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For Week Of Sunday, May 14, 2006 - Mothers Day
Featuring A New Mothers Day Song, Plus The Topic
"What To Pray When You Are Facing Immediate Death."

         And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord
         Jesus, receive my spirit." - Acts 7:59(RSV
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Acts.7 [59] And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

Opening Hymn

"Happy Mothers Day To You" - MIDI Music And Lyrics

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO YOU - by Rev. Bill McGinnis, 2006  - Public Domain

    Happy Mothers Day to you,
    For everything you do;
    From the morning to night,
    You do everything right.
    Happy Mothers Day to you!

                           In memory of Christine H. McGinnis

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Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.


             O Lord, we come together in Your name,
             And as You promised, we know You are here.
             We now invite You to reveal Yourself,
             And share with us Your presence, openly,
             In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

MP3 digital audio file available at
FREE. Public Domain.

The Lord, Himself, taught us to pray like this . . .

                     The Lord's Prayer 
          Our Father, who art in heaven,
            hallowed be thy Name,
            thy kingdom come,
            thy will be done,
              on earth as it is in heaven.
          Give us this day our daily bread.
          And forgive us our trespasses,
            as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation,
            but deliver us from evil.
          For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
            for ever and ever. Amen.
                      Source: Book Of Common Prayer, based on
                              Matthew 6:9-13    

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         "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
          will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their
          trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
          (Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)

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The Six Certainties Of The Christian Faith

1. There is one God, Creator of all things.

2. The Bible is the inspired written Word of God, sufficient to guide all human action.

3. Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God.

       The words "only-begotten" mean "only-fathered," that
       is, Jesus is the only human ever directly physically
       fathered by God.

4. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, then rose from the dead, by the power of God, and lives today in Heaven and in the hearts of those who believe in Him.

5. If we believe in Him, we will not perish, but will have eternal life, forever with Him.

            "For God so loved the world, that he gave his
             only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
             in him should not perish, but have everlasting
             life." (John 3:16 KJV)

"Believing in Him" means: that we accept the fact that He is Son of God, risen from the dead; that we accept Him as our own personal Lord; that we try to follow His commandments as best we know how; that we are always willing to declare our faith in Him, openly and without hesitation. This fifth certainty leads easily into "The Gospel Of Jesus Christ, Simplified," which is . . .
              "You give yourself totally to Him, and
               He takes good care of you forever."

6. The most important thing He wants us to do is to love: to love God first of all, then to love all other people the same as we love ourselves, using His love for us as our example. We do this best by following the Golden Rule, which summarizes and encompasses all of God's Law for mankind. Jesus said that the Golden Rule IS "the law and the prophets."

The Golden Rule

"Treat others as you would like to be treated."

      "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
       you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
       (Matthew 7:12 KJV)
         Note that He says, "for this IS the law and the prophets,"
         not "for this is required by the law and the prophets."
Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

           I have accepted Jesus as my Lord;
           I know that God has raised Him from the dead,
           And now He dwells within me, in my heart.
           I love the Lord, and only Him I serve;
           I have no fear, for I am in His hands.


Worship Poem

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Words by Reginald Heber; music - "Nicaea," by John B. Dykes. MIDI sequence, anonymous. All are Public Domain.

MIDI music file at

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY! - by Bishop Reginald Heber, 1827 - Public Domain

        Holy, holy, holy!
        Lord God Almighty!
        Early in the morning
        Our song shall rise to Thee!
        Holy, holy holy!
        Merciful and mighty!
        God in Three Persons,
        Blessed Trinity!
        Holy, holy, holy!
        All the saints adore Thee!
        Casting down their golden crowns
        Around the glassy sea;
        Cherubim and seraphim
        Falling down before Thee,
        Who wert, and art, and
        Evermore shalt be.
        Holy, holy, holy!
        Though the darkness hide Thee!
        Though the eye of sinful man
        Thy glory may not see;
        Only Thou art holy!
        There is none beside Thee,
        Perfect in pow'r in
        Love, and purity.
        Holy, holy, holy!
        Lord God Almighty!
        All Thy works shall praise Thy name,
        In earth, and sky, and sea;
        Holy, holy holy!
        Merciful and mighty!
        God in Three Persons,
        Blessed Trinity!

Scriptures And Teachings

What To Pray When You Are Facing Immediate Death:
"Lord Jesus, receive my spirit," following the example of Stephen, when he was stoned to death.

It seems certain to me that many people have at least a few moments of warning before they die, when they know that they will probably die within the next few seconds but still have time for a very short prayer. For instance, the truck pulls across your path, and you cannot possibly stop your car in time; or you have just fallen off a ship on the ocean, unnoticed, and you cannot swim. If this happens to you, what should you pray?

The Bible gives one clear example, and I will try to follow it if I am ever facing certain death within the next few seconds; and that is the example of Stephen being stoned to death, as reported in the Bible, in the book of Acts.

The reason why Stephen was stoned is itself an excellent story, and I will give it here, starting in Acts, chapter six, verse seven. Stephen's speech, which enraged his opponents, provides an essential summary of the history of Israel from Abraham through the crucifixion of Jesus.

[7] And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

[8] And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

[9] Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyre'nians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cili'cia and Asia, arose and disputed with Stephen.

[10] But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

[11] Then they secretly instigated men, who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."

[12] And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council,

[13] and set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law;

[14] for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us."

[15] And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.



[1] And the high priest said, "Is this so?"

[2] And Stephen said: "Brethren and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopota'mia, before he lived in Haran,

[3] and said to him, `Depart from your land and from your kindred and go into the land which I will show you.'

[4] Then he departed from the land of the Chalde'ans, and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living;

[5] yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him in possession and to his posterity after him, though he had no child.

[6] And God spoke to this effect, that his posterity would be aliens in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and ill-treat them four hundred years.

[7] `But I will judge the nation which they serve,' said God, `and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.'

[8] And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

[9] "And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him,

[10] and rescued him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him governor over Egypt and over all his household.

[11] Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food.

[12] But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent forth our fathers the first time.

13] And at the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh.

[14] And Joseph sent and called to him Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five souls;

[15] and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, himself and our fathers,

[16] and they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

[17] "But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt

[18] till there arose over Egypt another king who had not known Joseph.

[19] He dealt craftily with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, that they might not be kept alive.

[20] At this time Moses was born, and was beautiful before God. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house;

[21] and when he was exposed, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

[22] And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.

[23] "When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.

[24] And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking the Egyptian.

[25] He supposed that his brethren understood that God was giving them deliverance by his hand, but they did not understand.

[26] And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and would have reconciled them, saying, `Men, you are brethren, why do you wrong each other?'

[27] But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, `Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

[28] Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?'

[29] At this retort Moses fled, and became an exile in the land of Mid'ian, where he became the father of two sons.

[30] "Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.

[31] When Moses saw it he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look, the voice of the Lord came,

[32] `I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.' And Moses trembled and did not dare to look.

[33] And the Lord said to him, `Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

[34] I have surely seen the ill-treatment of my people that are in Egypt and heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.'

[35] "This Moses whom they refused, saying, `Who made you a ruler and a judge?' God sent as both ruler and deliverer by the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush.

[36] He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.

[37] This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, `God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up.'

[38] This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living oracles to give to us.

[39] Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt,

[40] saying to Aaron, `Make for us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'

[41] And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and rejoiced in the works of their hands.

[42] But God turned and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: `Did you offer to me slain beasts and sacrifices, forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?

[43] And you took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of the god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship; and I will remove you beyond Babylon.'

[44] "Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen.

[45] Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations which God thrust out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David,

[46] who found favor in the sight of God and asked leave to find a habitation for the God of Jacob.

[47] But it was Solomon who built a house for him.

[48] Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands; as the prophet says,

[49] `Heaven is my throne, and earth my footstool. What house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?

[50] Did not my hand make all these things?'

[51] "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

[52] Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered,

[53] you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it."

[54] Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him.

[55] But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God;

[56] and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God."

[57] But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him.

[58] Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. [59A

] And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

[60] And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.


Exhortation For Today

                  Knowing Jesus Is What Matters
   One of the clearest marks of having come to Jesus is the rest we
   experience from the unrest of the world and unclean and unforgiving
   attitudes (Mt. 11:28). God says that two evils among His people are
   that they have forsaken the fountain of living waters and made
   cisterns that cannot hold water (Jer. 2:13). Jesus is the fountain,
   and nothing on earth can give life. Those who hold on to doctrines
   without coming to Jesus are Pharisees. They find fault with those who
   want to soar to Jesus and bind them down with rules like birds in a
   cage (Jer. 5:26,27). It is not conformity to external behaviour that
   we should look for in people, but the perfume that comes from a
   knowledge of Jesus.

Source: from Summary of meeting: Christian Fellowship Centre,
 Bangalore, India #118/1996, Saturday, December 28 by Jacob Ninan

Prayer For You

                "To Those Who Have Their Doubts"
             To those who have their doubts about the Lord,
             Who read the Word, but cannot hear its voice,
             Who view the world, but cannot see Design,
             For you I have have a special prayer today:
             I pray the Lord will open up your eyes,
             And let you see His glory all around.
             In Jesus' name I pray for you, Amen.

Holy Communion

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Closing Hymn

Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies

Words by Charles Wesley, Public Domain. Original hymn tune OMNIA GLORIA by Bill McGinnis. Original music, arrangement, and MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis, Public Domain.

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CHRIST, WHOSE GLORY FILLS THE SKIES - by Charles Wesley , 1707-1788
                                         Public Domain

                 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
                 Christ, the true, the only Light,
                 Sun of Righteousness, arise,
                 Triumph o'er the shades of night;
                 Day-spring from on high, be near;
                 Day-star, in my heart appear.
                 Dark and cheerless is the morn
                 Unaccompanied by thee;
                 Joyless is the day's return,
                 Till thy mercy's beams I see;
                 Till they inward light impart,
                 Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
                 Visit then this soul of mine,
                 Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
                 Fill me, Radiancy Divine,
                 Scatter all my unbelief;
                 More and more thyself display,
                 Shining to the perfect day.
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As we complete our worship service today, I leave you with this blessing . . .
       EPHESIANS 3:14-21 (KJV)
               For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord
               Jesus Christ,
               Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
               That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
               glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the
               inner man;
               That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye,
               being rooted and grounded in love,
               May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
               breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
               And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
               that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
               Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above
               all that we ask or think, according to the power that
               worketh in us,
               Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
               all ages, world without end. Amen.


This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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