Friday, April 05, 2013

House Rental

Rental for 2 Bed / 2 Bath in Naval Square (2420 Grays Ferry Ave.)
2 bed / 2 bath condo available for rent as of June 1, 2013 for $2400/month + utilities (electric, gas, internet). Cable- and FIOS-ready. Long-term rental preferred (2-3 years +). For more details, go to (password: grace). Contact:

Housemate Wanted – Christian Male

Tim Smoker and Jake Brown have an open bedroom for rent in a large 3BR house in South Philly, Passyunk Square neighborhood. They are both young professional men who are actively involved at Tenth.
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The Call

Now that I know April is poetry month, I'd like to post poems daily. Do you have a poem I could post? It may be religious or non-religious, serious or funny, of any style. This coming Sunday, Branch Fields will be singing a poem written by George Herbert (1593-1633). This is one of the "Five Mystical Songs," a musical composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams using Herbert's poems.

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.
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Soft Answer

Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Harsh speech only breeds resentment and stirs up anger. Indeed, the harsh word will stir up anger where there is peace. Many Christians are guilty of stirring up anger both within the Christian community and outside it, because of the harsh manner in which they speak. It is not enough to value truth; one must value speaking the truth in love. It is not enough to have wisdom to know the answer; one must have the wisdom to know how to communicate the answer.
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Thursday, April 04, 2013

You are invited to Spruce Hill/CCA's Annual Benefit


Did you know that April is poetry month? To get you in the spirit, listen to this reciter of poetry, the son of church planting parents.

Koop Memorial Service Saturday

The list of participants for Dr. Koop's memorial service on Saturday seems to be finalized. Rev. Ken Larter will give the homily. Dr. Phil Ryken will say a few words on behalf of Wheaton College and pray. Carroll Wynne and I will assist. Other guests coming are:
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Is Adam Real?

At our annual leadership retreat in January, Liam brought in Westminster professor Lane Tipton to present what is the latest controversy rising up in the evangelical and even Reformed world - the historicity of Adam. Was Adam a real historical person? If so, was he truly the first human being? This year's PCRT conference will be addressing that very issue. The conference is soon - April 19-21, but you still have time to register. Go here for more information and to register.

Winning the King's Favor

Proverbs 14:35

A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

The servant who has the king's favor deals wisely in two ways. The work that he carries out on behalf of the king is wisely done. He is efficient and fruitful in his labor; he makes wise decisions that benefit the king's welfare. Secondly, he is wise in his dealings with the king. He pays deference to him; he takes time to understand the king's personality and adapt to it. Thus, the servant is conscientious in his labor for the king and in his relations with the king. Read more »

Part-time administrator needed

Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) Philadelphia is seeking a part time administrator (15 hrs/week), with superb computer, organizational, and online publishing skills and also an interest in discipleship. For more information, or to apply, send resume and cover letter to pcanavan at

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Sunday Services 4/7/2013

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Rev. D. Marion Clark preaching, “God Is Not a Cemetery Keeper” (Mark 12:18–27). Hymns: ‘Round the Throne in Radiant Glory; My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less; Jesus Lives, and So Shall I.
Parish 3 will worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Gretchen Hull, piano.
(6:30):  Rev. Will Spokes preaching, “Counting the Cost” (Luke 14:25–33). Hymns: O Worship the King; Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus; A Debtor to Mercy Alone.

Righteousness That Exalts

Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.

Righteousness exalts a nation. It is good for a nation to excel in liberty; it is good for a nation to become prosperous and enable its people to prosper. It is good for a nation to protect its people from threats. But, as ultimately an individual is judged by his righteousness, so a nation. Read more »

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Women's Fellowship Tea

Come enjoy tea, pastries, and savories while you spend time with friends and meet new ones. Rebecca Marcos will share her testimony, and Pam Fay will provide special music on the viola.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fellowship Hall
Cost: $10

RSVP here or in Reception Hall after the morning services.  The deadline to register is Monday, April 8, and space is limited. Questions? Contact Christina Corbett.

Update:  Our deadline to RSVP is still Monday, April 8, and we will have the registration table on Sunday. However, we've learned that we need to place an order for some of the food items this Saturday. If you're planning to come, it would be helpful to have as many people as possible RSVP this week so we can estimate more accurately.

Public Wisdom

Proverbs 14:33

Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

The person of understanding possesses wisdom in his heart. He is wise because he is understanding of truth, of the ways of others, and most of all of God. To understand - to have the ability to listen and observe well so as to discern truth - that is the way and the source of wisdom. A person of understanding does not have to take courses to learn wisdom; he does not have to search for it; rather, wisdom already abides in him.
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Monday, April 01, 2013

Slip sliding away

Pat Canavan wastes no time. We're always worried about elevator trouble and the preschool needs play equipment. Voila! It's April 1 and Pat's already soliciting bids for a new emergency exit slide. Beautiful.

C. Everett Koop Memorial Service

Dr. C. Everett Koop's memorial service at Tenth will be held this Saturday. Prelude music begins at 1:30 and the service itself at 2:00. Expect the service to run a minimum of 90 minutes. Here is other basic information.
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Good and Bad Death

Proverbs 14:32

The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
but the righteous finds refuge in his death.

This is a recurring theme in proverbs. The wicked, who is seeking his advantage through evildoing, is actually causing his undoing. He is working against himself. Most of the wicked experience downfall in this life. They create enemies and make themselves enemies of the state, so that often they get caught and brought to justice, or are overthrown by other wicked competitors. Regardless of what happens in this life, all the wicked are overthrown in the next life. All receive their just reward, which is everlasting. God will not be mocked.
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