23. 16/08/2020 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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23. 16/08/2020

Special Service

Audio service - 16/08/2020
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  • Opening words

  • Hymn

I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers;
my days of praise shall not be past,
while life and thought and being last
or immortality endures.

2. Happy the one whose hopes rely
on Jacob’s God, who made the sky,
the earth, the sea, the night and day;
his truth for ever stands secure,
he saves the oppressed, he feeds the poor,
and none who seeks is turned away.

3. The Lord gives eyesight to the blind,
he calms and heals the troubled mind,
he sends the wounded conscience peace;
he helps the stranger in distress,
the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner glad release.

4. I’ll praise him while he lends me breath,
and when my voice is lost in death
praise shall employ my nobler powers;
my days of praise shall not be past
while life and thought and being last
or immortality endures.

  • Reading N°1

Psalm 72
1 ¶  «OF SOLOMON.»
 Give the king your justice, O God,
   and your righteousness to the royal son!
2 ¶  May he judge your people with righteousness,
   and your poor with justice!
3  Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
   and the hills, in righteousness!
4  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
   give deliverance to the children of the needy,
   and crush the oppressor!
5  May they fear you while the sun endures,
   and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
6  May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
   like showers that water the earth!
7  In his days may the righteous flourish,
   and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8  May he have dominion from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth!
9  May desert tribes bow down before him
   and his enemies lick the dust!
10  May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
         render him tribute;
   may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
11  May all kings fall down before him,
   all nations serve him!
12  For he delivers the needy when he calls,
   the poor and him who has no helper.
13  He has pity on the weak and the needy,
   and saves the lives of the needy.
14  From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
   and precious is their blood in his sight.
15  Long may he live;
         may gold of Sheba be given to him!
   May prayer be made for him continually,
         and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16  May there be abundance of grain in the land;
         on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
         may its fruit be like Lebanon;
   and may people blossom in the cities
         like the grass of the field!
17  May his name endure forever,
         his fame continue as long as the sun!
   May people be blessed in him,
         all nations call him blessed!
18 ¶  Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
   who alone does wondrous things.
19  Blessed be his glorious name forever;
   may the whole earth be filled with his glory!  Amen and Amen!
20  The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

  • Hymn

Christ is the world’s redeemer,
the holy and the pure,
the fount of heavenly wisdom,
our trust and hope secure;
the armour of his soldiers,
the Lord of earth and sky;
our health while we are living,
our life when we shall die.

2. Christ has our host surrounded
with clouds of martyrs bright,
whose victory-palms of triumph
inspire us for the fight.
For Christ the cross ascended
to save a world undone,
and, suffering for the sinful,
our full redemption won.

3. Down in the realm of darkness
he lay a captive bound,
but at the hour appointed
he rose, a victor crowned;
and now, to heaven ascended,
he sits upon the throne,
in glorious dominion,
his Father’s and his own.

4. Glory to God the Father,
the unbegotten One;
all honour be to Jesus,
his sole-begotten Son
and to the Holy Spirit—
the perfect Trinity.
Let all the worlds give answer:
‘Amen—so let it be!’

  • Reading N°2

Philippians 1:21-30

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

  • Hymn

I will glory in my Redeemer
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
And hung Him on that judgment tree
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who crushed the power of sin and death
My only Saviour before the holy Judge
The Lamb who is my righteousness
The Lamb who is my righteousness

I will glory in my Redeemer
My life He bought, my love He owns
I have no longings for another
I’m satisfied in Him alone
I will glory in my Redeemer
His faithfulness my standing place
Though foes are mighty and rush upon me
My feet are firm, held by His grace
My feet are firm, held by His grace

I will glory in my Redeemer
Who carries me on eagles’ wings
He crowns my life with lovingkindness
His triumph song I’ll ever sing
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who waits for me at gates of gold
And when He calls me, it will be paradise
His face forever to behold
His face forever to behold

Music and Words by Steve & Vikki Cook © 2000 Sovereign Grace Worship

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

When peace, like a river, attends all my way,
when sorrows like sea-billows roll,
whatever my path, you have taught me to say,
‘It is well, it is well with my soul.’

‘It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.’

2. Though Satan may buffet, though trials may come,
let this calm assurance control:
that Christ knows my need and my helplessness here
and has shed his own blood for my soul.

3. The joy, O the joy of this glorious thought!
my sin, not in part but the whole,
is nailed to his cross and I bear it no more;
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

4. For me it is Christ, it is Christ now to live!
Though death’s waters over me roll,
no fear shall be mine, for in death as in life
you will whisper your peace to my soul.

5. But, Lord, for your coming in glory we wait;
the sky, not the grave, is our goal;
the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend:
bless the Lord, bless the Lord, O my soul!

  • Sermon

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  • Hymn

‘For ever with the Lord!’
Amen, so let it be!
Life from the dead is in that word,
and immortality.
In longing discontent,
absent from him I roam,
yet nightly pitch my moving tent
a day’s march nearer home.

2. My Father’s house on high,
home of my soul, how near
at times to faith’s foreseeing eye
those golden gates appear!
O how my spirit faints
to reach the land I love,
the bright inheritance of saints,
Jerusalem above.

3. All that I am, have been,
all that I yet may be,
he sees at once, as he has seen,
and shall for ever see.
How can I meet his eyes?
Mine on the cross I cast
and count my life the Saviour’s prize,
mercy from first to last.

4. ‘For ever with the Lord!’
Father, this is your will:
the promise of that faithful word
on earth to me fulfil.
Be now at my right hand,
then can I never fail;
uphold me, and I firm shall stand;
fight, and I must prevail.

5. So when my final breath
shall set me free from pain,
by death I shall escape from death
and life eternal gain.
That resurrection word,
that shout of victory,
once more: ‘For ever with the Lord!’
Amen, so let it be!

  • Grace

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