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 7th June 2020
- Please note: the kids’ video (from Jimmy & Julie) is incorporated into Alastair’s introductory video.
- Prayer ‘meeting’ (virtual) on Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45pm. Join:
- New online reading group begins this Thursday (11th 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. (An email has been sent out with the reading, but if anyone needs, please get in touch.) Join us:
- ‘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 meet online on Sunday afternoons, let’s pray that this work would be established over the coming weeks and months.
- Introductory message from Alastair (including Jimmy and Julie!)
- Psalm 100 (NB. the words are below the video)
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.
- Assurance of pardon – Ps.103:8-12
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbour his anger for ever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
- When trials come
- Scripture Reading – Psalm 7 (NIV 1984)
A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
1 O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands –
4 if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe –
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust. Selah
6 Arise, O LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high;
8 let the LORD judge the peoples. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.
10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.
15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.
16 The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
- Scripture Reading – 1 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV 1984)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
- Reflection – Dear refuge of my weary soul
O LORD our God, we take refuge in you. You are the LORD Most High, the righteous God, the Judge of all. Your voices thunders. Who can stand before you? We praise you for Christ who bore the wrath that we deserve. Apart from him, we are ruined; but in him we stand secure. Grant now that we will honour him in thought, word, and deed. Lead us in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
You have taught us to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you our God. Help us by your Spirit. Soften our hearts. Prick our consciences. Give us repentance anew. Open our eyes and help us to see the things that need to change, both in us and around us. May we hate what you hate, and love what you love.
Prosper the work of International Justice Mission as they seek to liberate those who are exploited and oppressed. Prosper the work of Open Doors and other organisations that support the persecuted church. Arise, O LORD, bring justice! Bring order out of chaos, life out of death, and light after darkness.
And help us where we are, in our own local church, to serve the weak and the needy, to welcome the stranger, and to comfort those who mourn. Work in us that we might increasingly bear witness to the only true unity that is in Christ. And loosen our tongues – that whatever the cost we might preach Christ, even though he is despised and his gospel scorned. May the knowledge of the glory of the Lord fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. In his great name we pray, Amen.
- Jesus, I my cross have taken
- 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.