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Worship Service At Internet Church Of Christ

For Week Of Sunday, August 6, 2006

Featuring "How To Love Strangers"
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      "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who
       wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:42 NASB)

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Welcome to the online worship service at Internet Church Of Christ. Here is a good place to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You are invited and are welcome at any time. Blessings to you in Him.

Opening Hymn

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1747); music is the hymn tune BEECHER, by John Zundel (1870); MIDI file by Bill McGinnis, altered from an existing Public Domain MIDI file. Everything here is Public Domain.

MIDI music file at

LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING - by Charles Wesley, 1747 -
                                       Public Domain 

             Love divine, all loves excelling,
             Joy of heav'n, 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 ev'ry trembling heart.

             Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
             Into ev'ry troubled breast;
             Let us all in Thee inherit,
             Let us find Thy 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 heav'n we take our place,
             Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
             Lost in wonder, love, and praise.


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             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    

                       *             *           *

         "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)


                       *             *           *

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

How To Love Strangers

"Give them what they ask for; give them what they really want; give them what they need."

First, Give Them What They Ask For

When a stranger asks you for something, give it to him, unless you have a really good reason not to. This is the first and most important level of loving someone: give him what he asks for. Don't ask him why he wants it. Don't pass judgment on him or his motives. Simply give him what he asks for. This comes first. Make it your personal policy to grant direct requests: if somebody asks you for something, give it to him. Get in the habit of saying "Yes" to requests.

Jesus was very clear on this point:

      "Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who
       wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:42 NASB)

Now of course we see the impossibility of giving every person everything he might ask of us: we would quickly give away everything we have, and we would then be unable to provide for ourselves and our families. Or would we? There is a whole school of thought which says that The Lord will repay us for helping others - even strangers - if we trust Him to do so. To me, Jesus seems to be teaching exactly that. But others disagree.

Either way, our first impulse should be to help however we can whenever anybody asks us directly for help; just as we would like to be helped if we ask somebody directly for it.

Next, Give Them What They Really Want

Many times people are afraid to ask for what they really want. So after you have given them whatever they ask for, go a step farther and try to determine what they really want. The easiest way is simply to ask: "What do you really want?" Then, within your abilities, give them what they really want.

Give Them What They Need

Many people are reluctant to ask for help, even if they need it very much. We should learn to be sensitive to the needs of others and provide for them, even if they do not ask for our help. But be careful about assuming too much: sometimes they would really prefer to do it themselves rather than to accept our help. Many older people, for instance, do not want help in getting in and out of cars, even though they appear to need help. They would rather do it themselves.

Always Follow The Law Of Love and The Golden Rule

The Law Of Love fulfills all of God's law for mankind in this one saying, "Love your neighbor as yourself." The Golden Rule puts The Law Of Love into action: "Treat others as you would like to be treated." The Law Of Love and The Golden Rule are really the same idea, expressed in two different ways.

                             The Law Of Love

       For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your
       neighbor as yourself." (Galatians 5:14 RSV)

       And who is your neighbor? Everyone is your neighbor!
       See Luke 10:25-37, "The Good Samaritan"

                             The Golden Rule
      "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for
       this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 RSV)


But What About Preaching The Gospel? Doesn't That Come First?

Some Christians believe that everybody needs Jesus Christ more than anything else, therefore we should always preach the Gospel first, before we help people in any other way. What about that?

Yes, it is true that Jesus Christ is more important than anything else. But we should never use this fact as an excuse not to help people who have other needs of immediate high priority. If someone needs food, feed him first. Then tell him about Christ when he more inclined to listen to you.


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Prayer For You

"To Help Us See Another's Point Of View"

MP3 Audio File at
Reading by Sweet-Talk Girl, Free, Public Domain.

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ -

NOTE:  When you read this prayer, try to imagine hearing my voice as I
       speak it to you.  In this way, the prayer is reactivated, and it 
       the same as if I were actually praying for you at that moment. 
       (Just like television prayers are reactivated when you watch 
       them, although the videotape may have been shot years before.)
"To Help Us See Another's Point Of View"
Sometimes we are so wrapped up in ourselves,
So worried with our own important lives,
That we do not take time to see the world,
Through someone else's eyes, the way he sees.
The Lord wants us to care for everyone,
To love our neighbor as we love ourselves,
But if we are to do as He commands,
We need to see our neighbor's point of view,
And give it the importance it deserves.

* * *

I pray the Lord will help us take the time,
And give to us the empathy we need,
In order that we may begin to see,
The world through eyes of others than ourselves.
And once we understand his point of view,
I pray the Lord will help us more to love,
Our neighbor as we surely love ourselves.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.

by William McGinnis, Public Domain

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Holy Communion

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If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as described in the ceremony.

Closing Hymn

"Do You Know Jesus?"

This is an original Christian worship song, in the Public Domain. Words and music by Rev. Bill McGinnis.

Play and download the MIDI music file at

DO YOU KNOW JESUS? - by Rev. Bill McGinnis, 1995 - Public Domain

      Do you know Jesus?
      Do you know Jesus?
      Do you know Jesus,
      And the wonder of His love?

      Yes, I know Jesus!
      Yes, I know Jesus!
      Yes, I know Jesus,
      And the wonder of His love!


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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