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Welcome to our online morning service!
This worship service is shaped by three movements that reflect the gospel – praise, confession and renewal:
God deserves all our praise, and this is where we must begin. Consider this call to worship from the book of Ephesians:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.ephesians 1:3-6 (NIV 84)
In glorifying a holy God who deserves all our praise, we become aware of how far we fall short of him. Take some time to confess your sins to God in prayer.
If you don’t know what to pray, you can use this prayer by English Puritan Richard Baxter to help you:
Holy God and gracious Father, your eyes are too pure to look upon our sin. But you have promised mercy through Jesus Christ to all who repent and believe in him.
We confess that we have all sinned and come short of your glory. We have neglected to worship you alone by serving other gods. We have dealt unjustly and unlovingly with our neighbours. We have not sought first your kingdom. You have revealed your wonderful love to us in Christ and offered us forgiveness and salvation in him, but we have turned away. We have run into temptation; and the sin we should have hated we have committed.
O gracious Father, have mercy on us! In your Son is our salvation and in your promise is our hope. Take us for your children and give us the Spirit of your Son, and in the end receive us into your glory, through Jesus Christ our only Saviour. Amen.
Having confessed our sins, consider these words of assurance from the next part of Ephesians that reminds us how we are saved:
In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understandingEphesians 1:7-8 (NIV 84)
I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV 84)
Intercessory Prayers: Take some time to pray for our government, for the church and for those you know who are in need. Our weekly email newsletter also has some prayer items from the mission spot that you may wish to include.
Let’s now listen to God as he speaks to us through his word, and renew our hearts before him, as Jared leads us in a children’s talk and Rog preaches from Romans 11:28-36.
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The lyrics for our closing hymn below can be found here.
In closing let’s remind ourselves of the benediction at the end of Romans 11:
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.Romans 11:36 (NIV 84)