alone
By Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

Verse 1
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.

Verse 2
In Christ alone! - who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ I live.

Verse 3
There in the ground His body lay, light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory, sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ


Verse 4
No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Week 3 - Build my Life

(WEEK 3)

In his video for why he wrote the song Build my Life, Pat Barrett mentions Luke 6: 46-49. 
As we go through trying times currently, take encouragement from God's Word, reiterated through the lyrics of this song.

LYRICS

Verse 1
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Verse 2
Jesus, the Name above every other name
Jesus, the only One who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
Oh, we live for You

Chorus
Holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder
And show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

Bridge
And I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

Week 2 - Reformation Song

(WEEK 2)

This Sunday we will conclude the study of 1st Peter with Peter's words, "I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it."

In August of 2019, we as a congregation learnt The Reformation Song. This song beautifully outlines what the reformers in the time of Martin Luther boldly claimed in the 1500s, and what became known as the "5 Solas": Scripture Alone; Faith Alone; Christ Alone; Grace Alone; to the Glory of God Alone.

Peter commends God's grace to us as truth and that we should stand firm in it. Enjoy singing this song and living your life this week to the glory of God alone.

Lyrics
VERSE 1
Your Word alone is solid ground, The mighty rock on which we build.
In every line the truth is found And every page with glory filled.

VERSE 2
Through faith alone we come to You; We have no merit we can claim.
Sure that Your promises are true; We place our hope in Jesus’ name.

CHORUS
Gloria, gloria, glory to God alone
Gloria, gloria, glory to God alone

VERSE 3
In Christ alone we’re justified; His righteousness is all our plea.
Your law’s demands are satisfied; His perfect work has set us free.

VERSE 4
By grace alone we have been saved, All that we are has come from You.
Hearts that were once by sin enslaved Now by Your pow’r have been made new.

Music and Words by Tim Chester and Bob Kauflin. © 2017 Sovereign Grace Music

(WEEK 1)
Over Christmas time last year, us as a church learnt the relatively new song by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker entitled Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery. This group of song writers is made up of influential worship leaders, writers, and speakers on the topics of worship and the song of the church. The four stanzas in this song convey the outstanding proclamation of the gospel as it tells the mystery of God’s redemptive plan through the life of Christ.

The first stanza tells of the great mystery of the incarnation of Christ. In a wonderful phrase this stanza names Christ as “the theme of heaven’s praises.”

The second stanza lists several pairs of descriptors of Christ’s life and work:

  • In his living and suffering
  • No trace or stain of sin
  • The true and better Adam
  • The great and sure fulfillment of the law

The third stanza looks at the mystery of Christ’s death on the cross, that the Son of God “stands in the place of ruined sinners” as we “see the Father’s plan unfold.” Believers saved by grace should be forever very grateful for Christ taking our place and like 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

The final stanza brings the hymn to a conclusion by celebrating the mystery of the resurrection of the God of life. It beautifully states that His resurrection is a “foretaste” of our own deliverance when He returns for a second time.
(Some content taken from David Toledo)

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 will we be when he comes.