16. 28/06/2020 Micah 7:18-20 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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16. 28/06/2020 Micah 7:18-20

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Audio service - 28/06/2020
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  • Opening words


  • Hymn


Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near,
Join me in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee!
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the amen sound from His people again;
Gladly forever adore Him.




  • Reading N°1


Psalm 89:1-18

1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
   with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2  For I said, "Steadfast love will be built up forever;
   in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness."
3  You have said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
   I have sworn to David my servant:
4  ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
   and build your throne for all generations.’" Selah

5  Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
   your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
6  For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
   Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
7  a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
   and awesome above all who are around him?
8  O LORD God of hosts,
   who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
   with your faithfulness all around you?
9  You rule the raging of the sea;
   when its waves rise, you still them.
10  You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
   you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11  The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
   the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12  The north and the south, you have created them;
   Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13  You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

15  Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
   who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
16  who exult in your name all the day
   and in your righteousness are exalted.
17  For you are the glory of their strength;
   by your favour our horn is exalted.
18  For our shield belongs to the LORD,
   our king to the Holy One of Israel.



  • Hymn


Now I have found the ground wherein
sure my soul’s anchor shall remain-
the wounds of Jesus, for my sin
before the world’s foundation slain;
whose mercy shall unshaken stay
when heaven and earth have fled away.

2. Father, your everlasting grace
our scanty thought surpasses far;
your heart still melts with tenderness,
your arms of love still open are,
returning sinners to receive
that mercy they may taste, and live.

3. O love, your fathomless abyss
has drowned my sins eternally;
covered is my unrighteousness,
no spot of guilt remains on me,
while Jesus’ blood, through earth and skies,
‘Mercy, free, boundless mercy!’ cries.

4. Jesus, I know, has died for me;
here is my hope, my joy, my rest;
to him, when hell assails, I flee;
in him alone shall I be blessed.
Away, sad doubt and anxious fear!
Mercy is all that’s written there.

5. Though waves and storms break overhead,
though strength and health and friends are gone,
though joys are withered all and dead
and every comfort is withdrawn;
steadfast, on this my soul relies:
Father, your mercy never dies.

6. Fixed on this ground I will remain
though heart may fail and flesh decay;
this anchor shall my soul sustain
when earth’s foundations melt away;
mercy’s full power I then shall prove,
loved with an everlasting love.




  • Reading N°2


Micah 7:18-20

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old."



  • Hymn


Arise, my soul, arise,
shake off your guilty fears;
the perfect sacrifice
on my behalf appears:
my guarantor in heaven stands,
my name is written on his hands.

2. He ever lives above
for me to intercede,
his all-redeeming love,
his precious blood, to plead;
his blood atoned for every race
and sprinkles now the throne of grace.

3. The Father hears him pray,
his dear anointed one;
he cannot turn away
the presence of his Son:
his Spirit answers to the blood
and tells me I am born of God.

4. My God is reconciled,
his pardoning voice I hear;
he owns me for his child,
I can no longer fear;
with confidence I now draw nigh
and ‘Father, Abba, Father!’ cry.



  • Prayer



  • Hymn


Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
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, ’til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory
.




  • Sermon

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  • Hymn


GREAT God of wonders! all Thy ways
are matchless, godlike, and divine;
but the fair glories of Thy grace,
more godlike and unrivalled shine:

Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

2 Such dire offences to forgive,
such guilty, daring worms to spare:
this is Thy grand prerogative,
and in the honour none shall share:

3 Angels and men, resign your claim
to pity, mercy, love, and grace:
these glories crown Jehovah’s Name
with an incomparable blaze:

4 In wonder lost, with trembling joy,
we take the pardon of our God,
pardon for sins of deepest dye,
a pardon sealed with Jesus’ blood:

5 O may this strange, this matchless grace,
this godlike miracle of love,
fill the wide earth with grateful praise
and all the angelic hosts above:




  • Grace



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