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Order of Service 31/03

Perhaps no passage in Hebrews is more central and practical than the words of 10:19-24. In some ways, they are a summary of true faith, and biblical religion: love God, endure, love the brethren. 

God’s gracious call to draw near comes from Psalm 22:22-23, where we are called and welcomed to praise, glorify and fear Yahweh. We then sing this, to the uplifting melody of “FOREST GREEN”. 

From God’s call to ours: we call upon [“invoke”] God to assist us to praise. Our praise is always a response, so we read from His Word in Psalm 73. Here Asaph resolves to draw near to God, as Hebrews 10:22 tells us to do.

We then sing the song “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”, which recounts our new and living way to God: “Christ the great and sure fulfilment of the Law, in Him we stand”.

Our New Testament reading is similarly the climax of the book of James: calling on people to forsake their sin, draw near to God and He will draw near to us.  Our response is further prayer, the song “My God I Love Thee”, and our offerings. 

Our time of hearing with obedient hearts follows, and we respond to Hebrews 10:19-24 with “Be Thou My Vision”. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 22:22-23

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 19 Amid the Thronging Worshippers

Scripture Reading: Psalm 73

Song Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: James 4:1-10

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 234 My God I Love Thee

Sermon: Hebrews 10:19-24: The Heart of Biblical Religion

Hymn 246 Be Thou My Vision

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 24/03

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 40

Prayer of Invocation

Song 21 In Christ Alone

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:10-20

Song 19 How Deep the Father’s Love

Scripture Reading: John 19:16-30

Pastoral Prayer

Offering: Congregational Hymn 239 Blessed Jesus At Thy Word

Sermon: Hebrews 10:1-18: Final Sacrifice

Hymn 166 Hark! The Voice of Love and Mercy (REGENT SQUARE)

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 17/03

A Creator of such glory deserves praise from every creature. We are called into worship, alongside ever created thing in Psalm 148. We turn this into song with “All Creatures of our God and King”.

Our reading in the Tanakh is from Isaiah 53, where Messiah is predicted to bear the transgressions of Israel, and of others. We then praise the Messiah in “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus”.

Our New Covenant reading takes us to the moment when Jesus inaugurated the new covenant, using words which Moses used when instantiating the old covenant. 

It is then our time to pray and give, followed by a time of receiving the Word. Our text in Hebrews 9:15-28 explores how Jesus mediates the new covenant to us, with its full and final forgiveness. We close with the implications of this, in the song, “Complete in Thee”.

 

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 148

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 31 All Creatures of Our God and King

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-12

Hymn 180 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:1-20

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 12: Glory Be to the Father

Offering

Sermon: Hebrews 9:15-28: The Last Will and Testament of Jesus the Messiah

Song 20 Complete in Thee

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 10/03

Prelude

Call to Worship: Romans 11:32-36

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 54 Give Praise to God

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Dedication

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-14

Pastoral Prayer

Offertory: Congregational Song 36 What God Ordains is Always Good

Sermon: 1 Peter 1:1-2

Song 16 God of Grace

Postlude

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Lord’s Supper Order of Service 03/03

Prelude

Welcome

Call to Worship: Hebrews 10:19-24

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 220 Not All The Blood of Beasts (ST THOMAS)

Hymn 84 Rock of Ages

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:18-24

New Hymn 12: Gloria Patri

Membership

Hymn 212 Christian Hearts in Love United

Conservative Christian Declaration # 13

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35

Homily

Fence, Silent Prayer

Prayer of Consecration

Distribution of Elements – 282 Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands; 287 Jesus Thou Joy

Closing Hymn: 169 Thine Be The Glory

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 03/03

Perhaps no burden is like the burden of guilt. Today we consider how our Lord’s sacrifice is the truly effective remover of guilt and an afflicted conscience. 

Our God calls us into His presence with a promise that it is blessed to approach. We then ask the Lord to enable us to worship. Our first hymn celebrates the truth that only the life and death of Jesus on our behalf can remove condemnation and guilt. Psalm 32 reports this reality from an Old Testament perspective: David knew the pain of guilt, and the pleasure of forgiveness. 

We then sing of our own helplessness to remove our guilt in “Not What These Hands Have Done”. Our New Testament reading teaches us that those in the light, those true children of God, experience continual cleansing, even while they continually confess. 

Ours is the privilege to approach God in intercession. We do so, and then offer tangible expressions of our trust in Him. We turn to His Word, studying Hebrews 9:1-14. We respond with the hymn “And Can It Be”, singing the 3rd and 4th stanzas that delight in forgiveness and cleansing. We depart with God’s blessing. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 65:1-5

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 228 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Scripture Reading: Psalm 32:1-5

Hymn 217 Not What These Hands Have Done (TERRA BEATA)

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5-2:2

Pastoral Prayer

Offertory

Sermon: Hebrews 9:1-14: Effectual Conscience-Cleansing

Hymn 229 And Can It Be (3 & 4)

Benediction

Postlude

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