Home Service 24

Home Service: Sunday 23 August 2020 

To be used in conjunction with this week’s Read Mark, Learn – RML 230820

Flowers 23rd August 2020We begin today with a prayer from “Watching for the Kingfisher” by Ann Lewin
Wait for the spirit
Without expectation
Which might focus
Attention too narrowly,
So that we miss the coming.
Wait with expectancy, alert,
Hearts, minds, hands, ears
Open to receive the gift.
Lord fill us anew as we meet with you Father, Son and Spirit this morning. Amen

We continue with our worship in song
Song “Come now is the time to worship”
Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God. Come.
One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose you now

In Psalm 103, a Psalm of David, it says:
1 Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

These words from the Bible are reflected in the next song.
“Praise, My Soul” is a great example of the appreciation for God’s sovereignty commonly found in Christian songs and gospel. Inspired by Psalm 103, this joyous hymn praises the glory of God, “King of Heaven.” We are encouraged to give our lives to God, and will be “ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven.”

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRIVbdsi4c
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King!
Praise him for his grace and favour
to his people in distress.
Praise him, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness!
Father like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows.
In his hand he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Widely yet his mercy flows!
Angels, help us to adore him;
you behold him face to face.
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise with us the God of Grace

The Story Behind Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
This hymn was written by Henry Francis Lyte. It is frequently sung in the United Kingdom and was used in the 1947 royal wedding of H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, now
Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Born in Scotland and educated at Enniskillen and Trinity College in Dublin, Lyte’s most important position was Anglican curate at Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England, where he served for 24 years. The popularity of this hymn has been significantly helped by LAUDA ANIMA, John Goss’ melody written in 1869 for these lyrics. Its listing in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875 edition) and in The English Hymnal (1906) have made it one of the most broadly sung
Victorian hymns.

Let us pray
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_SOqy7glSw
Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You
Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul
Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness, ever joy
Make me a channel of Your peace
It is pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life

Lord, we have just listened to and sung “make me a channel of your peace.” This song talks about us spreading your love to all those around us and sharing joy and hope where there is despair. Will you fill us to overflowing Lord Jesus with a deep love for those around us, a longing for all those injustices in the world to be corrected. We pray that we can be a beacon of light in this muddled and confused world that we are living in at the moment. Lord we have folk we wish to bring before you now family, friends, those in need………………… We lift them up to you. Be with them we pray in your name. Amen

Bible reading: 1 Peter 2: 4-10
4 So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone— though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God’s sight. 5 Come and be his “living stones” who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus
Christ. 6 For it says in Scripture: “Look! I lay a cornerstone in Zion, a chosen and priceless stone! And whoever believes in him will certainly not be disappointed.”
7 As believers you know his great worth—indeed, his preciousness is imparted to you. But for those who do not believe: “The stone that the builders rejected and discarded
has now become the cornerstone.” 8 And “A stone that makes them stumble and a rock to trip over.” They keep stumbling over the message because they refuse to believe it. And this they were destined to do. 9 But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvellous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. 10 For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it.

Thought: THE CORNERSTONE (1 PETER 2:4-10)
The cornerstone is the first stone that is set in the construction of a building’s foundation. As the first stone laid, it becomes the reference point for all other stones laid after it. Everything finds its definition from this one piece, the cornerstone. That’s how you know if it’s straight and true. That’s how you know if you’re on the right track. That’s how you know if you are deviating from the original line and intent of the structure. The cornerstone reveals this. Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone of our lives. As that first stone provides the very definition and basis of what is right and wrong, what is true and
what is false, so Jesus defines our reality. He is more than an occasional companion. He is the lens through which we filter everything else. He is the Cornerstone of our worldview, and the cross of Jesus is the reference point to make sure our interpretation of the events surrounding us are in line with what is good and right. We need a Cornerstone. We need one because we are pulled this way and that by our emotions. When our feelings tempt us to redefine reality we must again and again return to the definition of what we know to be true, the demonstrated love of God in Jesus Christ at the cross. So today, when we are tempted to measure our self-worth by other folks’ opinion of us……… Look to the Cornerstone. JESUS Today, when we are tempted to disbelieve that God loves us because
we feel like we are in life way over our head due to circumstances beyond our control……… Look to the Cornerstone. JESUS Today, when the world seems like it is spinning too fast and we are tempted to think there is no grand plan or design………
Look to the Cornerstone. JESUS Today, when our anger rises in us because we feel that we are being unfairly treated……… Look to the Cornerstone. JESUS Today, when we have the opportunity to either justify our mistakes or simply own them by saying, “I’m sorry” ……… Look to the Cornerstone. JESUS Again and again, remember that which our life and reality is built on. As we do, allow that first stone laid to set every other stone that is
laid behind it. Jesus Christ, the first and the last, defines our reality. OUR CORNERSTONE

Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLxZEU02uI
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name
Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord, Lord of all
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil
Christ alone, Cornerstone…
He is Lord
Lord of all, Christ alone
Christ alone, Cornerstone…
When he shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, stand before the throne
Oh, yeah, in the Saviour’s love
He is Lord, Lord of all
Christ alone, Cornerstone…

May the love of God enfold you. May the Spirit of God fill you. May he be the cornerstone of your life today and forever. God Bless you and keep you safe in his care today and always. Amen