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Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched, weak and wounded, sick and sore;

Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity joined with pow’r;

He is able, He is able, He is able,

He is willing; Doubt no more;


Come, ye needy, come and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify;

True belief and true repentance, ev’ry grace that brings you nigh.

Without money, without money, without money,

Come to Jesus Christ and buy.


Come, ye weary, heavy laden, bruised and broken by the Fall;

If you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all.

Not the righteous, not the righteous, not the righteous–

Sinners Jesus came to call;


Let not conscience make you linger, not of fitness fondly dream;

All the fitness He requireth is to feel your need of Him;

This He gives you, this He gives you, this He gives you;

‘Tis the Spirit’s rising beam;


Lo! th’ incarnate GOD, ascended, pleads the merit of His blood;

Venture on Him, venture wholly, let no other trust intrude;

None but Jesus, none but Jesus, none but Jesus

Can do helpless sinners good.

Hymn by Joseph Hart, 1759

My brother has been visiting since yesterday.  (He left today.)  He is a retired airline pilot, so occasionally he drops in for a day or two.  It’s always a fun visit…a serendipity.

We always get into all kinds of discussions about all kinds of stuff:)  Theology is only one of the topics!  It is always interesting and fun.  None of us is lacking in an opinion of course!

My brother also loves to garden.  He is a square foot gardener.  So he started this morning by cleaning out our little flower bed’s area that was full of grass.  Now all the grass is gone, the squares are in place and the dirt is in place ready for plants.

The rest of the bed is also cleaned out and we will just have to mix some peat moss with the dirt and we’ll be able to plant the flowers there.  Everything is so nice and neat!  I’m very excited to have this all nice and ready for some prettiness.

 What Christ did for all our wretchedness

I know, I’m on a rabbit trail.  It is background though.  In our conversations, we have discussed the truth of our sinful, poor, wretchedness is completely resolved by the blood of Christ!  Look at verse five!

Christ is pleading for us by the merit of His blood.  Our salvation is based on Christ…totally on Christ, His righteousness and the work He did on the cross for us.  Could anything be more encouraging?  This is why we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  It is because of the work Christ did for us on the cross.  It is a work we could never do for ourselves, not in many lifetimes!

The arrangement below is a newer tune to this old hymn.

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