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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


NOVEMBER 2019


HYMN: BE THOU MY VISION
Introduction:
01 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 best-known English version, with some minor variations, was translated by Eleanor Hull and published in 1912. Since 1919 it has been commonly sung to an Irish folk tune, known as “Slane” in church hymnals, and is one of the most popular hymns in the United Kingdom. The tune Slane is an old Irish folk song. It became a hymn tune when it was arranged by David Evans and set to these words published in the Church Hymnary (1927).

Audio File:02 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;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art -
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

3
Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tow'r:
raise thou me heav'n-ward, O Pow'r of my pow'r.

4
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

5
High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'n's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


PRAYER
Audio file:Service Nov 2019.mp3 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Almighty God, unhesitatingly we bow before you because we acknowledge you as the creator of our world. Every sign of life reminds us of you and your amazing provision for us. Forgive us for taking so much for granted. We take these moments to realise that everything we are and everything around us is created by your hand. We find it hard to understand how anyone can ignore you, or even worse, disbelieve in your existence when daily miracles of creation happen.So it is with awe and gratitude that we approach you-and that in itself is an astonishing privilege for us. Out of all the millions of created beings, you offer each of us unlimited access and limitless time with you.Naturally, therefore, we feel the need to bring to you the personal concerns we have but also the anxieties which the conditions of the world are causing us. Nations are in conflict with each other, people are starving because the priorities of the leaders of the nations are centred on striving for power. We would ask for the misery caused to those in need to be eased, please, dear God.We also ask for your intervention in the curse of diseases.

We cannot understand what causes so many diseases to exist and develop and though we are grateful for the success of medical science, there are still areas of ill health which are causing great heartache, dear God. We bring to you those who are suffering, and ask that in your love and mercy, you will bless them with the miracles they need. Some need an immediate miracle and there are so many others who would benefit from cures being discovered by the medical scientists. We ask for your guidance for the medical researchers.

We dare to pray for miraculous breakthroughs in medical discoveries. Give hope to those who are suffering we pray dear, God.Most of all, we ask that your presence will be felt by our relatives, our friends and those who need to know and accept you, to join with us on our journey into your eternity.These things we ask in the precious and worthy name of Jesus.
Amen.

HYMN: IMMORTAL INVISIBLE
Introduction: 04 Intro Immortal (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The words were written by Walter Chalmers Smith. The Free Church of Scotland elected him as its moderator during its Jubilee year in 1893.  It’s usually sung to the tune we use today, St Denio which is based on "A Hundred Years from Now", a traditional Welsh ballad popular in the early nineteenth century. It was first published as a hymn tune in John Roberts' Hymns of the Sanctuary, 1839. 
The tune title refers to St. Denis, the patron saint of France. The final stanza is a jubilant profession of how God blesses.

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05 Immortal Invisible (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise, 
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, 
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, 
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
2.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, 
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; 
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above 
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
3.
To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small; 
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all; 
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, 
And wither and perish - but naught changeth Thee.
4.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, 
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight; 
All praise we would render; O help us to see 
Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee!

BRASS: ON THE ROAD
Introduction: 06 Intro On the Road (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) This suite by Salvation Army Major, Howard Davies of Australia is divided into three perspectives of the Christian walk: 1.’Road of joy’ featuring the composer’s own tune, ’On the Way To Heaven.’ 2.’Road of Sorrow’ using the song ‘The Christ of the Human Road.’ 3. ‘Road of Adventure’ in which the composer uses another of his own composition from a musical he wrote (Soldier Saint), ‘Long Way to Travel Alone.’
It is played by the New York Staff band of The Salvation Army.

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07 On the Road (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

CHORUS MEDLEY sung by children

Introduction:
08 Intro Children's Choruses (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Many of you will have sung these choruses at Sunday school in days gone by. Perhaps you’d like to sing along with the children…..

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09 Chorus Medley (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

I’m H.A.P.P.Y. I’m H.A.P.P.Y.
I know I am, I’m sure I am,
I’m H.A.P.P.Y.

I will make you fishers of men,
Fishers of men, fishers of men.
I will make you fishers of men,
If you follow Me. If you follow Me, 
If you follow Me,
I will make you fishers of men,
If you follow Me.

Wide, wide as the ocean
High as the heavens above
Deep, deep as the deepest sea
Is my Saviour’s love
I, though so unworthy,
Still I’m the child of his care
For his word teaches me
That his love teaches me
Everywhere

The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
And the rain came tumbling down.
And the rain came down and the floods came up,
The rain came down and the floods came up,
The rain came down and the floods came up,
And the house on the rock stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rain came tumbling down.
And the rain came down and the floods came up,
The rain came down and the floods came up,
The rain came down and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand fell flat.

Zacchaeus was a very little man
and a very little man was he.
He climbed up into a sycamore tree
for he wanted the Lord to see.
And when the Saviour passed that way
he looked into the tree [spoken]
and said ' Now Zacchaeus, you come down,
for I'm coming to your house for tea.'

In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody with heavenly harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody;
There rings a melody of love.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Sweetest name I know
Fills my every longing
Keeps me singing as I go


GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
Audio file: 10 God's tithes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
When we look around the world and see so many needs, we’re often tempted to perhaps shrug our shoulders at the seeming impossibility of doing anything to improve the lot of those who are in need and those who live lives without hope. We realise there are such people in the streets where we live and recognise their situation is replicated worldwide. We cannot feed the world, of course or house the homeless of the world or give them employment but we can enrich their lives by giving them hope as we tell them about Jesus.
But even our efforts to do that can be limited by the money that is available to finance the missions committed to thatLet us therefore take a few moments to listen to God’s guidance as to where we should provide financial support. All churches, all missions are grateful for financial support, of course, so let us be guided to give our finance to where we feel God is using that particular ministry to bring blessing. May your decision give you peace of mind and heart.

HYMN BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD
Introduction: 11 Intro Before the throne (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
One of the more modern hymns which contain some important Biblical truths.
Audio file:
12 Before the throne (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
Before the throne of God above 
I have a strong and perfect plea 
A great High Priest whose name is love 
Who ever lives and pleads for me 
My name is graven on His hands 
My name is written on His heart 
I know that while in heav'n He stands 
No tongue can bid me thence depart 
No tongue can bid me thence depart 

2
When Satan tempts me to despair 
And tells me of the guilt within 
Upward I look and see Him there 
Who made an end of all my sin 
Because the sinless Saviour died 
My sinful soul is counted free 
For God the Just is satisfied 
To look on Him and pardon me 
To look on Him and pardon me 

3
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb 
My perfect, spotless Righteousness 
The great unchangeable I AM 
The King of glory and of grace 
One with Himself, I cannot die 
My soul is purchased by His blood 
My life is hid with Christ on high 
With Christ my Saviour and my God 
With Christ my Saviour and my God 


BIBLE READING 1 Thessalonians 5
Audio file 13 1 These 5 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.


ACTS 9:26-31
Audio file 14 Acts 14 9_26-31 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.


CHORAL: BELIEVE IT!
Introduction 15Intro Believe it! (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) A country and Western style song follows which reminds us of the joy which comes to those who simply hear God’s word and believe it. How much anxiety we could avoid if we just believed what God tells us! It’s a toe tapper and here are some of the words.
Audio file: 16 Believe It! (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Faith is the essence of things unseen
The substance of things hoped for
God's word has said it and I believe it
For the miracle has happened to me

God said it and I believe it
and that settles it for me
God said it and I believe it
and that settles it for me

Though some may doubt that His word is true
I've chosen to believe it, now how about you?
God said it and I believe it
And that settles it for me

God is the Author and He's the ending
Of all that I believe in
Life more abundant is yours for the asking
The miracle can happen to you

God said it and I believe it
and that settles it for me
God said it and I believe it
and that settles it for me

Though some may doubt that His word is true
I've chosen to believe it, now how about you?
God said it and I believe it
And that settles it for me


HYMN: ONWARD CHRISTAN SOLDIERS
Introduction: 17 Intro Onward Christian Soldiers (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) Words: Sabine Baring-Gould was born in Exeter (UK) on 28 January 1834.He was the eldest son and heir of Edward Baring-Gould (1804–1872), who held one of those strange old English titles,  ‘Lord of the manor of Lew Trenchard’. Although Sabine was an angelical priest he inherited that title. He was throughout his life, a hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist, folk song collector and eclectic scholar. His bibliography consists of more than 1240 publications

The music: St. Gertrude  is by Arthur Sullivan who, of course, is best known for his operatic collaborations with W. S. Gilbert. In all, Sullivan's artistic output included 23 operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios, two ballets, one song cycle, incidental music to several plays, numerous hymns and other church pieces, and a large body of songs, parlour ballads, part songs, carols, and piano and chamber pieces.

This is a brass and voice up tempo arrangement of 3 verses of this wonderful old hymn and I’d like to think that Sir Arthur Sullivan would very much approve of it.

Audio file:
18 Onward Christian Soldiers (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle
See his banners go.

Chorus
Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!


2.
Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod.
We are not divided,
All one body we,
One in hope, in doctrine,
One in charity.

Chorus
Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!


3.
Crowns and thrones may perish.
Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus
Constant will remain.
Gates of Hell can never
'Gainst the Church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise,
And that cannot fail.

Chorus
Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!


CHORAL: SHARE MY YOKE
Introduction:
19 Intro Share my yoke (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Words and Music by Joy Webb

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20 Share my yoke (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

When I'm tired and nothing's going right for me;
When things I've counted on just do not come my way;
When in my mind the thick grey folds of doubt arise,
It's then I seem to hear him say:

Share my yoke and find that I am joined with you.
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share my yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our "togetherness" my peace you'll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!

When I'm perplexed and no one's understanding me;
When even safest thoughts collapse in disarray;
When I've lost the things that always seemed so sure,
It's then I need to hear him say:

Share my yoke and find that I am joined with you.
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share my yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our "togetherness" my peace you'll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!

When I'm alone and nothing's getting through to me;
And isolation that increases day by day;
When closest friends can seem a thousand miles away,
It's then I long to hear him say:

Share my yoke and find that I am joined with you.
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share my yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our "togetherness" my peace you'll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!


EUPHONIUM SOLO: “SHEPHERD SONG’. Soloist: Adrian Horwood.
Introduction: 21 Intro Shepherd Song (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This devotional solo uses melodies set to two paraphrases of Psalm 23-”Contentment”
By Keith Banks and “St Columba , an ancient Irish hymn tune.

Audio file:
22 Shepherd Song (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

VOCAL SOLO: COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING.

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Soloist: Sandra Entermann

Introduction: 23 Intro Come tho fount (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Once again we turn to Sandra to bless us with a vocal solo.
Robert Robinson (1735-1790) wrote this hymn when he was 22 years old in 1757. Later he wondered away from the Lord and his walk became lukewarm. 
One day, when he was riding a stagecoach, a young woman entered the coach singing this hymn after having attended a church meeting. He said crying to her that he had penned that hymn years ago as a young believer and would give a thousand worlds to enjoy that feeling again when he first wrote it. The woman replied “Streams of mercy are still never ceasing”

Audio File:
24 Come thou fount (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me ever to adore thee
May I still thy goodness prove
While the hope of endless glory
Fills my heart with joy and love

2
Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by thy help I've come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed his precious blood.

3
Come, thou Fount, Come thou King,
Come thou precious prince of peace
Hear your bride to you we sing
Come thou fount of our blessing
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness like a fetter,
Bind my closer still to thee.

4
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, Lord, take and seal it,
Seal it for thy courts above.
Come, thou Fount Come thou King,
Come thou precious prince of peace
Hear your bride to you we sing
Come thou fount of our blessing

SERMON

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Dr Malcolm Westwood

Audio file: SERMON Nov 2019 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
If you could choose the inscription on your gravestone, I wonder what you would choose?! And I wonder if people reading it would agree with how you see yourself. It's natural that we would hope that other people would think well of us, perhaps overlooking our faults and remembering kindly the better attributes we have tried to show.

Well, one such person would have no trouble in finding an epitaph because in our Bible reading Barnabas is mentioned. We don’t know too much about him. He comes on to the scene in Acts chapter 4 selling some land to help his fellow Christians in Jerusalem. The Christians there were a mixture of people from the city and others who had arrived from neighbouring nations who had decided to remain there after the miraculous day of Pentecost in A.D. 31. Some were experiencing desperate financial need. Barnabas was a Levite from Cyprus and was related to Mark the writer of one of the Gospels. His name was actually Joses or Joseph but the disciples nicknamed him ‘Barnabas’ which means,” Son of encouragement.” So that’s sorted out the inscription for
his tombstone! What a wonderful reputation to have!
In Acts chapter 11 verse 24 it is recorded that “he was a good man full of the Holy Spirit and faith.” He delighted in hearing of others being encouraged in the faith and he, himself, seem to excel at encouraging.
We have a little more information about Barnabas in Acts chapter 9 verses 26 to 30 where it tells us that when Paul tried to join the church, the disciples, knowing of his persecution of the members of the church were very hesitant to contemplate welcoming such a man into their fellowship. But who was the first person to support his request? It was Barnabas!
It’s not an unreasonable assumption that had Paul attempted to join the church in Jerusalem and Antioch without the encouragement of Barnabas, it is unlikely that Paul would have been admitted.
Acts chapter 11 verse 22 we’re told it was Barnabas who was sent from the church in Jerusalem to Antioch saying that he “encouraged them to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” While there was some reluctance to accept Gentiles, this was not so for Barnabas. He lived up to his nickname-and encouraged and welcomed them into the church.
He was a good mentor to Paul and certainly had the essential blessing of the Holy Spirit and one gets the impression from the Bible references that along with his anointing, he had a delightful humbleness in his apostleship.

Barnabas was influential in the early developments on the new Testament Church. I’m sure many people came to know the Lord through his preaching but equally others would come to want to know Jesus through Barnabas’ example and his encouragement.Although we don’t know what eventually happened to him, one thing we can be sure about is that if anyone who knew him paused to read on his tombstone, ‘Barnabas, Son of Encouragement’ they would nod their head and say, ’Yes, that sums him up perfectly.’

As we are all aware there is an expectation on every Christian to encourage each other in the faith. It is actually not merely a
suggestion. Encouragement is seen to be so essential it is a gift of the Holy Spirit to be received and used for the benefit of the Church

In John 13:34-35 we read, we have the words of Jesus:
34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Loving one another isn’t loving without encouraging each other.

The gift of encouragement or exhortation is found in Paul’s list of gifts in Romans 12:7-8. The word translated “encouragement” or “exhortation” is the Greek word paraklésis, related to the word paracleteParaklésis basically means “a call to one’s side.” Paraklésis carries the idea of bringing someone closely alongside in order to “encourage,” “give joy,” and “comfort” him or her.

But it is all too easy to choose
who we should encourage!
Like the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 where we are told the expectation on us is to make disciples, we can abdicate those responsibilities to the minister or to those extrovert Christians who find it easier than perhaps we do!
But just as God expects us to respond to his guidance to use our unique personalities to lead people to him, so he expects us to encourage each other as we live for him.

We can be so busily involved in church life with the various activities that we can assume all our fellow Christians are always serving the Lord with gladness and they are untouched by problems of any kind! In reality, we know that’s unlikely yet so often we are hesitant to offer that much needed encouragement because we can feel it’s not something we feel comes naturally to us.

Would it be too extreme to say that if we believe we are expected to follow the example of Jesus yet leave some of his examples to others to carry out, simply reduces our church to a place where we go to worship a God in whom we profess to believe but feel we can choose which of his leadings we prefer to observe.

Of course there are the Barnabases who have and use the gift of encouragement in abundance. And how blessed we are because of them.
I’m sure most of us will have felt the benefit of words or acts of encouragement. It’s been my experience to observe what encouragement from what might seen unlikely sources can do. People have been encouraged to get through difficult times and have stayed in a church to become really helpful examples and encouragers to others.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of encouragement is the mixture of what it can prevent and on the other hand what it can produce.

The story is told of a man who stood in his local market place giving out Christian tracts outlining how people can be saved. He stood there faithfully for a long while but one day, not having seen any response or interest he gave up that ministry. Many years later he was searched for by a man who had received one of the Christian tracts. He had emigrated to the USA where he had followed the instructions on the tract and had become a minister of a church where he had led many to receive the Lord Jesus. The man who had given up his market place ministry was distraught at the thought of how many opportunities in all the years he had lost because he had become disheartened in his ministry.
What a difference a single word of encouragement could have made.

All of us at times need to be encouraged. Some of those times are obvious, others not so.

I do not know of any Christian who leads a life without challenges, some of them severe. I think of a friend of mine who went as a missionary and whose wife was raped by the very people to whom they went to serve and share the love of God. And of a young Christian doctor who went to a country where disease was rife and caught the very disease he went to treat. He died and left a wife and young children. Of course one would like to think they are extreme situations but all Christians will experience or will experience their own challenges.
Some of our fellow Christians will be reluctant to ‘burden’ anyone but they need our loving encouragement. And encouraging each other is vital for the well being of God’s Church. It not only helps to create a genuinely lovely atmosphere in which to worship together, it is sensed by newcomers to the church

My message today therefore is for each of us to pledge ourselves to become an active encourager. Let us not let a week go by without we seek an opportunity to encourage a fellow Christian in the way God leads us.

In most churches recognition is often readily-and rightly so- given to those who minister in various visible ways. Some are involved in the churches caring groups and freely give their time. Their service is noticeable and hopefully appreciated.

But If I may, just a word about those extraordinary people whose gift of encouragement is exceptional. I think of a friend who in retirement has made over 2,000 cross stitch book marks with a Christian message on each of them. And she continues to do so.

There are such quiet people who are often unnoticed in the congregation yet who have an unerring ability to discern those who are in need of a word of encouragement and give it so beautifully in a Christlike way. They know just when an arm around the shoulders is appropriate, who make a phone call for no other reason than they’re prompted by the Lord to do so, -who invite someone out for a coffee because they feel someone needs the comfort of a chat. And such people are wonderful assets to a church. But they are seldom –if ever- recognised. They have hearts burning with a desire to serve the Lord by loving their fellow Christians and not only seeking to encourage them but their ministry of encouragement extends to those who, like my friend and her bookmark ministry reach far beyond the church.

If I may I would like to share with you that Veil Ministries is launching a way of recognising those exceptional encouragers.

We are establishing
‘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@veilminitries.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.)


May I ask that this coming week, all of us will set our hearts on 1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up….”

HYMN: HELP US TO HELP EACH OTHER, LORD
These words were written by Charles Wesley. The tune Fewster fits them beautifully. Unfortunately there is no recording of any singing them but as the music is played, perhaps you will feel the words fit the thoughts I have shared with you earlier.
Audio file: 26 Help is to help
1.
Help us to help each other, Lord,
Each other's cross to bear;
Let each his friendly aid afford,
And feel his brother's care.

2.
Help us to build each other up,
Our little stock improve;
Increase our faith, confirm our hope,
And perfect us in love.

3.
Up into thee, our living head,
Let us in all things grow,
Till thou hast made us free indeed
And spotless here below.

BENEDICTION
May you be inspired and guided by God to encourage and build each other up in faith and by the presence of the Holy Spirit increase the witness of the church by revealing Jesus as the Saviour for the world. Amen





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