Veil Ministries



JUNE 2021

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HYMN: COME LET US ALL UNITE TO SING
Introduction: Intro Come let us all (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

A hymn that has stood the test of time and has been used for at least 100 years across the denominations although, strangely, not much background of the hymn is found except the tune was written by Howard Kingsbury. The author of the words remains anonymous.

Audio file:
Come let us all unite (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. Come, let us all unite to sing:
God is love!
Let Heaven and earth their praises bring,
God is love!
Let every soul from sin awake,
Each in his heart sweet music make,
And sing with us, for Jesus' sake:
God is love!

2.
O tell to earth's remotest bound,
God is love!
In Christ we have redemption found,
God is love!
His blood has washed our sins away,
His Spirit turned our night to day,
And now we can rejoice to say:
God is love!

3.
How happy is our portion here,
God is love!
His promises our spirits cheer,
God is love!
He is our sun and shield by day,
Our help, our hope, our strength, our stay;
He will be with us all the way;
God is love!

4.
In Canaan we will sing again:
God is love!
And this shall be our loudest strain:
God is love!
While endless ages roll along,
We'll triumph with the heavenly throng,
And this shall be our sweetest song:
God is love!


A TIME OF PRAYER
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IN THE SECRET OF THY PRESENCE
Intro: Intro In the secret (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
These words were written by that master Salvation Army songwriter, General Albert Orsborn. In his own words he describes the background to the song,
“ When I was the Divisional Commander at Norwich in the movie, Commissioner Rich then the British Chief Secretary asked me for a new song for the annual corps officers’ councils to be conducted by Mrs Bramwell Booth at Clapton. I tried hard to ‘woo the muse’, but failed to find the least inspiration.My wife and I reached London and attended the introductory meeting, but still no song…. About 5:30 am, I woke with a very real sense of a presence quite near me. Then slowly, but easily, these verses and the chorus came into my mind. All I had to do was to catch the inspiration and write down the words, which, of course, I did-by candlelight.”This took place in the home of the Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs Handel Boot, at Leyton. The words are set to ‘The Vacant Chair’ a secular tune composed by George Frederick Root.
The song was ready for the meetings that day.

Audio file:
In the secret (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
In the secret of thy presence,
Where the pure in heart may dwell,
Are the springs of sacred service
And a power that none can tell.
There my love must bring its offering,
There my heart must yield its praise,
And the Lord will come, revealing
All the secrets of his ways.

Chorus
In the secret of thy presence,
In the hiding of thy power,
Let me love thee, let me serve thee,
Every consecrated hour.

2.
More than all my lips may utter,
More than all I do or bring,
Is the depth of my devotion
To my Saviour, Lord and King.
Nothing less will keep me tender;
Nothing less will keep me true;
Nothing less will keep the fragrance
And the bloom on all I do!

3.
Blessed Lord, to see thee truly,
Then to tell as I have seen,
This shall rule my life supremely,
This shall be the sacred gleam.
Sealed again is all the sealing,
Pledged again my willing heart,
First to know thee, then to serve thee,
Then to see thee as thou art.


PRAYER
Audio file: Prayer June 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
How gracious God, thank you for your love without which are lives would be so empty. Your provision, dear God, is so plentiful for us, from the beauty of your creation to the guidance for us through your Word and the people you inspire to inform and encourage us.

We thank you for the daily blessings we enjoy. When we experience so much that you give to us, forgive us, please, if we seem to be less than grateful and preoccupied with things which we admit are of lesser importance then those things which you would have us do.

As we bow before you in this our prayer time, we bring to you our hearts and minds to be cleansed of all unworthy thoughts so that we might serve you worthily.

We also bring to you those whose needs we, in human terms, cannot meet, and ask for your empowerment so that we may give real help in your name.

We think of those who, at this moment, are living in fear of the Covid virus; those who do not have access to the vaccine. Give wisdom and the mind of generosity to the leaders of the nations, we pray, who have access to plenty so they may give wisely to those who have so little.

And through this service, our Father God, we promise to listen to your voice through the music and the words so that all we meet will see you in us.These things we ask in the precious and worthy name of Jesus.
Amen

MALE VOICES: JESUS THOU ART EVERYTHING TO ME
Introduction: Intro Jesus, Thou art everything (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This lovely song of consecration was written by Edward Henry Joy who was born in Canterbury, England in 187.. In 1932 he became editor of The Salvation Army’s The War Cry in South Africa. He retired in 1938 and in the following year returned to England, where he died in 1949. Other songs and choruses by the author show his tender hearted sensitivity towards the Lord Jesus Christ as well as his glad, strong faith in God’s providence and answers to prayer. Words: Edward Joy (Verses); Arthur Arnott (chorus) who also wrote the music for the whole song.
Audio file:
Jesus, Thou art everything (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
Jesus, tender lover of my soul,
Pardoner of my sins, and friend indeed,
Keeper of the garden of my heart,
Jesus, thou art everything to me.

Chorus
Jesus, thou art everything to me,
Jesus, thou art everything to me,
All my lasting joys are found in thee;
Jesus, thou art everything to me.

2.
What to me are all the joys of earth?
What to me is every sight I see,
Save the sight of thee, O Friend of mine?
Jesus, thou art everything to me.

3.
Here I lay me at thy bleeding feet,
Deepest homage now I give to thee;
Hear thy whispered love within my soul;
Jesus, thou art everything to me..

CHORAL: AT THE CROSS
Introduction: Intro At the cross (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This song is reminiscent of an incident in John Bunyan’s ’The Pilgrim’s Progress which has these words:”Just as Christian came up with the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back and began to tumble; and so continued to do til it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.Then was Christian glad and lightsome and said, with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.” Then he stood still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him, that is the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden…. Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing.”
 
Audio file
At the cross (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
When my heart was so hard
That I ne’er would regard
The salvation held up to my sight,
To the cross then I came
In my darkness and shame,
And ‘twas there that I first saw the light.

Refrain:
At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the
light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away;
It was there, by faith,
I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day.

2 In my blindness I thought
That no power could have wrought
Such a marvel of wonder and might;
But ‘twas done, for I felt,
At the cross as I knelt,
That my darkness was turned into light.

3 Then the gloom had all passed,
And, rejoicing at last,
I was sure that my soul was made right;
For my Lord, I could see,
In his love died for me
On the cross, where I first saw the light.

CORNET QUARTETTE: JOYOUS PROCLAMATION (Norman Bearcroft)
Introduction: Intro Joyous Proclamation (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
A bright, rhythmic arrangement is based on the choruses “I’m satisfied with Jesus here, he’s everything to me’ and ‘In my heart there rings a melody.’
Audio file:
Joyous Proclamation (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

HYMN: GOD’S LOVE IS WONDERFUL
Introduction: Intro God's love (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

The author of the words of this song is Sidney Cox.
He was born in Northampton in June 1887. He moved to Canada in 1907 and was converted in the Central Methodist Church, in Calgary, Canada. His own description of his many songs is they are ‘simple. singable and scriptural.’

Audio file:
God's love (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. 
God's love to me is wonderful, 
That he should deign to hear 
The faintest whisper of my heart, 
Wipe from mine eyes the tear; 
And though I cannot comprehend 
Such love, so great, so deep, 
In his strong hands my soul I trust, 
He will not fail to keep. 

Chorus 
God's love is wonderful, 
God's love is wonderful, 
Wonderful that he should give his Son to die for
me; 
God's love is wonderful! 

2. 
God's love to me is wonderful! 
My very steps are planned; 
When mists of doubt encompass me, 
I hold my Father's hand. 
His love has banished every fear, 
In freedom I rejoice, 
And with my quickened ears I hear 
The music of his voice. 

3. 
God's love to me is wonderful! 
He lights the darkest way; 
I now enjoy his fellowship, 
'Twill last through endless day. 
My Father doth not ask that I 
Great gifts on him bestow, 
But only that I love him too, 
And serve him here below.




BRASS BAND: ‘THE CALL OF THE RIGHTEOUS” (Les Condon)
Introduction: Intro The call of the righteous (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Listening to The Call of the Righteous’ it seems hard to believe that the composer was a largely self taught musician. Not only was he an accomplished compose, he was much in demand as a tuba soloist and also as a vocalist.
In this composition we can hear his melodic and harmonic gifts. He reveals a wonderful sense of drama and brilliant orchestration skills as he features the songs, ‘When the roll is called up yonder’ and ‘Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb’ after our attention is summoned in the introduction. The whole piece portrays the ‘mystical procession of Christian heroes, saints and martyrs’ and reminds us that ‘the saved of earth are those washed in the blood of the Lamb.

Audio file:
The Call of the Righteous(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

BIBLE READING: Revelation 7:13-17 
Rev 7 13-17 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  
“Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”   I answered, “Sir, you know.”  And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.  ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat.  For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”


VOCAL SOLO: NOBODY KNOWS ME LIKE YOU


Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
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Introduction
Intro Nobody knows me like you(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Veil Ministries greets again our regular soloist, Sandra Entermann of Australia. Today she sings of our God, ‘Nobody knows me like you.’ I am personally so indebted to Sandra who graciously allows me the use of her songs. My prayer is that her lovely ministry will bless you as much as it does me.
Audio file Nobody knows me like you (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
In the beginning, I never knew
just how much I really needed you,
You’re more than a friend,
someone I could talk to,
you've changed me in so many ways.

Refrain
Nobody knows me like you,
You put your arms around me,
you bring me through,
And yet many times
I don't know what to do,
Though some know me well,
still nobody knows me like you.

2 All of my secrets, to you, I tell,
You saw each time
that I slipped and fell,
And all of my faults, yes,
you know them well...
but you've never turned me away,

Refrain
Nobody knows me like you,
You put your arms around me,
you bring me through,
And yet many times
I don't know what to do,
Though some know me well,
still nobody knows me like you.


3
Walking in your presence
is where I wanna be,
You said in your word...
you said that you would lead me,
Yes, I love you, oh,
I really love you,
I’ll go anywhere,
as long as I know you'll be there.

4 All of those nights that
I was afraid,
stood on the promises
you have made,
The way that I act,
sometimes I am ashamed...
but you've never turned me away,
No, no, no.

Refrain
Nobody knows me like you,
You put your arms around me,
you bring me through,
And yet many times
I don't know what to do,
Though some know me well,
still nobody knows me like you.

SERMON:

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Dr Malcolm Westwood

Audio file: Sermon (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
I’m sure that like me your eyes have been rolling when the statistics come on television of how many millions of people have been vaccinated against the Covid virus, how many people have been hospitalised; and how many people have died in the past week and then we get the world statistics and it’s very difficult to take the figures in.
And though we read that heaven sounds a wonderful place, rarely do we hear people expressing great enthusiasm to get there although it’s not unknown for those who are desperately ill and in pain to confess that they ‘just want to go.’ There’s a desire to be relieved of pain which begins to exceed the desire to live.

A second reading from Revelation is:-
Revelation 21:1-8  “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

I suppose all of us, at times, would say that our idea of God is complex. That’s understandable. How could we understand anyone who by a word can create the earth and the seas, let alone place the stars in every galaxy. Our finite minds cannot take in the infinity of God. But we have the history of Jesus on earth. As part of the Trinity, he, being God came to dwell among as and to show us what God is like. Yet such is the gap between the omnipotence of God and our human ability, some people who met Jesus failed to recognise his omnipotence.

Even the disciples questioned how Jesus should put in place his plan for the world. Like us they questioned the reasoning of Jesus to do things they didn’t understand and equally they questioned why he didn’t do other things which the disciples wanted him to do but his aim was always to do things which he knew would bring glory to his Father.
What greater glory could Jesus bring to his Father than to convince us that ….
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. 
  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

So earthly life is just a prelude to the kind of life God has for us if we accept the offer of salvation Jesus came to earth to bring for us.
The consequences of the sin we experience here on earth which cause us so much worry will be ended for us the moment we pass from this earth to the home God has for us in heaven. That happens to all who place their sin on the sinless Jesus.

Even here on earth, those who claim him as their Saviour will begin to experience the kind of life they are promised in heaven..
So for a moment, let’s consider that wonderful comment by John in Revelation:-
He (God) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He isn’t claiming that we won’t shed tears here or we’ll never have pain. That perfect world is yet to come.
But as followers of Jesus, we’re being eased into that promised land.
But what’s the process?
Well, we are told
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you..’ Psalm 55:22
That doesn’t mean, nothing here on earth will cause us to shed tears. Losing a loved one, even if they are saved and confident of their place in heaven, still affects us by their absence to share with them. Casting our care on the Lord won’t take away the human sadness of bereavement even if God in his infinite love and boundless grace comforts us by reminding us of what he has reserved for us in his eternity. Our earthly tears will flow when we remember what we are missing despite being confident of what lies ahead for us. The reuniting will be miraculous and there will then be no cause for tears. The days of mourning will be no more. The Funeral Undertakers will be out of work for ever!
But just as importantly all pain will cease. There will be no danger of viruses, no infirmities, no mysterious aches and pains and though we may make light-hearted comments about the ageing process, we shall then be ageless. The old order of things will be passed away. We shall have the life God intended for us when he created Adam and gave him the perfection of the Garden of Eden.
But we’re not there yet. We’re having to try to help people who are trying to cope with people who are experiencing pain, who get sick and are dying. And we do shed tears.
Telling the bereaved that there is no need for tears because there’s coming that great day of rejoicing when we shall be reunited is to expect of them something unreasonable. That time may be many years in the future for us. My own brother died 73 years ago. In human terms that’s a long while to appreciate that there will come a time when I won’t have to experience missing him. Death is not a design by God to enable us to go from a world of inexplicable sadness at times to a time of everlasting joy. Death is the result of the consequence of Adam’s choice when he brought disobedience in the world. It’s a time when God restores forever what he originally intended for us. And as we journey through the tears, so our vision becomes clear to see all God has prepared for us.
But it is difficult for us to think of that when we are consumed with grief. But let me share with you a remarkable fact about God on earth in the form of Jesus. In John Chapter 11 we read about Jesus being told that his friend Lazarus had died. Jesus was chided that had he been there, Lazarus would not have died. Like you, no doubt, I’ve heard the question asked so many times when a loved one has died… ‘Why didn’t God answer prayer and heal them?’
Jesus with all his omnipotence so relatively close geographically to Lazarus didn’t heal his friend.
He used words to Martha that we use so often in such circumstances ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
And though Martha answered that she believed those words, she returned to her sister, Mary who was being comforted by fellow Jews and she sought to find Jesus and she also upbraided Jesus and said if Jesus had been there, her brother would not have died.
And when Jesus saw the ones who were trying to bring her comfort weeping he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. And when they showed him where Lazarus was buried, what did Jesus do?... He wept!
The Son of God with limitless power wept!
We might ask why Jesus shed tears knowing that in a few moments he would raise Lazarus from the tomb. It’s such a comfort to us when we shed tears we open God’s heart to his expression of compassion for us.

We’re told in
Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

God is not detached from our suffering.
We read
“For he (God) does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men” (Lamentations 3.33)
Even though Jesus always chooses what will ultimately bring his Father the most glory (John 11.4) — sometimes, as in Lazarus’s case, there is affliction and grief beforehand which God, of course, hasn’t caused.

Jesus wept because he saw that death, as always, is the result of the sin which inevitably results even for the Christian. Redeemed as we are, here on earth we are still
affected by the sin of the world.
It is true, as we know, that at that moment of death Christians enter the kind of life God wants us to have but it was nonetheless heart-breaking for Jesus to see what the effects of sin can do to people who still have to go through that moment of death. So, Jesus wept because he knew
“…the wages of sin is death….” (Romans 6:23)

So as those who witness the distress of those who are bereaved, we are seeing how the disobedience of man has resulted in the depth of grief that bereavement brings and though the glory of the wonderful place in heaven is a reality, as Christians we join with Jesus as he wept that it should affect his friend Lazarus and for us, our loved ones.

Our role in the world as his disciples is to show in our response to illness and death how God is affected by those situations. How can we do less than weep with those who weep.

Thank you Lord for the ‘after’ the situation there comes such a glory which turns our grief to joy!
O my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, may you sense the presence of Jesus when you shed tears of compassion. Amen!


HYMN: FOR ALL THE SAINTS
For all the saints (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1.
For all the saints who from their labours rest, Who thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might; Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; Thou in the darkness drear their one true light, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
3. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win, with them, the victor's crown of gold, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
4. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
5. But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day: The saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King of Glory passes on his way, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
BENEDICTION
Benediction. (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21)




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

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