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 19th April 2020
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join:
- See resources on our Prayer page:
- Introductory message to church family and guests
- All people that on earth do dwell (Psalm 100) (NB. the words are below the video)
- Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet
- Take a minute in silence to search your own heart and confess your sins
(thought, word, and deed) before God.
- Prayer – Take time to read and pray slowly (from the ‘Valley of Vision’ collection of prayers)
Merciful Lord, pardon all the sins of my life,
of omission and commission,
of lips, life and walk,
of hard-heartedness, unbelief, pride,
of bringing dishonour to your great name,
of impurity in thought, word and deed,
of covetousness, which is idolatry.
Pardon all my sins, known and unknown, felt and unfelt, confessed and unconfessed, remembered or forgotten.
Good Lord, hear; and hearing, forgive! Amen.
- Assurance of pardon (from Heidelberg Catechism, questions 59-60)
By true faith in Jesus Christ, I am right with God and heir to life everlasting.
Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I have never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.
All I need to do is accept this gift of God with a believing heart.
- Speak, O Lord
- Scripture Reading: Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
- Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
O God our Father, who are we that you are mindful of us? Who are we that you have set your love upon us?
For you so loved the world that you gave your one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. We praise you that he did not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. For he was obedient to death – even death on a cross! With a crown of thorns we mocked him, but now we boast in him. For he is our righteousness, holiness and redemption; he is our life and peace, our joy and hope.
So help us now, by your Spirit, to live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work. As we received Christ Jesus as Lord, grant that we will continue to live in him – our well of living water and our tree of life. May we be rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as we were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
We pray especially for our brothers and sisters in the Lord who are confined to nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, and other long-term care facilities. May the word of Christ dwell in them richly. May they know that you are near. Enable them to rejoice in you always, even in their weakest moments. Be their refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Take away their anxious thoughts. Grant your peace, which transcends understanding, to guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus. Thank you that you know their way and watch over them always. Please keep them safe from harm and danger, and comfort families who cannot visit them at this time.
We pray too for those involved with politics at every level: Father, give our leaders wisdom and energy to work together for the common good.
And Lord, across the world, may the gospel spread rapidly and be honoured. Build your church. May your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- In Christ alone
- 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.