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Order of service 01/07

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 119:105-112

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 10 Come Thou Almighty King

Scripture Reading: Psalm 92:12-14

Hymn 234 My Jesus, I Love Thee

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Offering: Congregational Song 31 Speak O Lord

Sermon: Philippians 3:12-21

Hymn 246 Be Thou My Vision

Postlude

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Order of Service 24/06

God is no man’s debtor, and no one can out-give God. Those who come to know Him find themselves in a kind of loving debt: a willing desire to freely give themselves back to Him. Psalm 96 captures our joyful desire to give praise and thanks to the Lord. 

“Give Praise to God” captures this idea, reminding us that “we never place God in our debt”. Our first Scripture reading shows us the heart of David towards God: refusing to give God what cost him nothing. 

The hymn “My God I Love Thee” sings of why we love God: not as a means to some other end, but as the End Himself: the One who saved us, the One who loved us, and solely because He is our God. 

2 Corinthians 8:1-15 captures the heart of giving to God: first of ourselves, out of a willing heart, in whatever state we find ourselves. As we act upon all this in a time of giving, we sing “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven”, reflecting on God’s benefits to us. 

Our meditation is then on Exodus 35 to 36. We close with a hymn of consecration: “Take My Life”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 96

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 54 Give Praise To God

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 24:18-25

Hymn 234 My God I Love Thee

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 58 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Sermon: Exodus 35-36

Hymn 243 Take My Life

Benediction

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Order of Service 17/06

Father’s Day is an opportunity to consider what God created men to be. Masculinity and femininity are warped and distorted today, but God’s plan is still in His Word. 

We begin with a responsive reading of Psalm 100, which reminds us of what worship is: joy, gladness, singing, thanksgiving, blessing. It is coming, entering, so as to serve with worship, the Lord who is good. We then sing “Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim”. We can happily boast in a God like ours. 

Our first Scripture reading is Ephesians 6:10-17, where we read of the spiritual armour of God. Courageous protection is part of biblical masculinity. “Soldiers of Christ Arise” continues that theme. 

Our second reading, 2 Timothy 2:1-7,  is regarding spiritual discipline, which is necessary for all, and especially for those who lead, provide and protect. We sing “Complete in Thee”, for it is never our discipline that completes us, but Christ’s sufficiency. 

Our time of corporate prayer and corporate giving culminates in meditating on several texts that deal with “Men After God’s Own Heart”. We close with “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?”

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Prelude 

Call to Worship: 15 Responsive Reading of Psalm 100

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 297 Ye Servants of God   

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-18

Hymn 262 Soldiers of Christ Arise

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7

Song 20 Complete in Thee

Pastoral Prayer

Offering

Sermon: Men After God’s Own Heart

Hymn 260 Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

Benediction

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Order of Service 10/06

One of the preventatives from drawing back from Christ (Hebrews 3:12) is to learn how to get back up when we have fallen into sin, or discouragement. Micah 7:7-9 gives us a model for getting back up. 

Our call to worship is a call to rejoice in God regardless of the circumstances. Habakkuk chose to turn his heart to finding joy in God, despite the barrenness of the harvest. God graciously calls us to rejoice in Him, not in circumstances. After that call, we sing the gospel in “Arise, My Soul, Arise”. Wesley’s stirring hymn about the High Priesthood of Christ calls on us to draw nigh with confidence, as Hebrews 10:19-22 tells us to, and not to shrink back in guilt.

Our reading from the Tanakh is Psalm 42. Here the sons of Korah faced their own discouragement and sorrow. They felt their spiritual lethargy, but called on their own hearts to respond to God by hoping in Him. We then sing this psalm to a well-known melody. 

Our New Testament reading comes from Hebrews 12:1-13, where the writer calls on us to keep running with endurance. He reminds us that some of the pain is not meant to knock us down, but is necessary discipline and training from our Father.

We take our requests to God in corporate prayer.

As we bring our free-will offerings, we sing “Sometimes a Light Surprises”. Cowper, who knew depression and discouragement firsthand, writes of how God brings joy during the act of obedient worship. He quotes from our call to worship text, Habakkuk 3:17-19, reminding us that worship is the best antidote to self-pity. 

We then turn to study Micah 7:7-9. We close with the hymn of aspiration “O For a Closer Walk with God”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Habbakuk 3:17-19

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 206 Arise My Soul, Arise

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42

Hymn 43 As Longs the Deer for Cooling Streams

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-13

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 309 Sometimes a Light Surprises

Sermon: Micah 7:7-9 Getting Back Up

Hymn 252 O for a Closer Walk with God

Benediction

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Order of Service 03/06

As Israel was about to enter the land, they rebelled in unbelief, and wanted to turn back. Our text in Hebrews today warns against turning back from the Lord.
Asaph’s words in Psalm 73 remind us that God alone is our portion. To whom else shall we go?
We pray for grace to worship, and then sing “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”. This hymn picks up all the themes of the Exodus: the desert trek, the manna, the water from the rock, the pillar of cloud and fire, and the crossing of the Jordan. These become images of our Christian walk, trusting only in Yahweh.

Psalm 95 is the text which the writer of Hebrews expounds, so we read it in preparation. We then turn to Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come Thou Fount”. He knew personally the pain of wandering from the Lord, and we join in singing, “Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”
In Luke 9, we read of some superficial seekers: people who wanted to follow Jesus only if it was convenient to them, and turned away when it was not.
We pray together, and then sing Cowper’s request: Oh for grace to love Him more! Our meditation on Hebrews 3:7-19 culminates in singing, “My Jesus, I love Thee”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 73:23-28

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 264 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Scripture Reading: Psalm 95

Hymn 253 Come Thou Fount

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:57-62

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Song 28 O For Grace to Love Him More

Sermon: Hebrews 3:7-19: Don’t Refuse to Follow!

Hymn 235 My Jesus I Love Thee

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