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Morning Service 24th March 10am

Rev Terry Burns

Welcome and Intimations

Prayer of Approach

Almighty God we are a people filled with contradictions. We long to know you, yet we often fail to spend adequate time seeking you, and then wonder why we feel empty. We long to serve you, yet we let the pursuits of this life dominate our lives rather than listening for your voice and being obedient to your commands.  Which is why we seek you now in prayer, silence, and the humble hope that the Holy Spirit will push aside the things that distract us, and then turn our hearts and minds completely toward worshipping you, and toward the redemption we find at the foot of the cross. Allow us to experience your presence in a way that renews our trust, strengthens our faith, and leads us to live Christ-centred, kingdom-focused lives that draw people toward you, and toward the forgiveness and grace you offer each of us. We ask all these things in mighty and precious name of our Christ our Saviour, amen.

Preparatory Silence

Call to Worship: Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.

Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.

Hymn of Praise: MP – 103 Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Anthem

Prayer of Adoration

Doxology(CH4, Hymn 807)and Presentation of the Offering

Children’s Talk

Children’s Hymn: MP – 1019 You Are My All in All

Profession of Faith: Colossians 1:15-20

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness

Confession: Hebrews 4:15-16

Silent Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness: 2 Corinthians 5:17-19a

Hymn of Illumination: MP – 463 May the Mind of Christ My Saviour

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 59:15b-20

New Testament Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Sermon: The Battle for Our Inheritance

Responsive Hymn: MP – 440 Lord of All Creation to You be All Praise

Congregational Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn: MP – 473 My Hope is Built On Nothing Less

Peace

Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.

Congregation: And also with you.

Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

CH4 – 813 All Praise and Thanks to God

Postlude

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