Call to Worship – 7th March 2021

Good morning, welcome to church … visitors…

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

2  Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Whether it’s 3000 years ago, when this Psalm was most likely written or 2000 years ago when Christ came, or here today in this place, God’s chosen people have always understood his goodness, love and faithfulness.

“Know that the Lord, he is God! Let us worship him today!”

Let’s Pray,

Father God we come together today to Worship you, to make a joyful noise! We come with gladness in our hearts as the redeemed body of Christ.

You are the one true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created all things! And you are also the one true God – Father Son and Holy Spirit who has redeemed us.

You chose us, in Christ our Saviour and King, before the foundation of the world, and we are sealed with your promised Holy Spirit.

You are indeed a God of Wonders, worthy of our praise.

In Jesus Mighty name we pray, Amen.

  • God of Wonders
  • Mighty to Save
  • Good and Gracious King

CORPORATE PRAYER

  • Christ our hope in Life and Death

COMMUNION

  • You are my King

Communion: Jason Staben

As we come around the Lord’s table, I ask the ushers to please begin to hand out the juice and the bread.

The New song we (JUST?) sung today was inspired by the opening question of the Heidelberg Catechism 1563.

A Catechism is a series of questions and answers that cover the basics of the Christian faith. Catechisms have largely fallen out of favour in the church, and to its detriment I believe.

As the ushers continue to hand out, please hold and we will take together as we remember what Christ has done. As they do that, let me read the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism

Q.1 What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil.

He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.

Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Romans 14:7–9 (ESV)

7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Christ THE KING redeemed us and purchased us with his blood!

We deserved death and the wrath of God was justly upon us. Yet God the Father chose us before the foundation of the world to be made holy and blameless in Christ.

We remember the cross each week, at this time, because it is the central act in this marvellous plan of redemption.

All the Hebrew bible (our Old Testament) points forward to Christ’s coming, death and resurrection and kingship. All of the New Testament points back to Christ’s death and resurrection and forward to his coming again.

Communion each week is our chance to look back at what Christ has done, and to look forward to his coming again.

1 Corinthians 11

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,

24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[f] you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Let us eat and drink together, now and until he comes again!

LAST SONG

  • You are my King
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