Morning Service 23rd February 10am

Rev Terry Burns

Welcome and Intimations

Prayer of Approach

Lord as we gather here in this place, a place that is familiar and comfortable, we thank you that we are able to meet with you afresh, and to experience the wonder of your presence. May this gathering be one of those moments when we find ourselves ‘in and out of time’ as we know it. A moment of meeting with you, when the daily veil that covers our world and our lives is removed and we see your glory. Glory revealed in the beauty of the lands and waters around us, and in stars we see at night. All of which you created and sustain. But we also see your beauty and love in the life and fellowship of this church that we are part of. Even more importantly we see your beauty, as well as your redemptive mercy and grace, in your precious word and in the sacrificial work of your Son, Jesus Christ.  

Help us again today to set everything else aside, and to come away with you to a quiet place and to meet with you in new ways that give us a glimpse of the heavenly realities that await us at your Son’s final coming. May all we do today transform our lives and our faith, so they are a pleasing and fragrant offering to you, Your, Son, and to the Holy Spirit, who together, live and reign forever and ever, amen. 

Preparatory Silence

Call to Worship: Isaiah 61:10-11

Hymn of Praise: CH4 – 124 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 

Prayer of Adoration

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

New Member Induction: Mike Rattenbury

Children’s Talk

Children’s Hymn: CH4 – 522 The Church is Wherever God’s People Are Praising

Profession of Faith

We believe that God – who is perfectly merciful and also very just – sent the Son to assume the nature in which the disobedience had been committed, in order to bear in it the punishment of sin by his most bitter passion and death.  So God made known his justice toward his Son, who was charged with our sin, and he poured out his goodness and mercy on us, who are guilty and worthy of damnation, giving to us his Son to die, by a most perfect love, and raising him to life for our justification, in order that by him we might have immortality and eternal life. (Article 20, Belgic Confession, 1561 A.D.) 

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
•    Confession: 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
•    Silent Confession
•    Assurance of Forgiveness: Isaiah 6:3-7

Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 604 Holy Wisdom, Lamp of Learning

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 24

Sermon: Living as God’s People

Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 113 God the Father of Creation

Congregational Prayer
•    Prayer of Intercession
•    Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn: CH4 – 112 God Whose Almighty Word

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

Benediction: Isaiah 62:11-12

Postlude: CH4 – 786 May the God of Peace Go With Us

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