52. 14.03.2021 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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52. 14.03.2021

Special Service

1 O God of mercy, by whose hand
Your people still are fed;
Who through this weary pilgrimage
Have all our fathers led:

2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present
Before your throne of grace:
God of our fathers, be the God
Of each succeeding race.

Refrain:
Through each perplexing path of life
Our wan’dring footsteps guide;
Give us each day our daily bread,
Your care for us provide.
Give us each day our daily bread,
Your care for us provide.

3 O spread your shelt’ring wings around,
Till all our wand’rings cease,
And at our Father’s loved abode
Our souls arrive in peace!

Refrain:
Such blessings from your gracious hand
Our humble prayers implore;
And you shall be our chosen God
And portion evermore.
And you shall be our chosen God
And portion evermore.

Refrain:
O God of mercy, by whose hand
Your people still are fed;
Who through this weary pilgrimage
Have all our fathers led:

4 Our vows, our prayers, we now present
Before your throne of grace:
God of our fathers, be the God
Of each succeeding race.


  • O.T. Bible Reading

 
Psalm 91
 
1 ¶  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
 2  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
 3  For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
 4  He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
 5  You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
 6  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
 7  A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
 8  You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.
 9 ¶  Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
 10  no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.
 11  For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
 12  On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
 13  You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
 14  “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
 15  When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honour him.
 16  With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”


  • Hymn

Safe in the shadow of the Lord
beneath his hand and power,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
my fortress and my tower.

2. My hope is set on God alone
though Satan spreads his snare;
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
to keep me in his care.

3. From fears and phantoms of the night,
from foes about my way,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
by darkness as by day.

4. His holy angels keep my feet
secure from every stone;
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
and unafraid go on.

5. Strong in the everlasting name,
and in my Father’s care,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
who hears and answers prayer.

6. Safe in the shadow of the Lord,
possessed by love divine,
I trust in him,
I trust in him,
and meet his love with mine.


  • NT Bible Reading

Romans 8:18-39

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

As it is written,

   “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
         we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


  • Hymn

Begone, unbelief!
My Saviour is near
and for my relief
will surely appear:
by prayer let me wrestle
and prove that he saves;
with Christ in the vessel
I smile at the waves.

2. Though dark be my way,
since he is my guide,
then I must obey
and he will provide;
with human trust broken,
when mortals all fail,
the word he has spoken
shall surely prevail.

3. His love in time past
forbids me to think
he’ll leave me at last
in trouble to sink;
and can he have taught me
to trust in his name
and this far have brought me
to put me to shame?

4. Why should I complain
of want or distress,
temptation or pain?
He told me no less;
the heirs of salvation,
I know from his word,
through much tribulation
must follow their Lord.

5. Since all that I meet
shall work for my good,
the bitter is sweet,
the medicine is food;
the pain felt at present
will cease before long;
and then, O how pleasant
the conqueror’s song!


  • Prayer

  • Hymn

Speak, O Lord, as we come to you
to receive the food of your holy word.
Take your truth, plant it deep in us;
shape and fashion us in your likeness,
that the light of Christ might be seen today
in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
all your purposes for your glory.

2.   Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
holy reverence, true humility;
test our thoughts and our attitudes
in the radiance of your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail–
let their truth prevail over unbelief.

3.   Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
help us grasp the heights of your plans for us–
truths unchanged from the dawn of time
that will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on your promises,
and by faith we’ll walk as you walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till your church is built
and the earth is filled with your glory.




  • Hymn

We trust in you, our shield and our defender:
we do not fight alone against the foe:
strong in your strength, safe in your keeping tender
we trust in you, and in your name we go.
Strong in your strength, safe in your keeping tender
we trust in you, and in your name we go.

2. Yes, in your name, O Captain of salvation,
in your dear name, all other names above!
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
our Prince of glory and our King of love.
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
our Prince of glory and our King of love.

3. We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
and needing more each day your grace to know;
yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
‘We trust in you, and in your name we go.’
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
‘We trust in you, and in your name we go.’

4. We trust in you, our shield and our defender:
yours is the battle-yours shall be the praise!
When passing through the gates of dazzling splendour,
victors, we rest in you through endless days.
When passing through the gates of dazzling splendour,
victors, we rest in you through endless days.


  • Grace

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