JUNE 2022     

Veil Ministries
-A church without walls-
www.veilministries.org

provides an interdenominational monthly
service each month.

We invite you to worship with us.

HYMN COME, LET US ALL UNITE TO SING
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Howard Kingsbury was born on February 3, 1842, New York and died on September 28, 1878, Amherst, Massachusetts. Not a great deal is known about him but this hymn is a lovely legacy he left for the church.

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Come, let us all unite to sing:
God is love!
Let Heaven and earth their praises bring,
God is love!
Let every soul from sin awake,
Each in his heart sweet music make,
And sing with us, for Jesus' sake:
God is love!
2.
O tell to earth's remotest bound,
God is love!
In Christ we have redemption found,
God is love!
His blood has washed our sins away,
His Spirit turned our night to day,
And now we can rejoice to say:
God is love!
3.
How happy is our portion here,
God is love!
His promises our spirits cheer,
God is love!
He is our sun and shield by day,
Our help, our hope, our strength, our stay;
He will be with us all the way;
God is love!
4.
In Canaan we will sing again:
God is love!
And this shall be our loudest strain:
God is love!
While endless ages roll along,
We'll triumph with the heavenly throng,
And this shall be our sweetest song:
God is love!

PRAYER:
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PRAYER CHORUS

Spirit of the Living God, 
Fall afresh on me,
Spirit of the Living God, 
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me.
Spirit of the Living God, 
Fall afresh on me.


PRAYER
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Dear Heavenly Father, it is our joy and privilege to come before you to say thank you for all your love for us which makes our lives so blessed. We accept that we can never ‘earn’ your love, dear God. It is so comprehensive that we are truly humbled. We take these moments to remember just how fortunate we are that you care so much about us.Knowing how this makes us feel, we would earnestly ask that you would teach us how to love others as you love us. We realise your love for us is unconditional even though we fail you so often. We aren’t always so willing to unconditionally love others who fail us. Teach us, we pray, how to be genuinely caring and loving to those who at times seem to be unaware how trying they can be. Remind us that you have granted us a way for us to be like you and we must not excuse our lack of love on our personalities. As we, once again, celebrate, your amazing gift of the Holy Spirit, we would ask that we might realise that this is a gift for all who would accept him and not just for a chosen few. Remind us, please, dear God, that unlikely as it may seem to us, you have situations which you want to use us and we need to have the gifts that only you can give.
Although we would not presume that in our own strength we would be able to do what you would have us do, we admit we can be reluctant to receive what you know we need.
Teach us, we pray, that ordinary as we feel we are, with the indwelling of your gift of the Holy Spirit, we can be all you want us to be.

Open our minds to the problems which need to be resolved so that we will open our hearts to receive the solution the Holy Spirit will bring to us and through us.

In saying thank you, dear God, for your love for us, make us mindful that just as we are blessed by your love, your blessing can be experienced by others when we share your love with them.This we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.


HYMN: LOVE DIVINE
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Another much loved hymn now, ‘Love divine all loves excelling.’ The words, of course, by Charles Wesley to the very well known tune Blaenwern which was written by William Penfold Rowlands in 1905.

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

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

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


CHORAL: FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
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St Paul’s Cathedral (UK) bring to us John Stainer’s setting of ‘God so loved the world’ that have gave his only begotten Son, that whoso believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. (John 3:16)

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BRASS: BY LOVE COMPELLED
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Comments by the composer, Lt. Colonel Dr Ray Steadman-Allen.
“Under the compulsion of God’s love, men seek and receive divine forgiveness. This thought is demonstrated in two songs, ‘O Saviour I am coming’ and ‘Take all my sins away.’ The sequel, desire for consecration and service, finds its expression in the chorus, ‘All my days and all my hours.’ The selection was published in 1952.


BRASS: BY LOVE COMPELLED
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BIBLE READING
ACTS 2:1-21
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The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language
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being spoken. 
Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your young men will see visions,     your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will pour out my Spirit in those days,     and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above     and signs on the earth below,     blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness     and the moon to blood     before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls     on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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BIBLE READING
LUKE 11.11
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11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”


HYMN: WE BELIEVE

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Another great hymn from over 6,500 hymns written by Charles Wesley-LORD, WE BELIEVE TO US AND OURS

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Lord, we believe to us and ours
Thy precious promises were given;
We wait the Pentecostal powers,
The Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven.

2.
Assembled here with one accord,
Calmly we wait the promised grace,
The purchase of our dying Lord;
Come, Holy Ghost, and fill the place.

3.
If every one that asks may find,
If still thou dost on sinners fall,
Come as a mighty rushing wind;
Great grace be now upon us all.

4.
Behold, to thee our souls aspire,
And languish thy descent to meet;
Kindle in each the living fire,
And fix in every heart thy seat.

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
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Sometimes the only way of expressing the kind of care and love of God to others is by making available finance to show God’s provision so that they learn of God’s love for them. We can identify those churches and ministries which are always intent on teaching people how to experience the wonder of God’s presence and the joy of how to share it with others.Can I invite you to show your love for others by donating finance as God guides you.

HYMN: GRACIOUS SPIRIT, DWELL WITH ME
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Thomas Toke Lynch was born at Dunmow, Essex, UK the author of these words was born on July 5, 1818.
Although his various churches were never large, the influence of his ministry was great, and reached far beyond his own denomination since it included many students from the Theological Colleges of London, and thoughtful men from other churches, who were attracted to him by the freshness and spirituality of his preaching

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Gracious Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would thy life in mine reveal;
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ, my Saviour, speak.

2.
Truthful Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would truthful be,
And with wisdom kind and clear
Let thy life in mine appear;
And with actions brotherly
Speak my Lord's sincerity.

3.
Tender Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would tender be;
Tender in my love for men,
Wooing them to God again;
With compassion pure and sweet
Lead the lost to Jesus' feet.

4.
Mighty Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would mighty be,
Mighty so as to prevail
Where unaided man must fail;
Ever by a mighty hope
Pressing on and bearing up.

5.
Holy Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would holy be,
Separate from sin, I would
Choose and cherish all things good;
And whatever I can be
Give to him who gave me thee.

A POEM: TO BE LIKE JESUS- READ BY NAOMI HEATH

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My wife, Angela and I are blessed with 6 wonderful grandchildren and one great grandson.
Our youngest grandchild is Naomi who will be 8 in November. She’s full of ability and has a delightful personality. Here she reads this poem for us.: TO BE LIKE JESUS


POEM: TO BE LIKE JESUS
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NAOMI HEATH

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POEM: TO BE LIKE JESUS

I know that Jesus loves me,
My mummy told me so,
Daddy says it’s true as well,
I’m sure they really know;
They say their prayers to thank him
For all we have at home,
And teach us to be grateful
For all the love we’re shown.
I want to be like Jesus
Because he was so kind,
-To be the sort of person
That people like to find.
My mummy and my daddy
Are special people, too,
I want to be just like them
Whatever I may do;
But most of all I promise
To make them very proud
To be like them and Jesus
And stand out from the crowd.


(Malcolm Westwood)



VOCAL SOLO : SET APART

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This is a solo taken from the musical, “Spirit 2-Empire” which is the sequel musical to the musical ‘Spirit.’

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I’m willing to go, but where shall I go?
And what must my ministry be?
How shall I find the ones I should serve
When so many needs I can see?
I’m willing to go, but how shall I know
Just what is expected of me?
Shall I lay my hands on those who are sick,
Or am I to set prisoners free?

Chorus:
I’m set apart for Jesus.
To serve him where he will,
To heal the hurts of people,
His plan in me fulfill;
His Spirit now anointing
This frail but willing heart,
I hear his gentle whisper,
‘My child, you’re set apart.’


I’m willing to go but what shall I do
And how will I know what is right?
Will Jesus be seen when people see me?
Their sadness be turned to delight?
I’m willing to go wherever I’m sent
Or stay if the Spirit says stay;
Only to boast of the grace I am giv’n
Grace for the will to obey.

Chorus:
I’m set apart for Jesus.
To serve him where he will,
To heal the hurts of people,
His plan in me fulfill;
His Spirit now anointing
This frail but willing heart,
I hear his gentle whisper,
‘My child, you’re set apart.’

SERMON

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Dr. Malcolm Westwood



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I hope you have enjoyed the music in the service today and perhaps you may think that the emphasis on the Holy Spirit may be a little late in the theological calendar as we celebrated Pentecost this year in early June but, of course, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is always a thrilling memory for us to share whenever we share it with each other. But today I’d like to add a further thought.
Throughout the service today, we’ve heard about the love of God and that’s always something we can enjoy remembering. How many sermons could we produce on that theme! Wasn’t the choral piece by John Stainer on John 3:16 beautiful!
And, of course, to realise that God loved us so much that he was willing to give Jesus to pay for the sin of the world is in itself enough to encourage us to give continual thanks to a God who has made it possible for us to have the certainty of eternity with him, having had the penalty of our sin paid which would otherwise have prevented us from entering heaven.
That in itself is a miracle worth sharing and declaring. God’s gift of salvation is priceless beyond words.
And if that was all God did for us, realising it would still mean that we would want to spend our time on earth showing how grateful we are to him.

But here’s the further thought I’d like to share with you…Grateful as we are for the gift of salvation, the fact is that there are so many people who have NOT accepted God’s offer. Some have heard about it and are not convinced of the urgency of accepting it. Others have yet to hear the gospel.
God in love for us has given the Holy Spirit to us not only that with his indwelling
we can sense and enjoy God’s presence but that by the insight and power of the Holy Spirit within us, we can lead others to God’s offer of salvation.
This can happen in so many ways, ways which are granted to us only when we receive the Holy Spirit and by his power we reach unsaved people we would not be able to reach otherwise.

There are Christians who have naturally striking personalities who are very persuasive but God has a plan for each of us and striking personality or not, it might be that the person God would have us reach can only be reached by us once we have been anointed by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps someone will only be persuaded to accept God’s offer of salvation though what, to them, is not a human act. The Holy Spirit will give us the ability to speak in a way that enables the human words we speak to be words of powerful conviction. At other times someone may be suffering from a long time illness and under the direction of the Holy Spirit by laying hands on the person, they feel the healing power of the Holy Spirit. Can you imagine how a non Christian would be open to receiving God’s salvation if that happened to them.

Corinthians gives a list of gifts the Holy Spirit gives to enable us to lead those who have not received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour to do so.

So my further thought is that wonderful as the love of God is that he gave Jesus to offer salvation to the world, God’s love doesn’t end with that miraculous gift.
It’s not that he gives to us that gift and then expects us in gratitude and love to serve him . Once we accept his offer of salvation, he doesn’t just leave us to ‘get on’ doing what is necessary to lead others to receive salvation, he wants us to have absolutely everything we need to lead others to claim salvation. As Jesus explained ‘If your earthly father who loves you will give you good gifts, how much more will your your heavenly father give you what you need!’
In giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit, God ensures we need never protest that we are not able to represent him- that we don’t have this or that ability to reach non Christians, we aren’t gifted speakers, others can do such things so much better.
When we receive the Holy Spirit, there will never be a day that we will be found wanting when God leads us to serve him. We have his reassurance that he will give to give all we need because his love for us means he totally trusts us. What a responsibility we have. What a privilege we have.

Dear friends, when God guides you to those who need him, -in whatever way that may be-the gift of the Holy Spirit to you will empower you to answer that person’s need completely.
God’s love is such that he does not expect you or me to do what we cannot do in our own strength or though our personalities. His love for us is such that he will always provide all we need to lead others to him. He will never expect us to minister for him without providing the means to do so.
So, yes, as it says in John 3:16
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. That is amazing love. But he also loves us to ensure
that we can serve him as amazingly by being empowered by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
In our benediction, I refer you to the words of Charles Wesley, and I would invite you to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit to enable you to do
all you need to do to lead others to God and to inspire and encourage those who have already accepted Jesus and want to serve him with power.


BENEDICTION
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O that the Comforter would come!
Nor visit as a transient guest,
But fix in me his constant home
And take possession of my breast,
And fix in me his loved abode,
The temple of indwelling God





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INTRODUCING :-

THE ORDER OF CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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