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Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent…
Matt. 27:51

NOVEMBER 2020



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HYMN: PRAISE MY SOUL
Introduction: Intro Praise my soul (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The words of "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven" are a free paraphrase of  Psalm 103. The hymn was written by Anglican clergyman, Henry Francis Lyte. It was first published in 1834. The music usually associated with the words was written by John Goss who composed mostly church music. He was organist at St. Paul’s (1838-72). Queen Victoria knighted him in 1872. He held the post of Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music for almost half a century.

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1
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
to his feet your tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like you his praise should sing?
Alleluia, alleluia!
praise the everlasting King.

2
Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him, still the same as ever,
slow to blame and swift to bless;
Alleluia, alleluia!
glorious in his faithfulness.

3
Father-like, he tends and spares us,
All our hopes and fears he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes:
Alleluia, alleluia!
widely as his mercy flows.

4
Angels, help us to adore him;
you behold him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before him,
praise him all in time and space.
Alleluia, alleluia!
praise with us the God of grace.


THE LORD’S PRAYER-SUNG
Introduction: Intro The Lord's Prayer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Let us listen now as the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples is sung.

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HYMN: GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT REDEEMER
Introduction: Intro Guide me (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Another wonderful old hymn- Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer. Words, William Williams; Tune by John Hughes. The name ‘Cwm Rhondda’ is the Welsh name for the Rhondda Valley in Wales.

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1.
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand:
bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore,
feed me now and evermore.

2.
Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield;
be thou still my strength and shield.

3.
When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side:
songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee,
I will ever give to thee.


BRASS: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Introduction: Intro The Light of the World
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This Meditation by Dean Goffin attempts to create in music Holman Hunt's famous picture of Christ standing outside the heart's door. Written around the tune Aurelia, so long associated with the words of "O Jesus, Thou art standing outside the fast-closed door", and then asking, in the words of Fanny Crosby, "Behold me standing at the door - May I come in, may I come in?"

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O Jesus, thou art standing,
outside the fast closed door,
in lowly patience waiting
to pass the threshold o'er:
shame on us, Christian brothers,
his Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us,
to keep him standing there!

O Jesus, thou art knocking;
and lo, that hand is scarred,
and thorns thy brow encircle,
and tears thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge,
so patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal,
so fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, thou art pleading
in accents meek and low,
"I died for you, my children,
and will you treat me so?"
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
we open now the door;
dear Saviour, enter, enter,
and leave us never more.

Behold me standing at the door,
and hear me pleading evermore,
with gentle voice: O heart of sin,
may I come in? May I come in?

Refrain:
Behold me standing at the door,
and hear me pleading evermore:
say, weary heart, oppressed with sin,
may I come in? May I come in?


I bore the cruel thorns for thee,
I waited long and patiently:
say, weary heart, oppressed with sin,
may I come in? May I come in?

Refrain
I would not plead with thee in vain;
remember all my grief and pain!
I died to ransom thee from sin,
may I come in? May I come in?

Refrain
I bring thee joy from heaven above,
I bring thee pardon, peace, and love:
say, weary heart, oppressed with sin,
may I come in? May I come in? Refrain

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
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In the present pandemic many-if not all- methods of raising money for God’s work have been severely handicapped but if ever there was a time when the gospel needs to heard it is now. Let us come before the Lord to seek his guidance to where financial support can best do this and in your obedience may you know the blessing of God which he has promised

COME, LET US JOIN OUR CHEERFUL SONGS
Introduction:
Intro Come let us join (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The words are by Watts, Isaac, Watts preached his first sermon when he was twenty-four years old. In 1702 he was ordained pastor of the eminent Independent congregation in Mark Lane. He died on Nov. 25, 1748. He was buried in the Puritan resting place at Bunhill Fields, but a monument was erected to him in Westminster Abbey. The Biblical text of this hymn is based on: Revelation Chapter 5:11-14
The music is by Henry Lahee.

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1
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';
'Worthy the Lamb,' our lips reply,
'for he was slain for us.'

3
Jesus is worthy to receive
honour and power divine;
and blessings, more than we can give,
be, Lord, for ever thine.

4
Let all that dwell above the sky,
and air, and earth, and seas,
conspire to lift thy glories high,
and speak thine endless praise.

5
The whole creation joins in one
to bless the sacred name
of him that sits upon the throne,
and to adore the Lamb.


Three Items in Contrast
Introduction ‘Trying to get a glimpse’/ ‘Montreal Citadel’/’In Christ Alone’(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
TRYING TO GET A GLIMPSE:
For those who like negro spirituals, here’s one with a good bass singer.…….MONTREAL CITADEL:
This is a march which many would like to hear more often. It was composed in 1934 and its constructed in a traditional format and contains a formidable opening that is reflection of the large brass band which the composer, Norman Audoire was conducting at the time of composing-the Montreal Citadel Band of the Salvation Army in Canada
Many will remember the children’s chorus which is featured in the trio section:-

One talent have I to take to the skies
While some of the rest have ten of the best
But should I complain, from duty refrain?
No never! No Never! Not I!
IN CHRIST ALONE
Jean Brockbank-Smith who lives in Luton tells me that one of her favourite hymns today is the modern composition, ‘In Christ Alone’. The words are so appropriate in today’s situation. Let’s share it together here.

TRYING TO GET A GLIMPSE
Audio File Intro Trying to get a glimpse (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Standing by the river, gazing cross the raging tide
Standing by the river, trying to get a glimpse
of what’s over on the other side, other side.
Verse:
Standing on the banks of the river
Looking beyond, looking beyond (The river, Ooh)
Standing on the banks of the river
Looking for a home, Looking for a home (To
Heaven, Ahh)
Just to get a glimpse of my Jesus
And that home up there on high
Looking for the light of my Saviour
Up in the sky
(Repeat Chorus)

Verse:
Standing there waiting for the boat man
Ready to go, ready to go (To heaven , Ooh)
Standing there waiting for the boatman
On that shore, On that shore (Of Jordan, Ahh)
Just to get a glimpse of that city
And behold my Saviour there
Then I’ll know forever I'll be In my Saviours care.

Bridge:
Well I was standing on the banks
When I saw that ol’ ship take my momma home
I was standing on the banks when daddy
Crossed the river and left me all alone
Now I'm standing on the banks
Just waiting for my ride to heavens golden shore
And I'm, trying to get a glimpse of what's over on
the other side
(Repeat Chorus)

MARCH: MONTREAL CITADEL
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HYMN: IN CHRIST ALONE
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1
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

2
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

3
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

4
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.


BIBLE READING: Luke 11:2-4 /Matthew 6:9
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He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 
He said to them when you pray say,
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

VOCAL SOLO: ONE AND THE SAME
Introduction: Intro One and the same (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Our resident soloist, Sandra Entermann invites us in song to worship with her as she sings these words.

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Sandra Entermann


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How shall I begin to speak about a God
That I will never comprehend
So high and mighty
And yet closer than a friend;
The beginning and the end.
The mystery of his holiness
The wonder of his humanness
Are one , one and the same

I can’t do justice with any one name
The Holy God of heaven,
The humble man who bore my shame,
One, one and the same.

2
I scarcely understand how a simple servant can be
Called the Great I AM
How the Song Of God
Is still the son of man,
Both the shepherd and the lamb
The healer and the wounded one;
Father and the only Son
Are one, one and the same.

I can’t do justice with any one name
The Holy God of heaven,
The humble man who bore my shame,
One, one and the same.

3
The way that we can come to know
The truth that sets us free
The life that died and rose again,
Love revealed to me,
But you are one, one and the same.

I can’t do justice with any one name
The Holy God of heaven,
The humble man who bore my shame,
One, one and the same.

SERMON

me0021-3-3

Dr. Malcolm Westwood


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I wonder how many times we have prayed what we know as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’?
No doubt we know the words inside out and even those who are not regular church goers can be seen repeating the words at such times as civic occasions. Even on a surface level, it somehow manages to bind people together and bring an indescribable kind of comfort.
For a few moments, then, allow me to share some thoughts about these telling words.

Let’s take notice that Jesus himself was praying and when he had finished his prayer, one of the disciples approached him with the request ‘Teach us to pray…..’ It must have been a wonderful experience to have seen Jesus at prayer! Did the disciple who then asked him to teach them to pray actually overhear Jesus praying, I wonder. The immediate reaction to seeing Jesus praying suggests so. Despite his divinity, his closeness with his Father, his God given wisdom and ability, Jesus had a need to pray. If that was true for Jesus, how true it must be for every Christian.
O wouldn’t you just love to hear Jesus praying. We have his words, of course. But I’d like to say to him, ‘Lord. Teach us to pray like you pray!’
Jesus answered the disciple….’When you pray, say…..’ and he gave them what we know as The Lord’s Prayer.


If we experience frustration that our prayers seem not to be answered or not answered in the way we want, there is no better lesson to learn than a consideration of the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.
So let’s look at the text for a few moments.
It’s obvious that the disciples saw in Jesus the results of his prayers otherwise they would not have asked him to teach them to pray. Parents do well to be aware that their praying can encourage their children to want to pray. Some of the loveliest moments in my life have been the times I’ve had the privilege of praying with my little daughters so that they would know the value of prayer as they grew.
How much frustration could be avoided if we learned that prayer is not trying to talk God into seeing things our way! And not coming away from our time of prayer resentful that God is really difficult to convince!
It’s so important that we remember that our Heavenly Father ‘knows what you need before you ask him.’ (Matthew 6:8)
Unless we know the nature of God, our prayers will be phrased as though we feel must be persuading God to do what he otherwise wouldn’t do!

Jesus told his disciples to call on God as ‘Father…’
We are to pray as a child speaks to a loving Father.
I remember so clearly when my little daughter, Heather, asked me for something. Even when I readily said, ‘Yes’, she persisted in asking. A little puzzled that she repeated her request, I said to her that I had already agreed to her request. She replied, ‘Will you promise me that I can have it, please?’ I was intrigued by her persistence and asked why she was so insistent. She said, ‘I know if you promise me, it will come true!’
Our heavenly Father has promised us that we can ask and he will answer us as long as we accept that we trust him to give what he knows is for our ultimate well being.
Just as I would never have promised to give my daughter what I knew would not be beneficial to her no matter how much she pleaded, so God will always give only what he knows will benefit us even when we think otherwise! He is a Father who knows how we can receive eternity with him and therefore everything he gives will be designed to achieve that for us and… through us… for others. Sometimes we misunderstand the words that our prayers must ‘glorify God.’ It’s not as though he’s the kind of God who craves our adoration as though he needs our obedience to bolster his self esteem! Rather is he the kind of God who is glorified by our willingness to allow him to lead us into a life with him where all is perfect love for ever. That is his intention. When we trust him to lead us there, that is all the praise he desires. What Father could want more for his
children than ultimate, permanent happiness!

When we say ‘Hallowed be your name’, we are remembering that his greatest desire is our eternal security and happiness. When every prayer we pray is consistent with that intention, we are accepting his will, however much at times we may not understand the way he answers. No wonder we ‘revere’ or ‘hallow’ his name. It’s telling him that come what may our trust is in him. We’re telling him that we understand his endless love for us even when we don’t understand why he won’t give to us what we think is best for us.
Praying that his kingdom will come is expressing our belief that his ways are just so perfectly wonderful there is nothing that can compare. And agreeing that ‘Your will be done’ tells our heavenly Father that in preferring his will and his ways to ours, we completely accept that all he has in mind is beyond the best we can imagine for ourselves, our loved ones and indeed the world in which we live.

Let’s also be aware that Jesus tells his disciples that when they pray, it’s not just for themselves they pray. He doesn’t say they are to say ‘Give
me this day my daily bread, forgive me my sins, and lead me not into temptation.
He says they are to say, ‘Give
us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…..

When we pray, we are praying not just for ourselves but for our family, our neighbours our church members, our nation, our world…..what a responsibility we have when we pray as Jesus taught us!

How interesting that Jesus prayed for us 2,000+ years before we were born!
We read in John 17:20, Jesus prayed, “ My prayer is not for them alone [his disciples]. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”
He was passionate in his desire that his Father’s eternal plan would come to be known by people 2,000 years on from the time he was praying. Jesus was completely dedicated to doing the will of his Father even at the cost of his own life. And even though on the cross, suffering the burden of our sin and responding to it, he cried out for the only time not ‘Father’ but ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me…..’ O I’m so glad those words are recorded because it tells me that Jesus in his human state with what the world is doing to him, doesn’t understand why God is allowing him to go through such agony. But then, even in the middle of the pain he remembers, he’s dying there on the cross because of the love for us he shared with his Father in heaven when they decided the only way to redeem a sin stricken world was for Jesus to come to earth. And as he braced himself on the cross for one last breath of this sin infested air of earth, he confirms to his Father, …
‘into your hands I commit my spirit.’ All that he has done on earth so that his Father’s will should be done he lays at his Father’s feet. Every prayer he’s prayed, every miracle he’s performed, every word he’s spoken has been so that his Father’s will for us is accomplished. Did he ever wonder why he was put through the ridicule, rejection, the physical derision of being spat on, whipped, and having the nails hammered into his hands and feet on the cross. Was all that really necessary! Jesus knowing what the immediate future held for him, prayed on the mount of Olives, ‘ yet not my will, but yours be done.’ Let it never be thought this was some reasoned agreement. This was an understanding that what was coming was going to be terrifyingly difficult for Jesus so much so that the very thought of following his Father’s will, caused him to be ‘in anguish and to pray more earnestly so that his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.’ (Luke 22:42-44)

When we pray as Jesus prayed -for our Father’s will to be done, we may find it costly and we may not understand why things can’t be done our way-our easier way- but our Father’s love for us, for those we love, for a world that has lost its way needs to be presented by our will to be completely committed to following his will-as Jesus did. And when our prayers are said in the same committed way as were the prayers of Jesus, we will see the effects of being able to say, ‘Nevertheless, not my will but yours, Father!’

I remember being with a group of people, one of whom was suffering from the humanly incurable illness called Huntington disease. It’s an awful disease. The young lady who was suffering so much was a lovely person and I was asked to pray for her healing. The group was so loving and protective of her and wanted to see the disease taken from her. Not an unreasonable request we might think. Our way would be to be rid her of this dreadful disease and to live a healthy, disease free life here with us. But if our aim is that she, like all of us, should receive perfect health for all eternity, could we protest that God chooses to grant that miracle by taking her to be with him where she would be healthy for evermore, rather than our request for a here and now miracle? With him in heaven she would be secure, safe for all eternity

To pray as Jesus prayed begins with ‘Father’ and that says ‘We trust you to answer us in the way that is best because you know things about the situation we do not know.”

So here, today, let us covenant with our Father that we will trust him to answer and resolve our circumstances in his loving ways, in confidence that his answers
are the best here and for eternity.
How eager that should make us to pray!

For our benediction today, let us listen once again the prayer that Jesus taught us.


THE LORD’S PRAYER






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