How to Participate
Use the order of service below to pray, read from God’s Word, sing, and hear this week’s sermon.
Order of Service for Sunday 10th May 2020
- THE CREW: 10-14s age-group [approx.] … meet Sunday 11:00am. The link has been sent to parents. Contact Alastair if you need: 0858501837
- Don’t miss the kids’ material today which again includes a video from Jimmy & Julie and a song.
- Since we’re looking at Psalm 3 today, check this out from singer/songwriter Phil Wickham:
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join:
- Introductory Message
- Praise to the LORD, the Almighty
Almighty God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thank you that you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. For you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. You watch over us and you neither slumber nor sleep.
In Your presence we confess our pride and self-reliance, and the many ways we have grieved you by our thoughts and words and deeds.
Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Saviour; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
- Assurance of Pardon: (Heidelberg Catechism Qu.1):
What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong — body and soul, in life and in death — to my faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
- He Will Hold me Fast
- Scripture Reading: Psalm 3
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. (2 Samuel 15-18)
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah
3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.
7 Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah
- Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our Father, we thank you for your word. Thank you that you hear the cries of your people. Thank you for lifting up our heads to be assured again of your steadfast love and care. Thank you that you are the same shield around us as you were for David and for our Lord Jesus.
Great is your faithfulness, O God our Father. As you have been, you forever will be. Morning by morning, new mercies we see. All we have needed your hand has provided: pardon for sin, a peace that endures, your own dear presence to cheer and to guide, strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow, and countless blessings.
We praise you too for the civil freedom we enjoy on this 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe over the tyranny of the Third Reich. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home. Help us to trust you in all the ups and downs of life. Please comfort those in our church family who are weighed down by many burdens. Grant your peace to students who are studying for exams amid much uncertainty; to those in business who are distressed and anxious; and to those who worry for frail or sick loved ones.
We acknowledge that all we have is a gift from you and belongs to you. As you have always provided, so please continue to give us our daily bread, and make us open-handed in generosity to others. Lift up our heads not only to see your strength and care, but also to see the needs of others around us — here and across the world. Come and have your way in our lives, by your Spirit. From you, and through you, and to you, are all things. To you be the glory for ever! Amen.
- Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me
- The Grace
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore, Amen.