Veil Ministries
-A church without walls-
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provides an interdenominational monthly
service each month.

We invite you to worship with us.

        

JULY 2022

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HYMN: ALL PEOPLE THAT ON EARTH DO DWELL
Introduction: (To hear the audio file Introduction please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) The writer of the words of ‘All people that on earth do dwell’ is William Kethe who was born in Scotland and died in Dorset England, c. 1594, although both the time and place of Kethe's birth and death are unknown. A Protestant, he fled to the continent during Queen Mary's persecution in the late 1550s. He lived in Geneva for some time but travelled to Basel and Strasbourg to maintain contact with other English refugees. Kethe is thought to be one of the scholars who translated and published the English-language Geneva Bible (1560).The twenty-five psalm versifications Kethe prepared for the Anglo-Genevan Psalter of 1561 were also adopted into the Scottish Psalter of 1565. His versification of Psalm 100 (All People that on Earth do Dwell) is the only one that found its way into modern hymn books.

The music was written by Frenchman Loys "Louis" Bourgeois c. 1510 – 1559). He is most famous as one of the main compilers of 
Calvinist hymn tunes in the middle of the 16th century. One of the most famous melodies in all of Christendom, the Protestant doxology known as the Old 100th, is commonly attributed to him.

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All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell; Come ye before Him and rejoice.

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The Lord, ye know, is God indeed; Without our aid He did us make; We are His folk, He doth us feed, And for His sheep He doth us take.



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O enter then His gates with praise; Approach with joy His courts unto; Praise, laud, and bless His name always, For it is seemly so to do.

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For why? the Lord our God is good; His mercy is for ever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood, And shall from age to age endure.

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To Father, Son and Holy Ghost, The God whom Heaven and earth adore, From men and from the angel host Be praise and glory evermore.

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Introduction: In the quietness of our prayer time, let us come into communion with God
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
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Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! That calls me from a world of care, And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
 
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Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! The joys I feel, the bliss I share, Of those whose anxious spirits burn With strong desires for thy return! With such I hasten to the place Where God my Saviour shows His face, And gladly take my station there, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
 
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Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless. And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

PRAYER
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Our Heavenly Father, as we come into your presence we are mindful of your omnipotence. Everything is possible to you and we are tempted to ask you to do what is impossible to us but then we realise that so great is your love for us that you will only do what benefits us. We ask, therefore that as bow before you to worship you, we will be reminded that what we want may not be all that makes life perfect for us however much it may satisfy us in the short term.
Make us aware, dear God, that life here on earth is but a ‘few days’ compared to the eternity you have promised us. In those few days prepare us, we pray, for the grandeur and perfection of living with you. Teach us that trusting you here on earth, however illogical it may seem at times, will satisfy us if we truly trust our future fully into your hands.
With this confidence we entrust our loved ones into your care, each with their individual problems but knowing that we are doing what is best for them. Some are suffering the grief of bereavement when our words seem to bring little of the love and comfort we want to bring to them.
We find your church, dear God, is suffering still from the Covid epidemic as people are still fearful of mixing together. Add to our human wisdom of being cautious, your divine assurance of what is wise in the present circumstances.

Then we commit to you the senseless actions of man as Ukraine is suffering from war. Open the minds of the aggressors to the wickedness of their actions, we pray and empower your servants to highlight the eternal consequences of what they are doing. Strengthen, we pray, those who through the indiscriminate actions of those are at the mercy of those with the equipment to murder and demolish homes . Raise up, we pray, fearless servants of your truth whose words will be heard and heeded.

Grant your people an increased awareness of your presence so that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross will become meaningful to all who hear the gospel.
All these things we ask in the precious and worthy name of Jesus. Amen.

 
 
HYMN: AND CAN IT BE
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This hymn was written by 
Charles Wesley In 1738 to celebrate his conversion, which he recorded as having taken place on 21 May of that year. The hymn celebrates personal salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus, and is one of the most popular hymns today.

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1 And can it be that I should gain An int'rest in the Saviour's blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, should die for me?
Refrain: Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, should die for me!
2 'Tis mystery all! Th'Immortal dies! Who can explore His strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine! 'Tis mercy all! let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more.
3 He left His Father's throne above, So free, so infinite His grace; Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam's helpless race; 'Tis mercy all, immense and free; For, O my God, it found out me.
4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay Fast bound in sin and nature's night; Thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth and followed Thee.
5 No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach th'eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

BRASS: ANTHEM OF THE FREE.

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Prior to becoming a Salvation Army officer, Dean Goffin was the first Salvationist composer to gain a degree in music composition. This march was originally written for the 4th Brigade Band of the New Zealand Armed Forces (which Goffin conducted during World War Two) and called Bel Hamid before being adapted for Salvation Army use. The march contains the gospel song Ring the bells of heaven (...pealing forth the anthem of the free).

MARCH ANTHEM OF THE FREE
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VOCAL SOLO: AVE MARIA
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Soloist Hayley Westenra
... the traditional Latin text and its beauty and simplicity has led to performances by Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, and as we hear today,  Hayley Westenra.
In this version in 1970 it is by Vladimir Vavilov, although it is often mistakenly ascribed as the work of  
Giulio Caccini after Vavilov's death,

AVE MARIA:
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GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
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Our world has many needs, some inflicted by man though greed, others through mismanagement of the resources which the world provides. But one of the greatest needs is the lack of love for each other which results in people ignoring the needs of others. The greatest example of love, of course, is Jesus dying on the cross for mankind. Yet even in the so called civilised world, there are so many who don’t associate the church with Jesus on the cross. To many, church is to do with God but to the non-church attenders, Jesus remains a largely unknown figure.
For the Christian, the most important task we have is to let others know just how much Jesus loves them and what he has done for them. There are ways to do this and some need financing. But because the task is our most important task, if we are serious about spreading the gospel of God’s love seen in Jesus, we will willingly make finance available to do that by allocating finance to churches and ministries. As you consider your giving, let us bring to mind a verse of a hymn by Joseph Stennett, we read:

No man of greater love can boast Than for his friend to die; Thou for thine enemies wast slain; What love with thine can vie?

May I invite you to give to reach those who do not yet know Jesus, and recognise him as the Saviour of the world.


HYMN: CHRIST WHOSE GLORY FILLS THE SKIES
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The original title of this hymn, written of course by Charles Wesley was ‘
’Morning hymn’ and was based on the Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79)

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1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of righteousness arise, Triumph o'er the shades of night; Dayspring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn Unaccompanied by thee; Joyless is the day's return Till thy mercy's beams I see, Till thou inward light impart, Glad my eyes and warm my heart.
3. Visit, then, this soul of mine, Pierce the gloom of sin and grief; Fill me, Radiancy divine, Scatter all my unbelief; More and more thyself display, Shining to the perfect day.
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.


HYMN: GOD’S LOVE TO ME IS WONDERFUL
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One of the 400 plus songs written by Sidney Cox who also wrote the tune for these words.

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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.

SERMON

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Dr. Malcolm Westwood


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I hope to share a series of two months reflections on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and hope you will enjoy the observations. This chapter is one of the most loved chapters in the New Testament and virtually every Biblical commentator has made some extended commentary on it. One only has to read the verses to see why it captures the interest of the academics as well as those looking for guidance of how to live a Christian life.

Paul begins by making it clear that a man may possess any spiritual gift but unless it is accompanied by love it is useless.He highlights individual gifts. First of all-tongues- a characteristic of heathen worship which included the clanging of symbols and the baying of trumpets. It was much coveted in the worship of some of the Greek gods of the cults in Rome which Christianity faced.
Paul mentions ‘prophecy’-which he links to preaching.
There is the kind of preaching when the preacher’s aim is to save souls and he does it with love. But another preacher will dangle people over the flames of hell and it is not unknown for the preacher not to be displeased if people chose to opt to ignore his words despite their eventual eternal destiny being hell rather than heeding the preacher’s words
The preacher may have considerable academic knowledge but to share his knowledge of God and the sacrifice of Jesus without doing it with love will result in the message counting for nothing.
Engaging in charitable works without doing it with love is simply smug morality-doing it with pride-which, of course, knows no love.

No matter what is done, if it is not underwritten and clothed in love, it is useless.Paul states Christian love is characterised by the Greek word MAKROTHUMEIN which means patience-being slow to anger as God is with man.
The Christian who experiences unnecessary, unkind treatment yet is able to respond with patience and dignity without retaliating in kind is the patient man who is extending love.
A good example is Abraham Lincoln, a past President of the United States. It is said that Stanton, who Lincoln made his war minister- because he was the best man for the job-treated Lincoln with contempt. It is said one of Stanton’s famed remarks was, “Why go to Africa to capture a gorilla when you can find one in the White House?”. Yet Lincoln treated Stanton with absolute courtesy.
When Lincoln was assassinated, Stanton went to view the dead president and through tears said,” There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen.”The patience of love had conquered in the end.We read in Corinthians ‘love is kind’.
So much in Christianity can be good but not necessarily kind.

Philip the second of Spain was an outwardly religious man yet he founded the Spanish inquisition which resulted in the massacre of those who thought differently to him. So many people even today but are not averse to being highly critical of others who refuse to share their views.

Love must not envy. It is said there are only two classes of people in the world. Those who are millionaires and those who would like to be!There are two kinds of envy. The one who covets the possessions of other people-which can admittedly be difficult to avoid, but the other is even worse, it’s when a man begrudges what he doesn’t have. He may not necessarily want the other man has. He just doesn’t want his fellowman to have it. Such a man is a mean spirited person and not a pleasant person to meet!I’m sure you will have met those who like nothing better than boasting about what they can do or what they are.

I once had the privilege of playing in what was accepted as being among the finest military bands. The Director of Music had perfect pitch and was a brilliant conductor, yet I never heard him boast of his remarkable gifts. What he did spoke louder that any words he might speak.


Love is not full of its own importance. Someone who met William Carey, the notable Christian missionary attempted to treat him with contempt and humiliate him. Knowing his background as a cobbler the man loudly said, so others could hear him ,”I hear, Mr Carey, you once worked as a shoemaker!”Carey answered, ”No, your lordship, not a shoe
maker, only a cobbler.”The questioner who seeks to humiliate another simply results in his own reputation being seen for what it is-small minded and jealous.
What a contrast to the Christian who seeks to build up another and encourages others to be like Jesus.


Love contains graciousness. I’m sure we’ve all met to those who insist on being given their so-called rightful place. So often it can be at the expense of others who are more worthy than they are. Love rules out such an attitude.I remember a man in a church who had a senior role. Unfortunately he was for ever ”flying off the handle”. When challenged about such behaviour, his standard reply was, ”That’s just who I am! Love me or loathe me”Sadly so many choose the latter course of action but at least they were able to practice patience and tolerance and displayed in return love which could be seen as Christ-like. To their credit they kept no diary of the man’s ill temper and honoured the words in Corinthians, ”Love does not store up the memories of any wrong.”

How often a church is ruined by people delighting at the failings of others and who relish relaying ill reports and who willingly add to the ruination of reputations.We show love when we accept that our church is not a
mausoleum for saints
It is just as importantly a hospital for sinners.

I look forward next month to sharing more thoughts of this beautiful and challenging love chapter.


HYMN: LOVE DIVINE
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"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" is a hymn written by Charles Wesley with a theme of "Christian perfection." While the hymn is one of Wesley’s best known, it is also considered a prayer. In the prayer of the hymn, we are asking Jesus to enter our hearts, set our hearts free from sin, and make us a new creation in him.
The hymn is written around a progression of thoughts: (1) our prayers for the Holy Spirit, (2) praying for the return of our Lord through the second coming, and (3) prayers for the finalization of his new creation.

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1. Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of Heaven, to earth come down, Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love thou art; Visit us with thy salvation, Enter every longing heart.

2. Come, almighty to deliver, Let us all thy grace receive; Suddenly return, and never, Never more thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve thee as thy hosts above; Pray and praise thee without ceasing, Glory in thy perfect love.

3. Finish then thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see thy great salvation, Perfectly restored in thee. Changed from glory into glory, Till in Heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise.

BENEDICTION
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May the love of God seen in the person of Jesus and demonstrated by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives be such that the world that God longs to see for us will come into being more and more each day. Amen