PIETAS

Matthew’s Spiritual Journey

You are My All in All

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Music by Nicole Nordeman (wikipedia, website)

You are my strength when I am weak; You are the treasure that I seek; You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel; Lord, to give up I’d be a fool: You are my all in all

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame; Rising up again I bless Your name; You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up; When I am dry You fill my cup; You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God; Worthy is Your name

Sung at Christ Church New York City on November 2
Words from Lyrics Mania

Written by Matthew

December 17, 2008 at 9:15 am

In Christ Alone

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December 16, 2008 at 6:01 am

Angels We Have Heard On High

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December 15, 2008 at 11:45 am

The God in the Cave

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This sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals. The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave. There is even a shadow of such a fancy in the fact that animals were again present; for it was a cave used as a stable by the mountaineers of the uplands about Bethlehem; who still drive their cattle into such holes and caverns at night. It was here that a homeless couple had crept underground with the cattle when the doors of the crowded caravanserai had been shut in their faces; and it was here beneath the very feet of the passers-by, in a cellar under the very floor of the world, that Jesus Christ was born. But in that second creation there was indeed something symbolical in the roots of the primeval rock or the horns of the prehistoric herd. God also was a Cave-Man, and had also traced strange shapes of creatures, curiously coloured, upon the wall of the world; but the pictures that he made had come to life.

A mass of legend and literature, which increases and will never end, has repeated and rung the changes on that single paradox; that the hands that had made the sun and stars were too small to reach the huge heads of the cattle. Upon this paradox, we might almost say upon this jest, all the literature of our faith is founded. It is at least like a jest in this, that it is something which the scientific critic cannot see. He laboriously explains the difficulty which we have always defiantly and almost derisively exaggerated; and mildly condemns as improbable something that we have almost madly exalted as incredible; as something that would be much too good to be true, except that it is true. …

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December 15, 2008 at 11:26 am

Take My Life

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December 8, 2008 at 10:50 pm

What Child Is This

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December 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Love Divine

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Charles Wesley

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast;
Let us all in thee inherit, let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never, never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory, into glory, till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Words: Charles Wesley, 1747
Music: John Zundel, 1870
Other Info: midi

Sung at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on October 26

Written by Matthew

November 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm