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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

JULY 2019




HYMN: CHRIST IS MADE THE SURE FOUNDATION Introduction 01 Intro Christ is made (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Words: Latin, seventh century.
It was translated from Latin to English by John Neale. The tune is ‘Westminster Abbey’ by Henry Purcell, ca. 1680; adapted by Ernest Hawkings, 1842

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02 Christ is made(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
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Christ is made the sure Foundation,
Christ the Head and Cornerstone;
Chosen of the Lord, and precious,
Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion’s Help forever,
And her Confidence alone.
2
To this temple, where we call Thee,
Come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
With Thy wonted loving-kindness
Hear Thy servants as they pray.
And Thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls alway.
3
Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants
What they ask of Thee to gain;
What they gain from Thee forever
With the blessèd to retain,
And hereafter in Thy glory
Evermore with Thee to reign.
4
Laud and honour to the Father,
Laud and honour to the Son,
Laud and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three and ever One;
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run.

PRAYER
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03 Prayer(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Gracious, Almighty, God, thank you for the privilege of coming into your presence at any time of our choosing. We marvel that whereas we might never be allowed an audience with an earthly monarch, you allow us access to you so readily. But we do not take this privilege lightly for we remember it is pat of the miracles you continually provide for us.
Because you bid us come into your presence with our needs and cares as well as our praise and adoration, we confess that we meet situations which can only be changed by your will and power.
We think of those we love who are so sick and the future looks bleak for them. We find it difficult to find the right words of hope when eternity is something they quite naturally want to delay so they can enjoy more time with their loved ones here on earth.
So we ask for your divine guidance, dear God, on the medical research scientists that cures may be found for the illnesses which we view as so horrible.
Then we bring to you the people in countries who are in need of the basic things in life, food, shelter and safety. We pray that the leaders of such nations will put the needs of their people as their priority. Grant to the Christians of those nations the opportunity and courage to influence the leaders.
We pray for our brothers and sister Christians wherever they may be that they will continue to be inspired by the Holy Spirit so that the world becomes a place where the plans and actions reflect the nature of Jesus.
These things we ask in his name. Amen.

HYMN: O FOR A HEART TO PRAISE MY GOD
Introduction:04 Intro For a heart (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Words: Charles Wesley to whom we are indebted for so many hymns which stir the singer’s heart and teach us so much sound doctrine.
Music Thomas Haweis After practicing as a physician, Haweis attended Christ’s College, Cambridge, then took Holy Orders. He became chaplain to Lady Huntingdon’s chapel at Bath, England, and rector at All Saints’ Church in Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire.

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05 O for a heart(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

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O for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood
So freely shed for me.
2
A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer’s throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.
3
A humble, lowly, contrite, heart,
Believing, true and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
From him that dwells within.
4
A heart in every thought renewed
And full of love divine,
Perfect and right and pure and good,
A copy, Lord, of Thine.
5
Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart;
Come quickly from above;
Write Thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new, best name of Love.


MALE VOICES JESUS THOU ART EVERYTHING TO ME
Introduction: 06 Intro Jesus thou art everything (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

This lovely song of consecration was written by Edward Henry Joy who was born in Canterbury, England in 1871.
The words of the chorus and music for the song were written by Arthur Arnott

Music file: 07 Jesus thou art everything (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Jesus, tender lover of my soul,
Pardoner of my sins, and friend indeed,
Keeper of the garden of my heart,
Jesus, Thou art everything to me.

Jesus, Thou art everything to me;
Jesus, Thou art everything to me;
All my lasting joys are found in Thee;
Jesus, Thou art everything to me.

What to me are all the joys of earth?
What to me is every sight I see,
Save the sight of Thee, O Friend of mine?
Jesus, Thou art everything to me.

Here I lay me at Thy bleeding feet;
Deepest homage now I give to Thee;
Hear Thy whispered love within my soul;
Jesus, Thou art everything to me.

CHORAL: SINGIN’ IN THE HEAVENLY CHOIR
Introduction: 08 Intro Singing' in the heavenly choir (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

A country and Western style gospel song which though in contrast to the traditional hymns allows us to express our joy and hope in all God has in store for us.

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09 Singing' in the heavenly choir (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


HYMN: JESUS! THE NAME HIGH OVER ALL
Introduction: 10 Intro Jesus the name (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

This is one of those hymns which, as Dr. Telford remarks, has “stamped itself deep in the religious life of Methodism.” Few hymns have been more quoted by Methodist ministers in their dying hours than this, especially the last stanza. In this service, our world-wide congregation is comprised of many different denominations but whatever your religious background may be, we can join together is singing these marvellous words.

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11 Jesus! The name (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

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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 the world might taste and see
The riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me
Would all mankind embrace.
5
His only righteousness I show,
His saving grace proclaim;
’Tis all my business here below
To cry “Behold the Lamb!”
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Happy, if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His Name,
Preach Him to all and cry in death,
“Behold, behold the Lamb!”


GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS
12 God's tithes (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
We are not asked to finance the whole of God’s work, just to share in doing so.
We cannot possibly give to God in the same way that he gave-and gives- to us yet those who realise all he has done for us will want to help others to come to know him. Can I invite you to meditate a little so God can direct your thoughts to where your financial support of his work will be most helpful.

BRASS: JUST AS I AM
Introduction: 13 Intro Just As I Am (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Those who like brass band music will be pleased to hear Wilf Heaton’s ‘Just As I am.’ It’s a masterful piece of writing –one of his best in the opinion of many. There is very little that can be added by way of explanation other than to say the well-known hymn is brought to life in a very beautiful way through the medium of the brass band.
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14 Just As I Am (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


ORGAN: WIDOR’S TOCCATA IN F
15 Intro Widor's toccata in F (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This arrangement is surprisingly simple, yet creates a unique dynamic, unrivalled by any former or subsequent composition. It is theoretically an easy piece to learn, but requires an element of discipline, as the composition changes key with every phrase.

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16 Widor's Toccata in F (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


VOCAL SOLO THE WONDER OF GOD’S LOVE
Introduction: 17 Intro The Wonder of God's Love(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

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Soloist: Sandra Entermann

Our resident soloist, Sandra Entermann offers us contemporary words to bless us in her solo.
The Australian part of our congregation might be interested to know that Sandra is a co-leader of a party going to the Holy Land later in the year. Can you imagine Sandra singing at some of the Holy sites there! Someone is in for a very special blessing!

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18 The Wonder of God's Love (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


Once I felt such loneliness
I had such pain inside
I tried to find somehow the way, the love
That brings great peace of mind
Christ brought hope with gentleness
He took my pain away
He came to stay within my heart and mind
God makes my day so fine

I see the summer rain
Sunshine that paints pretty rainbows
Hard times I’ve been through
Good times I’ve come to
And I’ll be a true reflection now of
The wonder of God’s love

God’s creation makes us wise
The trees, the sunset, starlight in the skies
Nature’s in harmony
Just watch a baby smile
Jesus, thanks for loving me
Please help me now to live
With more honesty
You’ve taught me Who love is
For You have set me free

I see the summer rain
Sunshine that paints pretty rainbows
Hard times I’ve been through
Good times I’ve come to
And I’ll be a true reflection now of
The wonder of God’s love.

I see the summer rain
Sunshine that paints pretty rainbows
Hard times I’ve been through
Good times I’ve come to
And I’ll be a true reflection now of
The wonder of God’s love
The wonder of God’s love
The wonder of God’s love

BIBLE READING
John 14: 25-31 
19 John 14: 25-31 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


 All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.  I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,  but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.

SERMON

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Dr Malcolm Westwood


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20 Sermon July 2019 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

I sometimes hear people say that they find the Bible hard to understand. But I’m always impressed how deep the teaching of Jesus walls to his disciples to his disciples. They were not without skills in their own sphere but none of them professed to be theologically trained.
Jesus could not have picked a more diverse group of men to accomplish His divine purpose. By human standards, the twelve had very little in common with one another—one unpredictable fisherman, possibly one with a bias against Nazareth, a fanatic Jewish nationalist, a despised tax-collector, a sceptic/pessimist, two “Sons of Thunder” with explosive tempers, and a covetous betrayer. They argued among themselves about which disciple would be the greatest (Luke 9:46; 22:24). Repeatedly, Jesus spoke of His betrayal, death, and resurrection (Matthew 16:21-22; Mark 9:30; Luke 18:31-34), yet the disciples faltered. It’s clear to us that they really didn’t understand some of his teachings

Jesus taught some deeply spiritual truths such as, “The counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” He then goes on to say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid…” he told them he was going away that he was going to come back and they should be glad that he was going away to the father because, he said, the father ‘is greater then me.’ He told them these things so when they happened they would believe.
He said ‘the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me.’There are books by the hundreds in print about what Jesus meant and the impact it has eventually had upon the world but that’s because we have had more than 2000 years to study his words to be informed by the scholarship of academics. The disciples had no experience of the kind of work that the Holy Spirit would be coming to do. The Old Testament has many references to the Spirit of God and the disciples would have been aware of those Old Testament accounts.

The Spirit participated in creation
(Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; Is. 32:15).

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The spirit gave extraordinary powers to people like Joshua,
Numbers 27:18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand on him.

And in Gideon,
Judges 6:34 Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon

And Samson
Judges 14:5,6
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As the approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The spirit of the Lord came upon him in power so that tore the lion apart with his bare hands…

And Saul
1 Samuel 10:9,10

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying.

The disciples of Jesus would have heard such stories.

Yet it’s clear to us that they really didn’t understand some of the teaching of Jesus.

 1“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4“And you know the way where I am going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”

And although we, with all the accumulated teaching through the years, don’t have too much difficult understanding the answer Jesus gave-“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me’ I doubt very much that it satisfied Thomas!
No wonder Jesus said to them ‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’

I’m sure that, like me, you have read and heard read many times such passages as I read earlier in the service. And in our time we cherish the words of Jesus and not infrequently we quote among ourselves the comforting words of Jesus, “You will have peace-not the kind of peace which the world talks about. You will receive a peace that nothing can take away from you, not even the worst of circumstances you may be facing. The word he uses for ‘peace’ is ‘Shalom’ which doesn’t just mean the absence of trouble. It means in that peace (shalom) there will be everything for our good. And when the Holy Spirit came the disciples were going to have an experience which they had never had before and which they would need to do all that Jesus commanded them. Yes, the Old Testament accounts of the Holy Spirit anointed certain individuals miraculously. And it was by the Holy Spirit’s power in implementing the will of God which brought about creation itself but at the time we know as Pentecost, there was going to be a change,- The Holy Spirit would want to anoint all believers. And he would remind the disciples of what Jesus had said.
Why would he do that? Jesus spoke the words of his Father. Jesus said ‘I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.’ And by the power of The Holy Spirit in the disciples from Pentecost onwards they would be able to understand and do what Jesus had said and done. Sadly how often do we claim to be limited in what we can do for God when in fact God has sent the Holy Spirit so that we would be
UNlimited.

One of the amazing things I’ve learned over the years is not only are we blessed by the scholarship of the academics who teach us of the customs of the Jewish way of life and the structure of the synagogue and the worship in the Temple, it’s how the Holy Spirit
continues to open our spiritual eyes and this is where I’d like to share with you one of those experiences.

The verses I shared earlier may well have been somewhat confusing to the disciples.
Just previously, Thomas had been completely mystified when Jesus had said he was going to his Father’s house and he was going there to prepare a place for them and when it was ready he’d come back and take them with him and he added that they knew the way to the place where he was going. In colloquial language, Thomas said ‘Well I for one don’t know where you’re going and I certainly don’t know how to get there!’
Philip is baffled as well…’Show us the Father and that will be enough for us’ he said to Jesus.
Precisely what Philip had in mind, who knows!

And then there must have been yet more questions in their mind. They’re not looking back, as we are, with the benefit of seeing all that has happened since those days and seeing how the words of Jesus have been lived out in so many wonderful ways by the millions of his disciples though they years. But the first disciples had no precedence to guide them-just the words and the promise of Jesus so they must have wondered -
How would the Advocate appear to them? How would he teach them? What was this peace that they would have? And as they were already disliked by the leaders of the synagogues it must have been hard to understand how they need not be troubled!
As to going away and returning, that’s a first! While Jesus was with them they were reasonably sure that with his miraculous power which they had seen him use, they could be sure he had the power to protect them and get them out of any difficult situations. But he said if they loved him they would be happy he was going to the Father. That must have seemed odd because to them that meant they were going to be on their own. How was he going to return? Did he mean that he was going to ‘do’ a Lazarus? And if so, who would do that.

His words must have sounded wonderful yet their heads must have been in a whirl.
How? Why? When? If? What if? Who would? What then?

And just as I was trying to put myself in the shoes of the disciples hearing the words of Jesus, I heard him say 5 such ordinary words but they were such amazing words…
‘Come now, let us leave.’
Though they had so many questions going round and round in their minds, there was work to be done. And they had to be walking with Jesus NOW!

I must confess I felt a little chastised as I suspect you might be too. We are so inclined to worry about not understanding the deep meaning of what the Bible says that we can sometimes forget that what is most important is that people see us walking with Jesus. The answers to our questions can wait until later but right now, he says ‘Come on, it’s time we were going-now!


Allow me a personal comment. I’ve been turning over in my mind an idea, which I feel, is of God. And I’ve discovered how easy it is want to know every possible aspect of it is before I implement the idea. ‘What if’, and ‘but’ seem to demand constant attention. Yet from the verses we shared earlier I hear, ‘Come on- we need to get going-
now.

All disciples need to be seen to be walking in his ways, doing what we know he would do, ministering to those who are sad and lonely, reaching out to those who are sick remembering that he said, ‘Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.’ (John 14:21)

Some things in Scripture are definitive. Crystal clear. But we don’t have all the answers to all
our questions, let alone the questions of those who do not believe in Jesus.
But when people can observe that we are serving the one who walks with us, though he is visible only
in us, the one question for them above all will be answered ‘Could Jesus be that real to me?’
If by our living we can answer that question to those we meet, no wonder Jesus said, "C’mon, we have to be doing that now!"
And the more translations I read the urgency becomes stronger,

“Come now; let us leave.
Arise, let us go hence.
Get up, let us go from here.
Get up; let’s leave this place.
Get up. We’re leaving this place.

And the best translation of all: Get up! Let’s get going!

Can I encourage you by your actions and words to let people see you are walking with Jesus.
I recognise that that is what we all aim to do but can I suggest that we make a special effort today-
now-by doing at least one thing to reveal to someone that we are walking with Jesus-write a letter or an email to someone you know is finding it difficult to believe and encourage them to have faith in God, make a phone call and tell the person they’re in your prayers and pray with them over the phone there and then; invite someone to your church and above all, talk to someone about Jesus. But, with me, would you accept the word Jesus said and do it ‘now’!
There are people who are needing to be blessed
now, who need a word of consolation, now, who need to know now that there is hope, who long to know God loves them, now!

So when God places on your heart someone to contact or something to do in his name, will you do it now, please.
And although perhaps we have various human limitations, let that not stop us walking with Jesus in a way that helps people to know him.

Fanny Crosby though at six weeks of age was blinded, wrote over 8,000 hymns. And to those of us who would view blindness with terror, she said of her disability:
‘If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.’
How courageous to view life like that-but in whatever way the Lord leads us, let us show the world-starting with the people around us- that while we may not have every answer to every question, the presence of Jesus will far outweigh the unanswered questions. So, let’s walk with Jesus in a way people will see him-and yes, let’s do it now!


HYMN: A WONDERFUL SAVIOUR
Introduction: 21 He hideth my soul (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Fanny Crosby who wrote these words was probably the most prolific hymnist in history.
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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.

Refrain
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, And covers me there with His hand.
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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.
Refrain
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With numberless blessings each moment He crowns, And filled with His fullness divine, I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God For such a Redeemer as mine!
Refrain
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When clothed in His brightness, transported I rise To meet Him in clouds of the sky, His perfect salvation, His wonderful love I’ll shout with the millions on high.
Refrain

BENEDICTION

Benediction July 2019 To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
May the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus in you daily that it may be evident that you love God and are seeking to obey him. Amen




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