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SEPT 2021

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HYMN: PRAISE MY SOUL, THE KING OF HEAVEN
Introduction Praise my soul (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  "Praise, my soul, the King of heaven" is based on Psalm 103, and was written by Henry Francis Lyte. It was first published in 1834 and is set to the music of John Goss in 1868

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 the Heaven,
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like thee his praise should sing?
Praise Him!
Praise the everlasting King.

2.
Praise him for this grace and favour
To our fathers in distress;
Praise him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide and swift to bless;
Praise him!
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.
Praise him!
Widely as his mercy flows.

4.
Angels in the heights adore him,
Ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon bow down before him:
Dwellers all in time and space,
Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace.


PRAYER
Intro Prayer Sept 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
As we open our hearts and minds in prayers let us ask in music that God will bless us with his Spirit…..Spirit of the living God

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.


Gracious, loving God,
Audio File: Prayer Sept 2021 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
There is nothing we desire more today than for you to bless us with your anointing of your Spirit. We know only too well how we sometimes find ourselves unable to be like you when called upon to resolve situations. We approach situations with the best of intentions but we need wisdom and strength beyond our own, dear God. We need your divine anointing so that people will recognise we speak your words and act as you would. So here today we acknowledge our inadequacy and ask for your all sufficiency.
Help us, we pray, not to be overwhelmed by thinking we must change the world for good in our strength but to understand that all you require us to do is to complete in your name the tasks you assign to us.
This we pray in the name of Jesus who gave us the words of the prayer we offer now.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Sung)
Audio file: (The Lord's Prayer) To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

HYMN: PRAISE TO THE HOLIEST
Introduction: Audio file:Intro Praise to the holiest (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)Praise to the Holiest in the height was written by J. H. Newman.  in 1865, and first published in the author's Verses on Various Occasions, in 1868. It forms part of a poem of some length, entitled The Dream of Gerontius..
Audio file: Praise to the holiest (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
1.
Praise to the holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise,
In all his words most wonderful,
Most sure in all his ways.

2.
O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.

3.
O wisest love! That flesh and blood,
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against their foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

4.
Praise to the holiest in the height,
And in the depth be praise,
In all his words most wonderful,
Most sure in all his ways.

CHORAL: ETERNAL GOD, OUR SONG WE RAISE
Introduction: Intro Eternal God Audio file: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
The majestic words of ‘Eternal God, our song we raise…’ were written by Catherine Baird and the music was composed by Les Condon, two remarkably talented Salvation Army officer. It is sung by the Chatham Salvation Army Songster Brigade.

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Eternal God, our song we raise
In thankful, overflowing praise,
For men of faith whose power was thine,
Whose love no barrier could confine;
They humbly offered Christ their bread,
And lo, the multitudes were fed!

2
We thank thee for the fruitful years,
The sacred gains of toil and tears,
For mighty works through weakness wrought,
For souls who led in deed and thought;
They followed Jesus in the light
And their loud anthems thrilled the night.

3
O may no longing of our own
Obscure the path by Jesus shown!
We would not thirst for earth’s reward
And lose the blessing of our Lord:
His cup of pain and grief and strife
That yieldeth up the gift of life.

4
Our Father, we beseech thee now:
Receive again our first pure vow
To stand though fire and tempest rage,
Nor fear the terrors of our age,
To love thee with a constant mind
And lose ourselves to save mankind.

5
Our great redeemer liveth still,
His love sustains us in thy will;
Because he conquered, we shall win,
His cross before, his joy within;
Our cheerful banners are unfurled,
For Christ has overcome the world.



BIBLE READING
Matthew 28:16-20
Audio file: Matthew 28: 16-20 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
16 ‘…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, baptising 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.”


BRASS:- A PSALM OF PRAISE
Audio file: Intro A Psalm of Praise (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
For the introduction of the Tone Poem for brass bands ‘A Psalm of Praise’ by James Curnow.I quote from the programme notes.
“This is a tone poem based on Psalm 100 which indeed is a song of praise. In fact this symphonic movement seemingly unfolds as a piece of original music, with fragmented excerpts from the hymn, ‘Praise my soul the king of heaven’ interjected from time to time into the development web.
When the complete tune sounds triumphantly, and in augmentation, in the stirring finale, the perceptive listener will be struck by the observation that all of the music in this tightly wrought piece is, in fact, derived directly from that hymn tune; yet Curnow has achieved a significant technical feat, for the appearance of the complete tune is the logical resolution of the entire musical argument, not just something inserted into the work to satisfy either denominational expectations or the gallery!”I think the writer of those words must have enjoyed the Song of Praise ! and I hope you do, too.

BRASS: A PSALM OF PRAISE
Audio file: A Psalm of Praise (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Audio file: God's tithes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
It sometimes said by Christians that they don’t profess to have any great talents with which to serve God, yet in the western world, few Christians are what we would describe as financially impoverished. We may not be rich but neither are we what could be described as poor.It is a simple fact that God’s work cannot be done without it is financed. Perhaps the greatest thing God does in our lives is to free up finance so that his work can be done. Those we look upon has having far more talent than we have cannot do much what God wants them to do unless we release what God is asking us to release. Those with great talent cannot make their talent available until, and unless, we release our talents-the gift of giving.May I invite you to receive God’s blessing as you allocate finance to which ever charge all ministry comes to your mind just now. Thank you for using your gift.

HYMN: SINCE THE LORD REDEEMED US
Introduction: Audio file: Intro Since the Lord redeemed us (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
These words were written by Albert Orsborn and the tune is the well known ‘Count your blessings.’
Audio file: Since the Lord redeemed us (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
1.
Since the Lord redeemed us from the power of sin,
Since his Spirit sealed us other lives to win,
Grace enough is given that we may endure,
And we prove the promises of God are sure.

Chorus
All the promises of God are sure,
Through the ages shall their truth endure;
Hallelujah! To the heart that's pure
All the gracious promises of God are sure.

2.
What the Lord ordaineth will be for the best,
Just to trust and follow him is perfect rest;
Never will he fail us if our faith is pure
For we know the promises of God are sure.

3.
Hope will give us courage in the darkest night,
Faith and love will make the heavy burden light;
Let us then be cheerful and our hearts assure
That the gracious promises of God are sure.

POEM: TIME
Audio file: POEM: TIME(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
Our time on earth is very short
Though long some days may seem,
The years pass by relentlessly,
At times just like a dream.
We put things off as though we have
An endless time to spend
But all the time we have is now,
We cannot time extend.
There is a time for everything
And we protest in vain
If added time we think we need,
God’s Word makes that quite plain.
So many hours each day there are
The tasks for God to do,
All else in turn must take its place
E’er day its path is through.
There’s time to worship, time to serve
And time to share our wealth.
Time to love and time to hate,
Give thanks for joys and health.
The time we have we must not waste,
It will not come again;
As God ordains so we must act
If we would own his name.


(Malcolm Westwood…
from volume 9
of the 'Well versed' series of poems)


CHORAL A WONDERFUL SAVIOUR IS JESUS IS JESUS, MY LORD
Introduction: Audio file: Intro A wonderful Saviour(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
Many, if not most, hymns have words written first and the tune is added but this particular hymn was written by Fanny Crosby specifically for the tune written by Wm. Kirkpatrick

Audio file: A wonderful Saviour (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 1.
A wonderful Saviour is Jesus, my Lord,
A wonderful Saviour to me:
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

Chorus
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of his love,
And covers me there with his hand.

2.
A wonderful Saviour is Jesus, my Lord,
He taketh my burden away;
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.

3.
With numberless blessings each moment he
crowns,
And, filled with his goodness divine,
I sing in my rapture: O glory to God
For such a redeemer as mine!



VOCAL SOLO: SUNRISE OF YOUR SMILE Soloist: Sandra Entermann.

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Introduction: Audio file: Intro Sunrise of your mile(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
In poetical and musical style, Sandra reminds us of the need to be aware of the importance of experiencing now what God provides for us and not to be focusing only on the future.

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Reject the worldly lie that says,
That life lies always up ahead,
Let power go before control
becomes a crust around your soul,
Escape the hunger to possess,
And soul-diminishing success,
This world is full of narrow lives,
I pray by grace your smile survives.

Chorus-
For I would wander weary miles,
Would welcome ridicule, my child,
To simply see the sunrise of your smile,
To see the light behind your eyes,
The happy thought that makes you fly,
Yes, I would wander weary miles,
To simply see the sunrise of your smile.


Now close your eyes so you can see,
Your own unfinished memories,
Now open them, for time is brief,
And you'll be blest beyond belief,
Now glance above you at the sky,
There's beauty there to blind the eye,
I ask all this then wait awhile,
To see the dawning of your smile.


SERMON

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Dr. Malcolm Westwood
Audio file: Sermon Sept 2021(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

I’d like to mention two points from the Bible reading in Matthew 28 we shared earlier. I’m sure you will have heard both many times but bear with me, please as I share the thoughts which God has led me to offer today.

The first is the confirmation from Jesus himself that he is going to be with us always. That’s not just a comforting thought. It’s a reassurance that as we obey his commands, he who has said that he has all authority in heaven and on earth and is with us will show us how to overcome the difficulties we find in that command.
The second is a look at the look at the original language of the specific command given here. We’ll understand that the final words of a person are usually very important. These are the final words on earth of Jesus to his disciples. We read he said ‘God and make disciples of all nations’. But a more explicit translation of his words are ‘
As you go, make disciples’. In other words our mission needs to be ‘do it today…..now….!’ We’re surrounded by neighbours, friends, acquaintances, people with whom we work. The command of Jesus is to make disciples of them. If that seems a tough ask, we can be reassured that Jesus who has all authority in heaven and earth has promised to be with us ….always. So unlikely disciples as some of the people we meet may seem to be, no one is beyond the combined ministry of Jesus and us. Jesus needs us to obey his commands-human to human, and we need him to share his authority when we are obeying his commands.
Perhaps sometimes we’re tempted to wait for a ‘better’ time to make disciples but as Jesus has promised that he’s going to be with us all the time, there is no better time than ‘now.’
It’s true that there will be those who may seem to reject the call of Jesus but to use the harvest illustration, if we don’t sow the seed, it can’t be reaped.
O the heartache Jesus must feel when having made the supreme sacrifice to free us from the penalty of our sin and to make it possible, by his power and authority , for us to make disciples, we protest that we are ill equipped to be effective to make disciples of all nations, especially when he has promised to be with us every moment of every day carrying with him all the authority on earth and in heaven.

It’s not that Christians don’t know what Jesus has promised to do for us and be to us, that we aren’t making disciples. It’s just that we’re waiting for ‘the right moment’. But the right moment is always ‘now’.

I was reminded of the need to act ‘now’ by our eldest daughter this week. Concerned for our welfare she asked us to do a LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney). Being of an independent mind, I hesitated at her obvious thought that it should be done ‘now’! There would surely be time next week, next month, next year …..when I wasn't so busy but having thought about it, I had to realise that the only time we have for certain is…..’now’. If I did not put my signature to the form, should some event arise which needed a decision I would be found wanting

And obeying the command of Jesus to make disciples is also a ‘now’. We cannot live in the future. But we can prepare others to live there. And this must be the Christian’s role
‘as we go on our way.’
If we wait for the opportunity to arise to lead someone to Christ, and make them a disciple the devil will make every effort to ensure that those opportunities are few and far between if they come at all.
The Holy Spirit has been sent to us to make available all the power and authority of Jesus for us to make disciples
as we go on our way.
God will undoubtedly bless the Christian crusades and the huge evangelical gatherings but what of the in between times. Jesus has promised to be with us
always to enable us to make disciples.

It won’t always be convenient for us; we can protest we’re too young, too old, too inexperienced, too busy –even too busy doing church work!-too many family commitments , too over worked in business or commerce. But our task is to make disciples as we go…continually….to view all non Christians as potential disciples.
What a privilege that is for us.

Can I emphasise once more that inadequate and unqualified as we may feel for this awesome responsibility, it was Jesus himself with all the authority on earth and in heaven who promised to be with us always –in every minute of every day –so the people we meet
as we go, will meet with us, seeing our interest in them with God’s overflowing love for them.
Satan is quaking right now as he sees us obeying the commands of Jesus to make disciples as we go on our way. Imagine what a state he will be in when each of us makes disciples. And what joy there will be in heaven as we make more and more disciples.

May you have great joy in obeying the command of Jesus.


A CLARE BENEDICTION
Audio file: A Clare Benediction(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)
May the Lord show his mercy upon you; may the light of his presence be your guide May he guard you and uphold you; may his spirit be ever by your side. When you sleep may his angels watch over you; when you wake may he fill you with his grace: May you love him and serve him all your days Then in heaven may you see his face. (Repeat the two verses)




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