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New Song: His Mercy is More

"where sin increased, grace increased all the more" - Romans 5:20


We're learning a new song - His Mercy Is More - this Sunday at our 10:15 and 6pm services. Matt Boswell and Matt Papa have written a simple yet poignant song that reminds us that, whoever we are and whatever we've done, God's mercy is strong enough to cover our sin through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ, shed on the cross.

This simple song also helps to maintain a healthy balance in our diet of songs. Alongside our theologically rich, more dense songs and hymns, we need simple songs that remind us of simple, profound truths.

Here's the lyrics, and a link to a YouTube video of a really nice arrangement...



(Verse 1)
What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Verse 2)
What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Verse 3)
What riches of kindness he lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood 'neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

Copyright 2016 Messenger Hymns,Love Your Enemies Publishing
Administered by: Music Services, Inc., Love Your Enemies Publishing

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Singing with the Word at the Centre – Psalm 119

Last night was our annual Music Team Night at CCM for all our musicians and technicians. Our theme was FOCUS: Singing with the Word at the Centre.

We heard a talk from Psalm 119 on how God can work through our word ministry of music by His Holy Spirit to bring spiritual life, build the church and strengthen those who suffer. There were also practical seminars on Running Tech to Help us Sing for technicians and Removing Distractions for musicians.

You can listen to the first talk from Psalm 119 here.


Psalm 119:25-32 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

ד Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;
    preserve my life according to your word.
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
    teach me your decrees.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
    that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
    be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
    do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
    for you have broadened my understanding.

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We’re recording a new EP…

Here at CCM, we're about to launch a fundraising campaign for our second EP on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter!

Our Kickstarter page should go live any day now - it'll tell you all about the project and show you lots of ways you can get involved. For now, please pray that we might reach our funding goal, and please consider supporting us when the page goes live.

Stay tuned to www.christchurchmayfair.org/kickstarter for updates in the meantime!

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Loz’s top tips for London Uni Life

Hello there, and welcome to the Christ Church Mayfair blog.  If you’re reading this post, then it's likely you're gearing up to study in London this year: congratulations!! I had fab times studying here, but some tricky times too. So, as you get ready to make the move, here are a few tips for making it work as you start out…

Be a hunter-gatherer – Food is expensive and taking up a crossbow to hunt pigeons leads to a criminal record. Nevertheless, my body is a temple and my mind is a muscle! Both must be nurtured by food if I’m going to live another day. Identify nearest supermarkets. Identify reduced-to-clear aisles, and ask when reductions occur (I’ve eaten many delicious M&S dinners for under a fiver!). Download the Too Good to Go app to snap up discount restaurant leftovers. Got this all sorted?  Share your gourmet trophies with your new uni friends by hosting a meal. You’ll be a hero. You’re welcome.

Master TfL – Using the TFL Journeyplanner online combined with the Citymapper app makes journeys a breeze. Travelling lots? Save cash with a Student Oyster card, get a 16-25 Railcard and link it with your Oyster card to save even more. Best of all, get on a bike and save loads. Your borough or university might make you eligible for free cycle training. You'll be buzzing around the city in no time.

Make friends for life – After a decade in London as a student/Students’ Union employee/ University Chaplain/Church Student Worker I think this is the most important tip I have:

Seek out and invest in costly, quality Christian friendships in church.

There are loads of wonderful things about life in London but tough times come. Good Christian friends helping me live for Jesus in those moments is something I’ll never forget. Can I welcome you along to our friendly church family? You can visit Christ Church Mayfair on Sundays at 6pm (and stick around for tasty dinner when term starts!)

In the video below you can hear a bit more from a few of our current students at Christ Church Mayfair about their experience of London life and our church family life!

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Stay Connected this Summer

Summer’s here – it’s official. And this is a great thing! But as routines change, midweek bible study groups take a break and holidays happen, let me encourage you to take some Preventative Medicine in order to avoid Summer Drift (not a brand of washing powder. Read on.).

Summer Drift /sʌmə ˈdrɪft/ n Seasonal malady afflicting a number of Christians. Symptoms may include: spiritual lassitude, lack of bible reading/prayer, drop in church attendance, fall in spiritual zeal. Causes: disruption of routine; holidays may be viewed as ‘vacations from the Christian life’; reduced regular contact with other church family members. Possible outcomes: lower resistance to sin and temptation, cold heart towards the Lord and other believers, and in the worst cases, ‘forsaking your first love’ (Revelation 2:4) completely.

Without wishing to be alarmist, things can be tougher spiritually over the summer so let me urge us all to keep going. In summary: stay connected; stay close.

Stay close to the Lord and don’t be complacent. Be on your guard (1 Peter 5:8), put on your spiritual armour (Ephesians 6:10-18), ask for the Lord’s help and protection (e.g. Psalm 141:1-4) and ask a friend to pray for you.

  • Practically, it’s important to keep feeding on God’s Word, the Bible – if Jesus needed it, how much more do we, his followers?  He said: “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matt 4:4. You might want a break from your usual pattern of bible reading and prayer or you might be aware that the busyness of ‘normal life’ has meant you've had no usual pattern of late - why not see the summer as an opportunity to give your devotional life some CPR? Over the summer why not choose something different from what you were using or start again with something that will be refreshing and holiday-ish in a healthy way i.e. not nothing. For instance, a Psalm a day (maybe don’t start with 119. Or 117 come to that…). Or a little bible study booklet that covers a month such as The Good Book Guides on either a bible book (a good starting point is Galatians), or a topic such as Contentment or The Holy Spirit. I can’t recommend highly enough Spurgeon’s ‘Chequebook of the Bank of Faith’ –a bible promise for every day with a few encouraging thoughts from Charles himself.
  • Put a Christian book in your suitcase/on your e-reader, along with all the high-brow classics we’re sure you’ll be planning to read on the beach. It doesn’t have to be a deep and worthy (but stodgy and, frankly, heavy) theological tome. Take something you’re likely to read! How about ‘Perfect Sinners’ by Matt Fuller?  ‘Through Gates of Splendour’ by Elisabeth Elliot? ‘God’s Big Picture’ by Vaughan Roberts? ‘Loving the Way Jesus Loves’ by Phil Ryken?
  • Keep praying – wherever we are, a prayer of thanksgiving as we lay our weary heads on our pillows last thing at night and a prayer committing the day to the Lord before we open our eyes in the morning shouldn’t be beyond us at the least. For a bit of variety (and Ye Olde English), why not use a book of prayers such as ‘The Valley of Vision’? It’s, well, fab.
  • Download some sermons (ours are here) so that you can listen to one or two on the plane/by the pool/beside the seaside.

Stay close to other Christians We’re warned not to give up the habit of meeting together (Heb 10:25) – we’re pretty sure that includes summertime. Scripture tells us that as a church, we’re a body – we need each other to function properly and to help each other (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). So…

  • Keep making Sunday services a priority – it’s 10.15 and 6pm as usual at CCM and keep coming to the midweek meetings on Wednesdays in church. The ‘Summer Specials’ really are, erm, special.
  • Even if your regular midweek bible study group has stopped for the summer, it doesn’t mean your relationship with the members of that group is ended! Keep looking out for one another and having ‘holy conversation’– let’s not be embarrassed to ask one another how we’re going with the Lord/what he’s been teaching us about himself. Let’s resolve not to get the hump with one another if someone phones or emails to say ‘I haven’t seen you for a while and wanted to check you’re doing ok’ – it’s an expression of love and care among Christian brothers and sisters which is right and good. 
  • Got a bit more time over the summer? Sooper. Why not use it to invite some of the church family for a meal - it can be pasta and pesto for main and a yoghurt for pudding, it’s the getting together that counts.
  • Or, let’s be optimistic, why not arrange to meet for a picnic in one of London’s many beautiful parks (don’t forget your brolly. We’re optimistic but we’re not foolhardy).

It’s not rocket science, is it? But Summer Drift is a sneaky phenomenon that can creep up on us unawares so it’s worth resolving now not to be outwitted by it. Share concerns as well as ideas and Top Tips with other brothers and sisters. Let’s pray for one another as a church that we’ll come out of the summer in better shape spiritually than we went into it.

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Day of Judgement!

This week at CCM, we're learning a new song to help us engage with our upcoming sermon series on Amos. And it's on a topic we don't sing about much...

The theme of God's judgement is significant in Scripture. It's an uncomfortable one to speak about, let alone sing about. And as the general tone of Church music has become more joyful and celebratory over the years, we've lost some of the hymns that talk about judgement, lament over sin, and so on. The truth is, it's only by dwelling on these 'low' points of sin and judgement that we can understand and appreciate the 'high' points of the cross and eternal life.

The Olney Hymn book, published in 1779, contains the hymns of pastor John Newton and William Cowper (pronounced 'Cooper'), a poet in his congregation. Newton often wrote hymns to go with his sermons, and the Olney Hymns preserves the best of those, including  Amazing Grace and Cowper's God moves in a mysterious way. These hymns contain a great variety of topics presented with Newton's typical pastoral sensitivity.

This Sunday, we'll be learning an updated version of Newton's hymn Day of Judgement, day of wonders, which helps us feel the dread of that great final Day, and points us to the mercy we so desperately need in Christ. The lyrics are below, and you can find the lead sheet on our CCM Music page:

Day of judgment, day of wonders!
Hear the awful sound,
Louder than a thousand thunders,
Shakes the vast creation round!
2. Jesus calls: the dead awaken,
Rise from earth and sea;
All the pow’rs of nature shaken
by his look, prepares to flee:
When all earth and heaven melt away,
Gracious Saviour, own me in that Day!

3. Every knee shall bow before Him,
Every heart exposed;
All the stains of our rebellion
Clear before His judgement throne.
Under earth and heaven’s blackened sky,
Gracious Saviour, You were lifted high,
Bearing all the curse that my sin deserved
As You bled upon that tree:
God the judge hangs cursed for me.
4. Rise now, sinner: come to Jesus
Pardoning grace to know.
Meet Him now as gracious Saviour,
Not just then as Judge alone.
Original words by John Newton. Additional words & music by Ben Slee. © Ben Slee 2017.


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