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 – Sunday 5th April 2020
- Kids’ camp! (online) – Monday 6th April 3:00-4:00pm, for all national school age children. Brought to you by CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship). Join here: https://www.cefireland.com/Easter-online/
- Good Friday Reflection and Prayer – Fri.10th April, 7:30 – 8:00pm. Join here: https://zoom.us/j/3935425087
- Welcome and prayer
- The Lord’s My Shepherd
(NB. The words are shown below the video when you click ‘SHOW MORE’)
- Nothing is Impossible
(This children’s song is new to us. Play it through a couple of times – it’s worth learning!)
- 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
God of mercy, You sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from You and turned aside from Your way.
We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored Your truth.
Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
- Assurance of pardon
The prophet Micah said this:
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19)
Be assured that through faith in Jesus who died for us, all our iniquities have been hurled into the depths of the sea.
- Come behold the wondrous mystery
- Scripture Reading : Psalm 116
As we thought about last week, Jesus almost certainly read and/or sang Psalms 113-118 at the Last Supper, shortly before he gave his life on the cross for all our sins. These can be our words too – because they were, first of all, his.
1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, save me!”
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
6 The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.
7 Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.
8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10 I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”
11 And in my dismay I said, “All men are liars.”
12 How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.
14 I will fulfil my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
16 O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.
18 I will fulfil my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the LORD – in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
- Scripture Reading : Mark 10:35 – 11:11 (Read by Alastair)
10:35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?”
39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with,
40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.
42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.
47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
11:1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,
2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here
4 They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it,
5 some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”
6 They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.
8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields.
9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee; …foul, I to the fountain fly ‘Wash me, Saviour, or I die! – Lord Jesus, this is what we want – and rejoice in! Thank you for the life and peace and joy and hope that is in you!
You have opened our eyes to see afresh your glory. We praise you that you did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give your life as a ransom for us. We trust in you, our servant king. Help us to follow you by serving each other in love.
Father, make us alert to the needs of others around us and fill us with your compassion. Strengthen all who serve in our hospitals and care homes. Grant healing to those who are ill. Most of all, please move by your Spirit to bring conviction of sin to many who as yet are lost and without hope.
Spur us on, as dying men and women, to proclaim Christ, so that over the coming days and weeks, many may receive eternal life that is in him alone.
Thank you for the work of our Anglican friends at Irish Church Missions (https://www.irishchurchmissions.ie). Prosper their church planting endeavours in our city and bless every gospel partnership for the sake of your kingdom.
We pray too for Donabate Presbyterian Church. Thank you for how it was planted ten years ago out of Malahide, and is now by your grace, developing a new work in Balbriggan.
Build your church for the glory of Christ that all might receive him as King.
We pray in his great name. Amen
- Rock of Ages
- The grace