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Theme: Only God can Save


Show us your unfailing love, O God, our Saviour, and grant us your salvation. Listen to what the Lord our God says: He promises peace to his people, who are his beloved saints. The Lord will indeed give what is good. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps. May the Lord make his face shine upon us, and give us his peace. Amen.  - from Psalm 85:7-13


O come, O come Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.

 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan's tyranny; 

From depths of hell Thy people save, 

And give them victory o'er the grave. 

 

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer 

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death's dark shadows put to flight.

 

O come, Thou Key of David, come, 

And open wide our heavenly home; 

Make safe the way that leads on high, 

And close the path to misery.

 

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, 

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height, 

In ancient times didst give the law

In cloud and majesty and awe.

Latin 13th century translated by John M Neale (1818-1866)

 

Family Slot: The Justice of God means the removal of the idols we lean on



Who, oh Lord, could save themselves

Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea Your grace is deeper still
Who, oh Lord, could save themselves Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue
You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave You came down to find us
Led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise
 

You, oh Lord, have made a way 

The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away 

Your love went further still
Yes, Your love goes further still 

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes You're the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes You're the Giver of Life

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes You're the Giver of Life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes You're the Giver of Life 

Reading: Isaiah 22


Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11


Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Apostles' Creed

1. Mourn Over God's Judgment



Lo, he comes with clouds descending,

once for favoured sinners slain; 

thousand thousand saints attending 

swell the triumph of his train: 

alleluia!

God appears on earth to reign.

 

Every eye shall now behold him

robed in dreadful majesty;

those who set at naught and sold him, 

pierced and nailed him to the tree, 

deeply wailing,

shall the true Messiah see.

 

Those dear tokens of his passion 

still his dazzling body bears; 

cause of endless exultation

to his ransomed worshippers: 

with what rapture

gaze we on those glorious scars.

 

Now redemption, long expected, 

see in solemn pomp appear:

all his saints, by men rejected, 

now shall meet him in the air: 

alleluia!

see the day of God appear.

 

Every island, sea, and mountain, 

heaven and earth, shall flee away;

all who hate him must, defeated, 

hear his voice proclaim the day. 

Come to judgement!

Come to judgement! come away.

 

Yea, amen, let all adore thee,

high on thine eternal throne; 

Saviour, take the power and glory, 

claim the kingdom for thine own: 

come, Lord Jesus!

everlasting God, come down!

Charles Wesley (1707-1788), Martin Madan (1726-1790), John Cennick (1718-1755)

2. God will Cleanse his Church


Confession

Have mercy on me, O God, in your faithful love, in your great tenderness wipe away my offences; wash me thoroughly from my guilt, purify me from my sin. For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in mind. Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong, that you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence, and your victory may appear when you give judgment, remember, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment of conception. But you delight in sincerity of heart, and in secret you teach me wisdom. God, create in me a clean heart, renew within me a resolute spirit, do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness. Give me back the joy of your salvation, sustain in me a generous spirit. Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will speak out your praise. Sacrifice gives you no pleasure, burnt offering you do not desire. Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken, contrite heart you never scorn. - from Psalm 51 



All I once held dear, built my life upon,

All this world reveres, and wars to own,
All I once thought gain I have counted loss; 

Spent and worthless now, compared to this.

Knowing You, Jesus,
Knowing You, there is no greater thing. 

You're my all, You're the best,
You're my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You, Lord.

Now my heart's desire is to know You more, 

To be found in You and known as Yours.
To possess by faith what I could not earn, 

All-surpassing gift of righteousness.

 

Oh, to know the power of Your risen life, 

And to know You in Your sufferings.
To become like You in Your death, my Lord, 

So with You to live and never die. 

Graham Kendrick © 1993 Make Way Music 

3. It is Good that our Idols are taken away


Prayers


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.


At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,

every tongue confess him king of glory now; 

this the Father's pleasure, that we call him Lord, 

who from the beginning was the mighty word.

 

At his voice creation, sprang at once to sight, 

All the angel faces, all the hosts of light; 

Thrones and dominations, stars upon their way, 

All the heavenly orders, in their great array.

 

Humbled for a season, to receive a name
from the lips of sinners unto whom he came;
faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

 

Bore it up triumphant with its human light, 

through all ranks of creatures to the central height; 

to the eternal Godhead, to the Father's throne, 

filled it with the glory of his triumph won. 

 

In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue 

all that is not holy, all that is not true;
crown him as your captain in temptation's hour, 

let his will enfold you with its light and power.

 

With his Father's glory Jesus comes again, 

angel hosts attend him and announce his reign; 

for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow, 

and our hearts confess him king of glory now. 

CM Noel © In this version, Jubilate Hymns

 

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and

glory forever and ever. Amen. - from 1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

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