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Theme: The gospel for generations as yet unborn (Psalm 22:30-31) 

 

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100, NIV


Your glorious cause, O God, engages our hearts
May Jesus Christ be known wherever we are
We ask not for ourselves, but for your renown
The cross has saved us so we
Pray your kingdom come

Let your kingdom come, let your will be done
So that everyone might know your name
Let your song be heard everywhere on earth
Till your sovereign work on earth is done
Let your kingdom come

Give us your strength, O God, and courage to speak
Perform your wondrous deeds
through those who are weak
Lord use us as you want, whatever the test
By grace we'll preach your gospel Till our dying breath

Bob Kauflin
© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise

Confession

Eternal God, in every age you have raised up men and women to live and die in faith. Forgive our indifference to your will. You have commanded us to speak, but we have been silent. You have called us to do what is just, but we have been fearful. Have mercy on us, your faithless servants. Keep before us faithful people for us to follow so that, living with courage and love, we may inherit the kingdom promised in Jesus Christ, and reign with him forever. Amen. 

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Dan Adams
© 2015 Adams, Dan (Admin. by Daniel Adams)

Readings

Isaiah 38:1-6; 39:1-8


1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. Theprophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ‘This is what the LORD says: put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.’
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 ‘Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.’ And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: 5 ‘Go and tell Hezekiah, “This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

 

1 At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. 2 Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses – the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil – his entire armoury and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, ‘What did those men say, and where did they come from?’
‘From a distant land,’ Hezekiah replied. ‘They came to me from Babylon.’
4 The prophet asked, ‘What did they see in your palace?’
‘They saw everything in my palace,’ Hezekiah said. ‘There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.’
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the LORD Almighty: 6 the time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. 7 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’
8 ‘The word of the LORD you have spoken is good,’ Hezekiah replied. For he thought, ‘There will be peace and security in my lifetime.’ (NIV)

Matthew 19:13-15


13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

14 Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. (NIV)

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


O great God of highest heaven

Occupy my lowly heart

Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power

Let no vice or sin remain

That resists Your holy war

You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore


I was blinded by my sin

Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within

Had no taste for heaven's joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace


Help me now to live a life

That's dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face

You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me


You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

 

Bob Kauflin
© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise

Sermon



O church, arise, and put your armour on;

Hear the call of Christ our Captain.

For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.

With shield of faith and belt of truth,

We'll stand against the devil's lies;

An army bold, whose battle cry is Love,
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul

But to rage against the captor;

And with the sword that makes the wounded whole,
We will fight with faith and valour.

When faced with trials on every side

We know the outcome is secure,

And Christ will have the prize for which He died,

An inheritance of nations.


Come see the cross, where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;

Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!

And as the stone is rolled away,

And Christ emerges from the grave,
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him.


So Spirit, come, put strength in every stride,
Give grace for every hurdle,

That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.

As saints of old still line the way,

Retelling triumphs of His grace,

We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory.


Stuart Townend & Keith Getty
© 2005 Thankyou Music

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.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;

in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!

Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;

his holy Name, the Lord, the Mighty One.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.

Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.


Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children's children and for evermore!


Timothy Dudley-Smith (b.1926) from Luke 1
© Timothy Dudley-Smith

 

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside

every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3, NRSV

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. Amen.

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