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Welcome to our online morning service!
Spend a moment in prayer asking God to prepare your heart as we gather around His Word together.
We come this morning to meet with God, to express our fellowship in the Lord Jesus Christ, to praise and thank Him for His goodness to us, to hear from His Holy Word and to pray for the world and ourselves. In Psalm 103 we read:
Praise the Lord, O my soul;Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV 84)
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits –
who forgives all your sins,
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Our opening hymn reminds us that God deserves all our praise because of his grace and favour, a God who is “slow to chide and swift to bless”. With that encouragement we have the freedom to confess our sins to him, knowing as 1John1 goes on to tell us:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.1John 1:9-10 (NIV 84)
If you are not sure of what to pray, here is a set prayer to help you:
Gracious God, we come to you this morning acknowledging that our lives fall far short of your glory. You have given your Son for us, and poured out your Spirit, yet we fail to return your love with all our heart.
Too often we are selfish and proud, ignoring you and neglecting others. And when we do not truly trust and obey you, we become overwhelmed by self-pity, fear and worry. In Christ we are given a sure hope and secure love, yet we follow the false hopes and the desires of this world.
O Lord, have mercy on us, we pray. Change our hearts, renew our minds, deliver us from evil, grant us the joy of your salvation. Father, through the redeeming death of your Son, by your Spirit and through your Word, enable us to follow you with joy. All this we ask, confident of your faithfulness and love. Amen.
1John goes on to assure us of God’s forgiveness in Christ in the following words:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.1John 2:1-2 (NIV 84)
Intercessory Prayers: As we come to pray for our world, for the church and for those known to us who are in need, Roger has prepared the following prayer. Our weekly email newsletter also has more detailed prayer items for you to continue to pray through during the week.
This morning we are privileged to have guest speaker, Tim Thorburn, preaching for us. Tim is the director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) in WA. We’ve invited him to share a little about this ministry:
Please open your Bibles to Ephesians 1:15 – 2:10, which Leah Hewson will read out and Tim will be preaching from.
Let’s close with the doxology from Jude:
To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! AmenJude 24-25