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SEPTEMBER 2019





HYMN: O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING
Introduction: Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  1 Intro O for a thousand tongues As a hymn-writer Charles Wesley was unique. He is said to have written no less than 6500 hymns. Of them all, ‘O for a thousand tongues to sing is still’ a favourite today. He wrote the hymn to commemorate the first anniversary of his conversion to Christ in 1738. His words still resonate with us today 280 years later

Audio file:
2 O for a thousand tongues (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


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O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

2
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honours of Thy name.

3
Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

4
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

5
In Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.


PRAYER
Audio file 3 Prayer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Almighty and eternal God, those who do not have a relationship with you may wonder why we feel we have a need to come to you in this way. They do not understand what our relationship means to us, and we can only tell them that you mean everything to us but words seem to be just words to them. We pray, therefore, that our words may have your empowering so that they might also experience the wonder that we enjoy.
The people of the world have needs we cannot meet. We cannot answer the questions. We are expected to give explanations to the unfairness which exists in the world. Help us, we pray, to live a life of eternity here in this world’s time so that people will see that ‘now’ is not for ever.
We remember we also have the privilege of bringing to you those who have health problems. So often, their anxiety disables their trust. We pray that they will see, even in pain, that you are an omnipotent God.
Remind us that you deal with us in love and we can therefore be confident of your willingness to guide us in ways which bring glory to you and will be a privilege for us. These things we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


HYMN: AND CAN IT BE
Introduction: Audio file. 4 Intro And can it be (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  Another of Charles Wesley’s hymns. With so many modern hymns being written these days, it’s good that we can still find the spiritual depth in Wesley’s words.

Audio file 5 And can it be (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
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And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
2
’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
3
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
4
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

BRASS: LORD OF ALL HOPEFULNESS (K.Downie)
Introduction Audio file
6 Intro Lord of all hopefulness (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) An arrangement by Kenneth Downie for brass bands based on the hymn tune ‘Slane’. The words associated with the tune were written by Jan Struther in 1931.

Audio file 7 Lord of all hopefulness To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy:
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
2
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe:
Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
3
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace:
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
4
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm:
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.


CHORAL: TEARS ARE A LANGUAGE
Introduction Audio file 8 Intro Tears are a language (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Here are some words which I just feel are especially for someone listening today. May God bless you wherever you are.

TEARS ARE A LANGUAGE  Audio file 9 God understands my tears (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes 
And burdens seem to be much more than you can stand 
But God is standing near 
He sees your falling tear 
Tears are a language God understands 

God sees the tears of a broken hearted soul 
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall 
God weeps along with man and takes him by the hand 
Tears are a language God understands 

When grief has left you low 
It causes tears to flow 
And things have not turned out 
The way that you have planned 
But God won’t forget you 
His promises are true 
Tears are a language God understands 

God sees the tears of a broken hearted soul 
He sees your tears and hears them when they fall 
God weeps along with man and takes him by the hand 
Tears are a language God understands 




GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Audio file 10 Offering Poem (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Dear God

We give because we need your blessing,
To know your presence day by day,
And as we now approach the altar,
Please hear, O Lord, the words we pray,
“Take, bless and use the gifts we offer,
This money now we gladly bring.
The tokens of our true devotion
To honour you, our Saviour King.


BIBLE READING
Philippians 4:2-3 
 Audio file 11 Service Bible reading (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.


HYMN: THE PENITENT’S PLEA
Introduction: Audio file 12 Intro The Penitent's Plea (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
These words were written by Herbert Booth, the son of the Founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth.

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. 13 Saviour Hear me while before (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
Saviour, hear me while before thy feet
I the record of my sins repeat.
Stained with guilt, myself abhorring,
Filled with grief, my soul outpouring;
Canst thou still in mercy think of me,
Stoop to set my shackled spirit free,
Raise my sinking heart and bid me be
Thy child once more?

Chorus
Grace there is my every debt to pay,
Blood to wash my every sin away,
Power to keep me spotless day by day,
For me, for me!


2.
All the memories of deeds gone by
Rise within me and thy power defy;
With a deathly chill ensnaring,
They would leave my soul despairing.
Saviour, take my hand, I cannot tell
How to stem the tides that round me swell,
How to ease my conscience, or to quell
My flaming heart.

3.
Yet why should I fear? Hast thou not died
That no seeking soul should be denied?
To that heart, its sins confessing,
Canst thou fail to give a blessing?
By the love and pity thou hast shown,
By the blood that did for me atone,
Boldly will I kneel before thy throne,
A pleading soul.

4.
All the rivers of thy grace I claim,
Over every promise write my name;
As I am I come, believing,
As thou art thou dost, receiving,
Bid me rise a free and pardoned slave,
Master o'er my sin, the world, the grave,
Charging me to preach thy power to save
To sinbound souls.

FAVOURITE SONG:

AMAZING GRACE ( My Chains fell off)
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Sandy Templeman

Introduction Audio file 14 Intro favourite (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Our contributor today is Sandy Templeman who lives in Hove in Sussex in the UK.
Sandy simply says the words “My chains fell off, I've been set free’ in ‘Amazing Grace’ mean so much to me. That’s how I see it, going home to heaven.”

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15 amazing grace (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
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Amazing grace How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
2
Through countless dangers, doubts and fears
I have already come
Gods grace has brought me safely here
And grace will lead me home
3
My chains are gone I've been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
4
His guiding hand shall be my stay
His strength with me abide
And though I stumble day by day
He shall not leave my side.

My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood, His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace.
5
This earth will one day melt like snow
The sun refuse to shine
Yet God, who sent me here below
Will be forever mine.
You'll be forever mine.

INSTRUMENTAL
Introduction
Audio file 16 Intro Reverie (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
LOUISE CRAIG (Violin) plays the melody associated with the words of John Gowans followed by the prayer chorus ‘Spirit of the living God’

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17 Fall afresh.mp3 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
There are people living in the world out there… 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ;
There are children crying and no one to care…
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
And they’ll go on hurting in the world out there,
And they’ll go on dying, drowning in despair,
And they’ll go on crying, that’s unless we care:
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
 
There are people living who would rather die…
They need you, they need me, they need Christ; 
And their Christian neighbours simply pass them by… 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
There are people sitting by a silent phone, 
People cold and hungry, people left alone, 
Suicides for reasons that remain unknown: 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
 
There’s the prostitute and there’s the prisoner too… 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ; 
There’s the ‘skid row’ fella who has lost a shoe… 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
The compulsive gambler dreaming of his yacht, 
And the lad that’s stealing just to get his ‘shot’, 
And the kid that’s pregnant and pretends she’s not: 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
 
There are runaways who want a place to go… 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ; 
There are alcoholics who don’t seem to know… 
They need you, they need me, they need Christ; 
There are God-less people who have lost their way, 
And they need God’s love but they’re afraid to say. 
If we close our eyes perhaps they’ll go away 
Without you, without me, without Christ;
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.


Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me:
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me.
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.



VOCAL SOLO: MY HEAVENLY FATHER WATCHES OVER ME

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Soloist: Sandra Entermann


Introduction. Audio file 18 Intro My Heavenly Father (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Our resident vocalist, Sandra Entermann, blesses us again today with a solo. We are so grateful to Sandra who continually allows us to benefit from her very special vocal ministry. Sandra will be in the Holy Land soon. What blessing she will bring to those who are accompanying her as she sings at some of the Biblical sites there.

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19 My Heavenly Father (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

    I trust in God wherever I may be,
    Upon the land, or on the rolling sea,
    For come what may, from day to day,
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.

    Refrain:
    I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
    On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
    Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.
      He makes the rose an object of His care,
      He guides the eagle through the pathless air,
      And surely He remembers me;
      My heav’nly Father watches over me.


      SERMON

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      Dr Malcolm Westwood

      20 Sermon (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


      My sermon today is a little different in that it really falls into two parts. The first is about ‘us’-the church and the second is about us as individuals.

      If you don't live in the United Kingdom you may not quite appreciate the unrest in which we find ourselves over the decision to leave the European economic community. To say there is political infighting could be the understatement of the century.

      But a glance around the world suggests that it is not just the UK which it is in turmoil, and perhaps wherever you are, you are not immune to the angry disagreements of those who rule without due regard to the needs of others. Of course, it would not be reasonable to always agree on everything with each other but O for disagreements to be expressed in a more kindly way! How often do we find that if only the teachings of the Bible were read, understood and honoured, the world would be a much happier place.

      Of course that suggestion applies to us as individuals as well as to parliaments and obviously to those in lands which are governed by dictators.

      Let me comment for a moment on something which may not at first seem to be connected with the subject I am highlighting. Statistics indicate that two thirds of patients who go to a doctor have symptoms caused or aggravated by mental stress. There was an article by a leading authority on stress published under the questioning title ‘Stress the cause of all diseases.'
      Previously bacteria was considered the centre of attention but without delving too deeply into the subject, it’s interesting to know that experiments with animals indicate that certain bacteria could only cause disease when the animals resistance was lowered by.... stress.
      And it won't surprise anyone to know that certain emotions cause visible changes in the body such as strokes, apoplexy, toxic goiters, fatal clots in the heart, bleeding ulcers of the intestinal tract, kidney diseases etc.
      Nearly one million people in America die each year from hardening of the arteries-which is mostly, if not completely caused by-.... stress.
      (If you want to illustrate this, just clench your fist for a few moments and you will see how tightened muscles can produce pain.) So, for instance, it's understandable why people work with chronic anxieties suffer a great deal with severe tension headaches that stem from tightened muscles. Fatal heart attacks can be triggered by anxiety which places more stress on the heart than anything else.

      I was watching, on television, some demonstrations outside the UK Parliament the other day. Wow! The anger of the people as they demonstrated against each other was palpable and you could almost see their blood pressure rising. Later an interview on television was aired were two sides of the same family were almost coming to blows with each other simply because they disagreed.
      I thought of the two Biblical characters I read about earlier in our service -Euodias and Syntche, two ladies who had possibly been at the church in Philippi which started at a women's prayer meeting. (Acts 16:11-15)
      But now they were at odds with each other. It sounds as though it was a public brawl because Paul had heard of it though he was in chains in prison in Rome.

      It's not unusual for co-workers in Christ to have disagreements but as Christians we are expected to treat each other with love, compassion and long-suffering
      We’re told in Ephesians 4:31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
      And in John 13:34-35 
      “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

      if we are at ‘loggerheads’ with each other in the church, we lose our right to challenge the world when people disagree with hatred and violence.

      As forgiven sinners, the Bible tells us in Philippians 2:2-4 how to deal with situations when division arises and how to work towards peace.
      ’… then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.’


      God's word does not condone gossip, arguing and fighting on personal matters. We are challenged to remember that we are to encourage each other as we prepare for Christ’s return……’
      ‘…… not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 )

      but nothing I've said is new is it. We believe that a church is expected to be a place where God's love is experienced and shared and where we gently interact with each other with consideration and gentle kindness. But sadly instructions such as we have in Philippians are sometimes ignored and we hear of Christians who today still fail to be an example to the non-Christian world as did Euodia and Syntyche.

      We hear of outbursts of intolerance in a church when a someone dares to change the colour of the curtains or the music selected for services is not to someone's taste-and what a furore there can be if a leader is chosen who does not meet with the approval of an opinionated few.

      The Lord must wonder if such people have ever read his instructions how he wants us to be prepared for his coming.
      Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will constantly remind us to ever be consulting God's word so that his Church is never caught up in the way the world behaves.

      Now, I've spoken about ‘the church;-the people who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb- people who believe their sins have been placed upon Jesus on the cross and forgiven by God. People who promise to honour and follow the example of Jesus so that our church is a sanctuary for all who love him and a witness to him to those who have not accepted him.

      But allow me an extra comment, if you would please. Yes, the church is made up of individuals who are redeemed and hopefully show that experience in the way they relate to each other.
      But the Bible is also an instruction and help book as to how we should live when we are
      not in church together; how we should act in the workplace.
      Forgive me if this talk today sounds as though my thoughts are not connected but I'm led to talk this way so please follow my thinking for just a few moments more. I spoke earlier about the ranting and raving of people who disagree with each other and the effects of stress and high blood pressure which is caused by such behaviour. If only people would read God’s Word and accept his instructions how to live, many an untimely deaths could be avoided.
      I want to give an illustration.
      You will no doubt have heard about John Rockefeller. In 1913 his net worth was $409 billion-that is £331 billion. If you know his story bear with me while I do a quick précis for those who don't. By the age of 43 John Rockefeller was the richest man on earth. He spent every waking moment to making money. He confessed that he wanted to feel loved but never managed to achieve it. He ignored the Bible's teaching which ensures that we are loved-Jesus said,
       “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34-35) 
      But that wasn’t Rockefeller’s way. He often crushed the helpless to acquire yet more money. He was absolutely hated by the men in the oilfields of Pennsylvania so much so that the men there hanged him in effigy. He had to have bodyguards night and day. His massive accumulated wealth gave him neither peace nor happiness. Had he consulted God's word he would have found the words of Jesus 
      27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
      but John Rockefeller thought he would be happy and live at peace his way.
      When he was 53 it was said of him "an awful age was in his face. He was the oldest man I have ever seen.” He had developed alopecia, a condition in which not only the hair of the head drops off but also most of the hair from the eyelashes and eyebrows. One of his biographers said he looked like a mummy. Yet his weekly income at that time was $1 million but his digestion was so bad he could only eat crackers and drink milk.
      At age 53 it was generally agreed that he would not last another year. Newspapers had his obituary already prepared.

      But one night John Rockefeller made a startling discovery. He realised he could not take a single cent of his billions into the next world. This simple revelation he would have known earlier if he had read Gods instruction book!

      From that moment, he changed. He realised that money was not a commodity to be hoarded but something to be shared for the benefit of others. He established the Rockefeller Foundation and we are indebted to him for his contributions which aided in the discovery of penicillin which even today is saving millions of people from dying from malaria, tuberculosis, diphtheria and many other diseases.

      Because he began to think outwardly- towards the need of others, a miracle occurred in him. He began to sleep, to eat normally and to enjoy life in general. The bitterness, rancour and deadness of self-centredness went from him and in their place came fresh streams of love and gratitude from those he was helping.
      At 53 it seemed his life would be over in a year but he started to practice one of God's eternal laws and reap the benefits. "...Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”( Luke 6:38) 

      and John Rockefeller lived until he was... 98!

      Modern psychiatry is catching up with the Bible. One psychiatrist writes, "Without love, we lose our will to live. Our mental and physical vitality is impaired, our resistance is lowered and we succumb to illnesses which often prove fatal. We may escape death but what remains is a meagre, barren existence, emotionally so impoverished that we can only be called half alive.

      Rockefeller found that it is not by grabbing but by giving that one can live a healthy, enjoyable life. It took him over half a century of sickly, miserable living and learning the hard way before he found one of the basic secrets of life. What a pity he didn't read and heed the healthy instructions in the Bible
      one John chapter 3 verse 14-Romans chapter 12 verse 16
      1 John 3:14 
      14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
      Romans 12:16 
      16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited
      Are you listening demonstrators?! Express your views but be considerate of others with different opinions.
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      Modern psychiatry may have caught up with the instructions of the Bible but it cannot provide the motivating force to help us love the unlovable and deal with difficult situations with Christlike gentleness showing consideration for others. It's only when we remember that Jesus left the glories of heaven and came to earth because we desperately needed physical, mental and spiritual care and help, that loving others in his name will be our longing. Modern medicine rightly suggests thinking outwardly towards other people is vital for healthy living but only Jesus provides sufficient motivation to do that.

      For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)

      The message I bring today, therefore, is let those who want to cause themselves stress ignore the teachings of Jesus but let we who profess his name enjoy the benefits which come by following his wonderful Word which sets us clearly on the path of loving others as we are loved by Jesus.

      I pray that your life will be stress free as you love as you are loved.

      HYMN
      Audio file
      21 Breathe on me (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

      1
      Breathe on me, breath of God:
      fill me with life anew,
      that I may love as you have loved
      and do as you would do.

      2
      Breathe on me, breath of God,
      until my heart is pure,
      until my will is one with yours
      to do and to endure.

      3
      Breathe on me, breath of God;
      fulfil my heart's desire,
      until this earthly part of me
      glows with your heavenly fire.

      4
      Breathe on me, breath of God;
      so shall I never die,
      but live with you the perfect life
      of your eternity.


      BENEDICTION
      Audio file
      22 Benediction (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
      May the love of God as shown to us in Jesus be your hallmark you reach out to a world where anger and violence is used to secure selfish aims. May the Holy Spirit guide and empower you to love as Jesus loved. Amen.






      If you would like to comment on the service,  please e mail  Dr Malcolm Westwood  on  mw@veilministries.org