Sunday 3 May 2020 – Evening Service

3rd May 2020

Good evening! We’ll begin by reading Psalm 84, on which our first hymn
is based. This psalm expresses the believer’s longing for closer fellowship
with the Lord.

We are trying something a bit different with the technology today – you may need to stop the videos yourself once the hymn ends.

Hymn

  1. O LORD of hosts, how lovely is your dwelling place!
    I cry aloud, I long for your abode;
    The joys of earth have left my soul unsatisfied:
    My heart and flesh desire the living God.
    Within your walls the sparrow finds a nesting place,
    That near your altars she may have her young:
    How happy those who dwell within your house, O LORD,
    By whom your holy praises are for ever sung!
  2. How happy those who have in you the strength they need,
    And in whose heart are Zion’s pathways found!
    The desert wastes they make a land of water-springs,
    Till autumn rains refresh the barren ground.
    From strength to strength they journey on their pilgrimage,
    Until in God’s own presence they appear:
    O LORD of hosts, do good to your anointed one;
    Receive my earnest prayer: O God of Jacob, hear!
  3. How better, far, a single day within your courts,
    Than thousands spent in any other way;
    I’d rather wait upon the steps beside your door,
    Than pitch my tent where wickedness holds sway.
    For like a shield the LORD defends and covers us;
    He gives us grace and crowns with glory too,
    And nothing good withholds from those that walk aright:
    O LORD of hosts, how happy all who trust in you!
    Psalm 84 © D.G. Preston/Jubilate Hymns

Prayer

PRAYER (from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.)
O God of my delight,
Thy throne of grace
      is the pleasure ground of my soul.
Here I obtain mercy in time of need,
  here see the smile of thy reconciled face,
  here joy pleads the name of Jesus,
  here I sharpen the sword of the Spirit,
      anoint the shield of faith,
      put on the helmet of salvation,
      gather manna from thy Word,
      am strengthened for each conflict,
      nerved for the upward race,
      empowered to conquer every foe;
Help me to come to Christ
  as the fountain head of descending blessings,
  as a wide open flood-gate of mercy.
I marvel at my insensate folly, that
  with such enriching favours within my reach
  I am slow to extend the hand to take them.
Have mercy upon my deadness for thy Name’s sake.
Quicken me, stir me, fill me with holy zeal.
Strengthen me that I may cling to thee
    and not let thee go.
May thy Spirit within me draw all blessings
    from thy hand.
When I advance not, I backslide.
Let me walk humbly because of good omitted
    and evil done.
Impress on my mind the shortness of time,
  the work to be engaged in,
  the account to be rendered,
  the nearness of eternity,
  the fearful sin of despising thy Spirit.
May I never forget that
  thy eye always sees,
  thy ear always hears,
  thy recording hand always writes.
May I never give thee rest until Christ is
  the pulse of my heart;
  the spokesman of my lips,
  the lamp of my feet.

Hymn

1) GOD moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.

2) Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
and works His sovereign will.

3) You fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds you so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
in blessings on your head.

4) Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
but trust Him for His grace;
behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

5) His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour;
the bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.

6) Blind unbelief is sure to err,
and scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
and He will make it plain.
William Cowper, 1731-1800

Prayer

  • Praise God for His wisdom and power and love.
  • Pray for our neighbourhoods, our country and this world.
  • Pray for one another, using Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Colosse – see Colossians 1:9-14.
  • Pray that God would speak to us as we listen to His word being preached.

Reading

Sermon

Esther part 6 – Rest from our enemies

Hymn

You may need to stop after the hymn has finished

  1. What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer
    There is no more for heaven now to give
    He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
    My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

    To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
    For my life is wholly bound to His
    Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing: All is mine!
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me


  2. The night is dark but I am not forsaken
    For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
    I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
    For in my need, His power is displayed

    To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
    Through the deepest valley, He will lead
    Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me


  3. No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
    The future sure, the price it has been paid
    For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
    And He was raised to overthrow the grave

    To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
    Jesus now and ever is my plea
    Oh, the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me.


  4. With every breath, I long to follow Jesus
    For He has said that He will bring me home
    And day by day I know He will renew me
    Until I stand with joy before the throne.

    To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
    All the glory evermore to Him
    When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me!



    To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
    All the glory evermore to Him
    When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me!



    When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me!
    Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, Michael Farren

Blessing

‘To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present
you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the
only GOd our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through
Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.’