24. 23/08/2020 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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24. 23/08/2020

Special Service

Audio service - 23/08/2020
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  • Opening words

  • Hymn

Great father of glory, how rich is your grace,
what wonderful love is displayed in your face!
In Jesus your visible image we view,
and hope to be made in his likeness anew.

2. In Jesus we’re chosen, we’re washed in his blood;
our sins all forgiven, at peace with our God!
And more, we’re adopted; God’s sons we appear,
and led by the Spirit we boldly draw near.

3. The world knows us not, but in this we rejoice,
to God we’re not strangers, but sons of his choice;
his love from eternity gave us a home,
where now we are longing in safety to come.

4. To seal our adoption God sent from on high
his Spirit, through whom, ‘Abba, Father,’ we cry;
and yet, with creation, we wait eagerly
for final adoption and bodies set free.

5. All praise to our Saviour, who paid the great price,
he calls us his brothers, we’re co-heirs with Christ!
We’re sons of the Father, he calls us his own,
and what we shall be has not yet been made known.  

  • Reading N°1

Psalm 56

Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
   all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2  my enemies trample on me all day long,
   for many attack me proudly.
3  When I am afraid,
   I put my trust in you.
4  In God, whose word I praise,
   in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
   What can flesh do to me?
5  All day long they injure my cause;
   all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6  They stir up strife, they lurk;
   they watch my steps,
   as they have waited for my life.
7  For their crime will they escape?
   In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8 ¶  You have kept count of my tossings;
   put my tears in your bottle.
   Are they not in your book?
9  Then my enemies will turn back
   in the day when I call.
   This I know, that God is for me.
10  In God, whose word I praise,
   in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11  in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
   What can man do to me?

  • Hymn

From the breaking of the dawn
to the setting of the sun
I will stand on every promise of Your word.
Words of power, strong to save,
that will never pass away;
I will stand on every promise of Your word.
For Your covenant is sure,
and on this I am secure:
I can stand on every promise of Your word.

When I stumble and I sin,
condemnation pressing in,
I will stand on every promise of Your word.
You are faithful to forgive,
that in freedom I might live,
so I stand on every promise of Your word.
Guilt to innocence restored –
You remember sins no more!
So I'll stand on every promise of Your word.

When I'm faced with anguished choice,
I will listen for Your voice,
and I'll stand on every promise of Your word.
Through this dark and troubled land
You will guide me with your hand,
as I stand on every promise of Your word.
And you've promised to complete
every work begun in me,
so I'll stand on every promise of Your word.

Hope that lifts me from despair,
love that casts out every fear
as I stand on every promise of Your word.
Not forsaken, not alone,
for the Comforter has come,
and I stand on every promise of Your word.
Grace sufficient, grace for me,
grace for all who will believe;
we will stand on every promise of Your word.

Keith Getty & Stuart Townend Copyright © Thankyou Music

  • Reading N°2

Philippians 1:21-30

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

You souls redeemed with blood
and called by grace divine,
walk worthy of your God
and let your conduct shine;
keep Christ, your living head, in view
in all you say, in all you do.

Has Jesus made you free?
Then you are free indeed;
you sons of liberty,
you chosen royal seed,
walk worthy of your Lord, and view
your glorious head in all you do.

Increase our faith and love,
and make us watch and pray;
O fix our souls above,
nor let us ever stray;
dear Lord, we ask, our strength renew
and lead us on with Christ in view.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

All praise to Him, the God of light
Who formed the mountains by His might
All praise to Him Who names the stars
That sing His fame in skies afar
All praise to Him Who reigns in love
Who guides the galaxies above
Yet bends to hear our every prayer
With sovereign pow’r and tender care

All praise to Him whose love is seen
In Christ the Son, the Servant King
Who left behind His glorious throne
To pay the ransom for His own
All praise to Him Who humbly came
To bear our sorrow, sin, and shame
Who lived to die, Who died to rise
The all-sufficient sacrifice

All praise to Him whose pow’r imparts
The love of God within our hearts
The Spirit of all truth and peace
The fount of joy and holiness
To Father, Son, and Spirit now
Our souls we lift, our wills we bow
To You, the triune God, we raise
With loving hearts our song of praise

  • Sermon

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  • Hymn

Singing songs of expectation,
onward goes the pilgrim band,
through the night of doubt and sorrow
marching to the promised land.

2. Clear before us through the darkness
gleams and burns the guiding light,
as we strengthen one another,
stepping fearless through the night.

3. One the light of God’s own presence
on his ransomed people shed,
chasing far the gloom and terror,
brightening all the path we tread.

4. One the object of our journey,
one the faith which never tires,
one the eager looking forward,
one the hope our God inspires.

5. One the song that lips of thousands
lift as from the heart of one;
one the conflict, one the peril,
one the march in God begun.

6. One the gladness of rejoicing
on the far eternal shore,
where the one almighty Father
reigns in love for evermore.

7. Soon shall come the great awaking,
soon the bursting from the tomb;
then the scattering of all shadows,
and the end of tears and gloom.

8. Courage, therefore, Christian pilgrims,
with the cross before your eyes,
bear its shame, and fight its battle-
die with Christ, with Christ arise!

  • Closing blessing.

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