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 3rd May 2020

Notices:

  • 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.
  • Don’t miss the kids’ material today which again includes a video from Jimmy & Julie, and two songs.
  • Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join:

https://zoom.us/j/3935425087?pwd=d3B3cnJYVmU0cXRHQmo4OTgybWREdz09

 

  1. Introductory message

https://youtu.be/K6kw6KnxevU

  1. Awake, awake O Zion

https://youtu.be/6BHe9BTMzpI

  1. Prayer

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praise you that you reign over all the earth. Amid all our struggles and worries, please increase our faith in you. Lift up our eyes and assure us, once again, of your saving love in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Come Holy Spirit, fill us afresh, and have your way in our lives.

In the silence, prick our consciences and help us to name and confess every way that we have dishonoured your great name…

Most merciful God, our Father we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your name.

Amen.

  1. Assurance of pardon

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

  1. Before the throne of God above

https://youtu.be/fAJyGZlbeTg

  1. Scripture Reading : Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.

3 “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

6 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.

8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You will rule them with an iron sceptre; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

  1. Scripture Reading: Acts 13:29-41

29 “When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.

30 But God raised him from the dead,

31 and for many days he was seen by those who had travelled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.

32 We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers

33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’

34 The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’

35 So it is stated elsewhere: ‘You will not let your Holy One see decay.’

36 For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.

37 But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.

38 Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

39 Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.

40 Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:

41 ‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’

  1. Sermon

https://youtu.be/FfXlXJSZRbA

  1. Prayer: (words from the hymn, ‘Good and Gracious King’, by City Alight)

I approach the throne of glory;

Nothing in my hands I bring,

But the promise of acceptance

From a good and gracious King.

 

I will give to You my burden,

As You give to me Your strength.

Come and fill me with Your Spirit

As I sing to You this praise.

 

You deserve the greater glory!

Overcome, I lift my voice

To the King in need of nothing;

Empty handed I rejoice.

 

You deserve the greater glory!

Overcome with joy I sing:

By Your love I am accepted!

You’re a good and gracious King.

 

O what grace that You would see me

As Your child and as Your friend;

Safe, secure in You forever,

I pour out my praise again.

 

You deserve the greater glory!

Overcome, I lift my voice

To the King in need of nothing;

Empty handed I rejoice.

 

You deserve the greater glory!

Overcome with joy I sing:

By Your love I am accepted!

You’re a good and gracious King.

Amen

Father help us not to fear anything, in light of who you are, and in light of all of your promises. Where the challenges are greatest, please continue to show your love and faithfulness. Bless the work of the Delhi Bible Institute in its eight centres across north India, as its teams seek to feed 2000 families over a three month period, as well as make and distribute 10,000 face masks. Be their provider and sustainer. Be their help and their strength. Bring order out of chaos, and hope amid despair. In all the darkness, may the light of the gospel shine strongly, as the name of Jesus is proclaimed as the name above all names.

Grant wisdom to our government, and stability in our land. And in every place, build your church. Gather your people in from every nation. Set at liberty those who are oppressed. Destroy every evil. And let your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Come, Lord Jesus

Amen

  1. All I have is Christ

https://youtu.be/pA5mMBtWKeg

  1. 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.