I have sought to set out a service that could be used at home. My suggestion is that as many of us as possible work our way through it on Sunday morning at home. There is a playlist of the songs on youtube here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_Gi-Ueyyxqx2U_mIOf4qQlvvVN5F2dgu
I’ve written the service order with the usual elements and some opportunities to pray. Obviously do it however works for you in your context. Please do feel free to use the whatsapp group to engage if you’d find that helpful.
At 12 there will be another chance to catch up on Zoom after the service. I’ll send out a link then. If too many of us join for a good chat then we’ll split into small groups.
On Wednesday evening we’ll gather on Zoom to pray together. We’ll ponder Psalm 46 and I’ll send out some questions for you to consider in advance. Do get in touch with David if you’d like to know how to get Zoom working. Otherwise do email David with prayer requests and we’ll seek to share them around.
Start of service
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
Praise God as we come to him this morning. Pray we’d worship him rightly.
We have to come in awe and worship to our God so we’re going to start by praising him as we sing Behold our God.
Song: Behold our God
We come to confession remembering we are righteous in God’s eyes but seeking to enjoy the blessing of acknowledging our sin before him and knowing his forgiveness.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought, and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,
forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God, Amen.
Reaffirming the promise of the gospel, Jesus said to his disciples: ‘This is what is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations.’ (Luke 24:46-47)
Later on we’re going to consider the topic of Hell but even at this stage it’s right to remember there is a way back to God. Because of Jesus we can be fully forgiven.
Song: There’s a way back to God
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
- Praise God that he is the great creator who created all things.
- Praise God that he has spoken even through creation displaying his mighty power and divine nature.
- Praise God that he is gracious to all of his creation and his mercies are new every morning.
Our sins they were many, his mercy is more. Glorious truth!
Song: His mercy is more
- Pray for good to come from seeming evil in our world.
- Pray for God’s people to be models of repentance being quick to confess our sin and ask forgiveness.
- Pray that we would hold out the message of reconciliation to others.
- Pray for people to respond in true repentance.
- Pray for believers to be sustained in Iraq.
- Pray for believers to hold firm to the truth and to reach out with the gospel.
- Pray for wisdom for the government as they face fast rising cases.
- Pray for peace in a deeply unsettled country.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.
We long for God’s kingdom to be here as it is in heaven and so we’re going to pray that as we sing Restore O Lord.
Song: Restore O Lord
Pray that God’s word would be a lamp to our feet and a light for our path.
This morning we’ll be considering Hell. We’ll start with a reading from Matthew 13:24-29 & 36-43 which will be read to us at the start of the video.
This is another great old hymn that gets to our need as sinners and calls us to the loving forgiveness of our great Saviour.
Song: Come ye sinners
Now to the Lord who will rescue us from every evil attack and save us for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Tim 4:18)