PRESERVICE SONG:  YOUR EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

PSALM 86

Leader: Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.   All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.

AllFor you are great and do marvellous deeds; You alone are God.

Leader:  Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

All:  I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me;  You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

OPENING HYMN:  GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS

INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Leader:  Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed. So, let us acknowledge our failure and disobedience, and return to the Lord with penitence and faith.

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Leader:  O King and Father, your Son died only to be raised. Now give us to die to our sin in repentance, so we may rise to new life and power.

All:  Though you should guide us, we inform ourselves. Though you should rule us, we control ourselves. Though you should fulfil us, we console ourselves.

Leader:  For we think your truth too high, your will too hard, your power too remote, your love too free. But they are not! And without them, we are of all people most miserable.

All:  Now heal our confused minds with your word, heal our divided wills with your law, heal our troubled consciences with your love, heal our anxious hearts with your presence, all for the sake of your Son, who loved us and gave himself for us. 

Amen.

STATEMENT OF FAITH 

Leader:  Now let us tell God together that we believe in him:

All:  I believe that God is my Father in heaven.  I believe That he made the world, that he gives me life, that he helps me grow. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Mary. Jesus shows me that God is love. Jesus lived and died for me.  Jesus is alive now, alive in me, and in my neighbour.  I believe in the Holy Spirit who helps me love others, who makes me holy, who helps me to know God better. I believe in God’s family, the church. I believe that I will be happy with God for ever and ever.

Amen

NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chapel WhatsApp group will open at 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

TITHING NOTICE

Church Tithing/Donations Details

Collections of cash: Please contact Fiona Lander, Kevin or Pam.

Ecocash number: 0779702694  (Fiona Lander),

NMB Bank: Byo 210227307

Overseas Deposit: Britain:

https://www.zane-zimbabweanationalemergency.com/

Australia:

ZANE Australia – Zimbabwe Charity

Important: Please put ‘Whitestone Chapel Bulawayo’ as the reference, and email proof of payment to d.charsley@gmail.com so the donation can be tracked. Any transactions sent before the 10th of the month will arrive in the last week of the same month.

PRAYER BEFORE THE READING

AllGracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.

FIRST READING: Hebrews 13:1 – 14

13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.” 

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?” 

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

HYMN:  THE LORD’S MY SHEPHERD

SERMON: God’s promise: “I will not forsake you.”

HYMN: HE WILL HOLD ME FAST

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Father, we pray for the nations of the world, and for their leaders. We pray especially for our own country, Zimbabwe, for all who have authority or influence.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for your church throughout the world. We pray especially for your church that meets here at Whitestone Chapel.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for all those who are in any kind of sickness, trouble or distress. We pray especially for those known to us.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer. Amen.

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, and 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.

BENEDICTION

Leader: For the love of Jesus, our Saviour,

Allwe give you thanks.

Leader: For his life poured out in sacrifice for us,

Allwe give you thanks.

Leader: Gracious and generous God, thank you for providing all our needs.

AllMake us truly grateful, Lord.

Leader: We praise you in the name of Jesus,

Allwho alone gives us eternal life.  

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: YOU NEVER LET GO