11. 24/05/2020 Micah 6:1-5 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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11. 24/05/2020 Micah 6:1-5

Special Service

Audio service - 24/05/2020
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  • Opening words


  • Hymn


My God, I thank you that you made
the earth so bright,
so full of splendour and of joy,
beauty and light;
so many glorious things are here,
noble and right.

2. I thank you, Lord, that you have made
our joy abound;
so many gentle thoughts and deeds
circle us round,
that in the darkest spot on earth
some love is found.

3. I thank you more, that all our joy
is touched with pain,
that shadows fall on brightest hours,
that thorns remain;
so that earth’s joys may be our guide,
and not our chain.

4. I thank you, Lord, that you have kept
the best in store;
we have enough, yet not too much
to long for more;
a yearning for a deeper peace
not known before.

5. I thank you, Lord, that here our lives,
though richly blessed,
cannot attain the peace they seek
in earnest quest,
nor ever shall, till face to face
with Christ, they rest.


  • Reading


Micah 6:1-16
Hear what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the LORD has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel.
"O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD."
"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
The voice of the LORD cries to the city — and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: "Hear of the rod and of him who appointed it! Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is accursed? Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins. You shall eat, but not be satisfied, and there shall be hunger within you; you shall put away, but not preserve, and what you preserve I will give to the sword. You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine. For you have kept the statutes of Omri, and all the works of the house of Ahab; and you have walked in their counsels, that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing; so you shall bear the scorn of my people."




  • Hymn


I give you love, and how do you repay?
When you were slaves I strove to set you free;
I led you out from under Pharoah’s yoke,
but you led out your Christ to Calvary.
My people, tell me, what is my offence?
What have I done to harm you? Answer me!

For forty years I was your constant guide.
I fed you with my manna from on high.
I led you out to live in hope and peace,
but you led out my only Son to die.
My people, tell me, what is my offence?
What have I done to harm you? Answer me!

With cloud and fire I marked the desert way,
I heard your cries of rage and calmed your fear.
I opened up the sea and led you through,
but you have opened Christ with nail and spear.
My people, tell me, what is my offence?
What have I done to harm you? Answer me!

When in distress you cried to me for food,
I sent you quails in answer to your call,
and saving water from the desert rock,
but to my Son you offered bitter gall.
My people, tell me, what is my offence?
What have I done to harm you? Answer me!

I gave you joy when you were in despair,
with songs of hope, I set your hearts on fire;
crowned you with grace, the people of my choice,
but you have crowned my Christ with thorny briar.
My people, tell me, what is my offence?
What have I done to harm you? Answer me!

When you were weak, exploited and oppressed,
I heard you cry and listened to your plea.
I raised you up to honour and renown,
but you have raised me on a shameful tree.
My people, tell me, what is my offence?
What have I done to harm you? Answer me!



  • Prayer


  • Hymn


COME, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove,
with all Your quickening powers;
kindle a flame of sacred love
in these cold hearts of ours.

2 In vain we tune our formal songs,
in vain we strive to rise;
hosannas languish on our tongues,
and our devotion dies.

3 And shall we then for ever live
at this poor dying rate?
Our love so faint, so cold to You,
and Yours to us so great?

4 Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove,
with all Your quickening powers;
come, shed abroad the Saviour’s love,
and that shall kindle ours.



  • Sermon

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  • Hymn


1 Down in the valley with my Saviour I would go,
Where the flowers are blooming and the sweet waters flow;
Everywhere he leads me I would follow, follow on,
Walking in his footsteps till the crown be won.

Refrain:
Follow, follow, I will follow Jesus,
Anywhere, everywhere, I will follow on;
Follow, follow, I will follow Jesus,
Everywhere he leads me I will follow on.

2 Down in the valley with my Saviour I would go,
Where the storms are sweeping and the dark waters flow;
With his hand to lead me I will never, never fear;
Dangers cannot fright me if my Lord is near.

3 Down in the valley, or upon the mountain steep,
Close beside my Saviour would my soul ever keep;
He will lead me safely in the path that he has trod,
Up to where they gather on the hills of God.


  • Grace



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