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 14th June 2020
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join: (Meeting ID: 393 542 5087; Password: 565320)
- New online reading group continues on Thursday (18th June) 8:00-9:00pm. Led by Dr. Joe Rivera (lecturer in theology at DCU). Selected readings from John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion. Join us: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/j/95725012667 (An email has been sent out with the reading, but if anyone needs, please get in touch.)
- QUIZ! Saturday 20th June, 8:00-9:30pm (ish). All welcome. (Anyone camera-shy can join and keep their video off!) A link for joining will be sent during the week.
1. Introductory message from Alastair (including the kid’s talk with ‘Jimmy and Julie’!)
2. Behold our God
3. Prayer (from the late Rev. John Stott CBE, adapted from “I” to “we”):
Heavenly Father, we worship you as the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Lord Jesus, we worship you, Saviour and Lord of the world.
Holy Spirit, we worship you, sanctifier of the people of God.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, we pray that we may live this day in your presence and please you more and more.
Lord Jesus, we pray that this day we may take up our cross and follow you.
Holy Spirit, we pray that this day you will fill us with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God, have mercy upon us.
4. Assurance of pardon:
The Gospel Song: https://youtu.be/k6njV2Jriic
5. The Apostles’ Creed
We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
and in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and the life everlasting.
6. Scripture Reading: Psalm 8 (NIV 1984)
For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
7. Scripture Reading: Hebrews 2: 5-18 (NIV 1984)
5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:
“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honour
8 and put everything under his feet.”
In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12 He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”
And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Music: How Great Thou Art: https://youtu.be/VnK6jcWrBsM
Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there is none like you. O LORD our Lord, how majestic is your name! You have set your glory above the heavens, yet in Christ came down to be lifted high upon a cross. Who are we that you are mindful of us? Who are we that you should set your love upon us? We have not worshipped you as we ought. We have not lived for your honour and glory. We have not cared for your world, or for each other. We have spoiled and ruined what you gave us. Yet you have not treated us as our sins deserve. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you that he has defeated sin and death, and will rule forever and ever. O LORD our Lord how majestic is your name.
Grant that our whole congregation may soon be able to gather again as your people to worship you. Restore us to fellowship and worship and life together. Help us to care for one another, both physically and spiritually. Cause us to grow both in depth and in number, not for our name’s sake, but for your glory. And in our weakness, prove your power. Move by your Holy Spirit to create faith and repentance and new life, as we hold out your word. Renew us inwardly, even though outwardly we are wasting away. Help us not to lose heart, but to persevere in faith, hope and love, setting our minds on things above. Give us courage to stand against the devil’s lies, and to speak the truth though it may be hated.
Turn our leaders in government into worshippers of the Lord Jesus. Plant in them a love for your word and a passion to pursue justice and righteousness. And please Lord, in your common grace, grant that all throughout this land might honour the sanctity of life. Bring conviction of sin. Turn us back to the truth about what is good and what is evil. And for your church, Lord, make us faithful to your word. Fill us with love for each other, and compassion for every person we meet. Make us fruitful in every good work. For you have called us, and you equip us, and we believe that you are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within us.
We pray this in Jesus’ name, and for his sake.
11. And can it be?
12. The Grace
And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore, Amen.