who delight to bring
come all and tune your hearts to sing
to the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
we will lift our eyes to him,
where steady arms of mercy reach
to gather children in.
Come, those whose joy is morning sun,
and those weeping through the night;
come, those who tell of battles won,
and those struggling in the fight.
For his perfect love will never change,
and his mercies never cease,
but follow us through all our days
with the certain hope of peace.
Come, young and old from every land-
men and women of the faith;
come, those with full or empty hands-
find the riches of his grace.
Over all the world, his people sing-
shore to shore we hear them call
the truth that cries through every age
'Our God is all in all'!
Reading: Psalm 82
1 God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the ‘gods’:
2 ‘How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5 ‘The “gods” know
nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 ‘I said, “You are
you are all sons of the Most High.”
7 But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.’
8 Rise up, O God,
judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance. (
Our God is a great big God
Our God is a great big God
And He holds us in His hands
He's higher than a
He's deeper than a submarine
He's wider than the universe
And beyond my wildest dreams
He's known me and He's loved me
Since before the world began
How wonderful to be a part of
God's amazing plan
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 fulfil in us
All Your purposes for Your glory
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 power that can never fail
Let their truth prevail over unbelief
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
Reading: John 10:22-42
22 Then came the
Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the
temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there
gathered round him, saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are
the Messiah, tell us plainly.’25 Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do
not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do
not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I
know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall
never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has
given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my
Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.’31 Again his Jewish opponents
picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you
many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’33 ‘We are
not stoning you for any good work,’ they replied, ‘but for blasphemy, because
you, a mere man, claim to be God.’34 Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in
your Law, “I have said you are ‘gods’”? 35 If he called them “gods”, to whom
the word of God came – and Scripture cannot be set aside – 36 what about the
one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then
do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, “I am God’s Son”? 37 Do not
believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though
you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that
the Father is in me, and I in the Father.’ 39 Again they tried to seize him,
but he escaped their grasp.40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the
place where John had been baptising in the early days. There he stayed, 41 and
many people came to him. They said, ‘Though John never performed a sign, all
that John said about this man was true.’ 42 And in that place many believed in
so loved he the world that he gave us his Son
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!
to every believer the promise of God:
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son:
but purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see!
My great redeemer's
The glories of my God and king,
The triumphs of his grace!
Jesus - the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.
He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
New life the dead receive;
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
The humble poor believe.
My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
and spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of your name.
Praise be to the LORD
the God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say,
Go in peace to love
and serve the Lord
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