SONG BEFORE THE SERVICE: OUR GOD

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:  MEEKNESS AND MAJESTY

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 each other 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 

Happy birthday to David Coltart today, Sunday 4 October and to Daisy Dube and Deidre Booth who share a birthday next Thursday, 8 October.

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

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 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

Colossians 1:15-23

led by Julian Scales

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

HYMN: ALL HEAVEN DECLARES

SERMON: JESUS CHRIST MORE THAN EVERYTHING WE NEED (Mitchell Spence)

Mitch Spence

HYMN: HOSANNAH (PRAISE IS RISING)

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Di Charsley

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