Veil Ministries

Veil Ministries
-A church without walls-
www.veilministries.org

provides an interdenominational monthly
service each month.

We invite you to worship with us.

        

AUGUST 2022

A Full-length audio of service is available here PODCAST AUGUST 2022
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TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Introduction: To hear the audio file Intro To God be the glory, please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)Lyrics by Fanny Crosby and tune by William Howard Doane, first published in 1875. Over time this hymn has remained used in every denomination in the western world . It became increasingly popular due to its use in the Billy Graham crusades.

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1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done! So loved he the world that he gave us his Son; Who yielded his life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Chorus Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father through Jesus the Son, And give him the glory; great things he hath done! 2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood! To every believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done, And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; But purer and higher and greater will be Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see. PRAYER
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We come before you, our loving, eternal God, in thankfulness for your love for us. We continue to be amazed that you would love us
that in our imperfections, you allowed your precious sinless, perfect Son to take upon himself our sin that we can inherit eternity with you. There cannot be greater love than love which is given which is underserved.
So we marvel at your love for us and though through the years our love for you, dear God, continues to grow as we recognise how your love for us impacts on every part of our lives, we realise that without you our lives would be but a shadow of what it can be with you.
Seeing the difference your love means to us, teach us we pray, how to love others as you love us. In Jesus name. Amen.
As we listen to Croydon Salvation Army Songsters singing ‘Father we love you’ let God’s love fill us with the desire to share his love with others.

SONG - FATHER, WE LOVE YOU
Father We Love You (Glorify Your Name)
Father, we love You We worship and adore You Glorify Your name in all the earth Glorify Your name Glorify Your name Glorify Your name in all the earth


Jesus, we love You We worship and adore You Glorify Your name in all the earth Glorify Your name Glorify Your name in all the earth

BIBLE READING 1 CORINTHIANS 13
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13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

BRASS BAND: BY LOVE COMPELLED
Introduction: To hear the audio file Intro By Love Compelled please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)This composition was written by Lt. Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen who writes these introductory words:-
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.’
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GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS.
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In a world where there is so much need, it can be overwhelming knowing how we can help to improve the various situations. For Christians, our belief is that God is omnipotent and if can find ways of persuading people to acknowledge his ways, circumstances can change for the better. Our financial giving therefore is best assigned to wherever the gospel of Jesus is shared. May I suggest that you allocate your financial giving to where you sense God is guiding you-to church or ministry- so that God’s ways rather than man’s are being sought. And on behalf of church or ministry
, allow me, please, to thank you for your giving.


HYMN: NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD
Introduction: To hear the audio file Intro NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)Words by Martin Rinkart, who was born at Eilenburg, April 23, 1586. After passing through the Latin school at Eilenburg, he became, in Nov., 1601, a foundation scholar and chorister of the St. Thomas's School at Leipzig.
The words were translated into English by Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827 who is well known for her English translations of German hymns and was a pioneer in promoting women's rights.

The tune, ‘NUN DANKET’ was composed by Johann Crüger who studied theology at the University of Wittenberg. He moved to Berlin in 1615, where he published music for the rest of his life.


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1. Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done, In whom his world rejoices; Who from our mothers' arms Hath blessed on our way With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today. 2. O may this bounteous God Through all our life be near us, With ever-joyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us, And keep us in his grace, And guide us when perplexed, And free us from all ills In this world and the next.
3. All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given, The Son and him who reigns With them in highest Heaven.
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heaven adore; For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore.

MALE VOICE CHORUS -LOVE LIFTED ME
Introduction: To hear the audio file INTRO LOVE LIFTED ME please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)The Composers were James Rowe and Howard Smith. James Rowe was born in Ireland and worked for the Irish Government before emigrating to the USA at the age of 24. Rowe was the son of a copper miner. Once he arrived in the states he worked for the railroads in Albany, NY for 10 years. In later years, Rowe worked in the music publishing industry. Before Rowe’s death he moved to Vermont where he and his daughter wrote greeting card verses.
The Hymntime.com website offers the following quote from Rowe’s daughter regarding the most famous song he penned-Love Lifted MeShe describes the composer, Howard E. Smith, who wrote the music for the song as Rowe described it to him.
“Howard E. Smith was a little man whose hands were so knotted with arthritis that you would wonder how he could use them at all, much less play the piano…I can see them now, my father [James Rowe] striding up and down humming a bar or two and Howard E. playing it and jotting it down.”
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1 I was sinking deep in sin Far from the peaceful shore Very deeply stained within Sinking to rise no more But the master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me Now safe am I

Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me
Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me

Souls in danger look above Jesus completely saves He will lift you by his love Out of the angry waves
But the master of the sea Billows His will obey He your Saviour wants to be Be saved today.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me

CHORAL- FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
Introduction: To hear the audio file INTRO  FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)St Paul’s Cathedral (UK) bring to us John Stainer’s setting of ‘God so loved the world’ that have gave his only begotten Son, that whoso believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. (John 3:16)
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VOCAL SOLO: HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US

Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
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Intro To hear the audio file Intro HOW DEEP THE FATHER'S LOVE please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)Our soloist is Sandra Entermann who lives in Australia. I am so grateful for her permission to use her songs on our website. I have so much admiration for her ability but also for the Christian commitment she has. She has a world wide vocal ministry and her ability to bless people is truly remarkable. Today she sings ‘How deep in the Father’s love for us’ -a song by Stuart Townend.

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How deep the Father's love for us How vast beyond all measure That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure How great the pain of searing loss The Father turns His face away As wounds which mar the Chosen One Bring many sons to glory.


Behold the man upon a cross My sin upon His shoulders Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice Call out among the scoffers It was my sin that held Him there Until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything No gifts, no power, no wisdom But I will boast in Jesus Christ His death and resurrection Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer But this I know with all my heart His wounds have paid my ransom.

SERMON
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Dr Malcolm Westwood

I continue last month’s comments on 1 Corinthians 13, often simply called ‘The Love chapter,
We are told that love takes no pleasure in evil doing. That includes not taking delight in doing wrong but also taking pleasure in hearing about the failings of others. It’s a curious fact of human nature that one seems to rather hear about the bad than the good. Someone cynically said-though perhaps it has a grain of truth in it that a newspaper full of good news would never sell! Christian love prefers the absence of malice which takes pleasure in the ill reports so commonly bandied about without a care for the hurt it causes.
The statement that ‘Love rejoices with the truth’ may sound very obvious for the Christian but it is perhaps a more demanding statement than it may at first appear. We may not actively reveal the kind of truth which reveals the mistakes of others but there is an un-Christlikeness when we’re not that disappointed if the mistakes about others ‘happen’ to dribble out. For the Christian, it is something we must guard against.
Love can endure anything. It waits hopefully and when disappointed holds to that hope. Four times in v.7 Paul uses the word ‘all’. Love has the power to do everything which cannot be done without it. With it, disillusionment or bitterness are no match for it. What a difference in churches there could be if people who are carrying life’s burdens through the circumstances have come their way are loved back into the fellowship and it’s done without the condescension which is all too often meted out to those who haven’t measured up to ‘our’ standards.
Paul makes it clear in the first 3 verses that no gifts are enough if love is absent. It’s quite a thought isn’t it that the most gifted among us cannot accomplish all we could if love is added to our gifts. Those who have known the sadness of rejection might well be impressed by the evidence of an accomplished person’s abilities but when only their giftedness is on show, the one thing they need more than any other is love.
We often hear church members say that they don’t have any gifts and they are in awe of those who can ‘do’ things. How they need to accept that someone coming into their church or an existing member wants the ministry of the gift of God’s love in those who welcome them in. There is, of course, a place for the lovely gifts of God. To name but one, music has a way of lifting one’s spirit but like all other gifts, it is limited in its effect whereas love is unlimited and accomplishes what all other gifts combined cannot achieve.
To be like Jesus is ‘love first’ whatever other gifts may be added.
Paul stresses 3 final things about love. He says love will still be there when everything else that man glories has passed away.
In the Song of Solomon (8:7) are the words are, Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” Accepting the eternal quality of love reassures a person of God’s promise of eternity. Paul also stresses the completeness of love. We may know a lot about things in the Christian way of life but there will come a day when at the end of a life expressing and sharing love ALL things will be revealed. Great though faith is, love is greater. Faith without love is cold and hope without love is so empty. Love enables all other gifts to be used to reveal Jesus.
Love is not only the greatest need for the Corinthians. It is OUR greatest need.
So much of this we may have heard many times but reading the words again, perhaps we can realise just what our place of worship can be if all we do is expressed in the love which Paul says is indispensible if we are intent on revealing Jesus. There need not be a single person who attends a church who leaves after the service-yes- having been blessed by the music but not having felt loved.
I remember a lady who had passed though a difficult divorce and heartbroken continued to attend her place of worship. She said she found she couldn’t sing the words, ‘Jesus, thou art everything to me’ because she wasn’t feeling the love of God in those around her. People
sympathised with her but she wanted to be loved-to see in the congregation, Jesus reaching out to her. But as we know, people are so busy, involved with their own families, their employment takes their time. How we need to understand that the love of God in us enables us to meet the needs in ways we cannot.
Dear friends, that kind of love is not something like an extension of sympathy. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit. It is the gift which would enable us to meet the needs of the lady I mentioned above in a way we could not otherwise. It is the gift that empowers our words, enables us reveal that even the lost human love cannot compare with the fullness of God’s love.
There are so many in our churches who are in need of receiving that kind of love-love that can miraculously meet needs which cannot be met in any other way that through the love in us which God gives to us through the Holy Spirit.
I wonder if someone in your place of worship is coming to mind as I share these words and perhaps you wonder what can you possibly do in the circumstances. In human terms, you recognise your limitations. The wonderful news is once you receive the kind of love God gives you through his Holy Spirit, you can meet the needs of people in a way you could not otherwise do. I have met some people who are obviously caring people and would be fairly be described as having a heart of gold, but God’s love which is given to us, enables us to go further-so much further-than sharing our human care.
Every Christian in every church needs that gift because there are people in every church who cannot be reached by human care alone.
Just now, there are those desperately needing the kind of love which human love is not meeting their need, however well meaning our intentions are. Only the love of God will suffice.
Dear friend, will you recognise the needs, which can be met only by God’s love in you. And will you receive it as the Holy Spirit’s gift to you?


CHORAL: LET THY HOLY SPIRIT COME UPON US.  HALLELUJAH
 
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May the love of God fill you so that you may minister in the power of that love.
In Jesus precious name . Amen

BAND: THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE
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If you would like to comment on the service,  please e mail 
Dr Malcolm Westwood 
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mw@veilministries.org

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