WELCOME TO WHITESTONE CHAPEL

PRE SERVICE SONG: AT YOUR FEET WE FALL

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

led by Chris Rees

All: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,

for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,

for to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD,

for I hide myself in you.

Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

For your name’s sake.

Amen

 

 

OPENING HYMN:  MY GOD HOW WONDERFUL THOU ART

 

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Leader: God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in the darkness,

we lie and do not practise the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

So let us confess our sins to God,

knowing that he is faithful and just,

to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:5-6, 9 ESV)

 

All: God, our heavenly Father, 

You bid us to come into Your house to worship You,

yet we confess that our hearts are too full of this world. 

The cares of the world,

the deceitfulness of riches,

and the pleasures of this life seduce us and lead us astray from an undistracted devotion to You.

Forgive us for treasuring the material over the spiritual,

our bodies over our souls,

things of time over those of eternity.

Give us grace to heed Your invitation to repent and run again to Jesus,

who is our most gracious Lord and only Saviour.

Amen.

 

 

VERSES OF ASSURANCE

Leader: Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

That proves God’s love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Glory to God. 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.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Happy wedding anniversary to Audrey and Peter Locke on Tuesday 21 July.

Notice from Committee

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: TBA

 

 

PRAYER BEFORE READING

Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word;

and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

READING: REVELATION 1 NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)

read by Kath Simpson

Prologue

1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Greetings and Doxology

John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spiritsbefore his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of Christ

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,  dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

 

HYMN BEFORE SERMON:  LO HE COMES WITH CLOUDS DESCENDING

 

SERMON: A VISION OF JESUS AND HIS GLORY – Tawanda Masango

 

HYMN AFTER SERMON:  ALL HEAVEN DECLARES

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Deidre Booth

Leader:  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

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: 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

All: Hear our prayer.

Leader: 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

All: 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:  Eternal God, Maker of all things and our gracious Father:
All: We praise You for Your fatherly love which has cherished man throughout the centuries, suffered his follies, rebuked his failures and spared no sacrifice to save him from ignorance, sin and death of the soul.

 We thank and praise You for caring for our souls, which placed us within the family of believers, sheltered us in the church, nourished us on Your word and sacraments, and gave us a perfect revelation of Yourself in Jesus Christ Your Son.
To You, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit  be the glory now and forever.

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN :  LOVE DIVINE ALL LOVE EXCELLING