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APRIL 2021



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The veil of the temple was torn in two
from top to bottom.
The earth shook and the rocks split. (Matt.27:51
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HYMN: ALL HAIL THE POWER
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  Edward Perronet was the son of the Rev. Vincent Perronet, Vicar of Shoreham, Sussex. For some time he was an intimate associate of the Wesleys, at Canterbury and Norwich. He afterwards became pastor of a dissenting congregation. He died in 1792. In 1784, he published a small volume, entitled "Occasional Verses, Moral and Social;" a book now extremely rare. At his death he is said to have left a large sum of money to William Shrubsole, who was organist at Spafield's Chapel, London, and who had composed the tune "Miles Lane" for these words at the age of 19 in 1779.
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1 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!

A TIME OF PRAYER
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Today, let us remember the children as well as the adults in our time of prayer. Many of us when we were children were taught the words, Gentle Jesus Meek and mild….
As we sing those familiar words today, can we covet our children for the Lord and let the words be a reminder of all we want for our children. Then, despite all that would hinder our closeness to the Lord, especially the concern we feel because of the Covid pandemic, let us “Be still, and experience the presence of the Lord because the holy one
is here.
As we use these verses, let us be aware we are standing on holy ground and receive God’s blessing as we wait on him

The words of GENTLE JESUS were written by Charles Wesley and the Music is Martin Shaw who attended the Royal College of Music. He was director of music for the Anglican diocese of Chelmsford (1935–45), and helped found the 
Purcell Operatic Society.
BE STILL FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD is a modern song based on Exodus 3:5.
Let us pray together in word and music

HYMN: GENTLE JESUS (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1 Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child, Pity my simplicity, Suffer me to come to thee.
2 Fain I would to thee be brought, Gracious Lord, forbid it not; In the Kingdom of thy grace Give a little child a place.
3 Lamb of God, I look to thee, Thou shalt my example be; Thou art gentle, meek and mild; Thou wast once a little child.
4 Now I would be as thou art; Give me an obedient heart; Thou art pitiful and kind, et me have thy loving mind.
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I shall then show forth thy praise, Serve thee all my happy days; Then the world shall always see Christ, the holy child, in me.

HYMN: BE STILL FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

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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 too hard for Him 
In faith receive from Him 
Be still for the power of the Lord 
Is moving in this place 


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O God our heavenly Father, our prayer today is simply to ask that we might know the wonder of your presence so that we will continually have the desire to share the gospel with all we may meet. As we remember the appearances of Jesus after the resurrection, bless us, we pray, as Jesus blessed his followers that we might never doubt our calling to serve you is both real and empowered. In the name of Jesus we pray this. Amen.

HYMN: FILL THOU MY LIFE
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Words: Horatius Bonar who came from a long line of ministers who served a total of 364 years in the Church of Scotland.

Tune– Ellacombe: Conrad Kocher was born in Germany in 1786. He studied piano and composition in St. Petersburg, Russia. He served as organist and choirmaster in Stuttgart.

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Fill thou my life, O Lord my God,  in every part with praise,  that my whole being may proclaim  thy being and thy ways. 2 Not for the lip of praise alone,  nor e'en the praising heart  I ask, but for a life made up  of praise in every part! 3 Praise in the common things of life,  its goings out and in;  praise in each duty and each deed,  however small and mean. 4 Fill every part of me with praise;  let all my being speak  of thee and of thy love, O Lord,  poor though I be, and weak. 5 So shalt thou, Lord, from me, e'en me,  receive the glory due;  and so shall I begin on earth  the song forever new.
6 So shall no part of day or night  from sacredness be free;  but all my life, in every step  be fellowship with thee.

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Our Easter thoughts are still fresh in our mind and when we remember the gift of Jesus to us by God, what we give to build his kingdom on earth seems so little. Yet we are privileged to be allowed to be his disciples and to give as God directs us. May you be blessed as you support his work here on earth.

TWO CONTRASTING PIECES OF MUSIC:
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‘Deep were the scarlet stains of sin.’
This is a 1986 track from The Salvation Army’s International Staff Songsters' Reflections album and was conducted and arranged by Norman Bearcroft. The words are by Olive Holbrook and the melody by the 18th century churchman and composer Edward Purcell.
But firstly, The City Coming down….

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Well, man has made a lot of things They look so fine, They're building so high up in the sky They will almost baffle your mind But the time's going to turn,
they're all going to burn Nowhere will be found I'm going to be in that city That John saw coming down

Chorus: I'm not looking for a city that's going up But the one that's coming down I'm not putting my trust in the one that will crumble
And fall down to the ground But, I'm heading for the one that the Lord has made
And is built eternally sound I'm not looking for a city going up But the one that's coming down
Well, get your things together And walk out through the land You're going to go on the Rocky Mountains You're going to cross on the desert sand Well, Lot went down to Sodom, but not old Abraham He was looking for that city That John saw coming down

I'm not looking for a city that's going up But the one that's coming down I'm not putting my trust in the one that will crumble
And fall down to the ground But, I'm heading for the one that the Lord has made
And is built eternally sound I'm not looking for a city going up But the one that's coming down

Well that's New York City, Chicago Atlanta and Baltimore That's Nashville and Tallahassee You could name them by the score I don't have a big investment No mansion way up town But I've got one in that city That John saw coming down

I'm not looking for a city that's going up But the one that's coming down I'm not putting my trust in the one that will crumble
And fall down to the ground But, I'm heading for the one that the Lord has made
And is built eternally sound I'm not looking for a city going up But the one that's coming down

I'm not looking for a city that’s going up But the one that's coming down I'm not putting my trust in the one that will crumble
And fall down to the ground But, I'm heading for the one that the Lord has made
And is built eternally sound I'm not looking for a city going up But the one that's coming down
I'm not looking for a city going up But the one that's coming down

HYMN: DEEP WERE THE SCARLET STAINS
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1 Deep were the scarlet stains of sin, Strong were the bonds of fault within; But now I stand both pure and free, The blood of Jesus cleanses me.
2 Strong are the foes that round me creep, Constant the vigil I must keep; But from a secret armoury The grace of Jesus strengthens me.
3 What though the treacherous road may wind, Faith in my heart assures my mind; E’en when his face I do not see, The hand of Jesus reaches me.
4 This is the lamp to pilgrim given, This is my passport into Heaven, Portent of immortality, That God, through Jesus, dwells in me.
BIBLE READING
Luke 24:13-35
On the Road to Emmaus
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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 together34 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.

POEM:ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
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Disheartened and dejected
They walked as evening fell,
Away from all the turmoil
Jerusalem knew well;
With eyes downcast and weary
They talked of all they’d seen-
The hopes of Israel’s nation,
Of all that might have been;
Where had this stranger journeyed
Who joined them as they walked?
How could he be so hopeful
When they were so distraught?
How could he not be mournful
When they were in despair?
Had he not heard of Calv’ry
And all that happened there?
“How slow of heart and foolish,
Unheeding of God’s Word,”
The stranger gently chided,
Their hearts he strangely stirred;
When breaking bread before them,
Their eyes at last could see
The risen Christ was with them,
Their doubt, now certainty;
With faith and hope returning,
Retracing steps they sped
To witness for their Master
Whose blood for them he shed.
And when
we see he’s risen,
A miracle takes place,
From fear and doubt
we’re rescued,
A testament of grace;
The silence of the graveyard
No longer do we heed,
For Christ the Lord is risen,
And he is ris’n indeed!
(MW)



BRASS: THE ROAD TO EMMAUS (Dean Goffin)
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The story of the disciples' Easter-day walk to Emmaus as recorded by St. Luke is outlined as follows: 'Low in the grave He lay'; 'O sacred Head, now wounded'; 'Jesus Himself drew near'; 'Abide with me' and 'Come into my heart, Lord Jesus'. These well-known themes are linked by original music that seeks to express the disciples' reactions to the heart-stirring events of that memorable day.


SERMON
me0021-3-3

Dr. Malcolm Westwood

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I suppose you have heard many a sermon on the passage about the disciples on the Emmaus road and perhaps every possible angle has been covered many times. Certainly there is enough in that recorded account for many a sermon, but, I’ll come back to it in a moment or two.

We’re so familiar with the events of Easter but here’s another thought….there were 40 days between the resurrection and the ascension- almost 6 weeks. Obviously, Jesus needed to appear to show he had risen from the tomb but what was he doing in those 6 weeks? We’re only told of 10 appearances, five of which occurred on the day of his resurrection, and five further times before he ascended into heaven.
We’re told in John 21:25 that in those 40 days, apart from the 5 resurrection appearances “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

So let’s look at the 10 appearances which ARE mentioned because not only are they miraculous, of course, proving Jesus had risen but maybe there’s more for us to see. Let’s consider them….and I’ll take the ten resurrection appearances in chronological order:-

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 1
-On the day of resurrection -

This was to Mary Magdalene in the garden
(John 20:11-18)
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!”(which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

It was early on Sunday morning after the Sabbath Mary Magdalen had gone to the tomb with the other Mary- thought to be the mother of James. Mary Magdalen is the Mary out of whom Jesus had cast out 7 demons. She had no idea that Jesus had risen from the tomb In fact when she went racing to tell the disciples that the tomb was empty, John records that she said ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they have put him’ She went to the tomb but had no expectation that Jesus was alive.

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 2: This was to the women returning from the tomb
(Matthew 28:9,10)
9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 3
This is to the two disciples on the Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13-32) This was on the afternoon and evening of day 1.
That’s the Bible reading I’ve already shared.


RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 4
…To Peter in Jerusalem (Luke 24:34)
“The disciples on the Emmaus road returned to the disciples in Jerusalem and were told “The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
This must be one of the great untold stories of the world. We’re only told Jesus had appeared to Peter. There was unfinished business there!

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 5
To ten of his apostles in the upper room (Luke 24:36-43) (Thomas wasn’t with them)
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

The next account of the resurrection says ‘Eight days later’ namely the following Sunday.

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 6
To the eleven in the upper room
Jesus Appears to Thomas


24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 7
To seven apostles by the Galilean Sea (John 21:1-24)
Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas(also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumour spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 8
To the eleven and 500 believers on Mt. Tabor
(Matthew 28:16-20; The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
And also 1 Corinthians 15:6….

6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 9
To the eleven and James’ half-brother, in Jerusalem
Mark 16:14-18
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

RESURRECTION APPEARANCE 10
To the eleven on the Mount of Olives
(Luke 24:50-53)
The Ascension of Jesus
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Now, let me return to the story of the two disciples on the Emmaus road.
Scripture doesn’t tell us why Jesus was on the road to Emmaus. Without being flippant, I can’t believe that he was just out for a stroll and happened to chance on the two disciples and questioning them, took the opportunity to remind them what the Scriptures said and to explain why the events which had taken place did so to fulfil Scripture.These two disciples were downhearted, we are told. They were discouraged and obviously on their way
from Jerusalem where the other disciples were gathered. These two had withdrawn from the fellowship and were trying to console each other with what might have been. Humanly speaking, the worst thing we can do when we’re discouraged is to find someone who is equally so. All we do then is to wallow in our mutual misery! So I can’t believe it was just a coincidence that Jesus was just where these two discouraged disciples were on the road to Emmaus.

Jesus came to where they were for a specific reason. These two needed his teaching in an urgent way. They needed his presence. And it occurred to me that every one of those to whom Jesus appeared after he was resurrected had one thing in common-none of them were actually looking for him-with the exception of Mary who wanted to know where those she thought had taken the body from the tomb had taken him. She certainly wasn’t looking for an alive Jesus.


In every instance of his appearances, it was Jesus who was looking for them. And I would suggest we can see that clearly when we read about the disciples on the Emmaus Road. Jesus sought them out. He went to find them.

He appeared to Mary Magdalene whom he had forgiven so much. It seemed he wanted her to be sure her forgiveness was real and lasting. Jesus appeared to the women returning from the tomb. They went looking for the disciples to tell them of the empty tomb. Jesus appeared to them to give them specific instructions for the disciples.
Again,
Jesus went to meet them.
And why did Jesus go to meet Peter? Certainly, Peter wasn’t searching for Jesus but Jesus had unfinished business with Peter and he went and appeared to him. Then in resurrection appearance five, the disciples didn’t go searching for Jesus, though they had heard that he had risen from the dead. Jesus appeared to them. He went to meet them.
Why?!
Well, his first words to them were “Peace be with you.” They were in turmoil. Only Jesus could calm them so
he went to where they were. And we could note that the barrier of a locked door couldn’t prevent him appearing where they were.


In resurrection appearance six, who needed to meet Jesus more than anyone?! Dear old doubting Thomas! Jesus went to meet him because O, did Thomas have a need! He definitely wasn’t looking for Jesus, he made that plain. He did not believe that Jesus was alive. Jesus went to personally minister to Thomas.
And once again, it was Jesus who made the approach on the lake of Galilee. If the fisherman disciples were going to return to what they knew best-fishing, then Jesus appeared to them to give them the confidence that in their everyday lives from then on, they could rely on him. They went fishing to get away from their bewilderment at the events they had experienced. Jesus went to meet them- they weren’t searching for him.And how Peter must have longed to be able to retrace his steps-not to make the mistakes he’d made. If only he could do that-and
Jesus went to meet him where he was and then he reinstated him.The appearances of the risen Jesus where to people for specific reasons. And he needed to meet with his disciples to prepare them for the future. He appeared as the disciples were eating and lest we should think that’s the message Jesus had for them was one of confirmation that he was alive, we’re told we find that on this occasion when they were eating, Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Jesus appeared to them for that specific reason.


Finally Jesus met his disciples to entrust them with the great commission.
It is ever so that it is Jesus who touches our hearts so we might then seek his will for us. We don’t meet as Christians just to enjoy the fellowship-rich though it is. We gather because
Jesus would speak specifically to us individually and we are blessed and privileged beyond measure when we realise he has come to us with his words again,”Go and make disciples of all nations….” But that’s for all Christians.
He comes to meet you and me as individuals to lead us in the way he wants to equip us to do that.
He comes to bless us so much because he appears to us in a way which is unique to us. May I suggest that as you hear these lovely words ‘Sweet hour of prayer’ that you might just bow your head and welcome Jesus
who comes to meet you, to tell you just what he needs you to hear.


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1. 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.


2. 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.

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The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace. Amen















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) 
Author: Lyte, Henry Francis, graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1814. At one time he had intended studying Medicine but this he abandoned for Theology, and took Holy Orders in 1815. In 1818, he underwent a great spiritual change, which shaped and influenced the whole of his life, the immediate cause being the illness and death of a brother clergyman. Lyte says of him:—
"He died happy under the belief that though he had deeply erred, there was One whose death and sufferings would atone for his delinquencies, and be accepted for all that he had incurred;"
and concerning himself he adds:—
"I was greatly affected by the whole matter, and brought to look at life and its issue with a different eye than before; and I began to study my Bible, and preach in another manner than I had previously done." 

Music: Sir John Goss was an English organist, composer and teacher.
Born to a musical family, Goss was a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal. After a brief period as a chorus member in an opera company he was appointed organist of a chapel in south London, later moving to St Paul's Cathedral. As a composer, Goss wrote little
for the orchestra, but was known for his vocal music, both religious and secular. From 1827 to 1874, Goss was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

Audio file. Praise my soul (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King!

2
Praise him for his grace and favour
to his people in distress.
Praise him, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness!

3
Fatherlike he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows.
In his hand he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Widely yet his mercy flows!

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


PRAYER
Prayer Feb(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Almighty God, we bow before you to honour you for who you are and for what you mean to us. We are experiencing difficult times at the moment because of a pandemic which continues to mutate. People are suffering bereavement, others are feeling lonely because of having to isolate in many lockdowns. As your representatives, dear God, we want so much to give people hope and comfort. Open our hearts and minds, we pray, so that we are receptive to your guidance. We would be aware of the words you would say. Help us, we pray, to be sensitive to the circumstances of those who are desperately looking for hope and help.We think of those whose timetable has changed because of the closure of places of worship and who are no longer able to share their church fellowship with other believers in the way they are used to doing. Grant to them, dear Lord, an increased sense of your presence as they worship alone. Again, we pray for the scientists that they see the answers you will provide to the ongoing problems caused by diseases. And for the medical caring staff who are tending to patients with such tireless attention. Give them added strength and energy, we ask. May their strength be renewed daily. These things we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

HYMN: BE THOU MY VISION
Introduction: Intro Be thou my vision (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  "Be Thou My Vision" (is a traditional Christian hymn of Irish origin. The words are based on a Middle Irish poem often attributed to the sixth-century Irish Christian poet St. Dallán Forgaill, although it is probably later than that.
Published: 6th or 8th century (trans. 1912)
Melody: Slane (trad. Irish)


Audio file 06 Be thou my vision (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
BE THOU MY VISION, O Lord of my heart,
Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art;
Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2
Be Thou my wisdom, be Thou my true word,
Be Thou ever with me, and I with Thee, Lord;
Be Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

3
Be Thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
Be Thou my whole armour, be Thou my true might;
Be Thou my soul’s shelter, be Thou my strong tower:
O raise Thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

4
Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise:
Be Thou mine inheritance now and always;
Be Thou and Thou only the first in my heart:
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

5
High King of heaven, Thou heaven’s bright Sun,
O grant me its joys after victory is won;
Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be Thou my vision, O Ruler of all.


BRASS. MARCH ‘PRAISE’
Introduction: Intro Praise (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Composed when he was just 16, Praise has become Wilfred Heaton's most performed work. Published in 1949, this march is a firm favourite with bands of all kinds and abilities.

Originally published for brass band in 1949, Wilfred Heaton's festival march Praise is a classic example of his creativity and was rightly described as 'groundbreaking' when it first appeared in print. Using an old chorus melody 'Praise, O Praise Him' Praise is full of drive and energy, with typically quirky features that require detailed attention in rehearsal.

This is no ordinary march and lovers of Brass Band music will quickly see that in the structure of the piece.

In Section B – there is a novel and interesting treatment given to a Salvation Army ‘old favourite’ theme, the words of which are: Praise, oh praise Him! Swell the song that’s rung throughout the ages; Praise, oh praise Him! The Lamb once slain! Oh, sing the grand old song again, How the precious flow washes white as snow! Oh, sing the grand old song again, Of the fountain that was opened at the cross.

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CHORAL: I WILL PRAISE THEE
Introduction:
Intro
Intro I will praise thee (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Continuing our thoughts on praising, the Male Voices now present ‘I Will Praise Thee’. This was written by Thomas Olivers who was born in Wales in 1725 who was a Methodist preacher and hymn writer. Both his mother and his father died when he was just 4 years old. He grew up to be an apprentice shoemaker and he became a profligate and reckless young man but he heard the great evangelist George Whitfield preach on the text Zechariah Chapter 3:2 ‘Is this not a brand plucked from the fire and it so convicted Olivers that it led to his conversion and he, too became an evangelist. Because of his fearless preaching style, he was invited to preach all around Great Britain and Ireland. In addition he was also a hymn writer and wrote 20 hymns. There can surely be no doubt in his conviction when you read the words of this hymn.

Audio file
09 I will praise thee (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
 1. O thou God of my salvation,
My redeemer from all sin,
Moved by thy divine compassion,
Who hast died my heart to win,
I will praise thee;
Where shall I thy praise begin?

2. While the angel choirs are crying:
Glory to the great I AM!
I with them will still be vying,
Glory, glory to the Lamb!
O how precious
Is the sound of Jesus' name!

3. Angels now are hovering round us
Unperceived amid the throng,
Wondering at the love that found us,
Glad to join our holy song;
Hallelujah!
Love and praise to Christ belong.

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
God's tithes Feb 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) With the world situation in so much need because of the coronavirus epidemic and the regular income to church and missions being depleted, never was it more needed to maintain our giving to enable God’s work to continue. Inevitably there are many ways to do that but a good guidance to where we should contribute finance is to give to where we are receiving blessing and naturally to ask God to place on our hearts that sense of ‘rightness’ when we allocate our financial offering. May you feel God’s blessing on you as you give to him.

HYMN: I’LL GO IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD
Introduction: Intro I'll go in the strength (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Words: Edward Turney, an American Baptist minister who was born in 1816. The upbeat musical arrangement is by Ivor Bosanko who lives in California following retirement from the post of Territorial Music Director in The Salvation Army's USA Western Territory,

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I'll go in the strength (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
I’ll go in the strength of the Lord
In paths He has marked for my feet;
I’ll follow the light of His word,
Nor shrink from the dangers I meet.
His presence my steps shall attend,
His fullness my wants shall supply;
On Him, till my journey shall end,
My unwavering faith shall rely.

Chorus
I’ll go (I’ll go,) I’ll go in the strength, (repeat) I’ll go, (I’ll go,) I’ll go in the strength, I’ll go in the strength of the Lord.


2
I’ll go in the strength of the Lord
To work He appoints me to do;
In joy which his smile doth afford
My soul shall her vigour renew.
His wisdom shall guard me from harm,
His power my sufficiency prove;
I’ll trust His omnipotent arm,
And prove His unchangeable love.

3
I’ll go in the strength of the Lord
To conflicts which faith will require,
His grace as my shield and reward,
My courage and zeal shall inspire.
Since he gives the word of command,
To meet and encounter the foe,
With his sword of truth in my hand,
To suffer and triumph I’ll go.

BIBLE READING
Luke 14:25-33
The Cost of Being a Disciple
Luke 14 Feb 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

CHORAL: AGNUS DEI
Introduction: Intro Agnus Dei (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) The Agnus Dei is a setting of the "Lamb of God" litany, based on John the Baptist's reference in John 1:29 to Jesus ("Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world"):
 
Latin is no longer widely taught in our schools today but even those who may not know the language will, I’m sure will appreciate this exquisite setting of ‘Agnus Dei’ by Samuel Barber, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century; 

The Latin  we hear is:-
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.(repeat)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.
 
And the English translation
 Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. (repeat
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

AGNUS DEI
06 Agnus Dei (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
 

HYMN: PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM
Introduction: Intro praise Him, (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby who was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She was one of the most prolific hymnists in history, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. She is also known for her teaching and her rescue mission work. 
Music: Chester Allen taught music in the public schools in the USA. He was also a composer and musical writer.

 

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3-08 Praise Him, Praise Him (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. Praise him! Praise him! Jesus, our blessed redeemer
Sing, O earth. his wonderful love proclaim!
Hail him! Hail him, highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honour give to his holy name!
Like a shepherd. Jesus will guard his children,
In his arms he carries them all day long.

 
Chorus
Praise him! Praise him!
Tell of his excellent greatness;
Praise him! Praise him!
Ever in joyful song.

2. Praise him! Praise him! Jesus, our blessed redeemer!
For our sins he suffered and bled and died;
He our rock, our hope of eternal salvation.
Hail him! Hail him! Jesus. the crucified!
Sound his praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.


3. Praise him! Praise him! Jesus, our blessed redeemer!
Heavenly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Saviour, reigneth for ever and ever;
Crown him! Crown him! Prophet and priest and King!
Christ is coming, over the world victorious;
Power and glory unto the Lord belong.


POEM: ANSWERS TO PRAYER
Poem Answers to Prayer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

So often answers to our prayers
Come when God uses human hands,
Inviting us to show his care,
Allowing us to work his plans.
Sometimes we pray for those unknown,
But where they live, Gods people dwell,
And God relies on them to be
His servants with his truth to tell.
Though God can answer prayers alone,
Through us his miracles performs,
His hope and healing we can bring
To calm the fiercest of all storms.
Gods confidence in us requires
Our full obedience to his call,
His answers to man’s fervent prayers
Come only when we give God all.
And never is a single prayer
Unanswered when each Christian shares
The gifts God gives to meet our needs
Of those whose lives are full of cares.
It’s only when all Christians seek
To hear God’s voice and then obey
That those who pray, an answer find,
And prayer is answered in God’s way.
(MW)


VOCAL SOLO: WHEN ANSWERS AREN’T ENOUGH 
Introduction Intro When answers aren't enough
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Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
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We welcome our friend and faithful soloist, Sandra Entermann, to sing for us today a song which will remind so many of us of a time when we think answers to prayers just aren’t enough,
 
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05 When answers aren't enough (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

You have faced the mountains of desperation
You have climbed, you have fought, you have won
But this valley that lies coldly before you
Casts a shadow you cannot overcome.
And just when you thought you had it all together
You knew every verse to get you through
But this time the sorrow broke more than just your heart
And reciting all those verses just won't do.

When answers aren't enough, there is Jesus
He is more than just an answer to your prayer
And your heart will find a safe and peaceful refuge
When answers aren't enough, He is there.

 
Instead of asking why did it happen
Think of where it can lead you from here
And as your pain is slowly easing, you can find a greater reason
To live your life triumphant through the tears.
 When answers aren't enough, there is Jesus
He is more than just an answer to your prayer
And your heart will find a safe and peaceful refuge
When answers aren't enough, He is there.
 
SERMON

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Dr. Malcolm Westwood

Sermon (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Our Bible reading is of the time Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He’s followed by a crowd. We should not ever underestimate the courage of Jesus. He knew he was on his way to a cross. Yes, he knew that he would be returning to heaven-that was in the divine plan but we should never forget that divine though he was, Jesus on earth was subject to the feelings we have, including what anyone would feel when being nailed to a cross. The people following him into Jerusalem had so recently seen him heal a man with dropsy (which we know as an obvious abnormal swelling of the body) and take to task the Pharisees who had so many rules to follow but often little compassion. The crowd wanted more of Jesus and from him. Could anyone be more suited to lead them?

Yet time on earth was limited for Jesus and the cross was coming ever closer to him. If these people would take his message after he paid the ultimate sacrifice for them, they must know the true cost of doing that.
And though Jesus, here in St Luke’s Gospel, speaks in what may seem something to us as unacceptable words suggesting if we follow him, we have to go so far as to hate our nearest and dearest, we do well to pause for a moment to remember that Jesus is using what the academics call Semitic hyperbole. It was a way of exaggerating a point for the message to be clearly understood.


Jesus is certainly not saying those who follow him must develop an intense dislike for their family! What he is doing is calling people to a commitment above any other commitment. He knew his audience and they would recognise his method of teaching even though many of them would have preferred to hear him promise a much easier lifestyle after having seen the miracles he had performed and his ability to silence his critics.

It’s a reminder to us that if we are to convince non Christians of all Jesus is asking, we need to speak with words which are familiar to them. ‘The Sacrificial Lamb’ / ‘Washed in the blood of the Lamb’ are phrases which are precious to the Christian but to those to whom the Bible has rarely-if ever- been opened, they are strange words.
So we find Jesus addressing the crowd in a way they would understand even if they found it hard to accept.
Today, we must find words to explain to people that for those who wish to follow Jesus, there can be no question that his will, his plan must be put first in their lives. There can be no being a Christian on our or their terms.

I once knew a man whose favourite saying when someone upset him-and he seemed to meet a lot of people who did that!- was ‘I’d like to borrow 5 minutes from the Lord and sort them out!’ That man seemed to want to be in Church worshipping God one minute and then to physically ‘knock some sense into people’ as he put it the next-sometimes referring to those outside the Church but not excluding some in the Church either!
Jesus said if we want to follow him, we must accept his way and at times it will undoubtedly be costly. Jesus says, ‘Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.’
Tolerating and loving the unlovable is not always easy!

Jesus had earlier told a man who was so captivated by him that he boasted, ‘I will follow you wherever you go’ (Luke 9:58) Jesus’ reply would certainly have made the man double check what he had boasted. Jesus told him that he didn’t even have the security of a roof over his head. How would the man feel about that!

The crowd that followed Jesus into Jerusalem needed to know that charismatic leader and miracle worker though he was, he was not promising his followers an easy life. As he himself was challenged and eventually suffered, so they must not expect any lesser treatment. Yes, there is the ultimate reward . In Luke 18:29 we read on a further occasion Jesus said for those bearing hardships and crosses for his sake we will receive much more than we give up. , ‘I tell you the truth, no one who has left his home or wife or brothers or parents or children will fail to receive many times as much in this age and in the age to come, eternal life.’
But in the passage we have shared, Jesus is demanding commitment with a capital ‘C’.

So let’s consider the extent of what Jesus is asking of those who say they are willing to be his followers-that is, his true followers. And we have to accept that being a true follower, a true Christian is doing his work, his will…his way. There’s no ‘I don’t like the idea of that/ I’m not sure of doing that/ there are other people more qualified/ give up this, why/ That’s taking my free choice away/ That’s the way I’m made/why should I have to give that up just because God can speak through me …..etc. We can have no doubt that all crosses are difficult-dome extremely so- but there is no cross that is not covered by the grace of God.

A church elder was once confronted by a very indignant but very talented young lady who wanted to be a member of the church. She was a gifted singer and had admirable skills in dealing with children. But she was living with a man who had left his wife to be with her and with whom they now had a child. She professed to love the man and indeed it was obvious she was besotted by him. It would have been a heavy cross to bear for her not to have become involved with the man…..but Jesus broached no alternative conditions to be his follower.
Jesus was aware of what he was asking. And he is very fair because he said, ‘You need to count the cost of following me.’
Being involved in Church life can at times be so pleasurable. It can be an attractive way of life and it can have such a rich, enjoyable fellowship. There can seem very little we could describe as cross bearing when we are enjoying our time in church.
But today, statistically we are seeing we are seeing church numbers declining and regrettably some churches have closed completely. How can that be when the Gospel we seek to share is just glorious with an invitation that through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in us, we are called to be the sort of followers of Jesus that he needs.
Seeking the unsaved is not an easy task. It’s costly. It’s demanding. Just the basic of thoughts reminds us that within say half a mile of every church, there are people who don’t know Jesus, have never heard his challenge to follow him, possibly never even read the Bible. Reaching them may very well stretch the churches resources and our personal resources but isn’t that what Jesus is both warning and demanding of us. He warns that we must be prepared to put the interests of the Kingdom of God before any other and demands that we accept that requirement if we want to call ourselves after his name.

Let me refer back to the talented young lady who wanted to follow Jesus but felt he should accommodate her life style which was incompatible with the interests of the kingdom. Let me say immediately, our welcome to her and all in similar situations must be wholehearted and caring but while she tries to justify that her lifestyle is more important to her than following Jesus, the demands of Jesus are simply not being fulfilled.
We all have our own interests, we have different tendencies, our make up is different. To be a true follower of Christ, some of those things we may have to give up completely, however ‘natural’ we feel they are. Does that sound excessively harsh? Jesus didn’t differentiate between what might stop us from giving him first place in our lives. He said whatever prevents anyone from putting the interests of the Kingdom before their own, cannot be his true follower. And for some people giving up their enjoyable interests, their longings, ambitions is very much carrying a cross. And yes, we are told that it is God’s desire that we ‘may attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.’(Ephesians :13) and in so doing have his joy.
Would Jesus expect us to give up everything from our actions to our thoughts and to be robbed of what we feel is our right to contentment and happiness and simply replace it with a cross to be endured.
But it isn’t like that! Doing the will of Jesus in his way whatever the cost to us brings a sense of fulfilment nothing else can equal. Does that mean we’ll be on a permanent high? ‘Fraid not! Jesus ended his earthly ministry on a cross and all but John of his apostles were killed. And Jesus makes no secret of the challenges we can expect to face as his followers. But can there be any greater privilege than serving the King of Kings. To do that does require he has first place in our life. It does mean saying to Jesus, ‘Here I am Lord, use
all of me.’ We can put him first in most of our lives but that just doesn’t work. There cannot be a conflict of interests. He has to come first in every part of our life.

Imagine a man who builds up a flourishing business expecting his son to carry on the family name only to be told that the son is responding to the call of Christ to be a minister in the church. His father doesn’t understand his son’s choice and there is friction, ridicule from the non Christian father. His son carries that cross.

Or imagine a young woman wooed by a man who she loved but who won’t share her strong belief that Jesus must come first in their lives. She chose Jesus and saw the man marry someone else.
She knew what carrying a cross meant.
Does God compensate those who carry a cross to follow Jesus.
When we experience his love and his grace which enables us to carry the cross we have to carry which comes through giving Jesus first place in our life and we seek to build the kingdom of God with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, there comes a satisfaction which has no equal.
Jesus did not promise us it would be a life without problems to be solved any more than he promised the crowd journeying with him to Jerusalem. But despite knowing a physical cross awaited him, Jesus continued on his way to Calvary determined to show that God’s love for the world was limitless.
Is there anything we hold so dear that we would rather do that than being entrusted to share God’s love with the world?

If anyone hasn’t yet put Jesus at the centre of their life, hasn’t truly committed themselves to follow him as he asks, can I encourage you to find someone to lead to Jesus. It will require you to make the way of Jesus your priority. It will be costly; time-wise it may well be inconvenient but this I can promise you- however demanding it may be, those who experience knowing that in heaven there’ll be that person they led to faith in Christ, will never be content to let anyone or anything come before Jesus having first place in their life.



HYMN
01 Take my life (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2. Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee.

3. Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.

4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as thou shalt choose.

5. Take my will, and make it thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is thine own,
It shall be thy royal throne.

6. Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee.


Benediction
Benediction Feb 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace, (Numbers 6:24-26)








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