Sunday Evening Service

19th April 2020

Before the service begins, listen to this song for your encouragement and to focus our thoughts on Christ. It is based on Revelation 1:5-6 and Revelation 5. You may like to join in with the ‘responses’!

Is He worthy?

Good evening. We have come together, though in this ‘virtual’ way, because He is worthy of all honour and praise!

Reading

Revelation 5

Let’s sing His praise together!

Hymn – Praise my soul the king of heaven

  1. PRAISE, my soul, the King of heaven,
    to His feet Your tribute bring;
    ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    who like you His praise should sing?
    Praise Him! praise Him!
    praise the everlasting King.
  2. Praise Him for His grace and favour
    to our fathers in distress;
    praise Him still the same for ever,
    slow to chide and swift to bless:
    Praise Him! praise Him!
    glorious in His faithfulness.
  3. Father-like, He tends and spares us,
    well our feeble frame He knows;
    in His hands He gently bears us,
    rescues us from all our foes:
    Praise Him! praise Him!
    widely as His mercy flows.
  4. Angels, help us to adore Him;
    you behold Him face to face;
    sun and moon, bow down before Him,
    dwellers all in time and space.
    Praise Him! praise Him!
    praise with us the God of grace.

Henry Francis Lyte, 1793-1847

Prayer

  • Praise God for His mercies to us, His protection and provision, His sovereign rule over all things.
  • 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.

God is on the throne! But man’s sin has always been to convince himself that he is on the throne really. In this evening’s sermon, we focus on the man with all the power in the book of Esther. And yet, did he really?

Reading

Esther 3

Hymn

This next hymn speaks of the servant leadership of the true king, which stands in stark contrast to the way we naturally use power, as illustrated by Xerxes and Hama.

  1. FROM heaven You came, helpless babe,
    entered our world, Your glory veiled;
    not to be served but to serve,
    and give Your life that we might live.

    This is our God, the Servant King
    He calls us now to follow Him,
    to bring our lives as a daily offering,
    of worship to the Servant King.

  2. There in the garden of tears,
    my heavy load He chose to bear;
    His heart with sorrow was torn,
    ‘Yet not my will but Yours,’ He said.

    This is our God, the Servant King
    He calls us now to follow Him,
    to bring our lives as a daily offering,
    of worship to the Servant King.

  3. Come, see His hands and His feet,
    the scars that speak of sacrifice,
    hands that flung stars into space
    to cruel nails surrendered.

    This is our God, the Servant King
    He calls us now to follow Him,
    to bring our lives as a daily offering,
    of worship to the Servant King.

  4. So let us learn how to serve,
    and in our lives enthrone Him;
    each other’s needs to prefer,
    for it is Christ we’re serving.

    This is our God, the Servant King
    He calls us now to follow Him,
    to bring our lives as a daily offering,
    of worship to the Servant King.

Graham Kendrick, b. 1950 © 1983 Thankyou Music

Sermon

Hymn

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
  1. PRAISE to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation;
    all ye who hear, brothers and sisters, draw near,
    praise Him in glad adoration.
  2. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
    surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
    ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
    who with His love doth befriend thee.
  3. Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
    who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
    biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
    whirlwinds and waters assuaging.
  4. Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness and sin are abounding,
    who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
    sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
    saints with His mercy surrounding.
  5. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
    All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
    Let the Amen sound from His people again:
    gladly for aye we adore Him.

Joachim Neander, 1650-80; tr. by Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78, and others

Prayer

How then should we pray?

Blessing

‘Now the Saviour who died, who lives and who reigns, grant
you joy in labour, peace in troubles, hope in despair, and faithfulness in
temptation. Amen.’