Veil Ministries



JUNE 2021

HYMN: COME LET US ALL UNITE TO SING
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

A hymn that has stood the test of time and has been used for at least 100 years across the denominations although, strangely, not much background of the hymn is found except the tune was written by Howard Kingsbury. The author of the words remains anonymous.

Audio file:
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. Come, let us all unite to sing:
God is love!
Let Heaven and earth their praises bring,
God is love!
Let every soul from sin awake,
Each in his heart sweet music make,
And sing with us, for Jesus' sake:
God is love!

2.
O tell to earth's remotest bound,
God is love!
In Christ we have redemption found,
God is love!
His blood has washed our sins away,
His Spirit turned our night to day,
And now we can rejoice to say:
God is love!

3.
How happy is our portion here,
God is love!
His promises our spirits cheer,
God is love!
He is our sun and shield by day,
Our help, our hope, our strength, our stay;
He will be with us all the way;
God is love!

4.
In Canaan we will sing again:
God is love!
And this shall be our loudest strain:
God is love!
While endless ages roll along,
We'll triumph with the heavenly throng,
And this shall be our sweetest song:
God is love!


A TIME OF PRAYER
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 


IN THE SECRET OF THY PRESENCE
Intro: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
These words were written by that master Salvation Army songwriter, General Albert Orsborn. In his own words he describes the background to the song,
“ When I was the Divisional Commander at Norwich in the movie, Commissioner Rich then the British Chief Secretary asked me for a new song for the annual corps officers’ councils to be conducted by Mrs Bramwell Booth at Clapton. I tried hard to ‘woo the muse’, but failed to find the least inspiration.My wife and I reached London and attended the introductory meeting, but still no song…. About 5:30 am, I woke with a very real sense of a presence quite near me. Then slowly, but easily, these verses and the chorus came into my mind. All I had to do was to catch the inspiration and write down the words, which, of course, I did-by candlelight.”This took place in the home of the Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs Handel Boot, at Leyton. The words are set to ‘The Vacant Chair’ a secular tune composed by George Frederick Root.
The song was ready for the meetings that day.

Audio file:
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
In the secret of thy presence,
Where the pure in heart may dwell,
Are the springs of sacred service
And a power that none can tell.
There my love must bring its offering,
There my heart must yield its praise,
And the Lord will come, revealing
All the secrets of his ways.

Chorus
In the secret of thy presence,
In the hiding of thy power,
Let me love thee, let me serve thee,
Every consecrated hour.

2.
More than all my lips may utter,
More than all I do or bring,
Is the depth of my devotion
To my Saviour, Lord and King.
Nothing less will keep me tender;
Nothing less will keep me true;
Nothing less will keep the fragrance
And the bloom on all I do!

3.
Blessed Lord, to see thee truly,
Then to tell as I have seen,
This shall rule my life supremely,
This shall be the sacred gleam.
Sealed again is all the sealing,
Pledged again my willing heart,
First to know thee, then to serve thee,
Then to see thee as thou art.


PRAYER
Audion file: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
How gracious God, thank you for your love without which are lives would be so empty. Your provision, dear God, is so plentiful for us, from the beauty of your creation to the guidance for us through your Word and the people you inspire to inform and encourage us.

We thank you for the daily blessings we enjoy. When we experience so much that you give to us, forgive us, please, if we seem to be less than grateful and preoccupied with things which we admit are of lesser importance then those things which you would have us do.

As we bow before you in this our prayer time, we bring to you our hearts and minds to be cleansed of all unworthy thoughts so that we might serve you worthily.

We also bring to you those whose needs we, in human terms, cannot meet, and ask for your empowerment so that we may give real help in your name.

We think of those who, at this moment, are living in fear of the Covid virus; those who do not have access to the vaccine. Give wisdom and the mind of generosity to the leaders of the nations, we pray, who have access to plenty so they may give wisely to those who have so little.

And through this service, our Father God, we promise to listen to your voice through the music and the words so that all we meet will see you in us.These things we ask in the precious and worthy name of Jesus.
Amen

MALE VOICES: JESUS THOU ART EVERYTHING TO ME
Introduction: (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 187.. In 1932 he became editor of The Salvation Army’s The War Cry in South Africa. He retired in 1938 and in the following year returned to England, where he died in 1949. Other songs and choruses by the author show his tender hearted sensitivity towards the Lord Jesus Christ as well as his glad, strong faith in God’s providence and answers to prayer. Words: Edward Joy (Verses); Arthur Arnott (chorus) who also wrote the music for the whole song.
Audio file:
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
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.

Chorus
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.

2.
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.

3.
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: AT THE CROSS
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This song is reminiscent of an incident in John Bunyan’s ’The Pilgrim’s Progress which has these words:”Just as Christian came up with the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back and began to tumble; and so continued to do til it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.Then was Christian glad and lightsome and said, with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.” Then he stood still awhile to look and wonder; for it was very surprising to him, that is the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden…. Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing.”
 
Audio file
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
When my heart was so hard
That I ne’er would regard
The salvation held up to my sight,
To the cross then I came
In my darkness and shame,
And ‘twas there that I first saw the light.

Refrain:
At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the
light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away;
It was there, by faith,
I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day.

2 In my blindness I thought
That no power could have wrought
Such a marvel of wonder and might;
But ‘twas done, for I felt,
At the cross as I knelt,
That my darkness was turned into light.

3 Then the gloom had all passed,
And, rejoicing at last,
I was sure that my soul was made right;
For my Lord, I could see,
In his love died for me
On the cross, where I first saw the light.

CORNET QUARTETTE: JOYOUS PROCLAMATION (Norman Bearcroft)
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
A bright, rhythmic arrangement is based on the choruses “I’m satisfied with Jesus here, he’s everything to me’ and ‘In my heart there rings a melody.’
Audio file:
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

HYMN: GOD’S LOVE IS WONDERFUL
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

The author of the words of this song is Sidney Cox.
He was born in Northampton in June 1887. He moved to Canada in 1907 and was converted in the Central Methodist Church, in Calgary, Canada. His own description of his many songs is they are ‘simple. singable and scriptural.’

Audio file:
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1. 
God's love to me is wonderful, 
That he should deign to hear 
The faintest whisper of my heart, 
Wipe from mine eyes the tear; 
And though I cannot comprehend 
Such love, so great, so deep, 
In his strong hands my soul I trust, 
He will not fail to keep. 

Chorus 
God's love is wonderful, 
God's love is wonderful, 
Wonderful that he should give his Son to die for
me; 
God's love is wonderful! 

2. 
God's love to me is wonderful! 
My very steps are planned; 
When mists of doubt encompass me, 
I hold my Father's hand. 
His love has banished every fear, 
In freedom I rejoice, 
And with my quickened ears I hear 
The music of his voice. 

3. 
God's love to me is wonderful! 
He lights the darkest way; 
I now enjoy his fellowship, 
'Twill last through endless day. 
My Father doth not ask that I 
Great gifts on him bestow, 
But only that I love him too, 
And serve him here below.




BRASS BAND: ‘THE CALL OF THE RIGHTEOUS” (Les Condon)
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

Listening to The Call of the Righteous’ it seems hard to believe that the composer was a largely self taught musician. Not only was he an accomplished compose, he was much in demand as a tuba soloist and also as a vocalist.
In this composition we can hear his melodic and harmonic gifts. He reveals a wonderful sense of drama and brilliant orchestration skills as he features the songs, ‘When the roll is called up yonder’ and ‘Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb’ after our attention is summoned in the introduction. The whole piece portrays the ‘mystical procession of Christian heroes, saints and martyrs’ and reminds us that ‘the saved of earth are those washed in the blood of the Lamb.

Audio file: The Call of the Righteous
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

BIBLE READING: Revelation 7:13-17 
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)  
“Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”   I answered, “Sir, you know.”  And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.  ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat.  For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”


VOCAL SOLO: NOBODY KNOWS ME LIKE YOU


Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
screenshot-2020-06-08-17.06.55



Introduction
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Veil Ministries greets again our regular soloist, Sandra Entermann of Australia. Today she sings of our God, ‘Nobody knows me like you.’ I am personally so indebted to Sandra who graciously allows me the use of her songs. My prayer is that her lovely ministry will bless you as much as it does me.
Audio file(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1
In the beginning, I never knew
just how much I really needed you,
You’re more than a friend,
someone I could talk to,
you've changed me in so many ways.

Refrain
Nobody knows me like you,
You put your arms around me,
you bring me through,
And yet many times
I don't know what to do,
Though some know me well,
still nobody knows me like you.

2 All of my secrets, to you, I tell,
You saw each time
that I slipped and fell,
And all of my faults, yes,
you know them well...
but you've never turned me away,

Refrain
Nobody knows me like you,
You put your arms around me,
you bring me through,
And yet many times
I don't know what to do,
Though some know me well,
still nobody knows me like you.


3
Walking in your presence
is where I wanna be,
You said in your word...
you said that you would lead me,
Yes, I love you, oh,
I really love you,
I’ll go anywhere,
as long as I know you'll be there.

4 All of those nights that
I was afraid,
stood on the promises
you have made,
The way that I act,
sometimes I am ashamed...
but you've never turned me away,
No, no, no.

Refrain
Nobody knows me like you,
You put your arms around me,
you bring me through,
And yet many times
I don't know what to do,
Though some know me well,
still nobody knows me like you.

SERMON:

me0021-3-3
Dr Malcolm Westwood

Audio file: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
I’m sure that like me your eyes have been rolling when the statistics come on television of how many millions of people have been vaccinated against the Covid virus, how many people have been hospitalised; and how many people have died in the past week and then we get the world statistics and it’s very difficult to take the figures in.
And though we read that heaven sounds a wonderful place, rarely do we hear people expressing great enthusiasm to get there although it’s not unknown for those who are desperately ill and in pain to confess that they ‘just want to go.’ There’s a desire to be relieved of pain which begins to exceed the desire to live.

A second reading from Revelation is:-
Revelation 21:1-8  “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

I suppose all of us, at times, would say that our idea of God is complex. That’s understandable. How could we understand anyone who by a word can create the earth and the seas, let alone place the stars in every galaxy. Our finite minds cannot take in the infinity of God. But we have the history of Jesus on earth. As part of the Trinity, he, being God came to dwell among as and to show us what God is like. Yet such is the gap between the omnipotence of God and our human ability, some people who met Jesus failed to recognise his omnipotence.

Even the disciples questioned how Jesus should put in place his plan for the world. Like us they questioned the reasoning of Jesus to do things they didn’t understand and equally they questioned why he didn’t do other things which the disciples wanted him to do but his aim was always to do things which he knew would bring glory to his Father.
What greater glory could Jesus bring to his Father than to convince us that ….
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. 
  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

So earthly life is just a prelude to the kind of life God has for us if we accept the offer of salvation Jesus came to earth to bring for us.
The consequences of the sin we experience here on earth which cause us so much worry will be ended for us the moment we pass from this earth to the home God has for us in heaven. That happens to all who place their sin on the sinless Jesus.

Even here on earth, those who claim him as their Saviour will begin to experience the kind of life they are promised in heaven..
So for a moment, let’s consider that wonderful comment by John in Revelation:-
He (God) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He isn’t claiming that we won’t shed tears here or we’ll never have pain. That perfect world is yet to come.
But as followers of Jesus, we’re being eased into that promised land.
But what’s the process?
Well, we are told
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you..’ Psalm 55:22
That doesn’t mean, nothing here on earth will cause us to shed tears. Losing a loved one, even if they are saved and confident of their place in heaven, still affects us by their absence to share with them. Casting our care on the Lord won’t take away the human sadness of bereavement even if God in his infinite love and boundless grace comforts us by reminding us of what he has reserved for us in his eternity. Our earthly tears will flow when we remember what we are missing despite being confident of what lies ahead for us. The reuniting will be miraculous and there will then be no cause for tears. The days of mourning will be no more. The Funeral Undertakers will be out of work for ever!
But just as importantly all pain will cease. There will be no danger of viruses, no infirmities, no mysterious aches and pains and though we may make light-hearted comments about the ageing process, we shall then be ageless. The old order of things will be passed away. We shall have the life God intended for us when he created Adam and gave him the perfection of the Garden of Eden.
But we’re not there yet. We’re having to try to help people who are trying to cope with people who are experiencing pain, who get sick and are dying. And we do shed tears.
Telling the bereaved that there is no need for tears because there’s coming that great day of rejoicing when we shall be reunited is to expect of them something unreasonable. That time may be many years in the future for us. My own brother died 73 years ago. In human terms that’s a long while to appreciate that there will come a time when I won’t have to experience missing him. Death is not a design by God to enable us to go from a world of inexplicable sadness at times to a time of everlasting joy. Death is the result of the consequence of Adam’s choice when he brought disobedience in the world. It’s a time when God restores forever what he originally intended for us. And as we journey through the tears, so our vision becomes clear to see all God has prepared for us.
But it is difficult for us to think of that when we are consumed with grief. But let me share with you a remarkable fact about God on earth in the form of Jesus. In John Chapter 11 we read about Jesus being told that his friend Lazarus had died. Jesus was chided that had he been there, Lazarus would not have died. Like you, no doubt, I’ve heard the question asked so many times when a loved one has died… ‘Why didn’t God answer prayer and heal them?’
Jesus with all his omnipotence so relatively close geographically to Lazarus didn’t heal his friend.
He used words to Martha that we use so often in such circumstances ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
And though Martha answered that she believed those words, she returned to her sister, Mary who was being comforted by fellow Jews and she sought to find Jesus and she also upbraided Jesus and said if Jesus had been there, her brother would not have died.
And when Jesus saw the ones who were trying to bring her comfort weeping he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. And when they showed him where Lazarus was buried, what did Jesus do?... He wept!
The Son of God with limitless power wept!
We might ask why Jesus shed tears knowing that in a few moments he would raise Lazarus from the tomb. It’s such a comfort to us when we shed tears we open God’s heart to his expression of compassion for us.

We’re told in
Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

God is not detached from our suffering.
We read
“For he (God) does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men” (Lamentations 3.33)
Even though Jesus always chooses what will ultimately bring his Father the most glory (John 11.4) — sometimes, as in Lazarus’s case, there is affliction and grief beforehand which God, of course, hasn’t caused.

Jesus wept because he saw that death, as always, is the result of the sin which inevitably results even for the Christian. Redeemed as we are, here on earth we are still
affected by the sin of the world.
It is true, as we know, that at that moment of death Christians enter the kind of life God wants us to have but it was nonetheless heart-breaking for Jesus to see what the effects of sin can do to people who still have to go through that moment of death. So, Jesus wept because he knew
“…the wages of sin is death….” (Romans 6:23)

So as those who witness the distress of those who are bereaved, we are seeing how the disobedience of man has resulted in the depth of grief that bereavement brings and though the glory of the wonderful place in heaven is a reality, as Christians we join with Jesus as he wept that it should affect his friend Lazarus and for us, our loved ones.

Our role in the world as his disciples is to show in our response to illness and death how God is affected by those situations. How can we do less than weep with those who weep.

Thank you Lord for the ‘after’ the situation there comes such a glory which turns our grief to joy!
O my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, may you sense the presence of Jesus when you shed tears of compassion. Amen!


HYMN: FOR ALL THE SAINTS
Introduction (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1.
For all the saints who from their labours rest, Who thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
2. Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might; Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; Thou in the darkness drear their one true light, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
3. O may thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win, with them, the victor's crown of gold, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
4. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
5. But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day: The saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King of Glory passes on his way, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
BENEDICTION
(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21)







MAY 23rd 2021



Screen Shot 2021-05-21 at 12.14.09


Full-length audio of service is available here-
Podcast May Pentecost 2021.mp3 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab)

A note to our worshippers. The audio above is the concatenation of all the audio in this service which makes it a very large file. The benefit is that you won’t continually have to alternate between tabs and can follow the service without interruption while listening to the audio.

When you right click and then open in a new tab it may take some time to load and create the tab before you can switch back to the tab with the words.



HYMN: SEND THE FIRE
Introduction: Intro Send the fire (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
This hymn was written by William Booth many years ago and has recently enjoyed a new lease of life across the denominations with this upbeat tune.

Audio File:
Send the fire (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1. Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
Thy blood-bought gift today we claim,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
Look down and see this waiting host,
Give us the promised Holy Ghost;
We want another Pentecost,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!

2. God of Elijah, hear our cry:
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
To make us fit to live or die,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
To burn up every trace of sin,
To bring the light and glory in,
The revolution now begin,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!

3. ’Tis fire we want, for fire we plead,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
The fire will meet our every need,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
For strength to ever do the right,
For grace to conquer in the fight,
For pow’r to walk the world in white,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!


4. To make our weak hearts strong and brave,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
To live a dying world to save,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
Oh, see us on Thy altar lay
Our lives, our all, this very day;
To crown the off’ring now we pray,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!


PRAYER SONG ‘BURNING, BURNING’
Intro Burning, burning To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
The musical partnership of John Gowans and John Larsson which has produced numerous musicals has produced many songs which continue to be used beyond their inclusion in the musicals. Here we have one such song, ‘Burning, burning, brightly burning’

Audio:
Burning burningTo hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1. Burning, burning, brightly burning,
Brightly burning Fire divine,
Satisfy my spirit's yearning.
Fill this empty soul of mine.

Chorus
Burning, burning, always burning.
Holy Spirit, stay with me;
To your will my will is turning,
What you will I want to be.

2. Burning, burning, deeply burning,
Deeply burning holy Fire,
Now, your perfect plan discerning,
Your design is my desire.

3. Burning, burning, gently burning,
Gently burning Fire within,
From your love my love is learning.
Now I feel your work begin.

PRAYER
Audio File Prayer (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Dear Heavenly Father, while we are so grateful that you resurrected Jesus and received him back into heaven, there to intercede for us, we are blessed indeed by your gift to us of the Holy Spirit for without him we would be unable to obey your commands in our human strength and limited wisdom. We thank you for your willingness to empower us and ask for your forgiveness when we attempt to do things for you without receiving the anointing of your Sprit. Although because of the pandemic we are unable to gather together as did the disciples of old, we are joined together by modern technology with your followers from all over the world. Help us today to understand that we need not be the one who simply watches the miracle of your anointing of other people yet we hesitate to receive the living flame of your spirit.
We realise we need your anointing, dear God, but so often we feel awkward to receive because it may not be how our church family usually operates. Remind us that obedience to you opens the doors to service and grant us the courage and confidence to receive all you want us to have so that we may lead people to Jesus, comfort those who are ill and those who are grieving, encourage those whose faith in you is lacking and above all to teach people about the joy of following you each day.
These things we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.



HYMN: O Thou who camest from above Intro O thou who camest (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Lyrics by Charles Wesley. Music by Samuel Wesley.

Audio file
O thou who camest (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1.
O Thou who camest from above
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart.

2.
There let it for thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
And trembling to its source return
In humble prayer and fervent praise.

3.
Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
To work and speak and think for thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,
And still stir up thy gift in me.

4.
Ready for all thy perfect will,
My acts of faith and love repeat,
Till death thy endless mercies seal,
And make the sacrifice complete.


POEM-GOD’S GIFTS
Audio file: God's Gifts (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

How can we represent our God
If in our strength alone we live?
How can we follow in his steps
Without the gifts he longs to give?
If faith we need to overcome
The circumstances we must face,
Why would our hope replace the faith
God gives through his abundant grace.
If those we meet have needs beyond
The platitudes we often say,
What words, what deeds can we employ
To ease the burdens of their day?
While there are those who need our help,
Why would we gifts from God refuse,
Ignore all the miracles
That God would have us freely use.
Why give us gifts at Pentecost
To be unused, untried, unseen,
If all we need we can receive
When we are called to intervene?
What kind of kingdom will we build
If we the gifts of God neglect?
We’re ready, Lord, give as you will
That we may serve without regret.
(MW)

SONG: For the mighty moving of thy Spirit
Intro For the mighty moving (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Another song from the pens of John Gowans and John Larsson.

Audio file For the mighty moving (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1.
For the mighty moving of thy Spirit
In our hearts and minds from day to day,
For the gentle soothing of thy Spirit,
When our fears had filled us with dismay:


Chorus
We adore thee, heavenly Father,
And we thank thee, heavenly Father,
And we praise thee, heavenly Father,
As we pray.

2.
For the kindly chiding of thy Spirit
When we thought to find an easier way,
For the gracious guiding of thy Spirit,
And the strength we needed to obey:

3.
For the tender stirring of thy Spirit
Who recalled us when we went astray,
The persistent spurring of thy Spirit,
When we hesitated on the way:


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) 
The more that Christians experience God’s provision, the more there is a desire to give finance to enable God’s work to be enjoyed and to flourish. It’s a privilege to have that responsibility and we rely on each other to establish the best opportunity for people to come to know Jesus as a Saviour. Can we spend a moment or two considering where we should allocate finance so that can happen.

SONG: ALL THAT I AM
Words and music by William Himes:

Audio file:
All that I am (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Chorus:
All that I am, all I can be,
All that I have, all that is me,
Accept and use, Lord, as you would choose,
Lord, right now, today.
Take every passion, every skill,
Take all my dreams and bend them to your will.
My all I give, Lord, for you I'll live, Lord,
Come what may.

Often I come with my problems and cares,
Running to you when distressed.
But I must bring you the whole of my life;
Lord, I must give you my best.

Chorus:
All that I am, all I can be,
All that I have, all that is me,
Accept and use, Lord, as you would choose,
Lord, right now, today.
Take every passion, every skill,
Take all my dreams and bend them to your will.
My all I give, Lord, for you I'll live, Lord,
Come what may.

Life has no purpose unless it is yours,
Life without you has no goal.
All that fulfills me is doing your will,
Knowing that you're in control.

Chorus:
All that I am, all I can be,
All that I have, all that is me,
Accept and use, Lord, as you would choose,
Lord, right now, today. Take every passion, every skill,
Take all my dreams and bend them to your will.
My all I give, Lord, for you I'll live, Lord,
Come what may.


BIBLE READING: ACTS 2:1-21
Audio file Acts 2 (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.7 Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?
9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome
11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine. "14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:17 "`In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.21 
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.


HYMN: GRACIOUS SPIRIT, DWELL WITH ME
Intro: Intro Gracious Spirit (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
If ever a writer of a hymn about the Holy Spirit embodied his own experience, these words by Thomas Toke Lynch, illustrate that. Although he suffered severely from physical affliction and sometimes was misrepresented by his fellow church members, he is reported to have had a wonderful personal graciousness and cheerfulness of spirit.

Audio File
Gracious Spirit(To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1.
Gracious Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would thy life in mine reveal;
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ, my Saviour, speak.

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

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

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

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



VOCAL SOLO: WHOLLY THINE

Soloist: Sandra Entermann.
screenshot-2020-06-08-17.06.55


Introduction: Intro Sandra (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Regular listeners to Veil Ministries will know how we are always pleased to feature Sandra in our services. Her lovely voice conveys her own spiritual depth and today we are delighted to hear her sing ‘Wholly Thine.’
Audio File Wholly Thine (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 

1
I would be, dear Saviour, wholly Thine;
Teach me how, teach me how;
I would do Thy will, O Lord, not mine;
Help me, help me now.

Refrain
Wholly Thine, wholly Thine,
Wholly Thine, this is my vow;
Wholly Thine, wholly Thine,
Wholly Thine, O Lord, just now.

2
What is worldly pleasure, wealth or fame,
Without Thee, without Thee?
I will leave them all for Thy dear Name,
This my wealth shall be.

3
As I cast earth’s transient joys behind,
Come Thou near, come Thou near;
In Thy presence all in all I find,
’Tis my comfort here.

HYMN: BE STILL
Intro Be Still (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
"Be Still for the Presence of the Lord" is a contemporary hymn written by British songwriter David J. Evans in 1986 who was inspired by the phrase in the Old Testament – "then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said 'surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.'" Also inspirational was Exodus 3: 1–6, where Moses met God at the burning bush. 

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

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The holy One, is here;
Come bow before him now
With reverence and fear
In him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour he is crowned:
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant king of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.


Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place:
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister his grace -
No work too hard for him.
In faith receive from him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.


SERMON

me0021-3-3

Dr. Malcolm Westwood

Audio File Sermon (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
As one reads the Bible, the timing of God can so often be seen to be significant. Pentecost is a good example. There were three great Jewish festivals to which every male Jew living within 20 miles of Jerusalem was legally bound to attend. They were the Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Our attention today is, of course, centred on Pentecost or ‘The Feast of Weeks’. Pentecost means ‘The Fiftieth’, so called because it fell on the fiftieth day or a week of weeks after the Passover.
The Passover was celebrated in the middle of April so Pentecost fell at the beginning of June when travelling was at its easiest. God chose a time to present the Holy Spirit when there would never have been a more international crowd in Jerusalem.
It was at that time when the people were commemorating the giving of the law by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. It was also the time when people offered two loaves in thankfulness for the harvest. It was the law that no work should be done so the Jerusalem streets would have been absolutely crowded. If God wanted the perfect timing for the coming of the Holy Spirit he could not have timed it better.

But before we consider the happenings on the Day of Pentecost, let’s think about the state of mind of the disciples. They had so recently seen Jesus accused, condemned, whipped, and crucified. They had deserted him and Peter will ever be remembered for denying Jesus not once but three times. They were so shattered they found it hard to believe that God had resurrected him in the tomb. They were bewildered when he appeared to them and Thomas, for one was outspoken in his lack of belief letting it be clearly known that it would take something extraordinary like putting his hands in the wounds of Jesus before he would believe he was alive. So we have a group of disciples not quite knowing what to make of it all. Then they witnessed the miracle of the ascension. They had gone from one extreme to the other. They had seen him do some extraordinary miracles but this must have been something else…… to see Jesus physically rising from the earth and being taken up in a cloud into the sky must have been as we would say ‘mind blowing’. Did they wonder if this was one of Jesus’ miracles or was this God’s way of taking him back to heaven? But at first there was no explanation even though
he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and finally they could no longer see him. And just in case they thought their eyes were playing tricks on them …10 as they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

In the 40 days since the resurrection, they must have just begun to get used Jesus appearing to them but now he was taken from them. He had spelt out what he expected of them before he left them “…Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you.”
But all the help to do that they needed was promised.

The words of Jesus are recorded in Acts of the Apostles, ‘
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.’

Had we been one of the first disciples we would probably have said what we say so often these days when we pray and we wait for an answer ‘
When will it happen, Lord’. We can well understand after seeing Jesus rise into sky that the disciples worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
But as each day passed did the disciple wonder
when they would receive the Holy Spirit.
And for 8 long days they waited and waited and they waited. It must have been the longest 8 days the disciples had known! They had lost physical sight of Jesus and his promise that they would be empowered to do what he had commanded them to do hadn’t happened. Yes, the thrill of seeing the miracle of Jesus ascending would be something that would stay with them forever but slowly but slowly it would dawn on them that they were just the same sort of people. How could they take the gospel to the world? True they had seen the miracles Jesus had performed and they could still hear in their minds the commandment of Jesus that they were to go and make disciples of all nations……but they must have begun to wonder how they could possibly do that. They were full of amazement of what Jesus had done but they were very human. Jesus had told the to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, its then they would receive the power they would need.

But why didn’t God give them the Holy Spirit immediately? Why have them wait for 8 days?
Could it be, I wonder that in the euphoria of seeing Jesus they might have assumed that as his disciples they also could do anything. But here we see God’s timing once again….they had to understand that power in them came not by observation but by experience. The disciples must have sensed the privilege of seeing one of the greatest miracles ever-the literal rising from the ground and being taken up in the sky. But now-the disciples had a few days when they just wanted to praise God. They were on a ‘spiritual high’ but as we know we can have spiritual highs but earth’s realities have a way of dulling our minds….
but they had to be obedient to the commands of Jesus and they would remember Jesus had promised they would have power to fulfil those commands and as each day passed, the thought must have come to them, ‘when?!

It’s a question we find ourselves asking so often. We face circumstances in which we long to see the miraculous work of God to resolve them. As the situations get more difficult -even sometimes seemingly impossible, we can find ourselves calling out to God, ‘When will we feel your power in us to affect the situation?’
The disciples in those 8 days must have wondered when they were going to receive God’s power to do his will. And as we know and celebrate today, when the disciples were gathered in one accord , the Holy Spirit came. They were unable to force the timing. And then God fulfilled his promise and as I shared from scripture earlier in the service, the description of the coming of the Holy Spirit is wonderfully told.
The Holy Spirit had never come in this way before. In the Old Testament we are used to reading of individuals being blessed and used by the presence of the Holy Spirit, but here in Jerusalem something quite different happened.
All those who had gathered together in one accord were filled with the Holy Spirit and from then on no one needs a time of waiting for that blessing. The Holy Spirit came to anoint all who will receive him.
The gifts, the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the empowering of Christians we read about are available to all Christians now.
We could spend quite a while considering the effects the gifts of the Holy Spirit could have in the church but let me share just one illustration of the difference that can happen.
Peter had not so long previously been too scared to own Jesus, denying his Lord not once but three times, hardly anyone we might like to trust in a crisis but having received the Holy Spirit we find recorded in Acts 2, this same Peter, on the day he received the Holy Spirit, delivered an amazing sermon which resulted in over 3,000 being baptised and coming into the fellowship. Peter was absolutely transformed after he received the Holy Spirit.
That transforming power is available to us-to you, to me.

Those 120 who had gathered in one accord were as ordinary as we are but after receiving the Holy Spirit, they became capable of starting the gospel of salvation to the world. If we would see the transforming power of the Holy Spirit there is no one who would be more glad than the same Jesus who promised that it was needful that he should return to heaven so that the Holy Spirit would be released in the world to give empowerment to all who would receive him.


The moment we ask to be anointed by The Holy Spirit, he will indwell us and use us. No waiting….any more.
If you ask how can you have that experience the disciples had on the day of Pentecost.
You can receive the Holy Spirit in the quietness of your own home. As Christians this experience is offered by Jesus himself. The 120 disciples were not only in one accord, they were willing to receive the gift God wanted them to have. We don’t read anywhere that anyone among them refused to accept God’s gift. We’re told that ALL were filled with the Holy Spirit.
It’s sometimes helpful to some of us today if someone prays with us to help us express our willingness to be anointed by the Holy Spirit. If you feel that is something you would like or feel you need, why not ask someone who themselves are experiencing the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to pray with you.
If you feel you would prefer, I’ll willingly send you personal audio file I’ll do for you with a prayer for that anointing.

If we are to serve God in the way that he wants, we
need the indwelling of his Holy Spirit.


CHORAL ‘Spirit divine’
Introduction: (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
Words and music by Brindley Boon who was a Salvation Army officer. Brindley was, in Salvation Army terminology, promoted to glory, in 2009.

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

1.
Spirit divine, come as of old
With healing in thy train;
Come, as thou did'st, to sanctify;
Let naught of sin remain.


Chorus
Come, great Spirit, come,
Make each heart thy home;
Enter every longing soul;
Come, great Spirit, come.


2.
Spirit divine, purge thou our hearts
Make us to understand
Thy blessed will concerning us,
And teach us love's command.

3.
Spirit divine, cleanse thou our souls
With Pentecostal flood;
Breathe into us the life that shows
The Father-love of God.

BENEDICTION AND HYMN
Audio File Benediction (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
May the Holy Spirit fill you with the presence of God so that your witness for him will be empowered to enrich his kingdom here on earth.

Audio file
Breathe on me (To hear the audio file please right click mouse, then left click to open new tab) 
1.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what thou dost love,
And do what thou wouldst do.

2.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with thee I will one will
To do and to endure.

3.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly thine.
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with thy fire divine.

4.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with thee the perfect life
Of thine eternity.



Veil Ministries
www.veilministries.org
e mail:
veil@veilministries.org
Postal address:
‘Emanay’
21 Eclipse Drive
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10 2 HR
Tel: 01795 428232
Mobile 07710 473934