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What we can learn from Isaac Watts 1674-1748 ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

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Our service today will be lead by Maureen & julie capas Anna/ sue’s life group will be speaking on What we can learn from: Isaac Watts 1674-1748 ‘ Father of English hymnody’

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Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Talk 1 - Wally Fahrer Ephesians 5:18-20 Being filled with the spirit Isaac Watts 1674-1748 ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

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Talk 1 - Wally Fahrer Ephesians 5:18-20 Being filled with the spirit

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Talk 2 – John Coleman LIFE and times of Isaac Watts 1674-1748 ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

Life & Times of Isaac Watts:

Life & Times of Isaac Watts Birth: July 17, 1674, Southampton, England Brought up in a non-conformist church and family. His father was a deacon of a congregational church . ‘Academic genius’ - as a boy, he was learning Latin at the age of four, Greek at the age of nine, and Hebrew by the time he was thirteen

Life & Times of Isaac Watts:

Life & Times of Isaac Watts At age seven, he wrote an acrostic spelling out the letters of his name. This acrostic not only showed his brilliance, but also the strong Calvinistic theology which was characteristic of his life.

Isaac Watts:

Isaac Watts "I" - I am a vile, polluted lump of earth   " S" - So I've continued ever since my birth  "A" - Although Jehovah, grace doth daily give me  "A" - As sure this monster, Satan, will deceive me  "C" - Come therefore, Lord, from Satan's claws relieve me. "W" - Wash me in Thy blood, O Christ  "A" - And grace divine impart  "T"  - Then search and try the corners of my heart  "T" - That I in all things may be fit to do  "S" - Service to Thee, and Thy praise too.

Life & Times of Isaac Watts:

Life & Times of Isaac Watts Known as the "Father of English hymnody” A prolific and popular hymn-writer, credited with some 750 hymns. The early 18th Century England saw a rise in the view of reason. It was called the “Age of Enlightenment” it was noted for its lack of religious enthusiasm.

Life & Times of Isaac Watts:

Life & Times of Isaac Watts Addressed the issues and false teaching facing the church in his day. Man of logic - His book on logic became standard text on logic at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, being used at Oxford for well over 100 years. Minister and theologian

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Isaac watts died 25 November 1748 at Abney Park in Stoke Newington, in the London Borough of Hackney, Isaac Watts' tomb in Bunhill Fields

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Talk 3 – Val Stewart O God our help in ages past Isaac Watts Hymn ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

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PSALM 90: 1-4 (NASB) 1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born; or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 3 You turn man back into dust And say, “Return, O children of men.” 4 For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.

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PSALM 91: 1-4 (NASB) 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” 3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper; and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark…

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Hebrews 4:12 (NASB) 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart

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Matthew 4:4b (NASB) (Jesus answered) “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Summary Psalms 90-91:

Summary Psalms 90-91 God is always there – He is eternal He has helped us in the past – therefore we know for certain He will help us in the future He is our security - He is our shelter He watches over us as a mother hen watches over her chicks He knows everything that is happening to us – He will not abandon us

Summary Psalms 90-91:

Summary Psalms 90-91 He was there at the beginning He will be there at the end Most of all He loves us – He sent His Son Jesus to die for us

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O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home. Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defence is sure.

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Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same. A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone, Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun.

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O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home. Isaac Watts 1674-1748 CCLI License # 266599

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Talk 4 – Don Stewart ‘Join all the glorious names of wisdom, love and power ’ Isaac Watts Hymn ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

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Join all the glorious names of wisdom, love and power; That mortals ever knew, that angels ever bore. All are too poor, to speak His worth, Too poor to set my Saviour forth. Great Prophet and my God, my tongue would bless thy name, By Thee the joyful news of our salvation came. The joyful news of sins forgiven, Of Hell subdued and peace with Heaven.

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Jesus my great High Priest, offered His blood and died; My guilty conscience seeks no sacrifice besides, His powerful blood did once atone, And now it pleads before the Throne. My Saviour and my Lord, my conqueror and King, Thy matchless power and love, thy saving grace I sing; Thine is the power – oh may I sit, In willing bonds beneath Thy feet. Then let my soul arise, and tread the tempter down; My captain leads me forth, to conquest and a crown. The feeblest saint shall win the day, Though death and hell obstruct the Way! Isaac Watts (1674-1748) CCLI License # 266599

Join all the glorious names :

Join all the glorious names Join all the glorious names of wisdom, love and power; That mortals ever knew, that angels ever bore. All are too poor, to speak His worth, Too poor to set my Saviour forth.

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Talk 5 – Sue Fahrer What we can learn from Isaac Watts 1674-1748 ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

Lessons from Isaac Watts:

Lessons from Isaac Watts WE NEED TO STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH

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CROSS CURRENTS

Lessons from Isaac Watts:

Lessons from Isaac Watts WE NEED TO STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH A living faith that impacts others in our world

Lessons from Isaac Watts:

Lessons from Isaac Watts WE NEED TO STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH A living faith that impacts others in our world A total reliance on God and continue to walk with Him. Never under estimate the impact of our witness

Lessons from Isaac Watts:

Lessons from Isaac Watts WE NEED TO STAND FIRM IN OUR FAITH Put on the whole armour of God Ephesians 6:10-13

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Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand .

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stand firm & cross the river together.

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Talk 6 – Anna Pisani The Challenge of Isaac Watts 1674-1748 ‘Father of English hymnody’ ’

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‘It is not to be expected that we should love God supremely if we have not known him to be more desirable than all other things.’ Isaac Watts Isaac Watts quote : worship

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‘Has he formed my soul to delight and love and has he confined these sweet and pleasurable capacities only to be employed about creatures, when the Creator himself is supreme in loveliness? Will not this most amiable of beings expect that I should love himself, and give me leave to make him my delight?’ Discourse on the Love of God and Its Influence on All the Passions: With a Discovery of the Right Use and Abuse of Them in Matters of Religion Isaac Watts quote: love and worship

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‘The Great God values not the service of men, if the heart be not in it: The Lord sees and judges the heart; he has no regard for outward forms of worship, if there be no inward adoration, if no devout affection be employed therein . It is therefore a matter of infinite importance, to have the whole heart engaged steadfastly for God. ’ Isaac Watts Isaac Watts quote: Worship

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‘Where the love of God reigns in the affections…the eye will often look up to God in a way of faith and humble dependence; the ear will be attentive to his holy word; the hand will be lifted up to heaven in daily requests; the knee will be bended in humble worship; all the outward powers will be busy in doing the will of God and promoting his glory.’ Discourse on the Love of God and Its Influence on All the Passions: With a Discovery of the Right Use and Abuse of Them in Matters of Religion Isaac Watts quote: love and worship

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The Challenge NO 1 - PASSIONATE FAITH Our Love of God is key Do we love God supremely to the point that He is more desirable than all other things in our life? How open is our heart to receive Him?

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‘Let us remember, that the very power of singing was given to human nature chiefly for this purpose, that our own warmest affections of soul might break out into natural or divine melody, and that the tongue of the worshipper might express his own heart.’ Isaac Watts Discourse on the Love of God and Its Influence on All the Passions: With a Discovery of the Right Use and Abuse of Them in Matters of Religion Isaac Watts quote: on praise

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‘In vain we tune our formal songs, In vain we strive to rise; Hosannas languish on our tongues, And our devotion dies. Come Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove, With all thy quick’ning powers; Come, shed abroad a Saviour’s love, And that shall kindle ours Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove. Isaac Watts quote: on praise

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‘The revelation of God in an illustrious manner supplies the deficiencies of our reason, and enlightens our natural darkness in the knowledge of divine things.’ The ruin and recovery of mankind: or an attempt to vindicate the Scriptural account of these great events upon the plain principles of reason. Isaac Watts quote: limitations of reason

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The Challenge NO 2 - INSPIRATIONAL FAITH Have we made Jesus both our Lord and Saviour of our life? Are we honouring Him with our lips or are we actually honouring Him with our hearts?

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Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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‘Forbid it Lord that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God: All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.’ Isaac Watts When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Isaac Watts quote : Boasting Only in the Cross (Galatians 6:14)

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The Challenge NO 3 - MOTIVATIONAL FAITH Have we got our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith ? What motivates us? (How can we show the love of God to others with our God given gifts - can we see injustices around us where we can make a difference ?)

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‘I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity on them’ Isaac Watts Isaac Watts quote: Faith, Eternity

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The Challenge NO 4 - PASSING ON THE BATON OF FAITH What legacy are we leaving? Do we feel sorrow over sin and joy over the Gospel? Are we prepared to share the Gospel? Are we prepared to be discipled and then disciple others and pass that baton on to the next generation?

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‘How divinely full of glory and pleasure shall that hour be when all the millions of mankind that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God shall meet together and stand around Him, with every tongue and every heart full of joy and praise! How astonishing will be the glory and the joy of that day when all the saints shall join together in one common song of gratitude and love, and of everlasting thankfulness to this Redeemer! With that unknown delight, and inexpressible satisfaction, shall all that are saved from the ruins of sin and hell address the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice in His presence!’ Isaac Watts Isaac Watts quote: Heaven, Joy, Thankfulness’

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The Challenge So the question is: are you going to grab the baton and be the next 'runner in the race‘?

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