PRE-SERVICE PRAYER MEETING
- Confess to the Lord any lack of joy, prayer, and thankfulness this past week, especially in light of His great goodness in providing for us each day and giving us His Word to know.
- Praise the Lord for being so quick to forgive.
- Ask the Lord Jesus to come soon, but remember to submit to Him by adding “not our will, but Yours be done!”
Welcome to our online service! What a joy it is for us to share in fellowship with one another in spirit, if not yet in person. The service guide below is for your edification, and for you to know what the rest of Church is doing this day with you.
We begin our service today with the new song we have been learning. Please join us, and as you listen to this song, sing along with your whole heart engaged in praise to our God.
Pray with us,
Lord Jesus, You have saved us and called us to spread Your fame across the world. As we do so to each other this morning, may You be exalted. Amen.
- There will still be no normal Sunday services for the month of June. The Lutheran Congregation has had their first service last week and are working out some of the practical issues of meeting under Level 3 regulations, as well as making it possible for us perhaps to meet in the afternoons still. For us to meet will require a clear understanding of what elements of corporate worship are being regulated by the authorities for the sake of our health, and as the elders discuss this, we ask that you prayerfully prepare your hearts before the Lord to be able to worship with the saints in the near future with the Holy Spirit’s self-control in submission to the practical regulations of the national authorities and of the mature in the church navigating the way forward. Please pray for the elders, and share with them any concerns you might have or any counselling or practical help that you might require.
- Thank you for the fellowship that many of you are making extra effort with. It is a joy to all to witness how God has used the lockdown thus far to build up His saints and spread His goodness to the world through us. Please make full use of the online resources, weekly bulletin, and daily WhatsApp messages to exploit your situation and resources for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us bring these matters, as well as our worship, to the Lord in prayer.
Our Heavenly Father, There is truly none like You. You know the end from the beginning, and the things which we are waiting to see, You have already set in place, for Your Will will always prevail (Is 46:9-10). But You, O Lord, are not only a God transcendent and holy, but also a God near and compassionate (Ps 113). And so we come before You today, pleading like many Psamists did “O Lord, how long?”. How long will we feel like we cannot worship you and need continually to counsel ourselves regarding our place in this world (Ps 13:1-2)? How long will You see all that is taking place and delay Your power to change things (Ps 35:17)? Even more seriously, Lord, how long will unbelievers mock You and scoff at Your work (Ps 74:10)? How long will we who serve You need to wait for Your mercy (Ps 90:13)? Lord, we ask these questions, not because we do not understand, but precisely because we do understand. We know Your patience with the wicked is great so that more will come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). We know that the longer we are under earthly trials and not able to worship with one another fully, that You are producing in us evidence of how resilient and true our faith in You is, and evidence of how gracious and compassionate you are to mankind (Jam 5:10-11). It is with earthly longing for things to change, but confident hope in You Who are always the same, that we pray “O Lord, how long?!”, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20).
Our Father, it is fitting for us to praise You today. You provide for us in our daily needs. You equip us with Your Word and Your servants for daily faithfulness. You are with our missionaries in Papua New Guinea, Port Elizabeth, and Ecuador as though no distance separated them from us. We see Your hand at work in all the horrors and evils of this world, turning the curse of sin into the gift of salvation and into testimonies of Your goodness. How good You must be to remain perfectly good after so many millennia of sin and sinfulness done against You by those who own You their daily breath! And in all such goodness, we are nonetheless still guaranteed justice, when you avenge all sin, vindicate those who believe in Your Son, and bring us into eternal glory. You are our God and our Saviour, our Lord and our Deliverer; our trust is in You.
Teach us more of You each day through the various ministries of this church and of one another. Conform us more and more to the example that Jesus left for us, who did not become like the world, but instead remained obedient even in the face of worldliness, opposition, temptation and trial. Forgive us where we think like the world, speak like the world, and act like the world. Show us the many reasons to rejoice in You, to pray to You, to give thanks for You. Instruct us, even now again, through the reading and preaching of Your Word, how we ought to live. For the sake of Jesus’ testimony to the world,
SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER
Our Scripture reading today is from Psalm 113. Stand up, and read it out loud to yourself and your family as though every Christian was listening!
Then pray with us,
We are Your servants, LORD, and we will most certainly praise You again and again (Ps 113:1)! Your Name is altogether wonderful, and will continue to be so for ever and ever (Ps 113:2). As the sun rises one time-zone at a time across the world today, may all your servants, from east to west, rise up themselves to praise You today (Ps 113:3). We praise You, and none other, for only You are not restricted to a time-zone, but transcend us, this world, and even the universe (Ps 113:4).
And yet Lord, in all your majesty and greatness, You care to look down to our humble earthliness (Ps 113:5-6). You lift us up from our troubles, You make us joint-heirs with Your Son, and You bring us great joy (Ps 113:7-9).
We praise You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, Amen.
Sing with joyful thanksgiving to the Lord our God!
Pray with us,
Lord, You have proven Your love to us by shedding Your blood for our sins. You have proven Your grace to us by giving us Your Word. Accept our humble reception to the preaching of Your Word. Amen.
Listen to the sermon live at 9:30 AM using this link: https://meet.google.com/sxt-fmfa-oyj. If you are unable to join us live, the sermon link below contains the sermon notes in reading format. The audio will be added after the live recording.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Everyday Attitudes for Everyday Christians” by Andrew Zekveld
Let’s respond to God’s Word, with appropriate praise!
Our benediction comes in the form of a closing prayer,
May the LORD give strength to His people!Psalm 29:11 (ESV)
May the LORD bless His people with peace!