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Introduction: (To hear the audio file Intro Onward Christian soldiers please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) This hymn was written by
Sabine Baring-Gould who was born in 1834, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge, taking Holy Orders in 1864.
The music, ‘St Gertrude’ was written by Sir Arthur Sullivan.

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Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before! Christ, the royal Master, Leads against the foe; Forward into battle See his banners go.
Chorus Onward Christian soldiers, Marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus Going on before!

At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee; On then, Christian soldiers, On to victory! Hell's foundations quiver At the shout of praise; Brothers, lift your voices, Loud your anthems raise.

Like a mighty army Moves the Church of God; Brothers, we are treading Where the saints have trod. We are not divided, All one body we, One in hope, in doctrine, One in charity.

Crowns and thrones may perish. Kingdoms rise and wane, But the Church of Jesus Constant will remain. Gates of Hell can never 'Gainst the Church prevail; We have Christ's own promise, And that cannot fail.

Onward then, ye people! Join our happy throng, Blend with ours your voices In the triumph song. Glory, laud and honour Unto Christ the King, This through countless ages Men and angels sing.
Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

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Dear Heavenly Father, we reach out to you from a world of war which threatens the safety of the whole world; a world in which only the very rich seem to be immune from deprivation. It is a world in which selfishness is far from the ideal demonstrated by Jesus and we are ashamed that so often selfishness is accepted as normal and care for each other is regarded as weakness. Forgive us, dear God, for being so unlike Jesus who gave his life for us to know your love for us and how we should treat one another.We think of those just now who are suffering in the war zone of Ukraine, maiming not just bodies but also the minds of adults and children. We pray the children will see examples of love in the middle of their environment of hatred.We remember, too, those we know who are grieving through bereavement. Even for Christians who are confident of being reunited with lost loved ones, separation can be so devastating. Grant, we pray, for them the kind of comfort only you can give, dear God.Raise up for us, we pray, people who will be beacons of light in a world which has far too many areas of darkness because of a lack of honouring the way you, our loving heavenly Father, have clearly given as guidance for us so that we can live for the benefit of others. Convict persuasive people to apply their giftedness to highlight the wisdom of attending to, and implementing, your commands, dear Father God.
In these moments , we acknowledge our need to live more selflessly-to be more like Jesus in the way we view people and the problems we face. And as your Word says, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God, may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10)These things we are in the precious name of Jesus. Amen

Introduction: AUDIO FILE: (To hear the audio file Intro Great is thy faithfulness please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) The author of the words was Thomas O. Chisholm who was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Herald" in Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes.
The music was written by William Runyan.
Showing early musical promise, William was a substitute church organist by the age of twelve. He became a Methodist minister in 1891 and served several churches in Kansas but turned to evangelism in 1903
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Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee, Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, As Thou hast been,Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above; Join with all nature in manifold witness, To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Chorus (x 2)

INTRODUCTION: AUDIO FILE: (To hear the audio file intro I'd rather have Jesus please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)The melody of the music written to these familiar words. The song was written by : Rhea Miller / George Beverly Shea
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I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;  I'd rather be His than have riches untold;  I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands.  I'd rather be led by His nail pierced hand 
Chorus: Than to be the king of a vast domain  Or be held in sin's dread sway.  I'd rather have Jesus than anything   This world affords today.
I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause;  I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause; I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.  I'd rather be true to His holy name [Chorus]
He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;  He's sweeter than honey from out the comb;  He's all that my hungering spirit needs.  I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead [Chorus]

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Many Christians feel they have little in the way of talents. People see obviously gifted people serving the Lord and sometimes think how wonderful it would be if only they had some such talent and are sure they would use it wisely in the service of God. But God’s work simply could not happen if it was not financed. There is no greater ‘talent’ than being able to “see” that our giving to God is essential and much as the giftedness of people can be admired, unless it is underpinned by finance, that giftedness would possibly never be seen or heard.Let us therefore allocate to God’s service a portion of our finance to ensure those things God wants to happen in his name and in his church can happen. And as we do, let us enjoy the blessing God has promised for all who will listen and obey his word.

Introduction AUDIO FILE: (To hear the audio file Intro Anastasis please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
"Anastasis" ("Resurrection") is an extended setting by Richard Phillips of my text, which was commissioned by Dorothy Nancekievill and the International Staff Songsters. The three movements depict Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. In the up-tempo first movement the tenors and basses have the melody first, with sopranos and altos shouting interjections along the way, and then these roles are reversed, before the whole choir take up the Good Friday story and bring it to a dramatic conclusion. The second movement which follows without a break from the first is more contemplative, with the choir singing unaccompanied, before a return to the faster tempo signals the start of the final movement. Here the voices begin with repeated statements of "He is risen; He is risen indeed", first spoken quietly, and building to fortissimo shouts. The next section grows towards a chorale-like setting of part of Charles Wesley's hymn "Love's redeeming work is done", over a driving piano accompaniment, before the final "Hallelujah"s bring the work to a triumphant close.

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BIBLE READING: JOHN 11  AUDIO FILE: (To hear the audio file John 11 please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 
2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 
3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you loved is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 
6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 
7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 
10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 
13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 
26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 
29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 
39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Introduction and HYMN: MANY ARE THE THINGS
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Many are the things I cannot understand,
All above my mystery I see;
But the gift most wonderful from God's own hand
Surely is his gift of grace to me!

Higher than the stars that reach eternity,
Broader than the boundaries of endless space,
Is the boundless love of God that pardoned me;
O the wonder of his grace!

When I came to Jesus with my sin and shame
And to him confessed my deepest need,
When by faith I trusted fully in his name,
God's rich grace was granted me indeed.
Passing understanding is his boundless love,
More than I can ever comprehend,
Jesus, in his mercy, left his throne above,
All to be my Saviour and my friend.

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Can those who mourn be comforted
Now life is not the same,
When many thoughts invade the mind
And cause such endless pain?
The where and why we can’t resolve,
No matter how we try,
The sorrow that can haunt us so
Has caused so many a sigh;
The places we could once enjoy
Too many mem’ries hold,
Familiar sights so hard to bear.
As scenes again unfold;
Though others, too, may pass this way,
The grief, no one can share,
Each breaking heart, so personal is,
It seems beyond repair.
The photographs stare from the wall
Immobilized in time,
They cannot speak but seem to say,
“It’s part of God’s design,-
You may not understand his plan
And doubts may often come
But in his mercy, God has said
“Come home, your work is done.”’
We hear God’s word for those we love
Now in eternity
But is there hope for loneliness
Which hurts so dreadfully?
Yet Christ has said blessed they shall be
“for comfort I will give;
And those who cast their sin on me,
They shall for ever live.”
Each moment of each passing day
God freely gives his grace,
We may not understand just how,
He fills all time and space;
But God is faithful to his word,
And hears each anguished prayer,
He gently comforts those who mourn
With gracious loving care.

(Malcolm Westwood)

Introduction: AUDIO FILE: (To hear the audio file Intro Lo he comes please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)"Lo! He comes with clouds descending" was written by Charles Wesley (1707–1788), based on an earlier hymn, "Lo! He cometh, countless Trumpets" by John Cennick (1718–1755). Most commonly sung at Advent, the hymn derives its theological content from the Book of Revelation relating imagery of the Day of Judgment. Considered one of the "Great Four Anglican Hymns" in the 19th century, it is most commonly sung to the tune Helmsley, first published in 1763.

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Lo! He comes with clouds descending· Once for favoured sinners slain; Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of his train; Hallelujah! God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold him Robed in dreadful majesty; Those who set at naught and sold him, Pierced and nailed him to the tree, Deeply wailing, Shall the true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion Still his dazzling body bears; Cause of endless exultation To his ransomed worshipers; With what rapture Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, amen, let all adore thee High on thy eternal throne; Saviour, take the power and glory, Claim the Kingdom for thine own; Hallelujah! Everlasting God, come down!

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


Dr. Malcolm Westwood

I'm sure all of us will have been impressed when watching Queen Elisabeth's funeral that so often her Christian faith was mentioned. It turned my mind to another friend of Jesus-Lazarus.

We know that Lazarus lived in Bethany with His sisters Mary and Martha. There was obviously a close bond between Lazarus, Mary, Martha and Jesus because they had 'open house' for Jesus and it was to Jesus that they sent a message when Lazarus became ill.

Interestingly, they didn't ask Jesus to come when Lazarus was ill. They knew by simply telling him that his friend was ill, he would immediately recognise their need and come. Why Jesus delayed journeying knowing the emergency isn't explained but Jesus knew that however extreme the emergency he had the power to deal with it so the timing of his arrival if he had to perform a miracle was not crucial.
It's surely a reminder that if we call on Jesus for help, he has the power to remove our emergency and it may often not be the way we request or even expect.

When Jesus told his disciples he was going to Judea, they were shocked. They remembered the Jews had tried to find a way to kill him.
All too often, we work out in our mind just how we expect Jesus to answer our prayer and perhaps we rob ourselves of the answer he will give because we only want the answer we want- in our way. Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was just sleeping. That's not so far from our understanding of the word. We frequently see inscribed on gravestones that the deceased has 'fallen asleep' in Jesus. The disciples were delighted to use their own interpretation of the word. If Lazarus was simply asleep he would eventually wake up naturally. There would be no need for them to go into the danger zone of Judea. But they were to see the incredible, miraculous power of Jesus.
As Christians the world can see the power of Jesus in us if our trust in him is complete. Sir Jon Reith one said, 'I do not like crises but I like the opportunities they can supply.’
'Jesus had human crises but they gave him the opportunities to show God's divine power.
The disciples were short of trust. They had resigned themselves to what seemed inevitable to them……death! The apostle Thomas said gloomily, 'Let us go, too, that we may die with him.'
What misguided bravery, Real courage is doing something when we are genuinely afraid. It's not always easy going out on a limb by trusting Jesus to reveal his power in us. So the disciples went with Jesus to Lazarus' home-a house where mourning was taking place. In those days funerals were very expensive with a set of rules which were traditional and expensive. A crowd of people mourning would have been there. Martha would, of course, have been there and it was she who said to Jesus-which could be thought a reproachful way to Jesus,
'If you had been here, my brother would not have died.’
In those words there is both reproach and faith which nothing would shake and which defied the circumstances……'Even yet' she said,' I know that whatever you ask, God will give you.’

Jesus replied. 'Your brother will rise again.'
Once again we see Martha's earthbound view……'I know he will rise in the general resurrection.' Martha had trust but right there she wanted more. She wanted what seemed to be impossible. She wanted a miracle….now!
Jesus said to her,
'He who believes in me will live even if has died.' Yet the Christian will die like every other person. …..
Our beloved late Queen Elizabeth in the faith she confessed, reiterated the words of Edward the Confessor who said
'Weep not -I shall not die and as I leave the land of the dying, I trust to see the blessings of the land in the living.'
Jesus asked 'Where have you lain him-meaning Lazarus and they invited Jesus to 'Come and see.' And there Jesus wept. He instructed that the stone be rolled away. Again we read the lack of trust in the replies we read….. Martha replied,
'Lord, he's been in the tomb for four days. The awful stench of death will be on him.'
Jesus said,
‘Did I not tell you- if you believe , you will see the glory of God?' ’
Jesus lets the people see in whom he trusted and in a loud voice cried out,
"Lazarus, come out!'
And as we know Lazarus came out. We can rejoice with Mary and Martha that Lazarus came alive. But how we would have loved to hear from the lips of Lazarus himself what his experience had been like.
Did the witness of the resurrected Lazarus encourage those who did hear him, to trust Jesus. It is unimaginable that Lazarus would have been unconvincing!
He was, after all, a member of those had been resurrected.
What a powerful witness he must have been! But in John's gospel, as we read how Lazarus was restored to life, the power of God in Jesus didn't end 2,000 years ago. If we are in Christ and he is in us, our witness can-indeed, must, be of the limitless power of Jesus in us and though us.
May the anointing the Holy Spirit enable you to reveal the power of Jesus in you in all the circumstances of your life.

HYMN: Intro Pass me not AUDIO FILE: (To hear the audio file Intro Pass me not please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)Introduction Pass me not is a 19th century American hymn written by Fanny Crosby and it is set to the music of William H. Doane
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Pass me not, O gentle Saviour, Hear my humble cry, While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
Refrain: Saviour, Saviour, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.
Let me at a throne of mercy Find a sweet relief; Kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief. [Refrain]
Trusting only in Thy merit, Would I seek Thy face; Heal my wounded, broken spirit, Save me by Thy grace. [Refrain]
Thou the Spring of all my comfort, More than life to me, Whom have I on earth beside Thee? Whom in heav'n but Thee? [Refrain]

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