SONG BEFORE THE SERVICE: FAR TOO WONDERFUL

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP – PSALM 145:10

Leader: All Your Creatures praise You Lord, and Your servants bless You.

AllThey talk of the glory of Your Kingdom and tell of Your might.

Leader: Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom

AllAnd Your dominion stands for all generations.

OPENING HYMN: WERE I TO THE CROSS

Leader:   We are the people of God, but Scripture reminds us that we still sin.  We need to confess our failures, knowing that the Lord Jesus intercedes for us with the Father, who freely forgives us, through his infinite goodness and mercy.  So, let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence, and pray together.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

AllO Lord our God, you know us better than we know ourselves.  As we come before you now, believers and doubters alike, we all share a deep need, for we are all lost without your grace.  Search us, O God, and know our hearts, test us and know our troubled thoughts. Give us true repentance.   Forgive us all our wrongs.  Transform us by your Spirit to live for you each day, to learn to serve eachother and, through the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, to come at last to heaven.

Amen.

PEACE OF GOD 

Leader: Through Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of  his grace.

AllThis is the good news: in Christ we are healed, restored, forgiven!

Leader: The peace of the Lord be always with you. 

AllAnd also with you.

THE NOTICES 

The WhatsApp group will open at 10:30 am today.

PRAYER BEFORE READING

All:  O God, by your Spirit tell us what we need to hear, and show us what we ought to do, to obey Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

READING

Read by Sarah Cronje

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

HYMN: PSALM 139 SONG

SERMON: THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

HYMN: LORD, YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Pam Cuddington

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.

CLOSING BENEDICTION: NOW UNTO HIM

All:  Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling; and present you faultless before the presence of his Glory, with exceeding joy.  To the only wise, God our Saviour be glory and majestydominion and power both now and forever.

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME