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Order of Service 24/05

Today, two months since we last met corporately, we return to our series in 2 and 3 John. Psalm 119 calls us to worship, with a statement of loving the truth. Truth is a Person – the ascended Jesus Christ (John 14:6) We can lift our voices and sing “In Christ Alone”.
In prayer, we approach our ascended Lord who is our High Priest, forsaking our sins and looking to Him for acceptance. Our prayers continue for authorities, for ministry, for the sick and ailing, for the church’s edification, and for all me. We keep praying for Muslim salvations during this time, and particularly remember the Sayyid people in India. Today would also have been our church anniversary dinner, celebrating 17 years of God’s faithfulness to NCBC.

“O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus” helps us remember the mighty grace of Jesus in saving us. We then read of this mighty, saving love in 1 John 4.

As we return to the theme of love and truth in 2 and 3 John, we should think about the state of the church: its doctrine, truth, schisms, and fellowship. We then sing thoughtfully the hymn “The Church’s One Foundation”, and follow that with a reading of 3 John. We then begin our study of this book with a consideration of “Truth’s Triage”.

We close with the doxology and with a blessing from Ephesians 6:23-24.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 119:153-168

Song 21 In Christ Alone

Prayer

Hymn 208 O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:9-19

Hymn 288 The Church’s One Foundation

Scripture Reading: 3 John 1-14

Sermon: 3 John 1-4: Truth’s Triage

13 Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Benediction: Ephesians 6:23-24

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Order of Service 17/05

A time like this is a time to acknowledge our deep dependence upon the Lord, and to submit to how he humbles our pride. There is no safer place to be in a time like this than to be humble.

Psalm 131 is a simple prayer of humility. We then sing of our exalted God, naming many of his attributes: immortal, immutable, almighty, transcendent, self-sufficient, all-wise, eternal, sovereign, good, and loving.

We pray, worshipping this great God, and looking to His grace for forgiveness of our failings. We praise our Lord who ascended, which event we remember later this week. We continue to pray for Muslim hearts during Ramadan, and for the Sunda-Betawi Muslims of Java.

We know that in Jesus Christ, we have an ever-flowing fountain of cleansing. We sing gladly, “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood”.

Perhaps the greatest text on humility is Philippians 2:5-11, where we read of the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ. We then sing of this marvellous mystery, that God became man and humbled Himself in “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”

We then read the account of John the Baptist’s great humility when confronted with Jesus’ rising popularity.

Our meditation on the topic of pride and self-sufficiency comes from the book of Daniel.
We close with “I Need Thee Every Hour”. Our benediction gives God alone the glory.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 131

Hymn 36 Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

Prayer

Hymn 209 There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Song Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: John 3:22-36

Sermon: Pandemics and Pride

Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour

Benediction: 1 Tim. 6:15-16

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Order of Service 10/05

Being apart from corporate worship for so long affects us all negatively. Nevertheless, Scripture records those who faced exile from corporate worship, and how they survived. Psalm 63 is one such account, which we will study today.
Psalm 84 is a longing cry for corporate worship, and calls us to worship God. We then sing the joyful anthem, “Come Christians, Join to Sing”.
We approach God in prayer through Jesus, confessing our sins and drawing near through Him. We ask for His blessing over our worship, and on this Mother’s Day, we intercede for the women in our church (Titus 2:3-5). We pray during this month of Ramadan for believing Muslim women in persecuted muslim cultures, and for the Najdi Bedouin Arabs of Saudi.

We then read in Luke 5 of the power of our Lord to forgive sins, and rejoice in our salvation and pardon in Him. We gladly sing of His beauty in “Fairest Lord Jesus”.

We read Psalm 63, a psalm where David was in exile. Before hearing God’s Word, we sing “Thou Art Worthy”.
After studying how we should seek and pursue God, we end with “Be Thou My Vision”, and a benediction from 1 Thessalonians.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 84

Hymn 190 Come Christians, Join to Sing

Prayer of Invocation

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:18-26

Hymn 70 Fairest Lord Jesus

Scripture Reading: Psalm 63

Song 33 Thou Art Worthy

Sermon: Solitary Spirituality Survival Skills

Hymn 246 Be Thou My Vision

Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23

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Order of Service 03/05

During this season, there are many voices competing for our attention. Some of the loudest voices are those that link the events around us to biblical prophecy. What does God’s Word teach about how we should approach the end-times and a crisis like this? We’ll consider this from 2 Thessalonians.

Psalm 57 is both a prayer for help during crisis, and also a call to celebrate the God whose mercy reaches unto the heavens, and His truth unto the clouds.”

Like the psalmist who said “Awake, lute and harp”(Ps. 57:8), the hymnwriter says “tune my heart to sing Thy praise”. We ask God to make us living instruments of praise, particularly since we are prone to wander from Him.

We come before God in prayer, adoring, confessing our sins, and praying for our children who worship with us in families today, for their salvation. We pray also for Muslims in this month of Ramadan, and particularly for the Hijazi Arab in Saudi.
Ephesians 2:13-22 records our marvellous pardon and standing before God through Christ. Such a deliverance deserves highest praise, so we call on all to join us in crowning Jesus Lord of all in “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”.

Our second Scripture is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, where Paul exhorts the Thessalonians regarding the return of the Lord. Before listening to God’s Word, we sing “Speak O Lord”. We then sing of our peace in “It is Well”, and receive the blessing of 2 Corinthians 13:14.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 57

Hymn 253 Come Thou Fount

Prayer of Invocation

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:13-22

Hymn 191 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

Song 31 Speak O Lord

Sermon: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12: End-Times Anxiety

Hymn 214 It Is Well with My Soul

Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14

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Order of Service 26/04

However long the coronavirus delays our corporate gatherings, the presence of God’s Spirit in His people allows us to worship God while apart, yet being with each each other in spirit (Col 2:5).

Psalm 114 calls us to worship: a psalm which enables us to imagine the glory of God causing creation to tremble. We can therefore “Sing The Mighty Power of God”.

We read of the great love in Christ that pardoned us at the cross, and which then extends to one another.  This is because Christ alone is our hope and trust, as we sing of in “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”.

In Matthew 25, we read of a judgement in the future where Christ will judge the nature of hearts based upon their treatment of ones He loved. We should meditate on how our practical love for those whom Christ loves is actually love for Him.

We can only do this because of the grace of God, of which we sing in “God of Grace”.

We then consider what Christian love looks like during a time like this.

We conclude with the aspiration: “May the Mind of Christ My Saviour” live in me from day to day. Our benediction which calls for love for one another is 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 114

Hymn 53 I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Prayer of Invocation

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-21

Hymn 216 My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

Song 16 God Of Grace

Sermon: Christian Love and the Covid Lockdown

Hymn 250 May the Mind of Christ My Saviour

Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

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Order of Service 19/04

As our world has entered a time of uncertainty, it is our privilege to worship the God who is rock-solid in His promises and brings total certainty to the believer.
We begin with verses from Psalm 37 in which we see God’s treatment of His own, in contrast to the fate of the wicked. We exalt this God in the hymn “Come Thou Almighty King”, asking Him for blessing over our worship today.

We then approach in prayer, in the person and work of Jesus, adoring, and confessing our sins, asking God to illuminate us this morning. We pray for our missionaries, and for the gospel to spread among all peoples, among Muslims, and among the Yemeni Arabs.

We then luxuriate in the grace that has completed us in the hymn “Complete in Thee”. We read of this completeness in Colossians 2:9-15, and then sing of the faithfulness of our God in “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.

We turn to our Scripture text for this morning, Mark 6:30-44, where we will study God’s provision for His people. We finish with the sung Doxology, and a benediction from 2 Corinthians 9:10.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 37:18-29

Hymn 10 Come Thou Almighty King

Prayer

Song 20 Complete In Thee

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:9-15

Hymn 61 Great is Thy Faithfulness

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:30-44

Sermon: God Pays For What He Orders

Hymn 13 Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Benediction: 2 Corinthians 9:10

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Resurrection Sunday 12/04

Christians worship on the Lord’s Day, because of this Lord’s Day – the day of Christ’s resurrection. Easter Sunday calls us to reflect on the deep, foundational realities of our faith, and what we are living for.

First Peter 1:3-7 calls us to worship with the truth that the resurrection is the basis of a living hope, and therefore a living faith.  We join in the triumphant song, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”.

We then come to God in the person and work of Jesus, confessing our sins, praising Him for grace and pardon, and praying that this Easter Sunday would be a deep reflection on the gospel and its effects. We pray for authorities, for the body of Christ, for ministry, and for al men – specifically for the Vanniyan people in India.

We sing of our Lord’s enthronement and victory in “Crown Him With Many Crowns”.

We are taught by our reading in Matthew 28 as to the unfolding events of that first Sunday. We can then sing “Hail! Thou Once Despised Jesus!” for His is truly the victory now.

Our second reading in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 teaches on the kind of lives we now lead, since we have become new creations after the resurrection. We then turn to Romans 14:7-9, for a meditation on how we live, if we are certain of Christ’s resurrection.

We finish with the song ‘Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery’ and the benediction of Hebrews 13:20-21.

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Call to Worship: 1 Peter 1:3-7

Hymn 167 Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Prayer

Hymn 196 Crown Him with Many Crowns

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1-10

Hymn 181 Hail! Thou Once Despised Jesus!

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Sermon: Romans 14:7-9: Life and Lordship

Song 38 Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21

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