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10.03.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

For our final week in our co-laborer series, we will be looking at Paul’s communities. Since the rise of modern feminism, there has been a tendency for Western Christians to cherry-pick from Paul’s letters to support their “side” of the debate over women’s leadership in the church. While some cry Galatians 3:28 or Romans 16:7, others retort with 1 Timothy 2:12. And to everyone “their” text seems unambiguous enough to end the discussion. How can Paul be read so differently? Is there a way to take all the data into account? Join us as we investigate what happens when Paul is read in light of the biblical theology we have been developing over the past five weeks.

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SCRIPTURE: Romans 16:1–7; 1 Timothy 2:11–3:1

16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.

3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.

5 Greet also the church that meets at their house.

Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.

7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. 

We have followed too much the desires and devices of our own hearts. We have rebelled against Your holy laws. 

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. 

O Lord, have mercy on us miserable offenders. 

 

silent confession

 

Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are repentant, according to Your promises declared unto us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Grant, O merciful Father, that we may live a godly and righteous life. To the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

 

SONG OF PREPARATION

Christ has died Christ is risen
Christ will come again

We have died together
We will rise together
We will live together
The body oh the body
We are the body of Christ

We are brothers and sisters
Through our savior’s blood

09.26.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

I’m spiritual but not religious is a common self-identifier. Today, many people embrace supernaturalism while rejecting traditional forms of religious expression. The Christian version looks like this: I’m a follower of Jesus, but I don’t go to church, or, at least I don’t see reason to identify with any church in particular. And it is true that the institutional church has fallen on hard times and much is self inflicted. Some even wonder if it was a mistake in the first place.  One person famously said: “Jesus came proclaiming the Kingdom, and what arrived was the Church.” But what if the institutional church, along with its officers, was a part of Jesus’ original intention? Might that have implications for our spirituality. And might it also have implications for how we think about men and women working together in Christ’s kingdom? Come this keep as we dig deeper into God’s word.

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SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:15–17, 20, 24–26; 2 Tim 1:8, 11-14, 2:1-2

(Matthew 28:16-20) 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(Acts 1:15–17, 20, 24–26 ABBREVIATED) In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”… 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms …  “‘Let another take his office.’

24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

(2 Tim 1:8, 11–14, 2:1–2) Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel …11 for 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. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

You have told us, O God, what is good;
And what do you require of us but to
do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with our God?

We have not listened to you, O God.
We have neglected justice,
and spurned kindness,
and proudly walked alone.

silent confession

In your mercy, hear our cry. Forgive our sins and give us ears to hear and believe.

 

09.19.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Any author will tell you that the cast of characters is central to every great story. In the true stories of the New Testament, we find a large cast of characters throughout. This character list includes both men and women who support the ministry of Jesus and the work of his Church. Mary and Martha, though they aren’t apostles, play as vital of a role in the gospels as James and John. What can we learn from the New Testament about the work of men and women together in God’s mission to the world?

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SCRIPTURE:  Luke 6:12–16; 8:1–3; Matthew 28:16–20

12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord God, Maker of heaven and earth, you never sleep nor slumber.

Yet we doubt your work in the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, you accomplished the work of salvation on the cross,

Yet we try to save ourselves and our communities.

Holy Spirit, you give generous gifts to all your people for the sake of the world.

Yet we value some gifts and use them for our own glory while diminishing others.

 

silent confession

 

Lord, forgive us. Renew with us a passion for your mission. Use each of us to send the gospel to the nations. Amen.

09.12.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

If you’re given a script, you must know the whole story to play your role well. You can’t simply memorize the lines and cues–you have to understand the origins, the motivations, the relationships, and the conclusion to really understand the part you play in the production. It’s the same with any of the most pressing issues of our day, whether it be justice, sexualty, or gender. How do our individual views fit into the larger story we are telling? How do women and men fit into the narrative of the Bible? Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on Co-laboring.

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We are excited to be able to host some of our Global Partners, the Shepherd Family, this Sunday in our service and at a 3pm reception at the Jolley’s home.

 

SCRIPTURE: Gen 2:15–18, 21–22; 3:1–4, 6, 8–13; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:22–23

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Verse 1
Falling down upon our knees
Sharing now in common shame
We have sought security
Not the cross that bares Your name
Fences guard our hearts and homes
Comfort sings a siren tune
We’re a valley of dry bones
Lead us back to life in You

Verse 2
Lord we fall upon our knees
We have shunned the weak and poor
Worshipped beauty courted kings
And the things their gold affords
Prayed for those we’d like to know
Favor sings a siren tune
We’ve become a talent show
Lead us back to life in You

Verse 3
You have caused the blind to see
We have blinded him again
With our man-made laws and creeds
Eager ready to condemn
Now we plead before Your throne
Power sings a siren tune
We’ve been throwing heavy stones
Lead us back to life in You

Ending
We’re a valley of dry bones
Lead us back to life in You
We’ve become a talent show
Lead us back to life in You
We’ve been throwing heavy stones
Lead us back to life in You

09.05.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Beginnings are important. Beginnings frame our expectations for what is to come. The Bible says that in the beginning God created humanity as male and female. But what does this entail and how should it shape the way we understand ourselves and others? What implication does maleness and femaleness have for how we work together in the world and in God’s kingdom? Join us this Sunday as we continue our Co-Laborers series.

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SCRIPTURE: Gen 1:27; 2:15–18, 21–23; Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat1 of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for2 him.”

21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made1 into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

 

Rom 5:19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Sovereign Lord, you rule the nations,

But we live as though we are the center of the universe.

Sovereign Lord, you ordain all things for your glory and our good,

But we seek to control our own lives and the lives of others.

Sovereign Lord, you have written all our days,

But we fret over the unknown.

Sovereign Lord, you rule with justice and mercy,

But we presume to be more just and merciful than you.

silent confession

Lord, forgive us for all the ways we think we can do your job better than you, and give us a humble confidence in your sovereign will. Amen.

08.29.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. So goes the title of a popular book trying to help men and women relate to one another. Maybe you have felt like that at some point and wondered: how are men and women supposed to relate. This is a consistently pressing question in the church, where the Bible often feels over-interpreted or ignored to fit our preferred cultural narratives. This week we will begin a series where we explore what the Bible has to say about this challenging question, and see what wisdom it can give for our life together.

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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15–18, 21–23;

26 Then God said, “Let us make man1 in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
rmale and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, s“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat1 of it you shall surely die.”
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for2 him.”
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made1 into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Heavenly Father, Although we surrender our lives to you individually, we are called to live and serve in community as one body.

Nevertheless, we do not see each other equally or accurately.  We esteem some as more gifted, more attractive, than others. Rather than claim Christ’s righteousness for all who believe, we judge one another, even ourselves, on worldly merit. 

Forgive us, Lord.  Redeem us from our wrong thinking.  Open our eyes to the truth of your perfect plan for your church body to work graciously as one. We pray this humbly in Christ’s name.  Amen.

08.22.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

We are worshippers. Everywhere you turn will see people praising things, admiring them. We have an innate need to get caught up in something bigger than ourselves. Praise gives meaning and purpose to our lives, and it puts things in perspective. This week as we look at the final verses of Jude, we are given that kind of perspective.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 24–25, Revelation 5:6–13

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

6  And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain … And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, …9 And they sang ua new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

11   Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Creator of Universe, Giver of the Law

Since the creation of the world your invisible qualities—your eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen by us through all you have made.

Yet all of us have sinned and fallen short of your glory. 

Hear us now as we silently confess the ways in which we have failed to glorify you as God, and to give you thanks.


silent confession

Have mercy on us, oh Lord, for the sake of your Son. Amen

08.15.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

In our youth we hung posters of our favorite sports or music heroes on our walls to inspire us to greatness. In adulthood, we often keep our visions of grandeur to ourselves, but they are no less powerful. Who do you look to for inspiration to keep going in the day to day trenches of the so-called real world? What is your vision of the good life? Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the Book of Jude.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 24–25, Hebrews 12:1-2

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord Jesus,

we are like sheep, and we get lost.
We forget the needs of our neighbors
and do not love you above all else.
We need a Savior, so we long for Jesus.

silent confession

Forgive our sins and make us willing to walk in your ways. Amen.

08.08.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Someone once said that the Christian Church is the only army that shoots its wounded. Some Christians may see doubt as a weakness to hide or a reason to shame others, but God wants us to bring our doubts to him and one another in order to find encouragement to believe. Join us this week as we continue our sermon series on the Book of Jude.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 22, Mark 9:14–29

And have mercy on those who doubt;

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

 

I know the Lord is here,
And would but cannot pray,
For Satan whispers in my ear,
And frights my soul away,
And frights my soul away.

I would but can’t repent,
Though I endeavor oft’
My stony heart will not relent
‘Till Jesus makes it soft,
‘Till Jesus makes it soft.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

I would not cannot love.
Though wooed by love divine
No arguments have power to move
A soul as base as mine,
A soul so base as mine.

I would but cannot rest,
In God’s most holy will;
I know what He appoints is best,
And murmur at it still,
I murmur at it still.

08.01.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not good advice; it is good news. It is the news that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished salvation for all who depend on him in faith. Good advice tells us what to do. Good news tell us what has been done. Yet in a world of suspicion, how do we convince others that the gospel of Jesus Christ is really good news for them?

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 22–23, Luke 15:1–10

And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire

 

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

All seeing God, you see my deeds;
You see my faults by light of day.
You see my sins concealed in darkness:
Turn my deeds to holy ways;
Turn my deeds to holy ways.

All hearing God, you hear my words;
You hear each lie, each hurtful phrase.
You hear my pride in secret slander:
Turn my tongue to truth and grace;
Turn my tongue to truth and grace.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

All knowing God, you know my heart;
You know my yearnings deep inside;
You know my hidden motivations:
Turn my heart to pure delight;
Turn my heart to pure delight.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

Fire of God, consume my heart;
And burn it down to only faith,
Til all that’s left of me is only you.
Christ my glory, Christ my praise.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.