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/watch?v=yB68PSLTriE&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=2&t=0s

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 at 7.30 we have a members’ meeting on Zoom. Please do log in if you are a member and able to.

Start of service 

This morning we’re considering Habakkuk 1 which shows us that our God does listen to us and care but he doesn’t always do what we want!

Romans 11:33-36

33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

    How unsearchable his judgments,

    and his paths beyond tracing out!

34 ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?

    Or who has been his counsellor?’

35 ‘Who has ever given to God,

    that God should repay them?’

36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.

    To him be the glory for ever! Amen.

Praise God as we come to him this morning. Pray we’d worship him rightly.

We can’t explain our God but we can say that the Saviour of the World has come.

Song: I cannot tell 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB68PSLTriE&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=2&t=0s

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.

Confession

(Based on Romans 3)

Heavenly Father,

We recognise we are not righteous,

We do not understand,

We do not seek you.

We have turned away and have become worthless.

Have mercy on us. Give us the righteousness of Christ.

Give us faith. Help us to believe.

So justify us freely by your grace because Christ has redeemed us.

Amen

 

Assurance

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2

Our salvation is complete. There is no more to do. We can be secure.

Song: ‘Tis finished the Messiah dies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAdzDk43YRU&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=3&t=0s

Overview of Habakkuk

If you can cope with the American accent this video is a really helpful overview of Habakkuk!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMaRqGJPUU&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=4&t=0s

 

Let’s enjoy singing of how we’re loved by our heavenly Father.

Song: Father God I wonder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMuvGb7KDE8&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=5&t=0s

Pray

Psalm 24:1-6

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

    the world, and all who live in it;

2 for he founded it on the seas

    and established it on the waters.

3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?

    Who may stand in his holy place?

4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,

    who does not trust in an idol

    or swear by a false god.

5 They will receive blessing from the Lord

    and vindication from God their Saviour.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,

    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

  • Praise God that all is his. Delight in his creative power.
  • Praise God that Jesus is the perfect one who may approach our holy God.
  • Praise Jesus that he never trusted idols.
  • Pray that we’d be more and more like Jesus as we seek God’s face.

  • Pray for Kyrgyzstan where Islam is hugely the majority religion.
  • Coronavirus is under control there at the moment. Pray that this would continue.
  • Pray for Richard, Amanda and Livvy in these times and pray for Livvy as she starts university.
  • Pray that the gospel would bring much life in Kyrgyztan.

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.

Amen.

We’re going to pray that God would work in us by his word. Do pray as we sing.

Song: Show us Christ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLIi5SAVMRw&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=6&t=0s

Pray that God would help us to receive his word, help our unbelief and cause us to bear fruit.

This morning we’ll be considering Habakkuk 1. It’ll be read at the start of the sermon.

Sermon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhWniJpk6-8&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=7&t=0s

 

We’ve not sung this song by Stuart Townend at Good News but it’s very appropriate for Habakkuk. Do feel free to listen and join in when you feel able.

Song: How long O Lord?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd4GMAq19NQ&list=PL_Gi-UeyyxqzHAIU9gXM2viSvU6drV5_z&index=7&t=0s

Closing Blessing

Romans 11:33-36

33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

    How unsearchable his judgments,

    and his paths beyond tracing out!

34 ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?

    Or who has been his counsellor?’

35 ‘Who has ever given to God,

    that God should repay them?’

36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.

    To him be the glory for ever! Amen.