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You Are Invited
Bring a Guest
Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:15 a.m.
Women’s Christmas Coffee
At Bay Presbyterian Church
“Tidings of Great Joy”
An Inspirational Message
By Rachael Crabb,
Author and nationally known speaker
Please R.S.V.P 239-498-9055
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | September 12, 2013
Bay Presbyterian Church Gets New Landscaping
It’s beginning to look like spring around here. After lots of hard work, all the plants for the new landscapes have been planted. The eight new Fox Palms are flourishing and we’ve received lots of wonderful rain to make our gardens bloom.
Given a little time to grow, we’ll have people stopping to look at the landscape as well as the steeple. Cintron did a fine job repairing our sprinkler system and designing and planting our landscape. Thank you Cintron.
Fox Palms line South Bay Drive in front of the church
We think you will like the new look!
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | August 27, 2013
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | August 21, 2013
The Wonder of Music
It blesses the soul; it brings joy to our hearts and sometimes it drives us crazy….
Pastor John loves to sing. He’ll come to the office singing a tune or we’ll hear him in his office whistling a hymn. Sometimes it’s one of those things that get in your head and you can’t stop singing the song over and over and over…
The most recent song was Rock of Ages. It’s a beautiful hymn but its origin was unknown to us. Here’s the story:
Composer Augustus Montague Toplady
The Rock of Ages
Augustus Montague Toplady (1740 to 1778), was an intelligent but sickly child. His doting mother was left to raise him after his father passed away when he was quite young. He was not particularly popular due to his intelligence; his frequent illnesses and some say his neurotic behavior.
Growing up wasn’t easy for Augustus but he developed a strong love for God at a very young age. He began preaching sermons at age 12 and by 14 he was writing hymns. By the time he was 22 he was ordained as an Anglican priest.
All through his life he was thought to be stubborn and arrogant, but that was not found to be true when reading his songs and poems. They show him as a humble and devoted servant of Christ. In his mid teens he wrote:
Refining Fuller, make me clean,
On me thy costly pearl bestow:
Thou art thyself the pearl I prize,
The only joy I seek below.
By his mid twenties he wrote “O, my Lord let not my ministry be approved only, or tend to be no more than conciliating the esteem and affections of my people to thy unworthy messenger; but to do the work of thy grace upon their hearts: call in thy chosen; seal and edify thy regenerate; and command thy everlasting blessing upon their souls! Save me from self-opinion, and from self-seeking; and may they cease from man, and look solely upon thee.
A strong Calvinist he was opposed to John Wesley’s Arminian theology. He wrote an article on God’s forgiveness with the purpose of rebutting Wesley’s statements. Rock of Ages was the poem that concluded his article. The irony of course, was that the poem/song ended up in many hymnals along side of John Wesley’s (Charles’s brother) songs.
Tradition has it that Augustus found his inspiration for “The Rock of Ages” during an incident in the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England. He was travelling from Blagdon when he was caught by a storm. He found a cleft in the rock for shelter. While waiting for the storm to pass, words came to him for the poem/song and he wrote them on a playing card. The spot where he took shelter has been named “The Rock of Ages” on maps and on the rock itself.
Rock of Ages
Rock of ages, cleft for me
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.
“The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer.”
– (Psalm 18:2)
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | August 19, 2013
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
With the roof done, the steeple in place, the offices renovated, the landscaping around the perimeter of the church done and now the bathrooms and sanctuary almost completed; it was time to address the rest of our landscaping. Take notice of the areas around the street and the parking lot on the north side. You’ll see the changes in three stages. Today, we have the old landscaping, and the in-between; without any landscaping. Check back later to see how the new plantings have enhanced our property. And then listen for the laughter.
Now without any landscaping
What’s coming next will be beautiful. We can’t wait for you to see it in person. ”Do I hear laughter?”
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | August 5, 2013