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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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