O Christ, Our Hope
Translated by: John Chandler
Music: Latin, c. 8th cent.
O Christ, our hope, our heart’s desire,
And our life’s boundless spring!
Redeemer of this fallen world,
Its Savior and its King,
Its Savior and its King.
How vast the mercy and the love
Which led Thee to the tree,
And on this cross, Lord, Thou hast died
To set Thy people free,
To set Thy people free.
But now the bands of death are burst,
The ransom has been paid;
And Thou art on Thy Father’s throne,
In glorious robes arrayed,
In glorious robes arrayed.
O may Thy mighty love prevail
Our sinful souls to spare;
O may we come before Thy throne,
And find acceptance there!
And find acceptance there!
O Christ, be Thou our lasting joy,
Our ever great reward!
Our only glory may it be
To glory in the Lord,
To glory in the Lord.
All praise to Thee, ascended Lord;
All glory ever be
To Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
Through all eternity,
Through all eternity.
How Firm a Foundation
Words: “K” – from Rippon’s “Selection of Hymns” (1787)
Music: John Francis Wade
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus hath fled.
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am your God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, Help thee and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”
O Christ, our Hope! Our heart’s desire!
When we were lost and in despair,
You died and rose to save our souls;
You are life’s boundless Spring,
Our Savior and our King!
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”
My Hope is Built
Words: Edward Mote
Music: William Bradbury
My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus name.
On Christ, the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come
With trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
“Filling Our Flasks With Oil” — Part 2
Message given by Peter McNaughton on October 17, 2021
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”
The Building Christ for the Body of Christ
7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.