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34. 15.11.2020

Special Service

  • Opening words

  • Hymn

COME, let us join with one accord
in hymns around the throne:
this is the day our risen Lord
has made and called His own.

2 This is the day that God has blessed,
the brightest of the seven,
type of that everlasting rest
the saints enjoy in heaven.

3 Then let us in His name sing on,
and hasten to that day
when our Redeemer shall come down,
and shadows pass away.

4 Not one, but all our days below,
let us in hymns employ;
and in our Lord rejoicing, go
to His eternal joy.

  • Reading N°1

Psalm 133

 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
   when brothers dwell in unity!
2  It is like the precious oil on the head,
         running down on the beard,
   on the beard of Aaron,
         running down on the collar of his robes!
3  It is like the dew of Hermon,
         which falls on the mountains of Zion!
   For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
         life forevermore.

  • Hymn

BE Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
nought be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2 Be Thou my wisdom, Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

3 Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for the fight;
be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight;
Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower;
raise Thou me heavenward, O power of my power.

4 Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
high King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

5 High King of heaven, after victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joy, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

  • Reading N°2

Philippians 4:1-9
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have laboured side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

  • Hymn

O Lord, my heart is heavy,
my faith is faint at best,
so many ways I flounder
and find my mind distressed.
Remind me Lord, to trust you
although my path’s not clear,
and hold to scripture’s promise
that God is always near.

2 I may not feel God’s presence
if doubts still cloud my view,
but facts and faith shall urge me
to persevere anew.
He mends the broken hearted,
he calms the racing mind,
he brings peace and forgiveness,
for he is always kind.

3 Though tears are my companion
when I am low and stressed,
he sees that sometimes sadness
shall be a heavenly test.
But ever, like a father,
he deals with all my fears,
and faithfully stands by me
to guide me through these years.

4 How could I doubt his promise?
How can I shun his care?
How foolishly I grieve him,
why should I not declare
that such a God is holy
and worthy of my faith
in him whose ways are perfect,
my God who keeps me safe?

5 God’s grace is all sufficient,
his love beyond compare,
his ear is always listening
and hears my faintest prayer.
Such wisdom, love and goodness
is all I lean upon.
From earth to heaven and glory
he leads me safely home.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

Your mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
the joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue;
your free grace alone, from the first to the last,
has won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

2. Your mercy in Jesus has freed me from hell;
its glories I’ll sing and its wonders I’ll tell;
this Jesus my friend, when he hung on the tree,
there opened the channel of mercy for me.

3. The door of your mercy stands open to all-
the poor and the needy, whoever shall call;
no sinner who comes seeking mercy today
is ever by Jesus sent empty away.

4. Great Father of mercies, your goodness I own,
and the covenant love of your crucified Son;
all praise to the Spirit, whose whisper divine
seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine.

  • Sermon

  • Hymn

REJOICE, believer, in the Lord,
who makes your cause His own!
The hope that’s built upon His Word
can ne’er be overthrown.

2 Though many foes beset your road,
and feeble is your arm,
your life is hid with Christ in God,
beyond the reach of harm.

3 Weak as you are, you shall not faint,
or fainting, shall not die;
Jesus, the strength of every saint,
will aid you from on high.

4 Though unperceived by mortal sense,
faith sees Him always near,
a guide, a glory, a defence;
then what have you to fear?

5 As surely as He overcame
and triumphed once for you,
so surely you that love His name
shall triumph in Him too.

  • Grace.

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