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Order of Service 28/10

The command in Hebrews 6:1 to go on to mature discernment is worth pondering on. We begin today a mini-series in discernment: what it is, and how it is developed.
We approach the God of wisdom with the reminder in Proverbs 8 that He is its source, and that wisdom and good judgement was His at the foundation of the world. We lift up our hearts in prayer, and then sing to the God who is “Immortal, Invisible, God Only-Wise”.
Our reading in the Tanakh is again in Proverbs, where Solomon tells us how to gain discernment. We then sing again our hymn of the month: “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”, rejoicing in the glorious mystery of the Incarnation.
Our New Testament reading takes us to Paul’s prayer for the Philippians, that their love would grow in knowledge and discernment (the same word used in Proverbs 2:2 in the Greek Old Testament).
Discernment can recognise the true gospel from the false, and the ancient Apostles’ Creed, dating to around A. D. 250, captures much of the gospel. We recite this together, and then sing a modern version of this in the hymn “Credo”.
After our prayer and offering, we begin our study on the meaning of discernment.
Ending with the Doxology and benediction, we depart to apply our hearts to wisdom.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Proverbs 8:12-36

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 36 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:1-11

New Hymn: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:3-11

Apostles Creed

Hymn 273 Credo

Pastoral Prayer

Offering

Sermon: Learn to Discern (1)

Doxology

Benediction: 1 Timothy

Postlude

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Order of Service 21/10

Hebrews is as practical and pastoral as it is theological. Hebrews 5:11-6:3 breaks from the discussion of Melchizedek, and turns to the condition of many of Hebrews’ hearers or readers: spiritual dullness.

Our call to worship from Psalm 119 reminds us of how believers may end up with more wisdom than their teachers: by loving God’s Word. After invoking God’s blessing and enablement over our time, we open with a simple and joyful anthem, “Come, Christians Join to Sing”.

Reading from the wisdom literature of Solomon, we discover the great folly of being dull towards the Word. We turn again to sing of the mystery of the Incarnation in the newer hymn we are learning, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”.

Our reading in the Gospels reminds us of how the dullness of the disciples was rebuked by Christ. If we are spiritually alert and not dull, we will certainly agree with Wesley’s “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing”, and can sing it heartily.

We pray, in obedience to 1 Timothy 2:1-4, and we give, in obedience to 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. We then study Hebrews 5:11-6:3. We end with singing the great trinitarian benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, captured in hymn 345, “May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 119:97-104

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 190 Come, Christians Join to Sing

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33

New Hymn: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: Mark 8:9-21

Hymn 219 O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

Pastoral Prayer

Offering

Sermon: Hebrews 5:11-6:3: Arrested Development

Hymn 345 May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 14/10

Hebrews is filled with surprising but deeply comforting truths about our Lord and Messiah, Jesus. One is how His suffering was the means of becoming a sympathetic High Priest. We’ll consider this in Hebrews 5:1-10.

We are called away from the profane to worship with Psalm 65, which addresses God as “O You Who Hear Prayer”. We ask Him for His blessing over our worship, and then sing a hymn which celebrates His absolute self-sufficiency, “Give Praise to God”.
The reading in the Tanakh details how the High Priest, when entering the Most Holy on the Day of Atonement, had to present sacrifices for himself. His weakness made him sympathetic.
We then a sing a hymn new to us, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”, which captures the Incarnation of Christ, from birth to resurrection.
In the new covenant, we read John 12:20-33, where Jesus confronts the tension of wanting to be saved from His cross-work, while submitting to it, learning obedience.
Our time of prayer culminates in presenting our gifts, while thinking again on the Incarnation in the song, “Lord Jesus Christ, How Far You Came”. We work through Hebrews 5:1-10, and then our closing song captures the embrace and welcome of a sympathetic High Priest: “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 65

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 54 Give Praise to God

Scripture Reading: Leviticus 16:1-13

New Hymn: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: John 12:20-33

Pastoral Prayer

Doxology

Offering: Congregational Song 25 Lord Jesus Christ, How Far You Came

Sermon: Hebrews 5:1-10: A High Priest Sympathetic Through His Suffering

Hymn 75 Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Benediction

Postlude

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Lord’s Supper 07/10

Welcome

Call to Worship: Hebrews 10:19-22

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn of Adoration: 176 I Know My Redeemer Lives (1, 3, 5, 6, 8)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:36-46

Homily on Christ’s temptation

Hymn of Confession: Hymn 143 Go to Dark Gethsemane

Prayer of Confession

Hymn of Assurance of Pardon: New Hymn 310 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Conservative Christian Declaration # 9

Receiving into Membership

Fence & Scripture Reading 1 Corinthians 11:26-32

Prayer of Consecration

Distribution of Elements – Hymn 228 Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness, Hymn 206 Arise My Soul, Arise

Closing Hymn: 224 Before the Throne

Benediction: 2 Thessalonians

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