49. 21.02.2021 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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49. 21.02.2021

Special Service

  • Introduction

  • Hymn

O JESUS, Lord of heavenly grace,
the brightness of Your Father’s face,
O fountain of eternal light,
whose beams disperse the shades of night;

2 Come, holy Sun of heavenly love,
shower down Your radiance from above,
and to our inmost hearts convey
the Holy Spirit’s cloudless ray.

3 And we the Father’s help will claim,
and sing the Father’s glorious Name;
His powerful succour we implore,
that we may stand, to fall no more.

4 May He our actions deign to bless,
and loose the bonds of wickedness,
from sudden falls our feet defend,
and guide us safely to the end.

5 May faith, deep-rooted in the soul,
subdue our flesh, our minds control;
may guile depart, and discord cease,
and all within be joy and peace.

6 O Christ, with each returning morn
Your image to our hearts is borne;
O may we ever clearly view
our Saviour and our God in You.

  • OT Bible Reading

2Kings 5:1-14
Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favour, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothes. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you Naaman my servant, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Only consider, and see how he is seeking a quarrel with me.”

But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

  • Hymn

WE have heard a joyful sound:
Jesus saves!
Spread the gladness all around:
Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land,
climb the steeps and cross the waves.
Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command:
Jesus saves!

2 Waft it on the rolling tide,
Jesus saves,
Tell to sinners far and wide,
Jesus saves,
Sing, ye islands of the sea,
Echo back, ye ocean caves;
Earth shall keep her jubilee,
Jesus saves!

3 Sing above the battle’s strife:
Jesus saves!
By His death and endless life,
Jesus saves!
Sing it softly through the gloom,
when the heart for mercy craves;
sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
Jesus saves!

4 Give the winds a mighty voice:
Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free,
To every land the ocean laves;
this our song of victory:
Jesus saves!

  • NT Bible Reading

Luke 23:32-43
Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

  • Hymn

HOW may I, holy God, draw near,
and bow myself before Your face?
How in Your purer eyes appear?
What shall I bring to gain Your grace?

2 What have I now in which to trust?
I nothing have, I nothing am;
excluded is my every boast,
my glory swallowed up in shame.

3 Guilty I stand before Your face,
on me I feel Your wrath abide;
’tis just the sentence should take place;
’tis just – but O Your Son has died!

4 See where before the throne He stands,
and pours the all-prevailing prayer,
points to His side, and lifts His hands,
and shows that I am graven there.

5 He ever lives for me to pray;
He prays that I with Him may reign:
‘Amen’ to what my Lord will say!
Jesus, You cannot pray in vain.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

JESUS, the sinner’s friend, to Thee,
lost and undone, for aid I flee,
weary of earth, myself, and sin;
open Thine arms, and take me in!

2 Pity, and heal my sin-sick soul;
’tis Thou alone canst make me whole;
fall’n, till in me Thine image shine,
and cursed I am, till Thou art mine.

3 At last I own it cannot be
that I should fit myself for Thee:
here then to Thee I all resign;
Thine is the work, and only Thine.

4 What shall I say Thy grace to move?
Lord, I am sin, but Thou art love:
I give up every plea beside –
Lord, I am lost, but Thou hast died!

  • Sermon

  • Hymn

JESUS, I will trust Thee,
trust Thee with my soul;
guilty, lost, and helpless,
Thou canst make me whole:
there is none in heaven
or on earth like Thee:
Thou hast died for sinners –
therefore, Lord, for me.

2 Jesus, I must trust Thee,
pondering Thy ways,
full of love and mercy
all Thine earthly days:
sinners gathered round Thee,
lepers sought Thy face;
none too vile or loathsome
for a Saviour’s grace.

3 Jesus, I can trust Thee,
trust Thy written Word,
though Thy voice of pity
I have never heard:
when Thy Spirit teacheth,
to my taste how sweet!
Only may I hearken,
sitting at Thy feet.

4 Jesus, I do trust Thee,
trust without a doubt;
whosoever cometh
Thou wilt not cast out:
faithful is Thy promise,
precious is Thy blood:
these my soul’s salvation,
Thou My Saviour God!

  • Grace

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