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 31st May 2020
- Watch/listen: Since we’re looking at Psalm 6 today, check this out from My Soul Among Lions, Psalm 6 Lord, How long? https://youtu.be/0PrcQagLq9s
- Please note: the kids’ video (from Jimmy & Julie) is incorporated into Alastair’s introductory video.
- ‘Christ Church North Dublin’ is a new church plant initiative from Irish Church Missions that is happening near us! From our own congregation, the Banks family are part of the team. As they go ‘live’ this afternoon with an online service, let’s pray that this work would be established over the coming weeks and months. https://www.christchurchnorthdublin.com/about
- Monday 1st June 7pm: Watch livestream the Service of Installation for the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland: Rev. David Bruce. https://www.presbyterianireland.org
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join: https://zoom.us/j/3935425087?pwd=d3B3cnJYVmU0cXRHQmo4OTgybWREdz09
- New reading group to begin on Thursday evening 11th June-online. Led by Dr. Joe Rivera (lecturer in theology at DCU). Selected readings from John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion. More details next week.
- Congratulations to Eoin & Marien Walshe on the birth of Lydia! We look forward to meeting and welcoming the youngest addition to our church family!
- Introductory Message From Alastair (Including Jimmy and Julie!)
- Holy, Holy, Holy
- Prayer (From Psalm 40:11-13)
Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and truth always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased, O LORD, to save; O LORD, come quickly to help me.
- Assurance of Pardon (From Hebrews 9:26-28)
Christ “has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgement, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
- Afflicted Saint, to Christ Draw Near
- Scripture Reading – Psalm 6 (NIV 2011)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?
4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead, no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from his grave?
6 I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.
7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.
8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
- Scripture Reading – Romans 8:18-26 (NIV 1984)
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
- Reflection (listen/watch) – Thy Will Be Done (City Alight)
How long, O LORD? How long must sin and sorrow last? We echo the words of the Apostle Paul: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do. … I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. … I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”
LORD have mercy. Be patient with us. Hear the cries of your people. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Strengthen and protect us. Cause us to hate what you hate, and to love what you love. All our longings lie open before you, O Lord. Our sighing and tears are not hidden from you. By your Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” Hold us and keep us. Conform us to the likeness of Christ. Carry it on to completion until the day he comes again, as you have promised.
Lift up our heads to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame. Come, Lord Jesus. Gather all your people in from every nation, tribe and tongue. Smash every evil. Put every enemy under your feet. Wipe away every tear. Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
How long, O LORD, before this night will end in joyous day?
- Christ Our Hope in Life and Death (NB. this is a new hymn but one to learn! While the lyrics are on the video, they are a little slow to appear. But you can also read all the lyrics below the video).
- 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.