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MARCH 2019


HYMN : IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE
Introduction:
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MAY 2019


HYMN: YE SERVANTS OF GOD
The year this text was written by Charles Wesley, 1744, was a year of political and religious turmoil in Britain. The newly formed Methodist societies were suspected of being merely disguised Roman Catholic societies and were accused of attempting to overthrow the Crown. To strengthen and reassure his Methodist followers, this text, in seventeen stanzas, was the first of the "Hymns to be Sung in a Tumult.” The battle-song stanzas, which the small but heroic Methodist groups sang in the face of violent opposition, are omitted. The text is a hymn of thankful praise to Christ for his victorious reign and for providing salvation for his people.

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Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,  And publish abroad his wonderful name;  The name all-victorious of Jesus extol;  His kingdom is glorious and rules over all. 
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God ruleth on high, almighty to save, And still He is nigh, His presence we have; The great congregation His triumph shall sing, Ascribing salvation to Jesus our king.
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"Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!"  Let all cry aloud, and honour the Son;  The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,  Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb. 
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Then let us adore and give him his right:  All glory and power, all wisdom and might,  All honour and blessing with angels above  And thanks never ceasing for infinite love. 
Amen! Amen!

PRAYER
Almighty and eternal God, we are still marvelling at the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Realising your power, dear God, we bow in worship before you, mindful that however great our worries may be, whatever the complexities of the problems we face, the answers to them are all within your hands. So we come with awe and thankfulness that you have promised to meet our needs. We understand that does not mean we can ask for literally anything and it will be ours for you will not grant that which will not be good for us or will not serve your eternal purposes for us and others.

We come, therefore, in humbleness, to accept with gratitude all you will graciously give to us simply because you love us.

We bring to you those who are suffering in health and ask for healing for them. We remember those who are bereaved, including those murdered when they were at worship. Grant to their loved ones the comfort which only you can give.
Accept our praise, we pray, as we worship you from thankful hearts.
In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

HYMN: IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE

Introduction: Words by Walter Chalmers Smith usually sung to the tune, "St. Denio", originally a Welsh ballad tune, which became a hymn.

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Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible, hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
2
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
3
To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small; In all life Thou livest, the true life of all; We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.
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Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight; All laud we would render; oh, help us to see ’Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.

CHORAL: GOD SAID IT, I BELIEVE IT
Introduction: One of the modern gospel songs which has a lovely message.

Faith is the essence of things unseen The substance of things hoped for God's word has said it and I believe it For the miracle has happened to me

God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me Though some may doubt that His word is true I've chosen to believe it, now how about you? God said it and I believe it And that settles it for me
Do you believe that God created you Just like He told you in His word? Do you believe that every world in space Came to place by His own power? Do you believe that God can change your life And give you freedom from your sin? He'll open every door that blocks the way You can say within...
God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me Though some may doubt that His word is true I've chosen to believe it, now how about you? God said it and I believe it And that settles it for me
God is the Author and He's the ending Of all that I believe in Life more abundant is yours for the asking The miracle can happen to you
God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me Though some may doubt that His word is true I've chosen to believe it, now how about you? God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me God said it and I believe it and that settles it for me.

VIOLIN: GENTLE JESUS
Introduction: Louise Craig is our violin soloist today and I’m sure you will be very familiar with the words of the children’s prayer, Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, look upon a little child….’

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Sometimes people question why it’s ‘God’s tithes and our offerings’ . Perhaps you’ll allow me just a sentence or two to explain that of income, a tenth (a tithe) is automatically given to God and ‘our offerings’ are what we feel we can offer to God from the remaining 9/10ths. It’s the way God finances his work here on earth. And when we honour him in this way, he blesses us so much. Let us pause for a moment to allow God to lay upon our hearts just to which church or ministry he would have us allocate our finance.

HYMN: GLORIOUS THINGS OF THEE ARE SPOKEN
Introduction: John Newton, the writer of the words had a colourful early life as a captain of a slave ship. His conversion was dramatic and led him to take holy orders. Besides this hymn, he is well known for writing ‘Amazing Grace’.

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Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; He whose word cannot be broken Formed thee for his own abode; On the Rock of Ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? With salvation's walls surrounded, Thou may'st smile at all thy foes.
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See the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal love, Well supply thy sons and daughters, And all fear of want remove; Who can faint while such a river Ever flows their thirst t'assuage? Grace, which like the Lord, the giver, Never fails from age to age.
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Saviour, if of Zion's city I, thro' grace, a member am, Let the world deride or pity, I will glory in thy name; Fading is the worldling's pleasure, All his boasted pomp and show; Solid joys and lasting treasure None but Zion's children know.

BIBLE READING
LUKE 24:13-35
On the Road to Emmaus
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.


HYMN: BE STILL, FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD
Introduction: The lyrics for the song "Be Still for the Presence of the Lord" was written by David Evans. In 2011, it was selected by singer Aled Jones as one of his favourites, saying "Whenever I sing it, I can feel I've got a connection with a spiritual being."

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Be still for the presence of the Lord  The holy one is here  Come bow before him now  With reverence and fear  In him no sin is found  We stand on holy ground  Be still for the presence of the Lord  The holy one is here 2 Be still for the glory of the Lord  Is shining all around  He burns with holy fire  With splendour he is crowned  How awesome is the sight Our radiant king of light Be still for the glory of the Lord  Is shining all around 3 Be still for the power of the Lord  Is moving in this place  He comes to cleanse and heal To minister his grace No work to hard for him In faith receive from him
Be still for the power of the Lord  Is moving in this place 


CHORAL: MAGNIFICAT IN C (STANFORD)
Introduction: Although this choral piece is usually associated with Christmas, I wonder if Mary might have found cause to rejoice again at the news of the resurrection.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
 (30 September 1852 – 29 March 1924) was an Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor. Born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin, Stanford was educated at Cambridge University. 
Words: Luke 1:46-55
My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
HYMN: I STAND AMAZED
Introduction: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (August 18, 1856 – September 14, 1932) was a writer of gospel songs and composer of gospel tunes. He is said to have written and/or composed between 7,000 and 8,000 songs.

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I stand amazed in the presence Of Jesus, the Nazarene, And wonder how he could love me, A sinner, condemned, unclean.
Refrain: How marvellous, how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvellous, how wonderful Is my Saviour’s love for me!
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He took my sins and my sorrows; He made them his very own; He bore the burden to Calvary And suffered and died alone. [Refrain]
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When with the ransomed in glory His face I at last shall see, ’Twill be my joy through the ages To sing of his love for me. [Refrain]

BRASS BAND: THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
Introduction: The composer, Dean Goffin, provides a masterpiece of descriptive music of the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. It commences with the basses depicting the footsteps of the disciples followed by the Hymn, ‘O sacred head once wounded’, the chorus ‘ Jesus himself drew near’, the hymn, ‘Abide with me’….culminating in the disciples recognition of Jesus with the music reminding us of the words, ‘Jesus! O how sweet the name!’ and then the prayer,
‘Into my heart, into my heart,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus;
Come in today, come in to stay;
Come into my heart Lord Jesus.

SERMON

The story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is one of the greatest short stories ever written. We know that the occasion was on the same day as the Resurrection(Verse 13) when the women had been to the tomb and, finding it empty, had reported the discovery to the 11 disciples. Peter then raced to the tomb to see for himself, and as we read, he did not find him(Jesus).The news must have spread like wildfire. An empty tomb which had been sealed, eyewitnesses who reported being addressed by an angel and in St Mark’s Gospel, we’re told that the resurrected Jesus had actually appeared to Mary Magdalen.Under such circumstances, we might well wonder why the two disciples who it is thought may have been man and wife, would be walking away from Jerusalem! We know they were aware of what had happened because we read in the account in Luke’s Gospel that they were explaining all this to the “stranger” who joined them as they walked. They told him about the women finding the tomb empty and concluded their explanation by saying that after hearing what the women had said, “some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said” so, what did these two disciples do? They decided to put 7 miles distance between what was happening in Jerusalem and setting off for Emmaus where it is thought they may have lived.Perhaps they felt they needed time to clear their heads to try to make sense of all that had happened.Sometimes we can think ourselves out of belief and rob ourselves of the wonder of a miracle!Miracles, by their very nature, are inexplicable. They don’t yield to reasoning or logic. The two disciples seemed to think that the whole situation was far too complex for a miracle. They told the “stranger” that they had hoped that Jesus would be the one who would free Israel from the Roman occupation.They were prepared to believe that kind of a miracle. It’s the kind of miracle that we, too, are reasonably comfortable with-the kind when, unlikely as something may seem, with a degree of hard work and everyone pulling together under a good strategist, the so-called impossible could perhaps be achieved. After all, Jesus had shown some pretty remarkable signs-water had turned to wine, blind people were given sight-extraordinary events but perhaps people had an explanation for them. It’s amazing how some people can confidently explain away what they don’t understand!
But this was a different matter altogether.
Their leader had been judged to be guilty enough to be put to death. He had refused to defend himself. He had been so physically weak after having been flogged, he was unable to carry his cross resulting in Simon of Cyrene being ordered to help him. He was hammered on to a cross and he ignored those who called on him to come down from the cross to prove he was the Messiah. Surely there was no better time to perform a miracle!Had that happened, the two disciples would not have been walking
away from Jerusalem. They would have been standing boldly with Jesus, confident that the days of Roman occupation were coming to an end. That’s the kind of miracle they would be able to accept. But to believe that someone who had been publicly disgraced, forced to endure the death of a criminal by crucifixion and unable to perform a miracle to keep himself alive, it would seem unlikely in the extreme that he would wait until he was dead to do what the disciples thought he should do. Obviously, like so many of us today, they were of the kind of people who believed there were “do-able” miracles and miracles which were completely impossible.You can hear it in the dialogue-“the women said the tomb was empty, and met some angels who said Jesus was alive-but our companions went to the tomb but they did not see him….” Well, in their minds, if Jesus didn’t wait around for the disciples to arrive, it couldn’t be true that he had risen from the dead. Miracles had to conform to their expectations!How astonishing that they had spent time with Jesus, yet did not remember his teaching that “the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be killed and on the third day to be raised.”The disciples on the Emmaus road went so far as to tell the “stranger” that it was in fact now the third day and already there were many rumours, but a miracle? That was completely out of the question. I wonder why it is that we can accept that miracles can happen to others but we find it difficult to think they will happen for us?! And we join the Emmaus Road disciples in their mindset of reasoning ourselves out of wonderful experiences. We admit miracles can happen for us but we don’t really think they will!Yet Jesus was so patient with the disciples and I suspect even his remark to them about being foolish was said in sadness rather than as a stern rebuke. The translation we have doesn’t really convey to us what the words conveyed to the disciples. Jesus was saying to them that they hadn’t understood the prophet’s teaching. The spoke ‘in ignorance’ i.e. not fully understanding the teachings. They’d read the words, they were familiar with the teaching but they hadn’t applied them to their own lives. Let’s not be too critical of the disciples for that because we well know, and have to admit, we can be very selective in what we apply to our lives from the Scriptures. We can be past masters at justifying doing what we want to do even if the Bible says otherwise. It is not uncommon to hear ‘Ah well, it was different in the days when the Bible was written.’ Often we prefer a surface knowledge of the Scriptures. It has to match our preferred way of living rather than the other way round. I could not count the times when counselling a couple who were not living according to God’s laws excusing their arrangement by saying that it couldn’t be wrong because it was pleasurable and if it was pleasurable it couldn’t be sinful-could it?!
Sometimes we genuinely don’t understand the Scriptures because we simply accept a way of life our church expects but many miss out on what God wants them to be doing personally because before reading the Scriptures they fail to pray that God will open their eyes to understand what they read and consequently they do not experience their heart being warmed
The disciples later admitted that they were aware their hearts warmed within them as Jesus unfolded the words of the prophets to them .I wonder how many miracles go unclaimed because those who need them believe in miracles but can’t convince themselves that any will happen to them.I’m sure the disciples on the Emmaus Road believed
academically in what was written by the prophets just as we believe what is written in the Scriptures, but someone once said, “Our knowledge of the Scriptures needs to drop 18 inches-from our head to our hearts!”When Jesus was with his disciples before the crucifixion, no doubt they did not find it difficult to accept his teachings. The difficulty after the resurrection was putting into action what they professed to believe.When the two disciples understood why the resurrection had happened, the miracle changed the two disciples. As they trudged home, they were tired, forlorn, disappointed, dejected, mystified. But once their eyes were opened and they recognised Jesus- the living proof of all that was written in the prophets, the last thing they thought about was resting! It was nightfall but they immediately hurried back to Jerusalem regardless of the dangers of travelling in the dark. They couldn’t wait to share what they had experienced. They were now full of hope, joy, excitement and exhilaration.
I dare to suggest that as we have shared the words of Jesus in today’s service, your heart will have warmed to a belief in the miraculous because Jesus was raised from the dead. And as we have broken bread together-the word of life-we are standing on holy ground and when that happens, miracles happen.Please, don’t move away from this holy ground before you allow God to bless you by reassuring you that all you need can not only
be supplied by him but will be. You can rely on Jesus…… because he is alive!

VOCAL: HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE
Soloist: Sandra Entermann.

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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.
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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.
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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.

BENEDICTION
May the risen Jesus always be evident in your life as you tell others of the time he revealed his presence to you
. Amen


Rev Dr Walter Chalmers Smith was a hymnist, author, poet and minister of the Free Church of Scotland, chiefly remembered for this hymn, ‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise. In 1893 he served as Moderator of the General Assembly for the Free Church of Scotland.

Audio file:
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Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
2.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
3.
To all life thou givest, to both great and small,
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.
4.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light.
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
'Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

PRAYER
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Our gracious, loving Heavenly Father, we come before you to praise you. We remember the promise we have made to serve you and we thank you for your faithfulness in providing grace and strength in order that we might follow what you would have us do.
We confess that without your aid we might fall well short of what you would have us achieve.
Too often, still, we find ourselves limiting what can be done to build your kingdom here on earth because we are relying on our human ability. Forgive us, dear Lord for doing that and bring to our mind what can be achieved through your omnipotence. When we are confronted with what seems impossible in human terms remind us of your resources, we pray.
If we are tempted to think we have little to offer those who are ill, those who are fearful, those who are anxious and those who have not claimed Jesus as their Saviour, fill us with the confidence to know that our words are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We therefore come to you confessing our complete dependence on you. Through this service, we pray to become more and more aware of your presence.
This we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen

HYMN: COME, LET US JOIN OUR CHEERFUL SONGS
Introduction: 04 Intro Come let us join.mp3 To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. Words by Isaac Watts who was the son of a schoolmaster. He was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674.
The number of Watts' publications is very large. It is as a writer of psalms and hymns that he is well known. Some of his hymns were written to be sung after his sermons, giving expression to the meaning of the text upon which he had preached. His published hymns number more than eight hundred.

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Come, let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne;
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
But all their joys are one.

2.
Worthy the Lamb that died, they cry,
To be exalted thus!
Worth the Lamb, our hearts reply,
For he was slain for us!

3 .(CHOIR)
Jesus is worthy to receive
Honour and power divine;
And blessings more than we can give
Be, Lord, for ever thine.

4.
The whole creation join in one
To bless the sacred name
Of him that sits upon the throne,
And to adore the Lamb.


BRASS: CONSTANT TRUST
Introduction:
06 Intro Constant Trust.mp3 To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. A classic composition by Eric Ball. It is based on two hymns: ‘Trust and Obey ‘and ‘The cross that he gave may be heavy’
The words are given here:

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1.
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of his word.
What a glory he sheds on our way;
While we do his good will,
He abides with us still.
And with all who will trust and obey.

Chorus
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.


2.
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But his smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear,
Not a sigh nor a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3.
Not a burden we bear.
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil he doth richly repay;
Not a grief nor a loss,
Not a frown nor a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4.
But we never can prove
The delights of his love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favour he shows,
And the joy he bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5.
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at this feet,
Or we'll walk by his side in the way;
What he says we will do,
Where he sends we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.
(John Henry Sammis)

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The cross that he gave may be heavy,
But it ne'er outweighs his grace;
The storm that I feared may surround me,
But it ne'er excludes his face.

Chorus
The cross is not greater than his grace,
The storm cannot hide his blessed face;
I am satisfied to know, that with Jesus here below,
I can conquer every foe.


2.
The thorns in my path are not sharper
Than composed his crown for me;
The cup which I drink not more bitter
Than he drank in Gethsemane.

3.
The scorn of my foes may be daring,
For they scoffed and mocked my God;
They'll hate me for my holy living,
For they crucified my Lord.

4.
The light of his love shines the brighter
As it falls on paths of woe;
The toil of my work will grow lighter
As I stoop to raise the low.
(Ballington Booth)


FAVOURITE MUSIC/HYMN/SONG
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Today’s guest contributor is
ANN BELL
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Mrs. Ann Bell has been a lifelong Salvationist and has chosen a song written by Salvation Army Commissioner Archie Wiggins.
In Ann’s own words she says,
“I grew up with this song and it has always been part of my life. It has marked my way. It was the last song I sang with Harlesden Salvation Army Songsters before beginning my new life with Alan. The words, based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, have always been a challenge.”
Thank you, Ann, for sharing with us, today, and as you bless us, may you be blessed, too.


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1.
Though in declaring Christ to the sinner,
I may all men surpass, If love im
passioned seal not the message,
I am naught but sounding brass.

Chorus
Love suffereth patiently;
Love worketh silently;
Love seeketh not her own.
Love never faileth;
Love still prevaileth;
Lord, in me thy love enthrone!


2. Though I have wisdom lighting all mysteries; Though I may all things know;
Though great my faith be, removing mountains,
Without love 'tis empty show.

3. Though I distribute all my possessions;
Though as a martyr die;
My sacrifices profit me nothing.
Unless love doth sanctify.


GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
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Giving so that God's kingdom can grow is a privilege all Christians have, of course. And those who tithe discover how God blesses them in extraordinary ways. There are so many ways financially we can contribute to God's work. To know where to give as God requires, let us come before him and ask for our thoughts to be guided to the church or ministry he would have us support.
As we receive that guidance and are obedient to God's leading, there will come that very real blessing from him.



HYMN: JESUS THOU JOY OF LOVING HEARTS
Introduction: 11 Intro Jesus thou joy.mp3 To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. This hymn, ”Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts” is one of the oldest hymns written. It was written by a nobleman, Bernard of Clairvaux in the 12th century and was translated into English by Ray Palmer in 1858.
The music was composed by Henry Baker who was an English civil engineer.
Although he earned a music degree, he considered himself an amateur.


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Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,
from the best bliss that earth imparts,
we turn unfilled to Thee again.

2
Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
to them that seek Thee, Thou art good,
to them that find Thee, all in all.

3
We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread,
and long to feast upon Thee still;
we drink of Thee, the Fountain-head,
and thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

4
Our restless spirits yearn for Thee
where'er our changeful lot is cast;
glad, when Thy gracious smile we see,
blest, when our faith can hold Thee fast.

5
O Jesus, ever with us stay;
make all our moments calm and bright!
chase the dark night of sin away,
shed o'er the world Thy holy light.


VOCAL SOLO: BREATHE ON ME BREATH OF GOD
Introduction: 13 Breathe.mp3 To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. Words: Edwin Hatch. The words have been set to a number of tunes. The noted hymnologist Donal Webster in 1980 said of the usual tune used, ‘Trentham’ “One might conclude from this tune and the way it is sung that the breath of God was an anaesthetic, not a giver of life.’ Well not so with this powerful setting of the words with the expectation of God's empowerment.

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1. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

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

3. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
till I am wholly thine,
Until all this earthly part of me
glows with thy fire divine.

4. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with thee the perfect life
of thine eternity.


BIBLE READING
MATTHEW 4:18-22
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
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18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

HYMN: HE WHO WOULD VALIANT BE
Introduction:
16 Intro He would valiant be.mp3 To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. The words are based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress which he wrote in 1684. Bunyan wrote these words during his 12-year prison sentence for refusing to conform to the official state church.

The tune is Monks Gate, which is a traditional Sussex melody.


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1
He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.
2
Who so beset him round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound—his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.
3
Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end, shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.


BRASS BAND MARCH: ANTHEM OF THE FREE (Dean Goffin)
Introduction: 18 Intro Anthem of the free.mp3 To hear the audio file, please click right mouse, then left click to open new tab. One of the best marches written by Dean Goffin is this one which has in it the melody written by George Frederick Root (known for his many hymns with Fanny Crosby). The words in this march are those below written by William Orcutt Cushing, an American Unitarian minister.

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1.

Ring the bells of Heaven, there is joy today
For a soul returning from the wild!
See, the Father meets him out upon the way,
Welcoming his weary, wandering child.

Chorus
Glory, glory, how the angels sing!
Glory, glory, how the loud harps ring!
'Tis the ransomed army, like a mighty sea,
Pealing forth the anthem of the free.


2.
Ring the bells of Heaven, there is joy today
For the wanderer now is reconciled!
Yes, a soul is rescued from his sinful way
And is born anew, a ransomed child.

3.
Ring the bells of Heaven, spread the feast today;
Angels, swell the glad, triumphant strain!
Tell the joyful tidings, bear them far away,
For a precious soul is born again.

CHORAL: CHILDHOOD SUITE (Ray Steadman-Allen)
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1. Yes Jesus loves me. 2. A Little Ship 3. Eudoxia (Now the day is over) 4. Father Lead me


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1.
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong;
They are weak. but he is strong.

Chorus
Yes, Jesus loves me:
The Bible tells me so.


2.
Jesus loves me, he who died
Heaven's gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let his little child come in.

3.
Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
If I love him, when I die
He will take me home on high.

(Anna Bartlett Warner )


A LITTLE SHIP
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1.
A little ship was on the sea,
It was a pretty sight;
It sailed along so pleasantly,
And all was calm and bright.

2.
When lo! a storm began to rise,
The wind grew loud and strong;
It blew the clouds across the skies,
It blew the waves along.

3.
"Master, we perish! -- Master, save!"
They cried, -- their Master heard;
He rose, rebuked the wind and wave,
And stilled them with a word.

4.
O, well we know it was the Lord,
Our Saviour and our Friend,
Whose care of those who trust His word
Will never, never end.

EUDOXIA: “Now the Day Is Over"
by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924

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1.
Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh;
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky.

2.
When the morning wakens,
Then may I arise
Pure and fresh and sinless
In Thy holy eyes.

4: FATHER, LEAD ME DAY BY DAY

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1.
Father, lead me day by day
Ever in thine own sweet way;
Teach me to be pure and true,
Show me what I ought to do.

2
When in danger make me brave,
Make me know that thou can’st save,
Keep me safe by thy dear side,
Let me in thy love abide.

3
May I do the good I know,
Be thy loving child below;
Then at last go home to thee,
Evermore thy child to be.




VOCAL SOLO: LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING
Introduction.
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Words and music by Philip Bliss. The words are based on Philippians 2:15 and Luke 12:35
...That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
…..Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.

Our soloist is
Sandra Entermann.
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1
Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,
From His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Refrain:
Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting struggling, seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

2
Dark the night of sin has settled,
Loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.
3
Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbour,
In the darkness may be lost.

SERMON

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Dr Malcolm Westwood


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I find the calling of the first disciples a fascinating account, not least because of its simplicity. There was no interview, no long explanation of what it would entail and no request for information from the two sets of fisherman brothers.
The word of God in Jesus must have been
so powerful. I’m not suggesting that the brothers didn’t have a choice but we have no evidence they took time to weigh up the consequences of following Jesus.
The words in verse 20 say, “Peter and Andrew
at once left their nets and in verse 22 James and John immediately left their nets is astonishing. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them and immediately they left the boats and their father and followed Jesus.
The power in the call of Jesus must have been as strong to Zebedee as it was to his sons because there is no record of him protesting,-”And who’s going to help me mend the nets?”
The call of Jesus to follow him inevitably has consequences. Fishermen, because of the nature of their work, had to be hard-working. They went out in all kinds of weather and when they weren’t on the Lake of Galilee in the boats, they were mending their nets.
I am as inspired as much by the lack of Zebedee’s protestations about being left to man the fishing boat alone as I am by the immediate willingness of his sons to follow Jesus.
It’s not as though they had found some lucrative new occupation that would mean their father could afford to retire. Zebedee’s sacrifice was every bit as great as the sacrifice of James and John

Jesus put it in a very vivid way, of course, when he said in Luke 14, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own the life, he cannot be my disciple.” Jesus uses such dramatic language so that we should understand clearly that if we are to follow him, there can be no one or anything which comes before him in our lives. The call from Jesus is the most powerful call imaginable. It is far-reaching and demanding and, dare I say, one that is not fully understood. Jesus said, “If any man would follow me let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”(Luke chapter 9:23)
We don’t need to hear anything else to realise that Jesus is saying that nothing can compare with the fulfilment to be gained by truly following him But he is not saying that it’s easy to always put him first.

But in unequivocal terms we are asked to understand that just as putting people we love before ourselves is what we do on a daily basis. The criteria of the call of Jesus, is that our love for him must be above everyone and everything.

But let me return to Zebedee and suggest the question-“Why did
he have to be impoverished so that his sons could follow Jesus?”
Jesus didn’t hesitate to call Peter and Andrew, James and John to follow him. The last thing we could ever think of Jesus was that he was selfish! He would not have thoughtlessly left Zebedee in poverty just because he saw something he wanted in his sons.

Allow me a personal illustration, please. When God called me to be a minister one thing I found incredibly difficult to do was to give up the dream home in which my wife and I lived. We have two daughters who we obviously love and I saw the house as being not only what we could ever have wished for but ultimately an inheritance for them.
We had to move into the church’s property and though I was human enough to torture myself by observing the price rise of the property through the years of our beautiful house it was agony to do so!
Loving Jesus more than my daughters? Yet what Jesus wanted me to do was so compelling. Could I-should I- retrace my steps? Everytime I seriously considered it, God made it abundantly clear that I should trust him. As I look back, I have so much pride in my daughters in what they have achieved. Both went to university and each have 2 degrees and both love the Lord.
God never calls us without making total provision for the future!

I have no evidence how life turned out for Zebedee but this I do know-If he had followed the example of his sons, his life would not have been less then fulfilling. Even if he hadn’t followed Jesus himself, God’s grace extends even to those who do not believe or follow him (though many, it must be said ignore his grace and provision.)

But let me come again to Peter and Andrew and James and John. The call of Jesus was short, succinct even, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Those few words, I find riveting and challenging.

The first disciples were to spend three years of their lives watching Jesus, learning from him and following what he did.
But we are told in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” That was the message above all that Jesus preached.
Yes, he taught; he explained things, he healed people but that was all done to bring people to understand his offer of salvation-to offer himself as a sacrifice for man’s sin.
And that is the task for all who accept Jesus as their Saviour and we are given his mandate and an empowerment to share that Gospel.

Allow me to say that if everyone who accepts the call of Jesus to follow him and honours the call in the way
Jesus means, our churches will be full to brimming over, irrespective of the social trends in society. The call of Jesus is so powerful it will override any and all reservations society might have.
It is lovely to sit in church listening to wonderful music, to sense a presence of God, to hear the word of God explained brilliantly. But that’s the
benefit of following Jesus. Our primary task is to share the gospel of
God’s forgiveness of the sin of mankind in each individual.
It’s not only the ministers’ role from the pulpit. It’s for every Christian. And we must challenge ourselves-how often have we led someone to Jesus-or even witnessed about him in the past three -six-twelve months-or indeed in our in our lifetime.

Yes by serving him, living in obedience to his commands, praying that people will be attracted to Jesus is a commendable way of living. We can honour his name by belonging to many activities in our churches but our role above all else is to lead men and women to Jesus so they can be saved for all eternity.
Peter, Andrew, James and John never found that following Jesus was any less arduous than labouring in their fishing work. On the contrary. And Jesus never said it would be. We are constantly reminded that we have to take up our cross daily. But he did promise that everything we need to follow him in the way he intended would be provided.

It is understandable that we feel comfortable in our church environment and there we have a duty to encourage each other in the faith. Sharing our enjoyment in worshipping God is helpful to those with whom we worship. But enjoyable as that is for us, we are ministering to those who are already saved.

So may I make this challenge today. If you have heard that call of Jesus, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” will you make it your ambition to lead someone to the Saviour. Andy you know God's blessing as you do that for you will find there is no greater fulfilment in life.


HYMN: I’LL FOLLOW THEE
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1.
I heard a voice so gently calling:
Take up thy cross and follow me.
A tempest on my heart was falling,
A living cross this was to be;
I struggled sore, I struggled vainly,
No other light my eyes could see.

Chorus
I'll follow thee, of life the giver,
I'll follow thee, suffering redeemer,
I'll follow thee, deny thee never,
By thy grace I'll follow thee.


2.
I heard his voice unto me saying:
Take up thy cross and follow me.
My heart is thine, now thee obeying,
Speak all thy will, dear Lord, to me.
Make weakness strength, thy power now give me,
And from this hour I'll follow thee.


BENEDICTION
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May the call of Jesus to follow him continue to be as compelling as when you first heard it and by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, may you lead people to the Saviour. Amen