PRE-SERVICE PRAYER MEETING
Make two short lists of things to pray for today—a Praise list, and a Plead list. Praise the Lord for the good things He is and has done, and plead with the Lord concerning your anxieties and needs.
O how we long to be able to meet together, sing our hearts out to the Lord, pray with one another, listen to God’s Word read and preached, share in the Lord’s Supper together and fellowship with one another! For the health of many in our country and church, we are not yet able to meet together, but that will not in the least hinder our worship. Participate with us today in your spirit as we spend this day in worship of our Lord and Saviour, our God and King, Jesus Christ.
What greater way to start that with a word of praise to our God. As you listen to this song and add your own voice of worship, remember that our primary task is to make God’s Glory known to the world, each other, and even to our own souls.
Pray with us,
Father God, You are our God, You are our Lord, and You are our Saviour. Be glorified in our worship today, by Your Spirit, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
- Pray for the elders as they consider the possible stages of restarting normal church services, and especially how it will affect those who still cannot come. Please also pray for one another that the fruit of the Holy Spirit, especially self-control, will be evident in all we as Christians do under lockdown restrictions.
- Thank you for those who are contributing to the needs of the saints during this time. We are pleased to be able to help some families in dire need with food. Even though the church’s funds are running low, the Lord has enabled us to continue our ministry without any finacial limitations. Both praise the Lord for His provision, and plead with Him for continued provision to continue our work among one another and to the world.
Listen as you read this pastoral prayer, modelled after the prayer taught us by our Lord Jesus (Mat 6:9-13), and pray it from your own heart.
Our Father in Heaven, You are Holy, Holy, Holy, the whole earth is filled with Your glory (Is 6:3). There is none like you (Jer 10:6-7). There is no sin in You, no evil whatsoever (Ps 5:4). You are pure, righteous, and perfect (Mat 5:48).
What a joy it is for us to know that one day You will rule this world as Your own Kingdom, with Your beloved Son as King (Acts 17:31). What a joy it will be to wake up each morning in that Kingdom (Dan 7:27), knowing that Your will will be done, Your Word will be Law, Your desires will be fulfilled (Dan 4:2-3).
Like a child receives, without worries, the daily provisions of a earthly father, so, Father in Heaven, please provide us our daily needs (Lk 11:13). Forgive us for worrying about our needs as though our sin would make it any better (Lk 12:25). A mere glimpse at nature outside should remind us that You take care of this world in which we live (Lk 12:24, 27). Give us therefore our daily food for we are thankful for each day’s provision (Ps 111:5).
We confess that we also need Your daily forgiveness of our sins. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jo 1:9). Restore to us the joy of salvation (ps 51:12). Make our consciences clean (Ps 51:10). Give us a heart set on obedience (Ps 119:2).
Father, our heart is so deceitful (Jer 17:9). Keep us from the trials that tempt us to sin, and use those trials instead to show that our faith in You truly makes a difference in our how live each day (Jam 1:2-3). Thank you that in every temptation You provide the way of escape (1 Cor 10:13).
Lord Jesus, come quickly (Rev 22:20), Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING AND PRAYER
Our Scripture reading today is Psalm 77. Ponder it in your heart, and use the structure of it below to guide your own prayer in light of this Word from God.
- In trouble I turn to God (Ps 77:1-3)
- It feels like the years of trouble are greater than God (Ps 77:4-9)
- But I know that the years of God’s works are far greater (Ps 77:10-14)
- In fact, I will retell your mighty works more than I will recount my troubles (Ps 77:15-20)
We have a YouTube playlist with songs the way we sing them at church. Use the playlist to become familiar with how we sing tot he Lord so we can join our voices in glad praises when the restrictions are lifted! (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP5L9IiLyN9tHHtry3Qkk15PUG6xUoOj5)
Sing with joyful thanksgiving to the Lord our God!
Pray with us,
Father, You have chosen us before the foundation of the world to be blameless before You. Lord Jesus, You have given Your life for us. Thank-you for the Holy Spirit Whom You have sent to be with us. Be glorified by our worship. Teach us through Your Word. Change us, we pray, 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 5:19-28 “Christian Priorities” by Andrew Zekveld
Let’s respond to God’s Word, with appropriate praise!
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,Psalm 20:7, 9 (ESV)
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God
May He answer us when we call.