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Morning Service 22nd September 10am

Rev Terry Burns

Welcome and Intimations

Prayer of Approach

Almighty God, the week has ended and we are called by your Word to rest and worship you; and yet we are often rushed to be here, and hurry away when we have finished, having experienced little if any of your presence, let alone having known the peace you wish us to have. Which is why we come before you this morning, and confess we have let the busyness of life and work push you to the side, and that we desperately need your help to calm our hearts and minds, and to help us leave our responsibilities and concerns behind. Send your Holy Spirit, and use our silence, to reach into the hidden crevices and recesses where we hide the things that distract us, and that prevent us from fully worshipping you.  Then renew our faith, and fill us with joy as we lift our voices in word and song to praise and glorify your name, and to declare the truth of the Gospel. Be with us now as we humbly come before you. We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Christ our Saviour, amen.

Preparatory Silence

Call to Worship: Psalm 34:1-3

Hymn of Praise: MP1267 – Come People of the Risen King

Prayer of Adoration

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

Children’s Talk

Children’s Hymn: MP1289 I Come in Joy and Wonder

Profession of Faith

How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?

First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he could make us share in the righteousness which he had obtained for us by his death. Second, by his power we are raised up to a new life. Third, Christ's resurrection is to us a sure pledge of our glorious resurrection.

How does Christ’s ascension into heaven benefit us?

First, he is our Advocate in heaven before his Father. Second, we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that he, our Head, will also take us, his members, up to himself. Third, he sends us his Spirit as a counter-pledge, by whose power we seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God, and not the things that are on earth.

(Q.45 & 49, Heidelberg Catechsim, 1563 A.D.)

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness

  • Confession: Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24
  • Silent Confession
  • Assurance of Forgiveness: Palm 130:7-8

Hymn of Illumination: MP1141 – You’re the Word of God the Father

Old Testament Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26

New Testament Reading: Luke 16:19-31

Sermon: The Search for Significance

Responsive Hymn: MP1358 – There is a Hope

Congregational Prayer

  • Prayers of Intercession
  • Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn: Lift Up Your Hearts to the Lord

Peace

  • Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
  • Congregation: And also with you.

Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14

CH4 – 803 We Will Walk With God My Brother

Postlude

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