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AUGUST 2019


HYMN PRAISE MY SOUL
Introduction: 01 Intro Praise my soul (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
We commence our service today with the hymn, ‘Praise my soul the king of heaven’. Although the words by Henry Lyte were written over 170 years ago, they still speak powerfully to us today and remain a favourite in churches throughout the world. The music is by John Goss.

AUDIO FILE 02 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 thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me 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 chide, and swift to bless:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness.
3
Father-like, he tends and spares us,
Well our feeble frame 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;
Ye 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
03 Prayer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Almighty God, we come before you full of hope because we acknowledge your omnipotence and your willingness to meet our needs according to your perfect wisdom.
We would ask that we might understand that we must trust you to provide what you know we need even though what we want seems to us to be so important.
So we pray in accordance with your will for your perfect plan for our lives.
We bring to you, dear God, those who are struggling with health problems, those with worries they keep to themselves yet which are disabling to them. We remember those who have lost loved ones and their faith is being tested.
Grant we pray to Christians everywhere, the ability to share your hope you have promised to those in all such circumstances.
Through this service, we pray all who come to worship will be strengthened in their faith and will have new awareness of your will for them.
These things we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.



HYMN: COME, LET US JOIN OUR CHEERFUL SONGS
Introduction: 04 Intro Come let us join (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Words by Isaac Watts. Isaac’s taste for verse showed itself in early childhood, and his promise caused a local doctor and other friends to offer him a university education. The tune is ‘Nativity’ and was written by Henry Lahee who played the organ at several churches, including Holy Trinity Church, Brompton (1847-74). He won prizes for his compositions in setting to music poems by Edgar Allen Poe and Tennyson.


AUDIO FILE 05 Come let us join (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

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

2
“Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry,
“To be exalted thus!”
“Worthy the Lamb,” our hearts 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, forever Thine.

4
The whole creation join in one,
To bless the sacred Name
Of Him Who sits upon the throne,
And to adore the Lamb.


MUSICAL MOMENTS

Introduction:
06 Intro music 1 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The first is an arrangement of "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty", a hymn based on a German chorale by Joachim Neander which was published in 1680. The melody used by Neander, first published in 1665, exists in many versions and is probably based on a folk tune.The text paraphrases Psalms 103 and 150. It was translated into English by Catherine Winkworth in 1863.
This is followed by a brass band arrangement of the chorus:-
‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace.’

CHORAL 07 Praise to the Lord (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Praise to the Lord
BRASS: 08 Turn your eyes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Turn your eyes upon Jesus


GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Introduction 09 God's tithes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The closer we walk with Jesus, the more we will want to give to his work so that others will come to know the wonder of the fellowship we share with him and how he rewards the trust we place in him. Let us give gladly to whichever ministry he places on our heart.


HYMN: I HAVE NO CLAIM ON GRACE
Introduction: 10 Intro I have no claim (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
I share with our web master, Jim Black, this hymn as our favourite. It was written by The Salvation Army’s former General, Albert Orsborn. The words were written as he made his way home from a ‘glory’ meeting in London in 1916 when there was a zeppelin raid occurring. He said the words sang themselves to him but not having pen or paper with him he had to hold on to the words until he arrived home. Without even taking his coat off he wrote these beautiful words. They are sung to the tune Chalvey which was written by Leighton George Hayne (1836-1883). I hope you enjoy this choral arrangement.

AUDIO FILE 11 I have no claim (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1.
I have no claim on grace;
I have no right to plead;
I stand before my maker's face
Condemned in thought and deed.
But since there died a Lamb
Who, guiltless, my guilt bore,
I lay fast hold on Jesus' name,
And sin is mine no more.

2.
From whence my soul's distress
But from the hold of sin?
And whence my hope of righteousness
But from thy grace within?
I speak to thee my need
And tell my true complaint;
Thou only canst convert indeed
A sinner to a saint.

3.
O pardon-speaking blood!
O soul-renewing grace!
Through Christ I know the love of God
And see the Father's face.
I now set forth thy praise,
Thy loyal servant I,
And gladly dedicate my days
My God to glorify.

MUSICAL MOMENTS
Introduction 12 Intro music 2 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

The first is an American gospel style song which will have many wanting to sing along. It’s called ‘Trying to catch a glimpse.’
The second is a brass band toe tapping march written for The Salvation Army’s Montreal Citadel Corps and you will hear that lovely reminder of a chorus many have sung in Sunday Schools: -
‘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!’


CHORAL : 13 Trying to catch a glimpse TRYING TO CATCH A GLIMPSE (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

BRASS: MONTREAL CITADEL
14 Montreal Citadel (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 



HYMN: GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY
Introduction 15 Intro God moves in a mysterious (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
: Words: William Cowper in 1773. The words are taken fro a poem he wrote entitled, ‘Light shining out of darkness’ and possibly expressed his own feeling when he suffered from mental illness.

AUDIO FILE 16 God moves in a mysterious (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform.

BIBLE READING
MARK 4:35-41
Jesus Calms the Storm

Audio file:
17 Mark 4 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

MUSIC: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
Introduction: 18 Intro Cavalleria (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Can I invite you now just to enjoy the pleasure of listening to some beautiful music-surely inspired by God-Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni

Music: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA 19 Cavalleria (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


HYMN: GUIDE ME O THOU GREAT REDEEMER
Introduction: 20 Intro Guide me (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
We hear now the much loved tune, Cwm Rhondda, as we sing or listen to ‘Guide me O thou great Redeemer.’ The tune was written by John Hughes (1873–1932) and first performed in 1907. The words were written by William Williams who was known as the “Sweet Singer of Wales,” Williams was ordained a deacon of the Established Church in 1740 although he never received Priest’s Orders. He did, though preach monthly for 35 years and was held in great esteem as a preacher.

AUDIO FILE
21Guide me (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

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 till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.
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.


VOCAL SOLO:
22 Intro When answers (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
WHEN ANSWERS AREN'T ENOUGH
Our resident vocalist, Sandra Entermann presents a modern song in keeping with the theme of the service today-‘When answers aren’t enough.’

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Soloist: Sandra Entermann


AUDIO FILE
23 When answers (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

Refrain:
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.


SERMON

me0021-3-3 Dr Malcolm Westwood


AUDIO File
24 Sermon To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Anyone who has visited Israel and sailed on the Lake of Galilee will know it can be an unpredictable experience. One moment the sky can be perfectly clear, the next there can be quite alarming squalls. It’s caused by the geographical position of the lake which is surrounded by hills. When it rains, the water is compressed and sent hurtling into the lake. As one writer puts it, it causes a truly frightening experience. So what we read in St Marks gospel , though it might not be an unusual experience, for it to frighten the experienced fisherman disciples it must have been a particularly severe storm. They would have been used to dealing with the weather conditions on the lake but nothing approaching this scale.

Jesus would have been on the little seat at the stern of the boat where there would be a cushion and a carpet. It was the place where a distinguished stranger would occupy.

So severe was the storm that the disciples must have been amazed to see that Jesus could sleep through it all. They awoke him, fearing that the boat was going to sink and they were all going to drown.

It's an interesting thought-what do they think Jesus was going to do about the situation! The disciples had seen Jesus perform all kinds of wonderful miracles for people but I doubt from the narrative that the disciples expected him to perform a miracle for them. This was a quite different situation. I’m inclined to think waking Jesus was for a very practical reason. If they were bailing the water from the boat for dear life, I suspect they might have been more than a little frustrated that while they were trying to stop the boat from sinking, Jesus was fast asleep. The disciples upbraided him-"Master, don’t you care that we perish?!’ There’s a panic in those words.
And reading the Biblical account in one of our services we might not be inclined to express the way the words were really yelled at Jesus. There was a storm raging and they would have had to shout to make themselves heard. And the message was very clear-‘We’re all going to drown-you included so c’mon and help us bale the water. We need every pair of hands if this boat isn’t going to sink-this is no time to sleep!’!
I don’t think for a moment that they had an expectation that Jesus would just calmly tell the wind to die down!
Why would they expect him to do something they had never seen him do. Healing lepers, lame people even blind people was one thing but that could be done this week, next week, next month-this was a crisis of the immediate and he wouldn’t be doing any miracles again if this boat sank! And there was one way out of this crisis –bail the water out. The very least he could be, was an extra pair of hands. They wanted Jesus to help.
Of course, on reflection 2,000 or more years later we can see every reason why the disciples shouldn’t have panicked. There in the boat was God himself who had made earth and heaven. There was nothing they need fear. But in a crisis, logic and learning aren’t always the first things which come to mind.
We know from our own experience that when there is an emergency situation, it’s not that we disbelieve God can help, it’s just that there are practical things which need to be done-like bailing out the water from a sinking boat. Why would we sit with our arms folded and do nothing expecting God to rescue us?!

Of course, God
might provide a miracle for our situations but in the meantime we feel we can’t just sit around doing nothing! We’ll do what we can to resolve the situation and we’ll keep asking where God is when we’re working our socks off trying to get a decent outcome to our problem. And often we’ll tell God what he needs to do to help- like ‘lend a hand in bailing us out!
If the disciples had a moment to think of anything other than bailing the water out, perhaps their imaginations
might have ranged from the weird to the wonderful. How often have we ask God to get us out of what to us seem hopeless situations and we give him clear instructions as to how the circumstances can be resolved. We’re desperate- the solution seems obvious- though God's intervention might hurry things along a bit- but if he's on our side, why wouldn't he answer our cry for help. After all were taught that he loves us so why wouldn't he help us!

But much as we don't want God to have a bad press, perhaps there have been times when we feel the ears of God are closed to the fervency of our prayers. Indeed, not only do we see our situations remaining unresolved they sometimes seem to get worse. We see so many situations which surely must move the heart of God to act to change them. But our prayers seem to reach the ceiling and bounce right back. Why, we wonder, does God not provide what we think is obvious?

Christians can be incredibly loyal to God and longsuffering when it comes to defending what seems to be his inaction when our ‘reasonable’ prayers fail to provide what we think is obvious and, yes, reasonable.

I remember standing with the distraught wife of a man who was dying and being asked to pray for his recovery. He was a good living man-a credit to God, a loving husband and a man whose Christian influence in the town was very evident. Why would God not answer a prayer for his recovery?
In human terms, our logic is faultless. What we are asking is reasonable.

But I wonder if unknowingly the disciples in the boat learned a lesson we would do well to learn too. That is, the closer we get to God, the more we will understand that his ways are not our ways as we are told in Isaiah.(Isaiah 55:9) The disciples could not have expected in their wildest dreams that Jesus would command the wind to die down. That was something which was impossible in human terms.
The closer we get to God, the more we are amazed by his love and his ways. And the more we experience journeying with God, the more we realise that his answers to our prayers are far, far greater than we could possibly expect. The closer that journey becomes doesn’t result in an increase in our faith enabling us to believe that God is able to provide the answer that we want. The closeness enables us to trust God that he will provide
his answer and also enable us to deal with the disappointment of not receiving what we want because God has a much better answer than ours will ever be.

Let me be clear in what I’ve said- A close walk with God will not necessarily reveal why the answers we ask for are not received. Probably we’ll have to wait until we meet God in heaven to learn why he didn’t answer in the way we wanted. But the closeness of our companionship will convince us that he is so utterly, utterly, committed to doing what is best for us that while we may still wonder why our prayers are not answered in the way we would like, we will be able to accept that God acts in the way he does because he sees what we do not see.

Allow me, please, to give a very simple illustration. I was on holiday with a Christian group in which there was a young wife and mother who was desperately ill with what was known to be an incurable illness. I was asked if I would pray for a miracle of healing. The Lord placed on my heart that I should share with the group that we should only pray such a prayer if we were prepared to accept God’s answer even if it wasn’t the answer for which we were hoping to receive. The healing we wanted was for the lady to be relieved of her illness here and now. God’s permanent, perfect healing might be for him to take her to heaven where she would have freedom from her illness and all others for evermore. Only God could know the details of the whole of her life and could see beyond our immediate. The closer our walk with God, the more we will be willing to trust him because we will discover and experience just how much he loves us. It becomes easier to accept that he will not always give us what we want when he knows that what we are asking for is not the
perfect answer

If we trust God implicitly, the tragedies we see will still be there, and yes, no doubt in our human logic, we’ll be tempted to question why things must stay as they are with all their seeming unfairness we see in this world when God is almighty. But there’s a world of difference in him, on the one hand, bailing a boat out and on the other, stilling the wind!
The message God gives me to share today is that because his ways are not our ways he’ll choose the stilling of the storm over bailing the boat out, every time!
So if you’re struggling with some issue in your life and you question why the heavens seem closed to your entreaties of help, can I direct you to an almighty God who knows what you do not know and who in tenderness and mercy and love will give you an answer which isn’t content with ‘bailing the water from the boat’. It will be an incomparable miracle and the closer you journey with him, the more content you will be that he is giving you a perfect answer.

God is not ignoring your prayers. He sees our circumstances in the detail we do not. And his answers will take into account what we do not know about.
When we pray, then, let us first ask that God that we might know him more so that we will understand and accept that he
will meet our needs and that we will discover just how much he loves us and wants to provide for us so much, we cannot even imagine.

If you’re asking God to bail the water out of the boat you feel is sinking, don’t fear! He will still the storm and all will be well.


HYMN: JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE

AUDIO FILE; 25 Just a closer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Refrain:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.


BENEDICTION:
AUDIO FILE
26 Benediction (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
May your trust in God to answer your prayers be full of confidence knowing that his love for you is beyond measure. Amen






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