Sunday 22 March 2020 – Morning Service

21st March 2020

Good morning! This is our first Sunday on which we are not able to meet as the church of Jesus Christ, and it may be the first of many. But we are together in spirit, and we can seek the Lord together in prayer, and worship Him together, and read His word together.

Prayer

Please pray now for God’s blessing on us as we worship together.

Hymn

This is a wonderful hymn that expresses the grace of God to His people down through the ages. Listen, and maybe sing along!


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1. O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is Thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting Thou art God,
to endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages in Thy sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

5. O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be Thou our guard while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

  Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

Reading

That hymn is based on Psalm 90. Perhaps one that springs more readily to mind in the present crisis is Psalm 91, with its references to ‘deadly pestilence’! Read it now, and hear the Lord’s reassurance of His faithfulness to His people.

Prayer

Now turn the psalm into a prayer. How does the psalm lead us to…

A – adore Christ

C – confess sins

T – thank God

S – supplication (what should we ask for?)

Pray for one another.

Hymn

Here is a hymn that focuses our attention on the cross of Jesus.


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1. WHEN I survey the wondrous cross,
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ my God:
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

3. See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

  Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

Reading

The first passage of the Bible that I thought of when the corona virus went global was Revelation 8-9. Listen to it being introduced and read below:



Where else in the Bible do we read of water turning to blood (8:8), terrible hailstorms (8:7), locusts (9:3) and darkness (8:12)?

What was God’s purpose on that occasion?

What does the judgement on ‘a third’ (8:7-12) say to the remaining two-thirds?

What does 9:20-21 suggest was the hoped for response of the people?

Sermon

Listen now to the sermon. Think about what God wants to tell us in these chapters. Use the service sheet if it helps!

Download Service Sheet


Hymn

Our final hymn describes our security in the Lord Jesus.


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1. BEFORE the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
a great High Priest, whose name is Love,
who ever lives and pleads for me.
 
2. My name is graven in His hands,
my name is written on His heart;
I know that, while in heaven He stands,
no tongue can bid me thence depart.
 
3. When Satan tempts me to despair,
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look, and see Him there
who made an end of all my sin.
 
4. Because the sinless Saviour died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God the Just is satisfied
to look on Him, and pardon me.
 
5. Behold Him there! the risen Lamb!
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace!
 
6. One with Himself, I cannot die,
my soul is purchased by His blood;
my life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ, my Saviour and my God.

  Charitie Lees De Chenez, 1841-1923

Prayer

  • What does Revelation 8-9 prompt us to pray for unbelievers?
  • What does it prompt us to pray for believers?
  • What should your personal response be?

Pray about these things now.

Blessing

‘And now may the Lord, who is the strength of His people, be your Shepherd and carry you forever. Amen.’


Refreshments

Now, make a drink, grab a biscuit, and enjoy some fellowship! How?

WhatsApp

If you have the technology, then between 12 and 1pm you can go on the WhatsApp group chat and have a chat! We’ve put together some tip for those new to using WhatsApp

Tips on using WhatsApp

Phone call challenge

During the course of this Sunday…

  • Phone somebody you always talk to on a Sunday
  • Phone somebody you sometimes talk to on a Sunday
  • Phone somebody you never talk to on a Sunday (!)