Message for September 12, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

Pastor Charles B. Widmeyer wrote the words and music for the  gospel song “Come and Dine” in 1906. This song was written following the reading of John 21.  It is based on an incident described in John 21:1-14 in which Peter and half a dozen of the other disciples had fished all night and had nothing to show for it. But Jesus was on the shore and had apparently not only caught fish, but prepared them, along with some breakfast toast. He called for them to make one more cast of their net “on the right side of the boat”. The amazing result was a catch so great that they had trouble hauling the net into the boat. When they came ashore, the Lord invited them to “Come and dine.”  This was an example of the loving care and provision of the Lord.  He provided for them in a very practical way as He does for us today.
“Come and Dine” 
Jesus has a table spread Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed and supplies our every need:
Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time
“Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine”;
You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;
He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, “Come and dine.”
The disciples came to land, thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire, Bread and fish upon the fire; Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.
Soon the Lamb will take His bride to be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assemble be; Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight, All the saints in spotless white; and with Jesus they will feast eternally.

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