26th July 2020
Our worship this morning will be in the form of short videos. Please watch below:
Song - And can it be
AND can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain,
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace,
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me.
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke; the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine.
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.
Prayer song - As we are gathered
Prayer - Lydia
Favourite song - Emma
Band - Deep River
When I Survey - Jayne & Joel
Favourite Bible verse - Hazel
Songsters - More than wonderful
One of my most treasured possessions is a framed original manuscript of a song arranged by Len Ballantine. It hangs on the wall of my man cave.
Every time I look at it, I have this vivid picture of Len standing to introduce this particular song. His fingers are steepled before him and there is an anguished expression on his face.
He is attempting to describe the wonder of Jesus. The words that he uses are, marvellous, fantastic, incredible, amazing, and yet he is still dissatisfied with his choice because Jesus is greater than all of these words. He is so much more than wonderful.
At the climax of the song, when we, the choristers are singing at the top of our range, with the hairs on our necks standing tall, we find ourselves singing these words.
“He’s everything that my soul ever longed for; everything He promised and so much more”
Please listen with joy in your heart as the songsters sing More Than Wonderful.
Final song - We need each other's voice to sing - click here (opens in new tab)
We need each other's voice to sing
The song our hearts would raise
To set the whole world echoing
With one great hymn of praise.
We blend our voices to complete
The melody that starts
With God, who sets and keeps the beat
That stirs our loving hearts.
We give our alleluias
To the Church's common chord:
Praise, O praise the Lord!
We need each other's strength to lift
The cross we're called to bear.
Each other's presence is a gift
Of God's incarnate care.
When acts of love and tender speech
Convey the Saviour's voice,
Our praise exceeds what words can reach
And we with song rejoice.
We need each other's views to see
The limits of the mind,
That God in fact turns out to be
Far more than we've defined,
That God's one image shines in all,
In every class and race,
And every group receives the call
To sing with faith and grace.
We need each other's voice to sing,
Each other's strength to love,
Each other's views to help us bring
Our hearts to God above.
Our lives like coals placed side by side
To feed each other's flame,
Shall with the Spirit's breath provide
A blaze of faith to claim.
Thank you for watching and thank you to all that contributed to this morning's worship
Prepared by Joan M
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