Easter Sunday evening service

12th April 2020

Good evening. Once again we meet (but don’t meet!), in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We want to worship Him and remember who is on the throne – the living God, the Maker of heaven and earth, our Father. And His Son, the Lamb who was slain. Please read these verses:

Reading

Read Isaiah 11:1-10

Hymn

Jesus! The Name high over all
  1. JESUS! the Name high over all,
    in hell, or earth, or sky;
    angels and men before it fall,
    and devils fear and fly.
  2. Jesus! the Name to sinners dear,
    the Name to sinners given;
    it scatters all their guilty fear,
    it turns their hell to heaven.
  3. Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
    and bruises Satan’s head;
    power into strengthless souls it speaks,
    and life into the dead.
  4. O that the world might taste and see
    the riches of His grace;
    the arms of love that compass me
    would all mankind embrace.
  5. His only righteousness I show,
    His saving truth proclaim;
    ’tis all my business here below
    to cry, ‘Behold the Lamb!’
  6. Happy, if with my latest breath
    I may but gasp His Name;
    preach Him to all, and cry in death,
    ‘Behold, behold the Lamb!’
    Charles Wesley, 1707-88

Prayer

  • Consider each of the verses we have just sung, and turn those statements into prayer.
  • Pray for our nation, our PM, our leaders, our doctors and hospital staff.
  • Pray for God’s people in this time of hardship, that each would know God’s sustaining grace, and wisdom to know how to serve Him.
  • Pray for God to speak to us as we read His word and hear it preached.

Reading

Romans 8:18-25

Hymn

This next song is drawn from those verses, and considers how ‘The heavens declare the glory of God’ (Psalm 19:1), and also anticipates His return.

Creation sings the Father’s song
  1. Creation sings the Father’s song;
    He calls the sun to wake the dawn
    And run the course of day,
    Till evening falls in crimson rays.
    His fingerprints in flakes of snow,
    His breath upon this spinning globe;
    He charts the eagle’s flight,
    Commands the newborn baby’s cry.

    Hallelujah!
    Let all creation stand and sing!
    Hallelujah!
    Fill the earth with songs of worship,
    Tell the wonders of Creation’s King.

  2. Creation gazed upon His face;
    The Ageless One in time’s embrace
    Unveiled the Father’s plan
    Of reconciling God and man.
    A second Adam walked the earth
    Whose blameless life would break the curse,
    Whose death would set us free
    To live with Him eternally.

    Hallelujah!
    Let all creation stand and sing!
    Hallelujah!
    Fill the earth with songs of worship,
    Tell the wonders of Creation’s King.

  3. Creation longs for His return,
    when Christ shall reign upon the earth;
    The bitter wars that rage
    Are birth pains of a coming age.
    When He renews the land and sky
    All heaven will sing and earth reply
    With one resplendent theme:
    The glories of our God and King!

    Hallelujah!
    Let all creation stand and sing!
    Hallelujah!
    Fill the earth with songs of worship,
    Tell the wonders of Creation’s King.


    Stuart Townend b.1963 Copyright

Sermon

Let’s close with a hymn that reminds us of ‘a few of our favourite things’!

Hymn


In Christ alone

This rendition of the hymn was put online last Sunday by members of All Souls Langham Place in London, the church some of you will know is led by Rico Tice, among others, and where Mike and Donna De Semlyen worshipped before Mike passed away.)
  1. IN Christ alone my hope is found,
    He is my light, my strength, my song;
    this cornerstone, this solid ground,
    firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
    What heights of love, what depths of peace,
    when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
    My Comforter, my all in all,
    here in the love of Christ I stand.
  2. In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
    fulness of God in helpless babe!
    this gift of love and righteousness,
    scorned by the ones He came to save:
    till on that cross as Jesus dies,
    the wrath of God was satisfied –
    for every sin on Him was laid;
    here in the death of Christ I live.
  3. There in the ground His body lay,
    Light of the world by darkness slain:
    then bursting forth in glorious day
    up from the grave He rose again!
    And as He stands in victory
    sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
    for I am His and He is mine –
    bought with the precious blood of Christ.
  4. No guilt in life, no fear in death,
    this is the power of Christ in me;
    from life’s first cry to final breath,
    Jesus commands my destiny.
    No power of hell, no scheme of man,
    can ever pluck me from His hand;
    till He returns or calls me home,
    here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!

    Stuart Townend, b. 1963 © 2001 Thankyou Music

Prayer

How should you pray in the light of Romans 8:18-25?

Blessing

‘May the Word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom to capture your hearts for Christ, to comfort your hearts in Christ and to humble your hearts before Christ. Amen.’