8. 03/05/2020 Micah 4:6-13 - "Sunnyhill" Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

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8. 03/05/2020 Micah 4:6-13

Special Service

Audio service - 03/05/2020
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  •  Opening words

  •  Hymn

1 THE God of Abraham praise,
Who reigns enthroned above,
Ancient of everlasting days,
And God of love.
Jehovah! Great I AM!
By earth and heaven confessed;
I bow and bless the sacred Name,
For ever blessed.

2 The God of Abraham praise,
At whose supreme command
From earth I rise, and seek the joys
At His right hand.
I all on earth forsake –
Its wisdom, fame, and power –
And Him my only portion make,
My shield and tower.

3 He by Himself has sworn,
I on His oath depend:
I shall, on eagles’ wings upborne,
To heaven ascend;
I shall behold His face,
I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace
For evermore.

4 The God who reigns on high,
The great archangels sing,
And "Holy, holy, holy" cry,
"Almighty King!
Who wast and art the same.
And evermore shall be:
Jehovah, Father, Great I AM!
We worship thee!"

5 The whole triumphant host
Give thanks to God on high.
Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
They ever cry.
Hail, Abraham’s God, and mine!
I join the heavenly lays;
All might and majesty are Thine,
And endless praise.

  • Reading

Micah 4:6-13

"In that day, declares the LORD, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore.

And you, O tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem. Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pain seized you like a woman in labour? Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labour, for now you shall go out from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued; there the LORD will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.

Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, "Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion." But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; and shall devote their gain to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth."

  • Hymn

O God, thou art the Father
of all that have believed:
from whom all hosts of angels
have life and power received.
O God, thou art the maker
of all created things,
the righteous Judge of judges,
the almighty King of kings.

2 High in the heavenly Zion
thou reignest God adored;
and in the coming glory
thou shalt be Sovereign Lord.
Beyond our ken thou shinest,
the everlasting Light;
ineffable in loving,
unthinkable in might.

3 Thou to the meek and lowly
thy secrets dost unfold;
O God, thou doest all things,
all things both new and old.
I walk secure and blessèd
in every clime or coast,
in name of God the Father,
and Son, and Holy Ghost.

  • Reading

Romans 11:1-16

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? "Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life." But what is God’s reply to him? "I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,

   "God gave them a spirit of stupor,
         eyes that would not see
         and ears that would not hear,
   down to this very day."

And David says,

   "Let their table become a snare and a trap,
         a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
   let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
   and bend their backs forever."

So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

  • Prayer

  • Hymn

1 PRAISE, my soul, the King of heaven,
to His feet Your tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like you His praise should sing?
Praise Him! praise Him!
praise the everlasting King.

2 Praise Him for His grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise Him still the same for ever,
slow to chide and swift to bless:
Praise Him! praise Him!
glorious in His faithfulness.

3 Father-like, He tends and spares us,
well our feeble frame He knows;
in His hands He gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes:
Praise Him! praise Him!
widely as His mercy flows.

4 Frail as summer’s flower we flourish;
blows the wind, and it is gone;
but while mortals rise and perish
God endures unchanging on.
Praise Him! praise Him!
praise the high eternal One.

5 Angels, help us to adore Him;
you behold Him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before Him,
dwellers all in time and space.

Praise Him! praise Him!
praise with us the God of grace.

  • Sermon

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  • Hymn

1 THROUGH all the changing scenes of life,
in trouble and in joy,
the praises of my God shall still
my heart and tongue employ

2 Of His deliverance I will boast,
till all that are distressed
from my example comfort take,
and charm their griefs to rest.

3 O magnify the Lord with me,
with me exalt His Name;
when in distress to Him I called,
He to my rescue came.

4 The hosts of God encamp around
the dwellings of the just;
deliverance He provides to all
who make His Name their trust.

5 O make but trial of His love,
experience will decide
how blessed are they, and only they,
who in His truth confide.

6 Fear Him, you saints, and you will then
have nothing else to fear;
make you His service your delight,
your wants shall be His care.

  • Grace

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