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 24th May 2020
THE CREW: 10-14s age-group [approx.] … meet TODAY! Sunday 11:00am. The link has been sent to parents. Contact Alastair if you need: 0858501837
Please note: the kids’ material includes a video from Jimmy & Julie, and a song.
Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join:
- Psalm 68:1,19
“May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. … Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.”
- Only a holy God
- Prayer (from Psalm 25:6-7, 11, 16-18)
Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, and my rebellious ways: according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord … For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from anguish. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.”
- Assurance of pardon: (from Romans 8:33-34)
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
- I will wait for you
- Scripture Reading: Psalm 5 (NIV 1984)
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.
6 You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.
7 But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make straight your way before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.
10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous, you surround them with your favour as with a shield.
- Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-8 (NIV 1984)
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”
- Reflection (listen / watch): Afflicted saint, to Christ draw near
Father help us to pray. Draw us to yourself every day, and remind us of your covenant love. Give ear to our words, O LORD; consider our sighing. Listen to our cries for help.
Increase our faith. Give us a humble confidence as we revel in your mercy. For Christ is our refuge. In him you have spread your protection over us. You have taught us not to fear. You surround us with your favour like a shield.
So Father, lead us in your righteousness. Put a new song in our hearts. And cause us to overflow with thankfulness. Your mercies, Lord, are new every morning. Thank you for homes and families and friends, for children and parents and grandparents, for brothers and sisters and cousins, for health and food and clothes, for work and rest and play, for sun and trees and sea, for music and sport and books, for shops and libraries and theatres, for schools and hospitals and parks, for government and order and peace, for love and laughter and beauty, for a million different things we don’t deserve.
We thank you most of all that together we can know and enjoy you through the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your Spirit to lead and to guide us through your word. Thank you for our church family and for the privilege of serving each other and making you known. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you that you hear our cries and sighs and are an ever-present help in trouble.
Thank you for the hope that we have, that can never perish or spoil or fade. Thank you that Christ will soon return, that every enemy will be destroyed, and that he will make all things new.
As we look forward with confidence, so we pray too that you would fill us with compassion for this lost and needy world. Turn us outwards in love and service. Renew our zeal to spread the gospel. And kindle in us a fresh passion for justice. Our hearts are saddened by news that child exploitation online has increased during lockdown. Lord have mercy. Let justice flow like rivers. Let victims find healing and hope and new life in Christ.
We think too of all who need particular care for a wide variety of issues, but who have had to wait due to the pandemic. Grant Lord, in your mercy, that they may soon be treated. Give wisdom to those who have to make difficult decisions about who to prioritise. And as restrictions about social distancing begin to slowly ease, please continue to watch over us.
We ask all these things in Jesus’ name, and for his sake and glory alone.
- O Lord our rock and our redeemer
- 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.