6. 19/04/2020 Micah 3 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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6. 19/04/2020 Micah 3

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Audio service - 19/04/2020
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  • Opening words

  • Hymn

O COME, and let us to the Lord
in songs our voices raise;
with joyful noise let us the rock
of our salvation praise.

2 Let us before His presence come
with praise and thankful voice;
let us sing psalms to Him with grace,
and make a joyful noise.

3 For God, a great God and great king
above all gods He is;
depths of the earth are in His hand,
the strength of hills is His.

4 To Him the spacious sea belongs,
for He the same did make;
the dry land also from His hands
its form at first did take.

5 O come, and let us worship Him,
with meekness on Him call,
and on our knees before the Lord
our Maker let us fall.

  • Reading

Micah 3:1-12

And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice? – you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones, who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron.
Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil. Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry "Peace" when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths. Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity. Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us." Therefore because of you Zion shall be ploughed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height."

  • Hymn

I BRING my sins to Thee,
the sins I cannot count,
that all may cleansèd be
in Thy once-opened fount:
I bring them, Saviour, all to Thee;
the burden is too great for me.

2 My heart to Thee I bring,
the heart I cannot read,
a faithless wandering thing,
an evil heart indeed:
I bring it, Saviour, now to Thee,
that fixed and faithful it may be.

3 My life I bring to Thee,
I would not be my own;
O Saviour, let me be
Thine ever, Thine alone!
My heart, my life, my all, I bring
to Thee, my Saviour and my King.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

THE final triumph won,
the full atonement made,
salvation’s work is done,
redemption’s price is paid:
the morning breaks, the dark is fled,
for Christ is risen from the dead!

2 The tomb in which He lay
lies empty now and bare;
the stone is rolled away,
no lifeless form is there:
the sting is drawn from death and grave,
for Christ is risen, strong to save!

3 For us the Saviour died,
with us He lives again,
to God the Father’s side
exalted now to reign:
to throne and crown by right restored,
for Christ is risen, Christ is Lord!

4 As one with Him we rise
to seek the things above,
in life that never dies,
in righteousness and love:
let praise unite our ransomed powers,
for Christ is risen, Christ is ours!

Timothy Dudley-Smith, b. 1926
© Author

  • Sermon

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  • Hymn

How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to all who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2. In every condition-in sickness, in health,
in poverty’s grip or abounding in wealth,
at home or abroad, on the land, on the sea-
as days may demand shall your strength ever be.

3. Since Jesus is with you, do not be afraid;
since he is your God, you need not be dismayed:
he’ll strengthen you, guard you, and help you to stand,
upheld by his righteous, omnipotent hand.

4. When through the deep waters he calls you to go,
you will not be drowned in the rivers of woe;
for he will be with you in trouble, to bless
and work for your good through your deepest distress.

5. When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
his grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flames shall not harm you: his only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

6. The soul that in Jesus has found its repose,
he will not, he cannot, desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake,
he’ll never, no never, no never forsake!

  • Grace

Songs printed under licence N° CCL7702

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