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Order of Service 20/10

Few are the people who never face discouragement. The biblical characters and writers certainly did, and Psalm 42 is one of the greatest responses to discouragement, melancholy and depression. 

We begin with Psalm 42 as our call to worship, and then sing a hymn of great joy: “Rejoice, the Lord is King”. Our first Scripture reading describes a moment when David faced utter ruin, and possible execution. His response is like that of Psalm 42: he strengthened himself in the Lord. This is the hope of every believer, and is captured in the song “All I Have Is Christ”.

We then turn to the epistle of joy, Philippians, where we read the commands to rejoice, and not be anxious. We then present our requests to God with thanksgiving, before turning to the Word of God, to study Psalm 42 together.

We close with “As Longs the Deer”, a paraphrase of this psalm. 

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Prelude

Hymn 161 It Is a Thing Most Wonderful

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 42

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 184 Rejoice the Lord is King!

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-6

Song 4 All I Have Is Christ

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1-8

Pastoral Prayer

Offering

Sermon: Psalm 42: Discouragement and Desire

Hymn 43 As Longs the Deer for Cooling Streams

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 13/10

Prelude

Call to Worship: Psalm 130

Hymn 7 The God of Abraham Praise

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 21:1-18

Hymn 229 And Can It Be

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-9

Offering Song 31 Speak O Lord

Sermon: 2 Chronicles 33:1-20: The Testimony of Judah’s Most Wicked King

Hymn 75 Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Benediction

Postlude

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Lord’s Supper Order of Service 06/10

Prelude

Welcome

Call to Worship: Romans 6:14-23

Opening Prayer

Song 38 Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Testimonies

New Hymn 161 It Is a Thing Most Wonderful

Testimonies

Scripture Reading: John 5:45-47; Luke 24:26-27, 44-47

Homily

Hymn 70 Fairest Lord Jesus

Taking Into Membership

Fence, Silent Prayer

Distribution of Elements – Hymn 154 Stricken Smitten and Afflicted, 84 Rock of
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Song 21 In Christ Alone

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 06/10

Our study in Hebrews has taught us that since Jesus is the Finisher of the faith, we can be faithful to Him to the finish. Baptism is a sign and symbol of our faith in Christ and desire to be faithful, and today we celebrate the ordinance of baptism.

Our call to worship is Romans 11:33-36, which states that God needs no one and learns from no one. It is our privilege to receive all we have from Him, and return to Him our “sacrifice of praise”. We then sing this Scripture in the hymn “Give Praise to God”.

Our Scripture reading in Romans describes our union with Christ by being immersed into His death and resurrection, which baptism pictures. We then pray, and conclude our study in Hebrews by studying verses 18-25, with our focus on the famous benediction in verses 20-21.

It is then our opportunity to present our other form of sacrifice (Heb. 13:15-16), while singing a song appropriate to baptism: “O Jesus I Have Promised”. We go on to hear the good-conscience answer (1 Pet. 3:21) of three people seeking immersion in the name of the Triune God, witnessing their confession before us (1 Tim. 6:12). We conclude with a song of consecration: “Take My Life and Let It Be”.

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Prelude

Hymn 12 Glory Be to the Father

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: Romans 11:33-36

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 54 Give Praise to God

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-14

Hymn 246 Be Thou My Vision

Pastoral Prayer

Sermon: Hebrews 13:18-25: May God Equip You to Finish

Offering Hymn 257 O Jesus, I Have Promised (AURELIA)

Baptism

Hymn 243 Take My Life

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 29/09

The church is the “called-out assembly”. We are not the mainstream or elite powers of this world, but outcasts and pilgrims. Our citizenship and home is elsewhere, and we should embrace this and live like it. The hymn “Come We That Love the Lord” reminds us that we are pilgrims making our way to Zion.

Our call to worship is Psalm 137, where the captive Israelites in Babylon felt their alienation: singing the Lord’s song in a strange land. That is nevertheless our privilege and duty, so after prayer we sing “Come Christians Join to Sing”. Our first reading in 1 Peter reminds us that we are chosen nation, a royal priesthood, and strangers and pilgrims in this world.

As pilgrims, we can sing with thoughtfulness, “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.” We then read our Lord’s words to his disciples in John 15, describing how we should expect the world to treat us. We present our petitions and gifts to the Lord, and then sing our hymn of the month “His Mercy is More”.

Our study is in Hebrews 13:7-17. We close with the longing of every pilgrim: to reach “Jerusalem the Golden”.

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Prelude

Hymn 18 Come We That Love the Lord

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 137:1-6

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 190 Come Christians Join to Sing

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-12

Hymn 264 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Scripture Reading: John 15:17-21

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Song: His Mercy is More

Sermon: Hebrews 13:7-17: Pilgrim Church Life

Song 39 Jerusalem the Golden

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 22/09

Enduring in loving faith means enduring in brotherly love. Hebrews 13:1-6 shows how a persevering faith in Christ loves brother and neighbour. We begin with a call to worship from 1 John which unites love for God with love for others.

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” celebrates God’s loving care for us, in which we can rest content. Our Old Testament reading shows how love for others is rooted in real devotion to God. 

We then sing a paraphrase of Psalm 23, “Good Shepherd of My Soul”, in which we again luxuriate in God’s perfect pastoring of us. Our New Testament reading reports a future judgement in which the Lord Jesus will judge people’s love and faith in Him by the fruits of how they loved others. After prayer, we sing again “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”. We then study Hebrews 13:1-6 together, before departing with the sung benediction of Jude 24-25

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Prelude

Hymn 320 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: 1 John 4:17-21

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 57 Praise to the Lord the Almighty

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-8

Song 17 Good Shepherd Of My Soul

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Hymn 320 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Sermon: Hebrew 13:1-6 Enduring in Brotherly Love

Song 37 Benediction (Now Unto Him)

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 15/09

Is it possible to be “too serious”? While it may be possible to be too sombre, we can never be serious enough about the realities that the Bible reveals. Hebrew 12:18-29 teaches us to worship God with deep reverence and awe because of these realities.

We begin with a stanza from “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”, reminding us before Whom we come. Our call to worship from Psalm 89 teaches us that God is to be greatly feared and held in reverence. We then sing that hymn that echoes the reverence of the seraphim: “Holy, Holy, Holy”.

Our New Testament reading tells us to conduct our time here in fear, since we were redeemed at so high a price. We sing of this price in “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” before singing four times in “O Father, Thou Whose Love Profound” that “before Thy throne we sinners bend”. Our Old Testament reading in Exodus 19 is referred to in Hebrews 12, so we see there the fearsome (and yet inferior) reality of the Old Covenant inaugurated at Sinai. We then pray, give our offerings, and then present our obedient ears to the Word.

We close with the sung exhortation that this great God’s mercy is more than our sins.

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Prelude

Hymn 107 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 89:1-7

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 3 Holy, Holy, Holy

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-19

Song 19 How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Hymn 39 O Father, Thou Whose Love Profound

Scripture Reading: Exodus 19:7-22

Pastoral Prayer

Offering

Sermon: Hebrews 12:18-29 The Fearsome Reality of True Christianity

Song His Mercy is More

Benediction

Postlude

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