Online service for March 29th 2020

 

The God we trust

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. The second praise item comes with a word of warning that it is my own paraphrase and tune (and singalong) with all my limitations. I hope and pray, however, that the words will offer comfort and instil 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


Praise:

 

Video link to Hymn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egBSduThg3k
 

Praise:
1 God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

2 Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

 

3 How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day, because He lives

 

4 Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

 

5 And then one day, I'll cross the river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He reigns

 

6 Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

 

7 I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives


Prayer:

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: 1 Corinthians 13


1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.

5 It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Sermon. 'Let faith, hope and love abide and abound’

video link to sermon

https://www.facebook.com/1142790689184754/videos/904081433338726/

 

 

 

Prayer of Intercession: by Andy Turnbull.

Video link to Prayer of Intercession

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.turnbull.3557/videos/10157062638226186/


Lord, this is a time of great uncertainty and great anxiety for many. Be with us now in this hour of need and give us the strength to face the difficulties and problems that lie ahead. With you behind us, we can remain resolute and positive.
As the hours, days and weeks unfold, with who knows what to expect, we look to You for Your guidance and help.
We pray for the health and well-being of our families, our friends and our neighbours, those we know and those we don’t. May our sense of community never diminish, and may we support those we can.
We pray and give thanks for all those key workers who are carrying on and delivering vital services, especially those in the health service, who put themselves unquestionably in harm’s way, while caring for all those who are sick and afraid.
In good times and bad, Lord, we are reassured that you will always be here for us. Your love is true, and your loving grace will comfort us and come to our aid.
As St Francis put it:
Where there is doubt, there can be faith; where there is despair, there should be hope, where there is sadness, so there can also be joy and where there is darkness, there is light.
We reflect on that last one as the clocks go forward and we anticipate better, sunnier days ahead.
Thank you, Lord, for all your wisdom, reassurance and the certainty you bring.
Bless us now in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.


Praise

Video link to Hymn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8YOPj5TnUM

 

Here is love, vast as the ocean
Loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom
Shed for us His precious blood
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
Throughout Heaven's eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God's mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And Heaven's peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love

No love is higher, no love is wider
No love is deeper, no love is truer
No lover is higher, no lover is wider
No love is like Your love, o Lord

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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