Last weekend, we had some special services at Garden City Church. Several of our old friends from Michigan came down and helped us present a weekend that taught folks about the nature of the faith of some of our forebears. This included an historical encampment of the French and Indian War Era which lasted from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. We had times of fellowship, discussion, teaching and singing, but the best part of it all was our outdoor church service on Sunday morning. The young man pictured above gave a wonderful dramatic presentation of the life of David Brainerd, a missionary to the Native Americans back in the early 1700’s. This was the central part of our service. It was a challenge to look to Christ and His great gift of salvation and respond to it with all of our being. Colossians 3:1-4 direct us to this end, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” I encourage you to listen to the audio of Kyle’s presentation and hear this passage of Scripture as it was demonstrated in the life of this extraordinary man.
The Life of David Brainerd – AUDIO
We also had some fun in our song time. I am a big fan of Reformation Era Church History and one of the things I like the most is to see how these churches conducted their worship. One trademark of the Reformed Churches in the 1500-1700’s was their singing of the Psalms in public worship. Taking the Anglo-Genevan Psalter (a paraphrase of all 150 Psalms set to rhyme for public singing that was used in English speaking churches in Switzerland beginning in the 1550’s) we sang what was to them, the Amazing Grace of their day, the Old 100th. What a great thing to sing the Word of God!
The Old 100th – AUDIO
You lands and peoples of the earth,
Before the Lord, your joy shout forth,
Serve Him with Gladness all your days,
Come unto Him songs of praise.
Know that the Lord is God alone,
He made us and we are His own,
His people who extols His ways,
The Sheep that in His pastures graze.
Come, enter then His gates with praise,
And in His courts your voices raise,
Give thanks to Him and bless His Name,
With in His courts your joy proclaim.
The Lord is good and evermore,
His love and mercy will endure,
All generations He will bless,
In His unchanging faithfulness.
I hope that you are encouraged as you listen!