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Psalm 131:2 But I have stilled a quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Read as a poem:
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
*Offering - We offer all our sacrifices – time, money, worship, talents - to Him in thanksgiving for who He is and all He has done for us*
In Christ Alone – verses 1 & 2
*Prayer for offering*
On New Year’s Eve, Pastor Don spoke about us 'Showing others our Hope'.
Powerpoint - Show me your HOPE – background music - God of Justice (We must go)
~ I used images of people that the congregation may come across and asked them to think about what showing them their hope might look like...a smile...a hot meal...a thank you...a donation to an organisation to take care of them...
Matthew 25: 35-36
… I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
Hope is distinct from positive thinking and optimism. We have hope because of WHO we worship.
Hebrews 12: 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus, Messiah - Verse 1 / PreChorus / Chorus / Verse 2 / Bridge (all our hope)
God of this City – PreChorus (there is no-one like our God)/Chorus (greater things have…)
Mighty to Save – Chorus (Saviour He can move…)/bridge (Shine your light)/Chorus (Saviour…)
God of this City – PreChorus (there is no-one like our God)/Chorus (greater things have…) / Verse
Jesus, Messiah – Bridge (all our hope) / Chorus (Jesus, Messiah)
Romans 12:1 … I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
And I Stand in Awe (You are beautiful beyond description ) / King of Kings, Majesty
So take us as you find us
All our fears and failures
Fill our lives again
We give our lives to follow You
You’re everything we believe in
Sermon - Brad preached on What remains - Faith, Hope and Love. Great stuff Brad!
We have a general problem of pew warmers. How does your church work on moving folk from singing into action?
It's a life raft not a pleasure cruise...