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Order of Service 27/05

Moses is rightly honoured as one of the greatest prophets, for he spoke with God face to face. But Hebrews 3:1-6 tells us that there is a greater Prophet-Priest than Moses, Jesus Christ. We begin with Psalm 95, a psalm which calls us to draw near, rather than harden our hearts. We must draw near to God when He calls. As we call on God to enable us to worship, we unite our voices in a further musical request, “Come Thou Almighty King”. Here we call on each Person of the Godhead to help us, to bless us, and to rule over us.

Our first Scripture reading recalls how Moses became the intermediary between the people and God, and prophecies of an even greater Moses-like Prophet who will deserve even greater obedience than Moses. 

We sing to this Prophet in Wesley’s “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”. Notice the posture Wesley has us adopt – one of deep humility. The healthy do not need a physician, and those who crave forgiveness and life, find in Jesus a Harbour and a Fountain.

Our second reading records Christ dealing with some hardened Jewish leaders. He notes some interesting connections between believing Moses and believing in Him. We respond to God in corporate prayer, and then present our tokens of trust to Him, while singing the words of Samuel, “Speak O Lord”. 

Our meditation on Hebrews 3:1-6 then culminates in song of submission: “May the Mind of Christ My Saviour”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Responsive Reading Hymn 11 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 10 Come, Thou Almighty King

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-22

Hymn 321 Jesus Lover of My Soul

Scripture Reading: John 5:37-47

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Song 31: Speak, O Lord

Sermon: Hebrews 3:1-6 Yahweh is God, and Yeshua is His Prophet

Hymn 250 May the Mind of Christ My Saviour

Postlude

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Order of Service 20/05

Approaching God is a privilege. No one would have dreamed of doing so without a mediator. This is why our call to worship, from Hebrews 4 reminds us that by God’s initiative, we can draw near: He has given us a High Priest sympathetic to us. As we draw near to God and ask for grace, we then turn to adoration. “Join All the Glorious Names” celebrates Jesus as Prophet in stanza 2, Priest in stanza 3, and King in stanza 4. 

In our Old Testament reading, we hear Job’s plaintive cry for a mediator, wishing that someone, with equal sympathies for him and God, could stand between them. We then sing the beautiful hymn “Amazing Grace”, again celebrating that we are unworthy recipients of a Divine initiative. 

Our New Testament reading reminds us both of our need to pray corporately for authorities, and then tells us why we can do so: we have a mediator between God and man. We then pray together as a congregation: adoring, confessing, thanking, and petitioning God. 

As we honour God with our firstfruits, we sing “Before the Throne of God”, to the tune “JERUSALEM“. Our meditation is on Hebewws 2:5-19 as we consider why Jesus was made lower than the angels: for His work as Substitute, and His work as Priest.

We give God the final praise, and depart with His loving blessing on His people. 

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Prelude 

Call to Worship:  Hebrews 4:14-16

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 203 Join All The Glorious Names

Scripture Reading:  Job 9:25-35

Hymn 211 Amazing Grace

Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 2:1-6  

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 224 Before the Throne of God Above

Sermon: Hebrews 2:5-18 Why God Became Man

Hymn 13 Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 13/03

This Lord’s Day, we allow Hebrews 2:1-4 to search us. The theme of the text is “Pay Attention, or Pay the Price”. That is, we either give heed, in loving faith, to Christ in the Gospel, or we face a severer judgement than those under the Law. 

We begin with God’s gracious call in Isaiah 66:2. God is not impressed with human works. By grace He calls us, and if we are humble and tremble at His Word, we find a welcome. 

“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” expresses Wesley’s wishes to have thousands of tongues, throughout the whole Earth, praise his great Redeemer. Stanzas 2-5 give us the reasons for such admiration for Jesus. 

Our first Scripture reading is in Deuteronomy 11. Here God counsels His people to pay close attention to His Word, and not to drift towards idols, which will be their undoing. We continue to sing of the great New Covenant salvation in “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”. Notice the attitude of desire and longing in this hymn. Look out for Wesley’s use of the term from today’s text “so great salvation”.

Our second reading in Acts shows us Paul preaching to Felix. Felix is a classic example of someone intellectually toying with the idea of Christ, but not taking earnest heed. 

As we return to God an offering of thanksgiving and dependence, we sing “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”. It is a hymn of humble cleaving to the Lord, appropriate before we meditate on paying earnest attention to Christ from Hebrews 2:1-4. We end with a song affirming our Saviour’s sufficiency, “Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know”. We depart with God’s blessing on His people. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Isaiah 66:2

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 219 O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 11:16-26

Hymn 255 Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Scripture Reading: Acts 24:22-26

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Hymn 269 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Sermon: Hebrews 2:1-4 Warning #1: Pay Attention or Pay the Price

Hymn 226 Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 06/05

With the theme “Valuing Christ Above All”, we are called to worship with Psalm 27:1-8. The psalmist says that he desires one thing above all: to behold the beauty of the Lord. There is no greater obligation, and no greater joy, than to know and love the beauty of God. This is why the writer responds to the call “Seek My face” with joyful submission. This is our heart as we approach worship. 

We ask for grace to do so, and then we join our voices in the glad anthem “Come, Christians, Join to Sing.” Nine times in this hymn, we will repeat “Alleluia” (“Praise Yahweh”), followed by “Amen” (“Let it Be So”). 

Our first Scripture reading is Christ confronting us with whether our hearts are divided between Him and material goods, teaching us that whatever we treasure, is where our true love is found. Isaac Watts “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” takes this theme of value. Notice the themes “richest gain & loss” “vain things & sacrifice”. Watts wants us to consider how Christ, seen most clearly at the cross demands our highest valuing.

Our second Scripture reminds us of Christ’s centrality to us. Jesus! What a Friend For Sinners!, celebrates Christ as Friend, Strength, Help, Guide and Keeper. 

We then meditate together on Philippians 3:1-11. We end with Be Thou My Vision, where we sing that our High King of Heaven is our Treasure. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 27:1-8

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 190 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24

Hymn 150 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-8

Hymn: 233 Jesus What a Friend for Sinners!

Offering

Sermon: Philippians 3:1-11 Valuing Christ Above All

Hymn 246 Be Thou My Vision

Postlude

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