Sunday 22 March 2020 – Evening Service

22nd March 2020

Good evening!

Hymn

Let us begin with a hymn that focuses our thoughts on the greatness of God!


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1. IMMORTAL, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes;
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above,
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3. To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish – but nought changeth Thee.

4. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.

5. Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes.
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
Walter Chalmers Smith, 1824-1908

Prayer

Read through Matthew 6:25-34, and use it to praise God and give thanks to Him. Then take time to pray for our nation, and the many people who do not know the peace of God that Christians enjoy.

Reading

Psalm 88

Sermon

Prayer

This prayer comes from The Valley of Vision, a book of prayers from the Puritans in the C.17th. It expresses something of what we have been thinking about in Psalm 88.

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
Where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
Hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox
	that the way down is the way up,
	that to be low is to be high,
	that the broken heart is the healed heart,
	that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
	that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
	that to have nothing is to possess all,
	that to bear the cross is the wear the crown,
	that to give is to receive,
	that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from the deepest wells,
   and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
Let me find Thy light in my darkness,
		Thy life in my death,
		Thy joy in my sorrow,
		Thy grace in my sin,
		Thy riches in my poverty,
		Thy glory in my valley.
        

Hymn

This final hymn focuses our attention on God’s faithfulness to us, even in the dark!

Piano and singers

Organ, Met Tab

Piano only


1. MY hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

CHORUS: On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

3. His oath, His cov’nant, and His blood, support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.

4. When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found!
Clothed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.

Edward Mote, 1797-1874

Blessing

‘May the Lord of peace Himself grant you peace at all times, under all circumstances. The Lord be with you all. Amen.’