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SERVICE JULY 2021


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HYMN: O WORSHIP THE KING
Introduction:
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Author: Robert Grant (b. Bengal, India, 1779; d. Dalpoorie, India, 1838 was influenced in writing this text by William Kethe’s paraphrase of Psalm 104 in the Anglo-Genevan Psalter (1561). Of Scottish ancestry, Grant was born in India, He attended Magdalen College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar in 1807. He had a distinguished public career a Governor of Bombay and as a member of the British Parliament, where he sponsored a bill to remove civil restrictions on Jews. Grant was knighted in 1834.

AUDIO FILE O worship the King (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
1.
O worship the King, all glorious above;
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise.

2.
O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

3.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy power hath founded of old,
Hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4. O measureless might! Ineffable Love!
While angels delight to hymn thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall sing to thy praise.


PRAYER:
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Our gracious and eternal God, giver of all that is good, we offer you our praise and adoration for your faithfulness to us, for all your promises on which we can rely.
We realise we need your empowerment to enable us to serve you as you require and as we desire. The people we meet have needs which in human terms are beyond our ability to resolve. Remind us, we pray, that all things are possible to you and we can serve you with confidence in any circumstances. Grant us an awareness that we can share your hope and your joy when we share Jesus. Help us never to think that any task you lead us to do is too difficult for us to do. Though we make no pretentions to be able to do wonders in our own strength, we would not want to doubt that your presence in us is limited in any way.

Fit us, we pray, to be the kind of disciple you want in a world which needs you so much. We think especially of those who are suffering under the effects of the Covid virus where the mutations are causing so much concern. Renew the physical and mental strength of the medical staff, we pray who are working so hard to help those who are suffering so much.

Whenever and wherever your Word is shared, we pray that it will convict and encourage so that your kingdom here on earth will increase in influence and result in the commitment of many people to follow the Saviour of the world.

These things we ask in the precious and worthy name of Jesus. Amen


HYMN: FILL THOU MY LIFE
Introduction:
AUDIO FILE Intro Fill Thou my life (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) The author of this hymn, Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837.
Dr. Bonar's poems—-including many beautiful lyrics, several psalm versions, and translations from the Greek and Latin, a large number of hymns, and a long meditative poem—-are among Bonar’s very numerous writings.

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Fill thou my life, O Lord my God, 
in every part with praise, 
that my whole being may proclaim 
thy being and thy ways.

Not for the lip of praise alone, 
nor e'en the praising heart 
I ask, but for a life made up 
of praise in every part!

Praise in the common things of life, 
its goings out and in; 
praise in each duty and in deed, 
however small and mean.

Fill every part of me with praise; 
let all my being speak 
of thee and of thy love, O Lord, 
poor though I be, and weak.

So shalt thou, Lord, from me, e'en me, 
receive the glory due; 
and so shall I begin on earth 
the song forever new.

So shall no part of day or night 
from sacredness be free; 
but all my life, in every step 
be fellowship with thee.



CHORAL: ALL THAT I HAVE
Introduction:
AUDIO FILE Intro All that I have. (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
The music by Richard Phillips perfectly match the sense of the words I wrote.

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BRASS BAND: BY LOVE COMPELLED
Introduction:
AUDIO FILE Intro By love compelled (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
This comment is by the composer, Lieutenant (later Lt. Colonel) Ray Steadman-Allen

“Under the compulsion of God's love, men seek and receive divine forgiveness. This thought is demonstrated in two songs, 'O Saviour, I am coming', and 'Take all my sins away.' The sequel, desire for consecration and service finds its expression in the chorus, 'All my days and all my hours.'”

BRASS BAND: BY LOVE COMPELLED
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CHORAL: FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD (John Stainer)
Introduction:
AUDIO FILE Intro For God so loved. (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
125 years ago, in February 1887, as part of a series of Lenten services, the choir of Marylebone Parish Church in London gave the first performance of a Passiontide cantata that was to become an established favourite in churches throughout the country, and still lives on today. The work was dedicated to William Hodge, Stainer’s pupil, friend and colleague at St Paul’s Cathedral, who was organist and choirmaster at Marylebone Parish Church.
Stainer’s aim in writing this piece was to provide such a piece, and in this he undoubtedly succeeded. So much so that, although he made an immense contribution as organist, conductor, composer, teacher and author, today Stainer is remembered simply for The Crucifixion and a few rather fine anthems and hymn-tunes. This wasn’t the view at the time: according to Peter Charlton’s biography, Sir Arthur Sullivan’s tribute to Stainer was blunt and memorable: “He is a genius”.
The Rev William Sparrow-Simpson, another colleague of Stainer at St Paul’s, compiled the libretto, drawing on the Gospel accounts for the narrative elements of the story and writing the texts of the choruses, arias and hymns himself.
Barry Rose, a lifelong advocate of the piece, wrote; “To [Sparrow-Simpson’s] words Stainer added his music, writing some of the most memorable hymn-tunes we shall ever hear, and showing a rare sense of understanding in painting the text with music that is both thoughtful and dramatic, whilst also giving us the sublime and unsurpassed setting of ‘God so loved the world’”.

The text is from John 3:16

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God so loved the world
God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whoso believeth, believeth in Him  
should not perish, should not perish 
but have everlasting life. 

For God sent not His Son into the world
to condemn the world. 
God sent not His Son into the world 
to condemn the world; 
But that the world through Him might be saved. 

God so loved the world. 
God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whoso believeth, believeth in Him  
should not perish, should not perish 
but have everlasting life, everlasting life,
everlasting, everlasting life.
God so loved the world. 
God so loved the world.
God so loved the world.


GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Malachi: 3:6-10
AUDIO FILE God's tithes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
This Scripture reference to God’s tithes and our offerings is so very telling and informative.
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
May you be blessed by your obedience to God’s Word.


INSTRUMENTAL :CORNET SOLO: I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS
Introduction: AUDIO FILE Intro I'd rather have Jesus (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
The author of this song was Rhea F. Miller, the wife of Dr. H. V. Miller, one of the General Superintendents of the Church Of The Nazarene. After her husband's death Mrs. Miller taught piano and travelled all around the area, teaching piano. She had a special mission in life and that was to get into pastors’ homes and teach their children how to play the piano so they would have something to contribute to the church when they became adults. She would offer to teach these children for free and hope to make up the difference with her other students. She was a very inspirational person and made a deep impact upon many lives. She was very positive, always smiling, full of encouragement, and always enthusiastic.
Her father, Martin James Ross, had been no more than a drunk for some time and would actually steal money from his wife’s purse, just to get enough money to buy another drink. Mrs.Ross was a good, solid, faithful Christian, though. And she just kept living her life for Jesus. She would walk to church in any kind of weather- rain, snow, sleet, mud, whatever it was, just to get there to be with God’s people. Eventually her steadfastness broke through the walls with which her husband had isolated himself. He surrendered to the wooing of God’s Spirit and was wonderfully delivered from the awful bondage of sin. He stood one night in a service in Brooktondale and began his testimony of how much Jesus meant to him… “I’d rather have Jesus than all the gold or silver in the whole world. I’d rather have Him than anything this world has to offer.” Mrs. Miller sat there and heard the words of her father’s testimony and a new song was born- “I’d Rather Have Jesus”.

AUDIO FILE I'd rather have Jesus (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

1.
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.

2 .
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]

3.
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]

BIBLE READING
Luke 5:12-16
New International Version
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
AUDIO FILE Luke 5:12-16 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

VOCAL SOLO : THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD


Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
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Introduction:AUDIO FILE Intro The strength of the Lord (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
Sandra Entermann, our vocal soloist is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Australia. For a number of years, Sandra has allowed me to use her recordings here on Veil Ministries and I’m personally so grateful for the blessings she brings me. I hope you, too, will be blessed today as she sings ‘The Strength Of The Lord.’

AUDIO FILE The Strength of the Lord (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

Sometimes life seems like words and music
That can't quite become a song.
So we cry inside, and we try it again
And wonder what could be wrong.
But, when we turn to the Lord at the end of ourselves
Like we've done a time or two before
We find His truth is the same
As it has always been
We'll never need more


It's not in trying But in trusting
It's not in running But in resting
Not in wondering But in praying
That we find the strength of the Lord
(2 times)


He's all we need
For our every need
We never need be alone
Still He'll let us go if we choose to
To live life on our own
Then the only good
That will ever be said
Of the pains we find ourselves in
There are places to gain
The wisdom to say
I'll never leave Him again


Not in wondering
But in praying
That we find the strength of the Lord



SERMON
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Dr. Malcolm Westwood


AUDIO FILE Sermon July 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

As we well know, we are living in what we feel are unprecedented times. No matter how many people are vaccinated against Covid 19, it seems to mutate ever more rapidly. We wonder if it will ever end –will our children know what ‘normality’ is. We hear references to the Black Death in 1347 which killed an estimated 200 million people in Europe alone in just 4 years and to emphasise the gravity of present pandemic we’re told that in comparison Covid is responsible for over 4 million deaths world wide- far too many- but we give thanks for the modern miracle of vaccination.

Interestingly, the Great plague of 1665 is remembered as the worst of the of the centuries long outbreaks. It killed 100,000 Londoners in just 7 months .All public entertainment was banned and victims were forcibly shut into their homes to prevent the spread of the disease. Red crosses were pained on their doors along with a plea for forgiveness: Lord, have mercy upon us.” As cruel as it was to shut up the sick in their homes and bury the dead in mass graves, it may have been the only way to bring the last great plague outbreak to an end. But in the time of Jesus someone cured of leprosy was rare indeed.
Our methods of dealing with Covid 19 are not that dissimilar, but how many more would have died but for the miracles of the vaccines.

But in the time of Jesus leprosy was the worst of all plagues. Once contracted, few recovered from it. With just a pop of white pus, a sufferer was an outcast for as long as they lived.
We are hearing of the need to isolate from people if we test positive for Covid….we become outcasts from society-rejected, feared and under the threat of arrest if we disobey the governments rules. The leper in the days of Jesus was not only deemed unfit to socialise, he was ostracised to the point of being forbidden to gather with others to worship God –unfit morally and physically to do so.
Leviticus chapters 13/14 deals with how a leper must be treated. It was a horrendously isolation disease. Today the wearing of masks, self isolating, separation from loved ones and we wonder if it will ever end as those infected are shunned by the healthy. Covid is feared every bit as much as leprosy in the days when Jesus was on earth.

But Luke 5 records how a man “full of leprosy” walked up to Jesus. This man must have been so desperate! So much so he ‘fell on his face’ and begged. “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean” He must have felt filthy inside and outside-unwanted, shunned by people. Leaving the leper colony could have signed his death warrant quicker than the disease would have killed him.
Somewhere someone must have told this leper about Jesus because he called him “Lord”—a title only the faithful in Scripture used. Faith in Jesus made the leper do the unthinkable. The leper risked arrest for causing a public health crisis and infecting others. He had come to the realisation that he was without hope except for what Jesus might be able to do for him that he was prepared to risk everything for it. No one else cared about him.

What must have this man felt like when Jesus touched him!
Haven’t we all been moved to tears at the sight of a Covid patient on a ventilator being ministered to by the tender touch of a nurse doing what many of us would fear to do.
Jesus touched this man—the man who had not been touched since the plague had ravaged his body, the man whose fate was sealed from the moment the first white sore appeared.
“And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will, be clean’” (Luke 5:13). 
That touch changed the man.

I’m not suggesting that all Christians should head to the hospitals and lay hands on all the Covid patients. God has blessed us through the medical researchers with hope which comes through vaccination-unheard of in the days of Jesus. Jesus needed to respond the faith of the leper. He had no need to touch the leper. Previously he had healed people by a word but to the worst contagious of all-a leper- he reached forth and touched him. Jesus could not have demonstrated more vividly that he was giving back the leper not only his health but that he was cleansing him of all that separated him from other people. And perhaps the man would have agonised that if other people hated to have him near them, how would a pure God feel about him. But Jesus made it clear by touching him that he was loved by God.
Jesus touched hurting people and by doing so he made it clear that God may not have approved of the situations, in which they found themselves some of which may have been self inflicted but he gave them hope of what they could become. In the leper’s case, by both removing the disease and the thing which made him an outcast, be that what others could see or what he might know would cause him to be ostracised if they knew his unseen life. What a lesson we must learn –to know that Jesus is willing to touch us and cleanse us from what people would want to distance themselves from us if they knew what is going on in our heart and in our mind!

We can only imagine the agony of those who are suffering with Covid 19. Will they ever know the wonder of being hugged by a loved one. Will they ever enjoy not being discriminated against by people failing to visit them in their nursing homes, of even medical staff making sure to wear surgical gloves before even taking their pulse!

But Jesus touched the leper and made him whole.
Most hospital wards where there are covid patients don’t allow-for the wisest of reasons- non medical staff to visit to share prayers to bring them mental hope and spiritual comfort with the patients let alone give that longed for touch. But our prayers can reach beyond the rules, and even if we cannot physically attend we can hear the desperate prayer of the leper in so many covid patients, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

We can encourage people to be vaccinated for it’s benefits and to hear those wonderful words of Jesus, ‘I AM willing!’ and the patients will sense Jesus touching them.
Miracles of healing can happen to day because God is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
What better words could we join in singing than….


AUDIO FILE He touched me (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

HYMN: HE TOUCHED ME

Shackled by a heavy burden,
'Neath a load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.

He touched me, oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.

Since I met this blessed Saviour,
Since He cleansed and made me whole,
I will never cease to praise Him,
I'll shout it while eternity rolls.

He touched me, oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.


BENEDICTION
AUDIO FILE Benediction (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
May God himself, the God of peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Amen. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)


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