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

 
JUNE 2020


INTRODUCTION,
Intro and Intro Jesus the name Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The service today aims to remind us that although we are living through anxious times and many are suffering the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, God has promised to be our refuge. We may not always understand how or why he answers our prayers in the way he does but his love for us is unquestionable.
I pray that the service will bring hope and encouragement to you in these difficult days.


HYMN: JESUS THE NAME HIGH OVER ALL
Introduction: The facts about this hymn are recorded by Charles Wesley in his Journal of 6th August, 1744. Having been preaching in the small church at Laneast, in Cornwall, and condemning the drunken revels of the people, whilst urging them to repent and be converted, one in the congregation contradicted and blasphemed.
Charles Wesley asked, “Who is he that pleads for the devil?” The reviler stood boldly forward, the preacher fearlessly exposed his iniquity, and showed the whole congregation their state by nature. Wesley’s withering exposure drove the man in disgrace out of the church. These circumstances are believed to have suggested the writing of the hymn.

The tune, Lydia, is attributed to
Thomas Phillips who was born in 1735 and died in 1807 but it cannot be actually verified that he was the composer.

05 Jesus! The nameAudio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
Jesus! the name high over all,
In hell or earth or sky;
Angels and men before it fall,
And devils fear and fly.

2
Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
The name to sinners giv’n;
It scatters all their guilty fear,
It turns their hell to Heav’n.

3
Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
And life into the dead.

4
O that mankind might taste and see
The riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me
Would all the world embrace.

5
His only righteousness I show,
His saving grace proclaim;
’Tis all my business here below
To cry Behold the Lamb!

6
Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His name,
Preach Him to all and cry in death,
Behold, behold the Lamb!



PRAYER
Prayer Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Our loving heavenly Father, from the confusion of earth we approach the place of tranquillity we recognise as your presence. We take a few moments to realise we are in the presence of the King of Kings who is the creator of our world and worlds unknown and for whom all things are possible.We are mindful of the privilege we have of being invited to a meeting with you at any time of our choosing. We can hardly believe that we take advantage of such opportunities so infrequently. Forgive us, dear Father God, for daring to think we can manage well enough on our own when you are so willing to offer us guidance and provision for all our needs.We would thank you for the patience you show us when we are so slow to accept that the way you have planned for us is the best one.Our relations and friends are on our hearts as we think of their needs today. We place them into your hands, O God, knowing you can do for them what no one else can do.The world has many pressing needs and we have limited resources so we ask that you will bless us with a miracle so that despite our limitations you will empower us to do your will and your work.We ask, please, to be made aware that as your disciples, we may reflect Jesus wherever we may be.These things we ask in the name of your precious Son, Jesus. Amen

HYMN: THROUGH ALL THE CHANGING SCENES OF LIFE
Intro Intro Though all the changing scenes Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Introduction
Words: This hymn is based on Psalm 34. The words are a combination of the work of Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady. Nahum Tate despite his somewhat less than worthy living was Poet Laureate to three British sovereigns. Brady was a prebendary-a member of the clergy, usually known as an honorary canon. He became chaplain to King William the third.

Music: George Thomas Smart who was an organist, composer and conductor. He helped found the London Philharmonic Society in 1813. In 1822, he was appointed organist at the Chapel Royal.


19 Through all the changing scenes Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
Through all the changing scenes of life,   
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
  My heart and tongue employ.

2
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
  With me exalt His name;
When in distress to Him I called,
  He to my rescue came.

3
The hosts of God encamp around
  The dwellings of the just;
Deliverance He affords to all
  Who on His succour trust.

4
Oh, make but trial of His love,
  Experience will decide
How blest are they, and only they,   
Who in His truth confide.

5
Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then
  Have nothing else to fear;
Make you His service your delight,
  Your wants shall be His care.

6
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore,
be glory, as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.


CHORAL
Intro Choral Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Introduction: Continuing to think of the troubled times we live in, here are some upbeat songs. . ‘WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD’, then ‘WHERE DO I GO’ and that is followed by a reminder to us that we have A WONDERFUL SAVIOUR IS JESUS MY LORD


WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD
Where could I go Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Living below, in this old sinful world
Hardly a comfort can afford
Striving alone, to face temptation's sword
Where could I go but to the Lord? 

Where could I go, oh where could I go?
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend, to help me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?

Neighbours are kind, I love them everyone
We get along in sweet accord
But when my soul, needs manna from above
Where could I go but to the Lord? 

Where could I go, oh where could I go?
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to help me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord? 

Life here is grand, with friends I love so dear
Comfort I get from God's own word
Yet when I face the chilling hand of death
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Where could I go Oh where could I go
Seeking a refuge for my soul
Needing a friend t o help me in the end
Where could I go but to the Lord?
Where could I go but to the Lord?



WHERE DO I GO
Where do I go Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Where do I go when I'm feeling down?
Who do I call when friends aren't around?
 I look to the lifter of my head,
Jesus, my Saviour, Lord and Friend.

Verse 2          
He will not suffer my foot to be moved,
The One who keeps me will watch over you.
Trust in the Lord, believe, have faith,
Lift up your voice to Him and say:


Chorus
I will lift up mine eyes to the hills
From whence cometh my help,
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

Coda
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

A WONDERFUL SAVIOUR IS JESUS MY LORD

1-04 A wonderful Saviour Audio file (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!



GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
God's tithes and our offerings Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
As followers of Jesus we are, of course, committed to sharing the great news of God’s forgiveness for the sin of everyone in the world. There are many ways we can do this but most ways need good old-fashioned finance! As Christians we have promised that we will do all we can to lead people into a relationship with God, and that means we need to allocate finance so this can be done.May I ask that in these quiet moments you might ask God to direct your thoughts to whatever church or ministry your giving would be most helpful.And as you give, may you be blessed indeed.


HYMN: LORD, SPEAK TO THAT I MAY SPEAK
Intro Lord, speak to me Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Introduction: Frances Ridley Havergal (14 December 1836 – 3 June 1879) was an English religious poet and hymnwriter.
Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me (also known as I Gave My Life for Thee) are two of her best known hymns. She also wrote hymn melodies, religious tracts, and works for children. She did not occupy, and did not claim for herself, a prominent place as a poet, but by her distinct individuality, she carved out a niche which she alone could fill.
When she was five, her father, a clergyman, removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." She was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral  on 17 July 1851 and we have much for which to thank Frances Havergal –for the lovely lovely hymns she wrote and left for us.

_Lord, speak to me Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1
Lord, speak to me that I may speak 
in living echoes of thy tone; 
as thou has sought, so let me seek 
thine erring children lost and lone.
2
O lead me, Lord, that I may lead 
the wandering and the wavering feet; 
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed 
thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
3
O fill me with thy fullness, Lord, 
until my very heart overflow 
in kindling thought and glowing word, 
thy love to tell, thy praise to show.
4
O use me, Lord, use even me, 
just as thou wilt, and when, and where, 
until thy blessèd face I see, 
thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.


BIBLE READING Psalm 46
Psalm 46 Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
10 
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.


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

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Sandra When answers aren't enough Audio file (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

me0021-3-3
Dr Malcolm Westwood

Sermon June 2020 Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Psalm 46
Wherever you may be in the world listening to this service, you will be in some sort of lockdown because of the covid19 pandemic.It’s a situation which is causing all kinds of difficulties including many heartaches for those who have lost loved ones through the virus and those who are still in intensive care.Inevitably we hear, ”Where is God to allow this to happen?”Seldom do we hear from those same people, ‘Isn’t God wonderful!” when lovely things happen in the world which, of course, happen so often. In fact, something wonderful happens every day from the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun. The Earth orbiting the sun at about 66,000 mph to travel 584,000,000 miles is something in itself for which to praise God.The earth travels like this, year in and year out, and subsequently we have light, heat, and everything needful to sustain life. A mile out of its orbit and the whole system of life by which we live would completely destroy the earth as we know it. We seldom hear a word of wonder for all that is miraculously right with the world.
The most we hear is, ”Lovely day, isn’t it!” God rarely gets a mention! But the moment we face some disaster, so many people immediately move into the blame game with God being the chief culprit. The centuries of the world’s miraculous existence is conveniently overlooked.A volcano erupts putting people in imminent danger of the flowing lava and people complain that God is disinterested in us, lacking in care to “let such a thing happen.” It seems to be ignored that houses have been built so near to a possible eruption that it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Earthquakes are labelled “natural disasters” and once again where buildings collapse and people are killed, the cry is heard, “How can God allow this to happen?”
Man is absolved from blame for building on the fault lines of the earth where earthquakes inevitably can happen. Once again, God is blamed for the tragedy. Which brings us to our present situation. We have a pandemic which is causing fear in so many people. The words pandemic and the word panic are going hand in hand. Few in our lifetime can remember such a pandemic although many diseases have been rampant until vaccines have been found. The fear is real and it’s contagious.And while the situation we are in is serious and we need to be responsible in our safeguarding of our family and others by responding to the guidelines of the governments and health officials, as Christians we are given some wonderful words here in Psalm 46.
“We will not fear.”

Well it’s one thing to say but it’s another to translate into actual feelings. We might ask why the psalmist can be so confident in his assertion that we will not fear?Well, he bases his conviction on verse 1;-“
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble.”
This psalmist continues that it doesn't matter even if the earth gives way or the mountains fall into the heart of the sea-God's people will not fear. That seems to cover earthquakes and tsunamis!

Admittedly one can look back in history and see the way God has miraculously freed his people under dreadful circumstances but realistically, situations such as the coronavirus affect all people.

Perhaps to fully understand the Psalmist’s claims that we will not fear because God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble, it will help if we project our minds to the time when God's people are at home with God in heaven. Looking back from there to our present time we will see that we were not separated from the love of God which assured us of our eternal and eventual home with him. He brought us through the time of doubts and even when we thought our world was collapsing we will realise that we were passing through yet another disaster caused by the carelessness and negligence of man. And even as we are here in 2020,we may not know all the details yet how the pandemic started we do know enough of its origin to know that if man had been more diligent in hygiene and been more particular about what so called ‘food’ should be avoided we would not be in the situation we are at the moment.

The scientific research reported in the UK’s Daily Telegraph tells us:-
“The source of the coronavirus is believed to be a "wet market" in Wuhan which sold both dead and live animals including fish and birds. 
Such markets pose a heightened risk of viruses jumping from animals to humans because hygiene standards are difficult to maintain if live animals are being kept and butchered on site. Typically, they are also densely packed allowing disease to spread from species to species.
The original host is thought to be bats. Bats were not sold at the Wuhan market but may have infected live chickens or other animals sold there.” 

So many complain that God should have prevented the disease while ignoring the obvious part man played in starting the problem

From the vantage in heaven we will see it was yet another part of our earthly passage to our home in heaven. Why would we have been afraid?!

We're human of course, and the passing of loved ones in a pandemic such as we are enduring at the moment is deeply distressing but hard as that is for loved ones, their ultimate destination as Christians is in God's wonderful heaven.
While we are on earth, we endure the situations of all people but whatever may come, God will continue to make good his promise to be with those who acknowledge him and accept the sacrifice of his Son for us. God reassures us of our eternal security in heaven with him.

The Psalmist illustrates in verse four, his conviction that God is our refuge and strength when he says, "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most high dwells.”
He’s referring to Jerusalem, of course, but the strange thing we might think is that while he refers to the river and streams which give life to the city, Jerusalem in fact, doesn't have a river. It's a city built on a hill. But the Psalmist insists Jerusalem will not fall however enemies may attack it. He says the river from which flows the streams makes glad the city of God.

A lack of water could cause serious problems for a city making it very vulnerable when attacked by an enemy. But the illustration, of course, means much more than the geographical position of the city of Jerusalem. It refers to what God is to his people. He is the life-giving river whose streams carry life to us, supplying us with all we need so that we will never be defeated by any circumstances even including Coronavirus.

We are told, therefore, never to fear being isolated by an enemy of whatever kind. God will sustain us. He is our refuge and his strength will flow into us.
And in the middle of the worst catastrophes the city could face, God will make the city glad. The streams of life will give us a peace that if we are here on earth or in eternity ,God is our refuge. The Psalmist is telling us that whatever crisis we may face, because God is with us
we need not fear. God is within us and because of that we will retain our faith and hope that we will survive. No adversity is strong enough, and no threat to our person is dire enough to rob us of the strength we have knowing that God is our refuge and strength.

Because God is with us and dwells in us in our hearts, we will be glad and we will realise his promise is true despite the pandemic we are living through.
I'm not suggesting that as Christians we will be immune to the suffering of Covid-19 or any other epidemic or tragedy but in all eventualities God will be with us and if we remember that he will be with us and bring us through these awful times, we will extinguish fear.
We might want to ask when what we are passing through will end/ when will our prayer for this present crisis be answered/when will we have an answer to the cries of mocking people who ask, "Where is your God?"
Well, verse 5 of the psalm says ‘God will help us at
break of day-in other words, when the time is perfect. We hear people who think it is illogical for God to stay his hand to stop or control the virus if he is omnipotent but look at the word ‘Selah’ in the psalm. It means, "pause for a moment and consider this." We can rush over the Psalmist’s words and not apply the reassurance that God is our refuge and strength to our situation. The earth might seem as though it is dissolving around us but God is an ever-present help in time of trouble. The psalmist helps us to see that because God is our refuge and strength, nothing can ever defeat him and if he is with us, that will equally apply to us. We can rest in his strength and to do that, we "just" need to be still and realise he is God, the creator of the world. He is God who gave Jesus to us and for us. He is the God who is permanently with us and he will act in this situation at break of day-at the perfect time.

There will always be a human inclination to think we know when God should act. Even the disciples thought they needed to know when Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel. It was an important situation and they wanted to know ‘when’. But we have human minds and we cannot, and do not, know all God knows. Jesus told his disciples, “It is not for you to know the times and dates….” The timing of the answering to our prayers is in the hands of God and many of us will have discovered that God answers our prayers when everything is perfectly in place. And however much we ask for the answer to be NOW, God will not be persuaded to give us less than a perfect answer. He loves us too much to give us half an answer. But the Psalmist doesn't say that God
may or might act. He says God will not fail us and will help us at break of day (V.5) ….and he will do so when the timing is perfect.

You and I have this loving, omnipotent God on our side and he is and will be our refuge and strength through this time of trouble and he will prove it, not by agreeing to our wanting of an answer to our prayer in our way and our time. He will prove it when we do as he asks us- to ‘Be still and know that I am
God.’

Can I suggest that we do that as we hear the music which will follow. He will remind us that He is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble .

BRASS: IN PERFECT PEACE
04 In Perfect Peace Audio file (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,  whose mind is stayed on Thee:

CHORAL: Numbers 6:24-26 
1-14 The Lord bless you Audio file (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 to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Amen




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‘THE ORDER OF CHRISTIAN ENCOURAGERS.’

DESCRIPTION OF THE ORDER
The order has been established to recognise the ministry of those who continually encourage others in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is available to Christians of all denominations
HOW A PERSON IS ADMITTED TO THE ORDER
A person may be nominated by a fellow church member and seconded by another church member. The person nominated is then asked if they are willing to accept admission to the order. On agreement, a short presentation ceremony is conducted which can be at the person’s church or held privately where a certificate and lapel badge (shown below) is presented and their name is entered on the roll of the order. The ceremony may be performed by the minister or, if invited, by a representative of the order.
(The emblem badge of the Order of Christian Encouragers)

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If you know of anyone in your church who is an exceptional encourager and you would like them to be recognised by being awarded with admission to the order, do please feel free to contact me on mw@veilministries.org for details how the order can be presented.
(Of course, such people may prefer not to be so recognised and it is only with their agreement that the Order is bestowed.)

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up….”



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