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To Love and Serve Him Supremely
All My Days

by Colonel Janet Munn



Victoria & Albert Museum London, England

Diana Ross & The Supremes –  (originally simply The Supremes Motown soundtrack


“Ain’t no mountain high enough

ain’t no river wide enough

and no valley low enough

to keep me from you . . .”


Though you pass through the waters I will be with you.

When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  (Isaiah 43:2)



The Love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell

It goes beyond the highest star

And reaches to the lowest hell


O love of God

How rich and pure

How measureless and strong

It shall forevermore endure

The saints and angels’ song


Could we with ink the ocean fill

And were the skies of parchment made

Were every stalk on earth a quill

And every man a scribe by trade

To write the love of God above . . .

Would drain the ocean dry.

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.


Nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God.


Romans 8: 35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

. . . I am convinced that neither life nor death,

neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

neither height, nor depth. . .

Neither mountains nor rivers nor valleys . . .

Nothing in all creation can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


The love of God

How wide, and long and high and deep.

Surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3)


Past finding out

Love surpasses knowledge

The love that will not let us go.

This love seeks and saves the lost.

This love is supreme, and extreme – it desires to cleanse the leper, to forgive the sinner, to heal the broken hearted, to rescue the perishing, to care for the dying.

This love of God – supreme love, this God who loves supremely – always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails


Love covers over a multitude of sins

Love is the most excellent way

1 Corinthians 13


The supreme love of God

God loves us supremely . . . We love Him because He first loved us.

Because ours is a responsive love -- We can love supremely.


Mad Munn – husband’s ancestor, contemporary of  Wm & Catherine Booth.  Do anything to communicate the gospel.


Love and serve God supremely all my days? 

Is this madness?  There are lots of other things we could all be doing!

Making some money

Living where we want to live – be comfortable.

Do what we want – not under people’s criticism, scrutiny, authority.

Wear what we want.


Office door in Manchester corps:

2 Corinthians 5:13-15

If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God.

If we are in our right mind, it is for you.

For the love of Christ compels us – because we are convinced that one died for all.

And therefore all died.

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.


Our lives are not our own – because we believe Christ died for us and for all – therefore we MUST live to love and serve Him supremely.

To serve the present age.

Beyond our comforts.

Beyond what is to what can be

Beyond our personal preferences to the will of God,


To love and serve him supremely all my days





Basketball team with an excellent record during the games, but their record showed that whenever this very good team got into overtime, if the game was ever tie score at the end of the regular time, and therefore the teams went into overtime, this particular team always lost in overtime.  Otherwise good record.


Don’t lose in overtime – all my days!


Live in obedience for a while and then falter – suffer great loss.


Victim of our own successes.  Great grace, anointing, prosperity, blessing upon our lives, ministry. Labours.


  • Retired International Leader of TSA – great spiritual pressure and temptation

  • Order of the Founder – elder, hero, mentor of mine – “under tremendous demonic oppression”

  • Retired life-time missionary to Africa – faced death many times, nearly 4 decades in highly unstable African context.  Now retired in England – described this time in her life as the most difficult yet – most temptations to her own soul, to compromise, to say “no” to the Spirit’s demands.

  • My own father in retirement – lifetime of obedience and faithful service to the Lord as devout follower of Jesus and local church pastor over period of 50 years.


Love and serve him supremely all my days


Don’t lose in overtime –


  • Best wine for last.  Deepest communion with Jesus Christ.

  • Revival among our retired officers

  • Wisdom and covering of authority from older to younger

  • But receiving of zeal, passion, creativity, vision from young to older too.


Let’s love and serve Him supremely –

Not with mediocrity – but supremely

All our days.

Rejecting cynicism, callousness, coldheartedness, lukewarmness, unbelief.—tender . .

Stay fresh and hopeful and clean hearted and trusting – in our earlier days and now..


Dad as young pastor – summoned urgently to elderly man in his church, on his deathbed, who had something important to say to his young pastor.  My father hurried to the man’s bedside, leaned down to hear the words, “I still love the Lord”. 


This is the way to end – devoted in love to the Lord, supremely, all my days, to the very end.



All my days and all my hours

All my will and all my powers

All the passion of my soul

No a fragment but the whole

Shall be thine dear Lord,

Shall be thine dear Lord.








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