18. 12/07/2020 Phil.1:3-6 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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18. 12/07/2020 Phil.1:3-6

Special Service

Audio service - 12/07/2020
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  • Opening words

  • Hymn

We give immortal praise
to God the Father’s love
for all our comforts here
and better hopes above:
he sent his own eternal Son
to die for sins that we had done.

2. To God the Son belongs
immortal glory too,
who bought us with his blood
from everlasting woe:
and now he lives, and now he reigns,
and sees the fruit of all his pains.

3. To God the Spirit’s name
immortal worship give,
whose new-creating power
makes the dead sinner live:
his work completes the great design,
and fills the soul with joy divine.

4. To God the Trinity
be endless honours done,
the undivided Three,
and the mysterious One:
where reason fails with all her powers,
there faith prevails, and love adores

  • Reading N°1

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise;
2  I bow down toward your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
   for you have exalted above all things
   your name and your word.
3  On the day I called, you answered me;
   my strength of soul you increased.
4  All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5  and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
   for great is the glory of the LORD.
6 ¶  For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
   but the haughty he knows from afar.
7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
         you preserve my life;
   you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
         and your right hand delivers me.
8  The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

  • Hymn

O HAPPY day, that fixed my choice
on You, my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
and tell its raptures all abroad.

O happy day! O happy day!
when Jesus washed my sins away;
He taught me how to watch and pray,
and live rejoicing every day;
O happy day! O happy day!
when Jesus washed my sins away.

2 O happy bond, that seals my vows
to Him who merits all my love!
Let cheerful anthems fill His house
while to that sacred place I move.

O happy day! O happy day!

3 ’Tis done! the great transaction’s done!
I am my Lord’s and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on,
charmed to confess the voice divine.

O happy day! O happy day!

4 Now rest, my long-divided heart;
fixed on this blissful centre, rest;
with ashes who would grudge to part,
when called on angels’ food to feast?

O happy day! O happy day!

5 High heaven, that heard the solemn vow,
that vow renewed shall daily hear,
till in life’s latest hour I bow,
and bless in death a bond so dear.

O happy day! O happy day!

  • Reading N°2


"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."

  • Hymn

O perfect life of love!
All, all is finished now,
all that he left his throne above
to do for us below.

2. No work is left undone
of all the Father willed;
in Jesus’ sorrows, one by one,
the Scriptures are fulfilled.

3. No pain that we can share
but he has felt its smart;
all human forms of grief and care
have pierced that tender heart.

4. And on his thorn-crowned head
and on his sinless soul,
our sins in all their guilt were laid
that he might make us whole.

5. In perfect love he dies:
for me, for me his death!
O all-atoning Sacrifice,
to you I cling by faith.

6. In every time of need,
before the judgement throne,
your work, O Lamb of God, I’ll plead;
your merits, not my own.

7. Yet work, O Lord, in me;
for me your work was done:
and let my love the answer be
to grace your love has won.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

I am not skilled to understand
what God has willed, what God has planned;
I only know at his right hand
stands one who is my Saviour.

2. I take him at his word and deed:
‘Christ died to save me,’ this I read;
and in my heart I find a need
of him to be my Saviour.

3. That he should leave his place on high
and come for sinners here to die;
you find it strange? So once did I,
before I knew my Saviour.

4. I long that Christ my Lord may see
fulfilment of his work in me,
and with his child contented be,
as I with my dear Saviour.

5. Yes, living, dying, let me bring
my strength, my comfort, from this spring:
that he who lives to be my King
once died to be my Saviour.

  • Sermon

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  • Hymn

When God begins a work
of grace within our hearts
he saves our souls and sets us right
and all his love imparts.

2. A people saved to serve
is what the Lord desires,
and works in us to will and do
what his good plan requires.

3. In partnership with Christ
we serve his gospel true;
as servants of the Servant-King
we serve his people too.

4. May love for Christ abound
whatever comes our way,
through good or ill, in wealth or want,
until the eternal Day.

5. God who began the work
will bring it to the end,
and bless this partnership with Christ
our Saviour, Lord and Friend.

  • Grace

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