Sunday 5 April 2020 – Evening Service

5th April 2020

Good evening! Please read 1 Peter 2:1-12.

Hymn

  1. How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
    is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
    What more can He say than to you He has said –
    you, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?
  2. In every condition – in sickness, in health,
    in poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
    at home or abroad, on the land, on the sea,
    as days may demand, shall your strength ever be.
  3. ‘Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed!
    I, I am your God, and will still give you aid:
    I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
    upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
  4. ‘When through the deep waters I cause you to go,
    the rivers of grief shall not you overflow;
    for I will be with you, your troubles to bless,
    and sanctify to you your deepest distress.
  5. ‘When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
    my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
    the flame shall not hurt you: I only design
    your dross to consume, and your gold to refine.
  6. ‘The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
    I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
    that soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake,
    I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!

‘K’ in Rippon’s SELECTION, 1787

Prayer

  • Give thanks to God for setting our feet on a rock, which is Christ!
  • Pray for grace to remember that as we go through the present crisis.
  • Pray for Christians, that they might remain firm in the present crisis, and give good testimony in the places they live.
  • Pray for key workers, particular those in our church
  • Pray for our leaders, our PM and his cabinet, that God would protect them and give them wisdom and courage.
  • Pray that people would turn to God.

Reading

Esther 1:1-9, 2:1-18

Hymn

Our next hymn is a prayer that God would speak to us through His word.

  1. Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
    To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
    Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
    Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
    That the light of Christ might be seen today
    In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
    Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
    All Your purposes for Your glory.
  2. Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
    Holy reverence, true humility;
    Test our thoughts and our attitudes
    In the radiance of Your purity.
    Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
    Your majestic love and authority.
    Words of pow’r that can never fail—
    Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
  3. Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
    Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us
    Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
    That will echo down through eternity.
    And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
    And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
    Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
    And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Sermon

Prayer

How should we pray in the light of these things?

Hymn

  1. I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend!
    He loved me ere I knew Him;
    He drew me with the cords of love,
    and thus He bound me to Him;
    and round my heart still closely twine
    those ties which nought can sever;
    for I am His, and He is mine,
    for ever and for ever.
  2. I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend!
    He bled, He died to save me;
    and not alone the gift of life,
    but His own self He gave me.
    Nought that I have mine own I’ll call,
    I’ll hold it for the Giver;
    my heart, my strength, my life, my all
    are His, and His for ever.
  3. I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend!
    all power to Him is given,
    to guard me on my onward course,
    and bring me safe to heaven.
    The eternal glories gleam afar,
    to nerve my faint endeavour;
    so now to watch! to work! to war!
    and then – to rest for ever.
  4. I’ve found a Friend, O such a Friend,
    so kind, and true, and tender!
    so wise a counsellor and guide,
    so mighty a defender!
    From Him who loves me now so well
    what power my soul can sever?
    Shall life or death, or earth or hell?
    No! I am His for ever.

James Grindlay Small, 1817-88

Blessing

‘Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so
that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may overflow in hope. Amen.’