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Good Friday 10/04

On this Good Friday, we remember the day that changed human history, the crucifixion of the Son of God. Ours is not a pseudo-mourning of One we pretend is lost to us. We view the Cross through the eyes of the Resurrection.

God calls us to worship Him with Acts 2:22-36, where we are confronted with the marvellous sovereignty of God in planning, executing and completing the work of the Cross. This kind of power should humble us, so we begin with a hymn that speaks of our pride being shattered at the Cross: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

We come humbly, confessing our unworthiness to experience the Cross, yet approaching with confidence that we will be received in Christ. We ask for grace to see and know God in worship.

With knowledge of the power of the Cross of Christ, we can sing with joy, “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”.

Our first Scripture reading follows the crucifixion account in Matthew’s Gospel, Matthew 27:33-50. Pay attention to what His enemies said to Him on the Cross.

We sing of Christ’s grief in “‘Man of Sorrows’, What a Name” and follow that with Luke’s account of the Cross in Luke 23:33-47.

We then spend time considering the curses and insults that were thrown at Jesus on the Cross, and what it reveals about God, man, and the Cross itself.

We close with “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” and receive God’s blessing from Revelation 1:4-6.

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Call to Worship: Acts 2:22-36

Hymn 150 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Prayer

Hymn 228 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:33-50

Hymn 151 “Man of Sorrows”, What a Name

Scripture Reading: Luke 23:33-47

Sermon: Matthew 27:37-44: Calvary’s Ironic Insults

Song 19 How Deep The Father’s Love

Benediction: Revelation 1:4-6

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Order of Service 05/04

On this Palm Sunday, we remember our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and His presentation of Himself as king.
We begin with Psalm 118, the psalm that was sung as Jesus entered Jerusalem. We hail him as our King with the hymn “Rejoice the Lord is King”.
We cannot say He is our king unless we have submitted to the king’s righteousness (His law), and to the king’s realm (lordship over all of life). We thus come to Him in prayer, confessing our sins, looking to Him for pardon through His completed work. We submit to the Cross, praying that even though we are dispersed, this will be a week of thoughtful meditation on the Passion Week of Christ. We also remember our Jewish neighbours in prayer as they begin Passover, and the Jat people of India.

Rising from prayer, we revel in our assurance of pardon in the hymn “Before the Throne of God”. To understand the meaning of this day in history, we then read the narrative of Palm Sunday in Matthew 21:1-10.
Submitting to the kingship of Jesus is the theme of the song “O Great God”.

We then read an extended portion of John – all of chapter 14. Here we learn of what it meant for Jesus to be separated from His disciples, and what it would mean for them that He would no longer be face to face with them. This prepares us to study the thoughts of 2 John 12 – Love’s Personal Presence.

We close rejoicing that Christ Himself is our portion in the hymn “All I Have is Christ” and joy and with a benediction of joy to our king.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 118:1-4

Hymn 184 Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Prayer

Hymn 224 Before the Throne of God Above

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-10

Song 27 O Great God

Scripture Reading: John 14:1-31

Sermon: 2 John 12: Love’s Personal Presence

Song 4 All I Have Is Christ

Benediction:1 Timothy 1:17

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Order of Service 29/03

In this time of dispersion and separation, one consolation is that the same Spirit works in all of us. As we unite around the same truth, and the same Word, His work in us will conform us to the same Christ.

Psalm 46 teaches us that God is a refuge and a very present help in trouble. We can be still, and know He is God. This great God has been our help in ages past, and will be for years to come. We can sing with gladness ” O God Our Help in Ages Past”.

We humble ourselves before the cross, coming before God in the person and work of Jesus. We confess, repent, and turn to Him, and present our requests. This week, we pray for the persecuted church, for unreached people groups (particularly the Kurd), for the salvation of the ZCC, for our church’s sanctification and Christlikeness.

Our assurance of acceptance and pardon in Christ is in Romans 8:31-39. After reading this, we can sing, in the midst of this trial, “It Is Well with My Soul”.

Our sermon text will draw from a prayer that Solomon prayed at the dedication of the Temple. We read this in 1 Kings 8:26-40, and then sing expectantly, “Speak, O Lord”.

Our sermon studies the topic of the plague in our hearts. We close with the joyful commitment, “What God Ordains Is Always Good”, along with the benediction of 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

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Call to Worship: Psalm 46

Hymn 303 O God Our Help in Ages Past

Prayer

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31-39

Hymn 214 It Is Well with My Soul

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:26-40

Song 31 Speak O Lord

Hymn 43 Sermon: The Plague of Our Hearts

Song 36 What God Ordains Is Always Good

Benediction: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Order of Service 22/03

The amazing truths of our past salvation and future glorification can lead us forget how extraordinary our ordinary Christian life is. Love for Christ is at the heart of our faith, and where love is, there is Joy. We experience the love of Christ in our salvation and anticipate its fullness in the life to come, but love and joy, as the heartbeat of our relationship to Christ are also presently experienced by all believers.

We are reminded of God’s steadfast love which tastes sweeter than life in our call for worship in Psalm 63, and in response to His lovingkindness we rejoice with our first Hymn “Rejoice the Lord is King”. We then approach the God who loved us first in prayer, remembering His design for us on this side of heaven to walk by faith and not by sight, with our first scripture reading and John’s account of doubting Thomas in John 20:19-31.

We then sing of our Love to God in “My God I Love Thee” and are reminded that our love for Him is required, by John’s account of Peter’s restoration in John 21:1:17. Prayerfully we worship God by giving, and ready our hearts to receive His Word with “Fairest Lord Jesus”. We study 1 Peter 1:8-9, by looking at three fundamental present realities of our Christian life. We then sing “May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour” and we close with the benediction of 1 Corinthians 16:22-23.

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Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 63

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 184 Rejoice the Lord is King

Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31

Hymn 234 My God I love Thee

Scripture Reading: John 21:1-17

Pastoral Prayer

Offering Hymn 70 Fairest Lord Jesus

Sermon: 1 Peter 1:8-9 Your Ordinary Christian Life

Hymn 345 May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour

Benediction 1 Corinthians 16:22-23.

Postlude

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Order of Service 15/03

Few things are as important as understanding the gospel. The gospel is the boundary of Christianity. In our worship services, the “shape” of the gospel should often be seen. This morning, our service does just that.

We are first called into worship by God, who confronts us with His greatness: his holiness. We see this in Psalm 99, and then sing of it in the hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy. We then respond to God with confession, repentance, and faith in Christ in prayer. God then assures us of pardon in Christ, which we read of in Ephesians 2:1-10. We sing of this marvellous goodness of grace in “Amazing Grace”.

Once cleansed, God addresses His people, and this morning we read one of the best passages on the gospel: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Happily, we believe that “Christ was raised again the third day according to the Scriptures” and we sing of this in Wesley’s “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”. We then come to God with our commitments: our offerings, and our hearts, ready to hear. We study further the “doctrine of Christ” in 2 John – the gospel – and conclude with “In Christ Alone”.

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Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 99

Hymn 3 Holy Holy Holy

Prayer

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

Hymn 211 Amazing Grace

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Hymn 167 Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Offering

Sermon: Love’s Shibboleth: The Gospel

Song 21 In Christ Alone

Benediction

Postlude

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Order of Service 08/03

Our study in 2 John has shown us that love is limited by truth, love is a response to truth, and love takes shape in truth: true ideas and true responses. Verses 7-11 now show us that love must often defend the truth clearly.

God calls us to draw near with a responsive reading of Psalm 100. We respond to the greatness of our God with the hymn “Give Praise to God”.
The call to separate from apostates is nothing new, as we read in Deuteronomy 13:6-18, where Israel was called on to love truth more than “niceness”. We continue to worship God in prayer, and then sing the hymn that celebrates the life of Christ, “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”.
A short reading in Romans reveals Paul’s similar desire to protect the gospel from false teachers.
Our offering hymn is “O Father, Thou Whose Love Profound”. Here we praise each person of the Godhead, preparing our hearts to receive the Word, even as we give.
We then turn to 2 John to hear the Word together. Our closing hymn is “More Love to Thee, O Christ”. Even when our love has sharply defined edges, it should nevertheless grow. We depart with God’s blessing.

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Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: 15 Responsive Reading of Psalm 100

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 54 Give Praise to God

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 13:6-18

Pastoral Prayer

Song 38 Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Scripture Reading: Romans 16:17-20

Offering Hymn 39 O Father, Thou Whose Love Profound

Sermon: 2 John 7-11: Love’s Sharp Edges

Hymn 247 More Love to Thee

Benediction

Postlude

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Lord’s Supper Order of Service 01/03

Prelude

Call to Worship: Isaiah 6:1-7

Prayer of Invocation

Hymn 6 Holy God, We Praise Your Name

Prayer of Confession

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:14-22

Hymn 206 Arise My Soul Arise

Testimonies

Membership Covenanting

Homily

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-32

Fence

Hymn 224 Before the Throne of God Above

Hymn 280 To Avert from Men God’s Wrath

Distribution of Elements

Hymn 169 Thine Be the Glory

Benediction

Postlude

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