Online service for Sunday, 9th August 2020
Confidence in the LORD
Dear Friends, with the cancellation of church services due to the coronavirus threat, it is my intention to post a short sermon and additional worship items here each Sunday until public worship resumes. I have chosen a couple of praise items with video links for those who wish to sing along. The hymns and reading I hope will stimulate reflection and prayer. I hope and pray that the words will offer comfort and instill confidence. I have included the Lord’s Prayer as we say it every week together and may well in the weeks to come, add my own a written prayer too.
I want to suggest that you use the comments section for prayer requests so that members of our congregation can pray for one another, family, friends and neighbours. Please do place your prayers of intercession there too.
May God bless you and keep you. Stay safe, Wayne
Virtual Service 09 08 20
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy
health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Sing now in glad adoration!
Praise to the Lord, who o'er all
things so wondrously reigneth,
Who, as on wings of an eagle,
Hast thou not seen
How thy desires all have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully,
wondrously, made thee!
Health hath vouchsafed and, when
heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief
Ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper
thy work and defend thee,
Who from the heavens the streams of
His mercy doth send thee.
What the Almighty can do,
Who with His love doth befriend thee.
Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that
is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come
now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen
Sound from His people again;
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
picture by Brenda Simpson
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.
Reading: Psalm 121 & Hebrews 4:14-16
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
6 The heathen raged tumultuously,
the kingdoms moved were:
The Lord God uttered his voice,
the earth did melt for fear.
7 The Lord of hosts upon our side
doth constantly remain:
The God of Jacob's our refuge,
us safely to maintain.
8 Come, and behold what wondrous works
have by the Lord been wrought;
Come, see what desolations
he on the earth hath brought.
9 Unto the ends of all the earth
wars into peace he turns:
The bow he breaks, the spear he cuts,
in fire the chariot burns.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
among the heathen I
Will be exalted; I on earth
will be exalted high.
11 Our God, who is the Lord of hosts,
is still upon our side;
The God of Jacob our refuge
for ever will abide.
Sermon: Psalm 121 – Confidence in the LORD
Prayer of Intercession
by Charles Elphinstone
Thank you, Lord, that you are the same yesterday, today and forever. Just as you provided for the Israelites as they struggled for forty years in the desert, so you promise to provide all that we need in times of social distancing, isolation, stress and unemployment, if we seek you and put our faith in you. Thank you for your word, as the psalmist describes it “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. And as he also said, “open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” We pray, Lord, that our eyes will be opened that we will recognise that your word is the source of true wisdom and as relevant to each one of us in our complex modern world as it was when it was written. Forgive us that we complain, yet fail to make better use of your word that is so freely available to us in this country. Forgive our laziness and arrogance, and open our eyes and ears as we seek you.
Thank you for your love and your mercy. Thank you for your wonderful creation, full of life and beauty, that constantly reminds us of your might and power.
We pray for our country, that you will forgive our godless society. We pray for your church that it will be effective in sharing your gospel of love and forgiveness for a grieving world that staggers from one crisis to another.
We pray for our government and those in positions of power, that your plans will be fulfilled through them.
We pray for our Minister that he will lead the church with wisdom.
We pray for those who are persecuted for your name’s sake – strengthen them in their faith.
And we pray for those who have been bereaved, that you will comfort them.
Thank you, Lord, that we can put our trust in your unfailing love. Amen
At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow
At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him King of glory now;
Tis the Fathers pleasure we should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
Humbled for a season to receive a name
from the lips of sinners unto whom he came,
faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious, when from death he passed.
Christians, this Lord Jesus shall return again,
with his Father's glory, with his angel train;
for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,
and our hearts confess him King of glory now.
Benediction: And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all, now and forevermore. AMEN.
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