Lord’s Day 01/03 the story

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It is the first Lord’s Day of the new year. The first day many will gather together to worship corporately.We will gather together to worship God because of Jesus’ story – the gospel.

Many times this year we will come together because of this story, but will we tell it? Will we tell it daily to ourselves? Will we tell it to others?

Lord willing, this new year brings us another year of opportunities to tell Jesus’ story to others. Katherine Hankey’s poem I Love to Tell the Story (1866) seems appropriate to reflect on this week.

This poem/hymn is not a systematic theology on soteriology or a type of theological dissertation. It is a simple, heartfelt reminder of how sweet the gospel is to a Christian’s soul. How we should love to tell Jesus’ story.

I pray we do love to tell Jesus story both to ourselves and others this year.

I Love to Tell the Story

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else could do.

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.

I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.

I love to tell the story; for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it, like the rest,
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
‘Twill be the old, old story, that I have loved so long.

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1 Dan Smith January 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

Oh, that’s so good! I love that hymn! Now I just need to be better about what it talks about.

2 Terry January 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

This song has been going through my mind for two weeks…. using it as our theme for upcoming teacher training! And it is so true, – the more we tell it (to ourselves and others) the more “wonderfully sweet” it becomes. amen! Thanks for sharing it…

3 Mark Lamprecht January 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Dan and Terry, thank you for the encouragement and for dropping by.

4 Ing'utu Buckmire January 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Very encouraging post.

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