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Welcome to our online Sunday service!
As we begin, let’s pray the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name;
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the glory and the power are yours,
Now and forever, Amen.
We come together today in the words of 1Peter 2:
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.1 Peter 2:9-10
Let’s sing together and declare the praises of our God and King:
Peter goes on to say in 1Peter2:
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans, that though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.1 Peter 2:11-12
Let us therefore come now to God in prayer, as we confess our sins to him and seek to live in such a way that God will be glorified in and through us before a watching world. If you are unsure of what to pray, here is a prayer to help you:
Almighty God, heavenly Father, we come to you this morning acknowledging that you alone are worthy of all praise, and honour, and glory and wisdom and strength.
And yet we confess that, even though we know that this is true, we are so easily led astray: we give our worship to things we can see and touch, rather than you. O Father, keep us from robbing you of the true worship which your glory requires, and which our hearts so urgently need.
Wipe out our sins, known and unknown, felt and unfelt, remembered and forgotten. Help us to remember the blood that cleanses from all sin, and the grace which overwhelms all evil. May we worship you as living sacrifices who no longer conform to the pattern of this world but are transformed by the renewing of our minds. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Later on in that same chapter in 1Peter, we are told these great words about Jesus:
He himself bore our sins on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.1Peter 2:24-25
As we come now to pray for our world, our church and those we know who are in need, Wade Evans is going to lead us in our pastoral prayer:
4. Kids Church:
Mr V has a special talk for the kids:
Let’s sing , asking the Holy Spirit to make His Word come alive in us:
As we come to God’s Word, let’s turn to Romans 12:1-2 as Rog Palmer preaches from that passage.
Let’s close with the following hymn:
We close with these words from 1Peter 5:
The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen.1Peter 5:10-11