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 21st June 2020
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join:
- New online reading group continues on Thursday (25th 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. The reading and Zoom link will be sent out, but if anyone needs, please get in touch.)
- CEF 5-day club online! – great fun and learning for all primary school aged children. All five sessions from Child Evangelism Fellowship can be accessed anytime on YouTube – look for ‘Truth Catchers 5-day Club Online: Day 1’.
- Next Sunday (28th June) our preacher will be the Right Rev Dr David Bruce, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. This will be a Presbytery service. All the churches in the Presbytery will be ‘joining’ online. A link will be provided.
- Introductory Message from Alastair (Including the Kid’s Talk With ‘Jimmy and Julie’!)
- Awake Awake O Zion
- Prayer (From a Collection of Prayers Known as the Valley of Vision)
O Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Your name is love, in love receive my prayer.
My sins are more than the wide sea’s sand
but where sin abounds, there is grace more abundant.
Restore to us the joy of our salvation.
Fill us with praise that honours you in every moment.
(A prayer attributed to Martin Luther:)
Dearest Lord God, help us to fear and love you with all our heart,
to glorify you and call on you with all our heart,
to receive and follow your Word with all our heart,
to always seek the good of our neighbours,
to hold on to the true faith and keep a clear conscience;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
- Assurance of Pardon
The Heidelberg Catechism (1563) Qu.52
How does Christ’s return “to judge the living and the dead” comfort you?
Answer: In all my distress and persecution I turn my eyes to the heavens and confidently await as judge the very One who has already stood trial in my place before God and so has removed the whole curse from me. All His enemies and mine He will condemn to everlasting punishment: but me and all His chosen ones He will take along with Him into the joy and the glory of heaven.
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- Scripture Reading – Psalm 9 (NIV 1984)
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son”. A psalm of David.
1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.
7 The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.
13 O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.
18 But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
19 Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men. Selah
- Scripture Reading – Revelation 5 vs. 6-14 (NIV 1984)
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9 And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.
12 In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
- Reflection – All Praise to Him
O LORD our God, you reign for ever. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praise you that in every trial and tribulation, we can turn to you and know that you will always hear our cry. For you are a stronghold in times of trouble. You are ever faithful. You have never forsaken those who seek you. When we think about all that you have done for us in Jesus, we are assured of our inheritance that can never perish or spoil or fade. For you will lift us up from the gates of death and will put everything right. You will judge the world in righteousness and govern the peoples with justice. As we anticipate the glory that lies before us, please fill our hearts with praise. Let it well up within us like a fountain that cannot be contained. For you are worthy of all praises, at all times. Help us to proclaim among the nations what you have done, and to declare your praises with all your people.
May our corporate life together bring honour to you. Shape us and mould us. Increase our love for you and for each other. Help us to put you first in our homes and families, and to persevere in your ways with joy and gladness. Forgive us when we have failed to do that. Create in us a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Thank you for the prospect of being together again. Give us wisdom as we navigate the challenges of transition out of this pandemic. Keep us safe from harm and danger. And be especially near to those in our church family who are lonely or housebound. Make us sensitive to the needs of others.
We ask your blessing upon ‘Christ Church North Dublin’. Watch over this new work, and especially Hylton, Philippa, Rachel and Ethan. Encourage their hearts, and ours. Build your church. Extend your kingdom. Help us to spread the fame of the name of Jesus.
We pray too for the persecuted church in India, and in so many other countries, where believers cannot worship with the freedom we have.
Arise, O LORD! Let not man triumph in his hostility to you and your people. Let the nations know they are but dust. Strengthen and protect your children from the evil one, and give them eternal encouragement and good hope.
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and evermore shall be.
- My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
- 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.