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Lord’s Supper Order of Service 02/12

Welcome

Call to Worship: Matthew 2:9-11

Hymn 138 As with Gladness Men of Old

Prayer of Invocation

Myrrh

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:22-35

Hymn 154 Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

Frankincense

Scripture Reading: Exodus 30:31-38

Hymn 224 Before the Throne of God

Gold

Scripture Reading : Psalm 72

Hymn 105 Jesus Shall Reign

New Hymn 108: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Conservative Christian Declaration # 11

Taking into membership

Fence & Scripture Reading

Prayer of Consecration

Distribution of Elements – Hymn 282 Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands; Hymn 202 How Sweet and Awful Is the Place

Closing Hymn: 192 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Benediction: Jude 24-25

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Order of Service 02/12

Warnings are meant to produce some amount of fear of evil consequences. Our passage in Hebrews 6:4-8 is not an idle threat, but one meant to drive us to remain faithful to the Finisher of our faith.

We begin with a responsive reading from John 1, as we re-enter the season of marking the Saviour’s birth. Our first hymn celebrates the permanence and security of salvation when built upon Christ alone: “On Christ Salvation Rests Secure”.

In Ezekiel 18, we read of God’s fairness with men: righteousness is rewarded, evil is punished. Unfaithfulness brings retribution, while repentance always brings mercy. We then sing of this mercy and justice beautifully combined in our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the hymn “Jesus Lover of My Soul”. 

Our New Testament reading has Jesus commending a church which remained faithful, and did not deny the name of Christ. We turn to prayer, ask for faithfulness, and sing the doxology. 

As we give, we ask God for the grace of illumination as we study a difficult passage of Scripture. After hearing with obedient hearts, we depart by singing a hymn which states that while we wander, we ask for God to bind our hearts to Him with the chain of His goodness. 

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Prelude

Responsive Reading 119 John 1:9-14

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 290 On Christ Salvation Rests Secure (DUKE STREET)

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 18:20-32

Hymn 321 Jesus Lover of My Soul

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:7-13

Pastoral Prayer

Doxology

Offertory

Sermon: Hebrews 6:4-8: No Second Salvation

Hymn 253 Come Thou Fount

Postlude

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Order of Service 25/11

As we complete our series in discernment, we turn our attention to the matter of trust: whom we will learn from and yield to when in pursuit of sound judgement. Psalm 118 reminds us that it is better to trust in the Lord, than in man.

Our first hymn celebrates the trustworthiness of Jesus. We then read in 1 Kings 12 of Rehoboam’s fatal error in whom he chose to trust. We sing again of our Lord’s deep and trustworthy love for us in “O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”. 

We then read Paul’s description of the kind of ministry he had before the Corinthians, and why it was worthy of their trust. We turn to prayer and giving, and sing again the hymn “Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word”. We then meditate on God’s Word in this matter, and close with a hymn of aspiration, “May the Mind of Christ My Saviour”.

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 118:1-9

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 233 Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 12:1-16

Hymn 208 O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 239: Blessed Jesus At Thy Word

Sermon: Learn to Discern (5): Discerning Authorities

Hymn 250 May the Mind of Christ My Saviour

Postlude

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Order of Service 18/11

If discernment is the skill of understanding God’s Word and God’s world so as to love what God loves, then we must grow in discerning the meaning of the world itself. We begin with Psalm 111, which emphasises the joy of studying God’s works, and culminates in the foundation of discernment.
We lift up our voices in a call for grace, and then sing a hymn that reminds us whose world this is: our Father’s.
Our reading in the Tanakh records Solomon’s request for wisdom, and how it affected his knowledge of the world.
We then sing a very special hymn by one of the greatest of the Christian “metaphysical” poets, George Herbert. Taken from his poem “The Elixir”, this hymn, “Teach Me, My God and King”, teaches us to see the meaning of God’s world in all that we do.
The reading in the New Testament reminds us that it is in pursuit of pleasing the Lord that we find out what is acceptable to God, and become wise and discerning in this world.
Our congregational prayer this morning includes special prayer for the work in the Philippines taking place now. During our time of giving, we sing a hymn that prepares us to hear the Word, “Blessed Jesus At Thy Word”.
We then study the concept of discerning the world in the book of 1 Corinthians. We close with a hymn of consecration, offering all our faculties and possessions for God’s special use, and close with a benediction of praise.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 111

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 41 This Is My Father’s World

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-12; 4:29-34

Hymn 259 Teach Me, My God and King (ST THOMAS)

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:1-17

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 239 Blessed Jesus At Thy Word

Sermon: Learn to Discern (4): Discerning the World

Hymn 243 Take My Life

Benediction: Philippians 4

Postlude

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Order of Service 11/11

As we continue to pursue discernment, we remember that it is the skill of understanding God’s Word and God’s world so as to love what God loves. Psalm 19 beautifully combines God’s world and God’s Word, and Isaac Watts compares and contrasts both in his hymn “The Heavens Declare”. We begin with this psalm, pray, and sing this excellent hymn. 

Our first reading takes us to the centre of the Bible, Psalm 119, which is in so many ways the key to the rest of the Bible. We are reminded both of the attitude we should have when seeking to gain understanding, and of the fact that this understanding is given graciously by God when we seek it out. We then sing part of this psalm, as Scripture commands us to sing psalms to God (Col 3:16, Eph 5:19).

Our second reading gives us an example to follow: a man whose discernment in the Word was mighty. We have much to pray for, and do so in obedience to 1 Timothy 2:1-4. Since God gives good gifts to those who ask in prayer, it is appropriate for us to then respond with our gifts. We sing of our unfettered love for God in “My God I Love Thee”, knowing the discernment does not come apart from a loving relationship with God. 

Our study in discerning the Word begins in 2 Timothy 2:15. We close with the reminder to make our God known, singing “Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim”, and depart with the blessing of 2 Thessalonians 2. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 19

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 51 The Heavens Declare (GERMANY)

Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:33-40

Hymn 268 Teach Me O Lord the Perfect Way

Scripture Reading: Acts 18:24-28

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 234: My God I Love Thee

Sermon: Learn to Discern (3): Discerning the Word

Hymn 297: Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

Benediction: 2 Thessalonians 2

Postlude

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