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Order of Service 24/02

If you have ever wondered why our church was named “New Covenant Baptist Church”, then our study in Hebrews 8 will provide many of the answers.

We are called into worship by the psalmist, who asks God to soften and incline his heart, as only the new covenant can do. Asking God for grace to worship, we then sing of our Messiah enthroned in heavenly splendour, singing ” Great High Priest of our profession, through the oil Thou ent’redst in; by Thy mighty intercession grace and mercy Thou dost win.”

We read of the promise of the coming new covenant in Ezekiel 11, and then sing of the marvels of God’s grace in “God of Grace”. Our Scripture in Mark reminds us that new covenant realities could never co-exist in the old wineskins of the old covenant. We then intercede for the church, for ministry, for rulers, for all men, and for special needs.

Our giving is followed by the exposition of Hebrews 8. We conclude with a song about Heaven and being with our heavenly Priest: “To Be With Christ”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 119:33-40

Prayer of Invocation

192 Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 11:14-25

Song 16 God of Grace

Scripture Reading: Mark 2:18-28

Pastoral Prayer

Offertory

Sermon: Hebrews 8:1-13: New Testament Realities

Song 35 To Be With Christ

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 17/02

Few truths bring greater joy and assurance to a believer than the thought that Jesus continually, and unceasingly prays for us. His eternal presence in Heaven is the unshakeable guarantee that if we are in Him, we are forever and eternally secure.

We begin with a call to worship from Romans 8:28-34, where these magnificent truths are set forth. Calling on God to help us to respond in worship, we then sing “Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus”, where we sing, “We, by faith, do now adore Thee, Seated at Thy Father’s side. There, for us Thou now art pleading, There Thou dost our sorrows share, Ever for us interceding, Till in glory we appear.”

Our first Scripture reading is the first half of Christ’s High Priestly prayer of John 17, where we learn what it is that He prays for His people. We go on to sing “Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated”, where we sing “Lord, in all Thy power and glory, Still Thy thoughts and eyes are here; Watching o’er Thy ransomed people, To Thy gracious heart so dear; Thou for us art interceding”.

We then continue our reading of John 17. Following that, we have the privilege of interceding together, and do so, before giving God glory and the firstfruits of our increase.

We meditate together then on Hebrews 7:23-28, where we learn that “while in Heaven He stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart”. We close by singing those words in the hymn “Before the Throne of God Above”.

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Prelude

Call to Worship:  Romans 8:28-34

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 181 Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus! (HYFRYDOL)

Scripture Reading: John 17:1-12

Hymn 187 Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated

Scripture Reading:  John 17:13-26

Pastoral Prayer

Doxology

Offertory

Sermon: Hebrews 7:23-28: No Tongue Can Bid Me Thence Depart

Silence

Song 7 Before the Throne of God Above

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 10/02

We have many things to be thankful for, living when we do. One of those is that we live in the era when the Law of Moses is no longer the arrangement between God and His people. Today we see in Hebrews that the High Priesthood of Jesus means that He is a Priest belonging to a higher, better Law than the Law of Moses. 

We begin with Psalm 40, where David foresees Messiah going above and beyond sacrifice and offering, and doing God’s will. We then turn to sing to Father, Son and Spirit in a prayer and hymn of invocation. 

Galatians 2:20-3:14 challenges us as to whether we are living under the Law of Moses, or the Law of Christ. If we are living under Christ, then we can sing “All I Have Is Christ”. Our reading in Jeremiah prophesies that the Mosaic Covenant would be replaced by the New Covenant. 

After our pastoral prayer, we take our offering while singing our hymn of the month: “A Good High Priest Is Come”. 

We close with the Doxology and a blessing on God’s people. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 40:1-9

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 10 Come Thou Almighty King

Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20-3:14

Song 4 All I Have Is Christ

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Congregational Hymn 215 A Good High Priest is Come

Sermon: Hebrews 7:11-22: A New Testament Priest

Silence

Hymn 13 Doxology

Benediction

Postlude

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