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AUGUST 2021


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HYMN: GOD’S LOVE TO ME IS WONDERFUL

(To hear the audio file -Intro God's love- please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Introduction: Words and music by Sidney Cox.
In 1907, he moved from England to Canada. In 1908 he joined the Methodist church but soon converted to the Salvation Army, where he worked from the years 1909 until 1944, eventually becoming a Major. Over the course of his life, Cox authored or composed approximately 400 songs.

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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.



PRAYER
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Our gracious God, we come before you with grateful hearts for your continuing goodness to us and your provision for us. We continue to marvel at the beauty of the world that you have created for us. It reminds us of your omnipotence. Much as the cleverest of human minds can achieve, the splendour of your creation surpasses us by far. We realise that there are no limits to your creativity and we thank you that you allow us to see the wonder of it.
At this time, however, we are becoming aware of how man is contributing to the disaster of the climate catastrophes around the world. We pray for the leaders of the nations that they will be truly accountable for using the right resources to ensure your beautiful world is safeguarded. We remember those who have been made homeless by the fires and floods. Inspire those to have the resources to help those who have been left with little or even nothing.
We also bring to you those who are in places of turmoil such as Afghanistan and we pray for the Christians in those countries that you will reveal through them the joy of following Jesus and discover he is love, so much preferable to the cruelty of the regimes which are replacing the democratic and fair societies Help us, we pray, to be examples of all we pray for others
to become.These things we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen

HYMN: ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME
Introduction: AUDIO FILE (To hear the audio file -Intro All hail the power- please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
"All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" is a popular hymn across many Christian denominations. The hymn has been called the "National Anthem of Christendom." The lyrics, were written by Edward Perronet while he served as a missionary in India, first appeared in the November, 1779 issue of the Gospel Magazine, The text has been translated into almost every language in which Christianity is known. "Diadem" is the most favoured tune to the words. It was written by James Ellor who was born in 1819-1899 in Droylesden, Lancashire, England. He was trained as a hat maker. By age 18 he was leading the Methodist Wesleyan Chapel choir. In 1838 he brought his choir a new tune he had written for the hymn, “All hail the power of Jesus' name”. It became well received and has been used with the hymn ever since.

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All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown him Lord of all!
2.
Let every kindred, every tribe,
All nations great and small,

To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all!
3.
Ye sinners lost of Adam's race,
Partakers of the fall,
Come and be saved by Jesus' grace,
And crown him Lord of all!
4.
Crown him, ye martyrs of our God
Who from his altar call;
Extol the power of Jesus' blood,
And crown him Lord of all!
5.
O that with yonder sacred throng
We at his feet may fall,
Join in the everlasting song,
And crown him Lord of all!


BRASS: THE HOLY WAR (Ray Steadman-Allen)
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This work has been inspired by John Bunyan's book 'The Holy War': and features the 'Reformation Chorale' - Martin Luther's 'A safe stronghold is our God'.
‘The Holy War’ is a magnificent piece of musical writing and although it is a wonderful master class of brass band writing, anyone willing to spend time reading Bunyan’s book would be rewarded by an understanding of the descriptive nature of the music of Ray Steadman Allen.
John Bunyan's allegory, 'The Holy War' is by no means as well known as his famous 'Pilgrim's Progress'. It is though a remarkable book using allegorical characters and situations, describing the struggle between the powers of good and evil for the possession of a human soul. One might link the book with Paul's words: 'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high A summary in this note is not possible and as the music is not a narrative parallel there is little point.
The 'Reformation' chorale, 'Ein' feste burg' ('A safe stronghold our God is still') was chosen for the sake of its associated elements.
A plain presentation of the chorale is included. Thomas Carlyle's translation of this famous Martin Luther versification of Psalm 46 begins:
'A safe stronghold our God is still, A trusty shield and weapon; He'll help us clear from all the ill That hath us now o'ertaken. The ancient prince of hell Hath risen with purpose fell; Strong mail of craft and power He weareth in this hour; On earth is not his fellow.'
I hope you enjoy this brilliant music.

THE HOLY WAR
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GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
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There are so many good causes to which we are encouraged to donate our finances and it can sometimes be difficult to make a choice of where to give because naturally our resources are not unlimited. However, the Bible does give us clear guidance. In Malachi chapter 3 verse 10 we are encouraged to ”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 open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”I interpret that as a promise from God that if we tithe to him –i.e. give one 10th of our income to his Church/Mission/Christian ministry, he will ensure the remaining 9/10ths of our income will not only be enough for us but will be more than enough to share and to bless us and others. May God bless you in your obedience to his Word.


HYMN: GREAT IS HE
Introduction: (To hear the audio file-Intro Great is He- please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) The origin of these simple but powerful words is unknown but have become much loved across Christian denominations. It is sung here by a cathedral choir.

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Great is he who's the King of kings
and the Lord of lords,
he is wonderful!
Great is he who's the King of kings
and the Lord of lords,
he is wonderful!

Alleluia, alleluia,alleluia
he is wonderful! Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia he is wonderful!

Alleluia, salvation and glory,
honour and power,
He is wonderful!
Alleluia, salvation and glory,
honour and power,
He is wonderful!


BIBLE READING JOHN 5:1-8
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Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

BRASS ARRANGEMENT: I WALKED TODAY WHERE JESUS WALKED
Introduction: (To hear the audio file -Intro I walked today-please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Those who have visited Jerusalem these words have a significant meaning. Walking the path that Jesus took to his death and resurrection, one feels a nearness of God.

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I walked today where Jesus walked,
In days of long ago.
I wandered down each path He knew,
With reverent step and slow.

Those little lanes, they have not changed,
A sweet peace fills the air.
I walked today where Jesus walked,
And felt Him close to me.

My pathway led through Bethlehem,
A memory's ever sweet.
The little hills of Galilee,
That knew His childish feet.

The Mount of Olives, hallowed scenes,
That Jesus knew before
I saw the mighty Jordan row,
As in the days of yore.

I knelt today where Jesus knelt,
Where all alone he prayed.
The Garden of Gethsemane,
My heart felt unafraid
.

I picked my heavy burden up,
And with Him at my side,
I climbed the Hill of Calvary,
I climbed the Hill of Calvary,
I climbed the Hill of Calvary,
Where on the Cross He died!

I walked today where Jesus walked,
And felt Him close to me.


CHORAL: COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING

Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
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Our soloist, Sandra Entermann, brings to us The hymn, ‘Come thou fount of every blessing’.
In 1752 Robert Robinson attended an evangelical meeting to heckle the believers. Instead he listened to the words of the great preacher, George Whitfield and three years later he wrote this him for his church in Norfolk, England.His words picture Christ as the giver of living water and of the the Shepherd gathering the sheep back into the fold reminding us of the hope and grace of God.

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Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it
mount of God's redeeming love.

2
Here I find my greatest treasure;
hither by thy help I've come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
bought me with his precious blood.

3
Oh, to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee:
prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above. 


SERMON

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Dr. Malcolm Westwood

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In our Bible reading earlier in the service we find Jesus apparently on his own in Jerusalem at the pool of Bethesda. It was a place which attracted many sick people. The word for ‘pool’ was ‘kolumbÄ“thron’ which comes from the verb kolumban which means ‘to dive’. The pool was deep enough to swim in.
The belief was that the disturbance of the water was caused by an angel and that the first to get unto the pool after the disturbance would be healed of their illness. If we find that a quaint belief, the Bible records many different circumstances in which healing was experienced.

In this instance, we find a man lying by the side of a pool where many invalids-blind, lame, paralysed gathered each day hoping against hope to be able by some means to be the first to get into the pool. How many times, I wonder had he lain by the pool in his 38 years of being an It would not have been surprising, would if he came there each day just to watch the spectacular miracles which occurred and had resigned himself to simply wishing it could be him. But apparently this wasn’t his attitude because when Jesus asked him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’ That might seem a strange question. Who wouldn’t to be healed of an illness which had restricted him so awfully for 38 years!
But the man immediately explained that he had no one to help him to get into the pool.
His friends who must have helped to get him to the pool were apparently prepared to humour him by taking him to the place where he could witness miracles but weren’t prepared to stay with him long enough to help him be the one who would benefit by helping him into the pool.

Blessed is the person who doesn’t simply someone go through the motions in helping someone the faith but actively facilitates what will enable a fellow Christian to increase their faith in God. How much more could the lame man’s friends have done for him.

It’s interesting, too, to realise that someone who had been unable to walk for 38 years might not necessarily want to be healed. He obviously had a level of daily support. If he was healed he would have to find a way to earn a living. But this man’s answer to Jesus’ question was immediate. He did indeed long to be healed if only……but there was only one way he could be healed. He was so near to that tantalising water-so near and yet so far from being healed.
We know so well, in our day, that so many of us in what seem to be impossible situations see our release from them only by what we see as obvious solutions. But God is limitless in the ways he uses to bring about solutions to our ‘impossible’ problems.

The lame man at the side of the pool of Bethesda saw one solution only but as he discovered he didn’t need the water for his healing. We have to bear in mind that in the ancient world water was a precious commodity. Today we turn on the tap and we have an unlimited supply of water but it was not so in those days. So a pool apparently with curative powers would not have been that unusual

In our day, it is not unknown for us to pray to God for solutions to problems and centre our thoughts on the ‘only’ way we think God can resolve the situation.
Perhaps we rob ourselves of the answers to our prayers because we cannot conceive of God acting in other ways to how we think he should act.
And here in this account for the man to receive an ‘impossible’ healing without getting into the pool first, Jesus asks him to do something impossible. He asks the man to pick up his mat and walk. He hadn’t carried his mat for 38 years let alone walk! But he did as Jesus commanded. He did exactly what Jesus asked him to do!
Miracles are a combination of God’s power and our willingness to believe –however impossible what he is asking of us may seem to be.
We can recall that there are any number of ‘impossible’ answers to situations. The founder of the Muller Homes for children George Muller faced extraordinary situations which looking for logical solutions would be impossible.

How could anyone faced with no food to feed the children, have them sit down at the dining table while he went to his study to pray for provision for the children and to see the food arrive e’er he had finished praying. Muller had no one to help him into his ‘pool’ but he believed that God could do the impossible and prayer was Muller’s input. The ‘impossible’ solution resulted.

If I may, I’d like to add a personal illustration. Retiring from active ministry, I felt God’s leading to start Veil Ministries. There were no funds available yet the leading from God was so definite that not to launch the ministry would have been disobedient. It seemed an impossible task yet through 15 years God blessed the impossibility into reality. Often his ways have not been what I might have expected but O the blessings.
God’s latest development for this ministry is the establishment of ‘The Order of Christian Encouragers’ –a way of thanking Christians

who have been a means of encouragement to others. How could that be brought about? So many hurdles to overcome yet God has done and is doing the impossible.

I wonder if you would allow me to ask if you might be willing to believe that God is wanting to do something in you and for you which might not necessarily seem logical or practical for you. The question is the same as Jesus asked the lame man, “Do you want …(and here you could insert what is on your mind at the moment)- and without telling him , “Well, I will if you will do this or that.’ Don’t limit God, please. Just accept and expect what might seem impossible. Dear friends, God wants to do amazing things in you for your benefit and for the benefit of others.
So confident am I that God will grant you a miracle that I look forward to hearing about it!
Dear friends, blessings are coming for God can and will do the ‘impossible for us and in us!

HYMN: GRANT US THY PEACE
Introduction
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Words: Ivy Mawby, who lived in Britain and France from 1903 to 1983. She was known for her way with words and her ability to see God’s presence in everyday life.
Music: George Marshall of South Shields Salvation Army Corps. He was a wheelchair user for much of his life because of a mining accident. He persevered through his difficulties to use his musical
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1.
Softly the shadows fall o'er land and sea,
Voices of evening call, speaking to me,
Busy my hands this day,
Small time to think or pray;
Now at the close of day I come to thee.

Chorus
Lord, 'tis thy tender touch now we implore;

Day with its toil is done, labour is o'er;
Now in the evening while shadows fall,
Grant us thy peace, who give to thee our all.

2.
What can I bring to thee, fruit of today?
Have I walked worthily in work and play
Lightened my brother's load,
Walking life's toilsome road,
New strength and love bestowed, Master, I pray?


3.
As the birds homeward wend, seeking their nest,
Thou who hast called me friend knowest me best;
Forgive if I should roam,
And grant that I may come
To find at last my home safe in thy breast.


BENEDICTION
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you…….. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
(2 Thess. 3:16.18


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INTRODUCING :-

THE ORDER OF CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGERS

In every church there is often someone who uses their gift of encouragement of others in a very special way. Such people show considerable discernment in how their fellow worshippers will best respond to a word of encouragement. They quietly notice needs and seek to meet them with a word or action and their contribution to the richness of the church fellowship is beyond measure.
The Order of Christian Encouragers seeks to give some recognition of such people

While it is desirable that all Christians should be encouragers of others in the faith, inevitably living busy lives, this lovely ministry sometimes may not receive the recognition which it deserves

People who have the gift of encouraging others may not hold any office in the church but they are people with whom others will naturally feel an affinity.

It is not often those who continually encourage others in those kind of ways are recognised, however valuable and, indeed important, such ministry may be.
In admitting people to the Order, it is hoped that the person exercising a ministry of encouragement will realise how much it is appreciated.

A certificate of membership of the Order is presented and an emblem badge is given which not only serves to recognise this ministry but may inspire others to become aware of the value of an encouraging ministry.

There is a short presentation ceremony which can take place privately in the person’s home or in the person’s church at the discretion and invitation of the minister of the church. The ceremony may be conducted by the minister or, by invitation, a representative of The Order.

Membership of
The Order of Christian Encouragers is open to Christians of all denominations and consideration is given for admission to the Order when the person is proposed and seconded by fellow members of his/her church, one of whom may be the minister.

The Order of Christian Encouragers is administered by Veil Ministries, a non denominational ministry under the direction of Dr. Malcolm Westwood.










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