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Order of Service 20/01

Christianity is profoundly future-oriented. Our faith is based upon promises: that God will do something for us if we trust in Him. Without promises, our faith must necessarily fail. Our text in Hebrews 6:13-20 teaches us the power of promises to enable persevering faith.

We begin with a call to worship in which God takes an oath, promising by His own name to ultimately have every knee bow and confess before Him. We gladly bow to this, and then sing that our hope is based on nothing less (or more) than our promised Messiah, Jesus the Son of God. “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” underlines our trust in His promises.

We then read a series of promises in Isaiah 43:1-7. The hymn “How Firm a Foundation” puts these promises into song. The first stanza introduces us to the idea of promises, and the next stanzas are in fact paraphrases of several Scripture passages: Isaiah 41:10, 43:2, Romans 8:3-39, Hebrews 13:5, and Deuteronomy 31:6.

Our New Testament reading is from 2 Corinthians 1, where we read of how the promises relate to Jesus Christ. We pray, only because there are promises associated with prayer. After honouring our God with our substance, we sing of another promise: that “Before the Throne of God Above”, we have the perfect intercessor, our great High Priest Jesus.

After seeing and savouring God’s glory in His Word, we close by singing the promise of Jude 24-25: that He will keep us from falling.

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Prelude

Call to Worship: Isaiah 45:22-25

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 216 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (SOLID ROCK)

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7

Hymn 241 How Firm a Foundation

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:15-22

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Congregational Song 7 Before the Throne of God Above

Sermon: Hebrews 6:13-20: “The Power to Persevere through Promises”

Silence

Song 37 Now Unto Him

Postlude

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Lord’s Supper Order of Service 13/01

Welcome

Call to Worship: 327 Responsive Reading

Hymn 287 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Prayer of Invocation

New Hymn 338 Jerusalem My Happy Home

Scripture Reading: Revelation 5:8-14

Homily on Reward

Hymn 197 Behold the Glories of the Lamb

Testimonies

Conservative Christian Declaration # 12

Fence, Scripture Reading, Silent Prayer

Prayer of Consecration

Distribution of Elements – Hymn 280 To Avert from Men God’s Wrath, Hymn 149 Alas, and Did My Saviour Bleed

Closing Hymn: 328 Abide With Me

Benediction: 1 Peter 5

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Order of Service 13/01

As we return to the epistle to the Hebrews, we want to remind ourselves of why we should remain faithful to the Finisher of our faith. One of those reasons is His faithfulness to remember our labour for Him. 

First Corinthians 3:11-15 describes the rewards for those whose foundation is Christ alone. We therefore sing of our sole trust and hope in Him, in the song “In Christ, Alone”.

Our reading in the Gospel of Matthew reveals that God will not fail to reward the smallest act done for Him. In light of this kind of God, we can comfortably sing “What God Ordains Is Always Good”.

The Scripture in Revelation 15 describes a scene in Heaven where the heavenly dwellers praise God, both for His judging the wicked and for His rewarding the righteous. Here we turn our hearts up to Him in prayer. 

Bonar’s hymn “Go Labor On” is our hymn of meditation as we present our offerings to God. We then worship God in preaching: exulting God through exposition of His glory. 

After reflection, we sing of the reward of Heaven itself, in the hymn, Jerusalem the Golden. 

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Prelude

Call to Worship: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

Prayer of Invocation

Song 21 In Christ Alone

Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:37-42

Song 36 What God Ordains Is Always Good

Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:15-19

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Congregational Hymn 300 Go Labor On (ROCKINGHAM)

Sermon: Hebrews 6:9:12: Reasons to Persevere (1)

Silence

Song Jerusalem the Golden

Postlude

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Order of Service 30/12

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 89:1-8

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 61 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Scripture Reading: Psalm 90

Hymn 303 O God Our Help in Ages Past

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:23-2:3

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Congregational Hymn 47 Safely Through Another Week

Sermon: Considering Your Work

Silence

Hymn 252 O For A Closer Walk (CLOSER WALK)

Benediction: 2 Corinthians

Postlude

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Christmas Day Service

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 2

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 134 Angels From the Realms of Glory

Hymn 126 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Scripture Reading: Zechariah 3:1-10

Hymn 113 Angels We Have Heard on High

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-18

Hymn 129 In the Bleak Midwinter

Sermon: “Revelation 12:1-17: The Story Behind Christmas”

Hymn 106 Joy to the World

Benediction: Romans 16

Postlude

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Order of Service 23/12

Prelude

Call to Worship: Isaiah 11:1-10

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 114 O Little Town of Bethlehem

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-18

Song: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

272 The Nicene Creed

Hymn 273 Credo

Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:1-7

Prayer for Offering and Sermon

Offering Congregational Hymn 112 What Child is This?

Sermon

Hymn 345 May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour

Postlude

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Carols Service 16/12

Welcome

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Prayer

Hymn 122 The First Noel

Scripture: Micah 5:1-2

Hymn 120 Once in Royal David’s City

Hymn 115 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

Scripture: Luke 2:1-7

Special: Let All Mortal Flesh

Hymn 112 What Child Is This?

Scripture: Luke 2:8-20

Hymn 109 Silent Night

Children’s Story

Hymn 131 O Come All Ye Faithful

Violin : O Holy Night

Scriptures: Luke 2:6-7

Christmas Poem: Birth Pangs and Biblical Promises

Hymn 127 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

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