PRE SERVICE SONG:  SOVEREIGN OVER US

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

AllLet 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:  CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS

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)

AllGod, 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:

AllI 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

The WhatsApp group will open up for about an hour at 10:30 am today.

Tithes – please contact anyone from the committee if you have tithes that need collecting.  

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

read by Hansie Kandora

Psalm 90 (New International Version)

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
    they are like the new grass of the morning:
In the morning it springs up new,
    but by evening it is dry and withered.

We are consumed by your anger
    and terrified by your indignation.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.
All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
    Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

Footnotes
  1. Psalm 90:17 Or beauty

HYMN BEFORE SERMON: BETTER IS ONE DAY

SERMON: GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

HYMN:  SOVEREIGN

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Pam Cuddington

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

AllHear 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

AllHear 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

AllHear 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:


AllWe 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:  YOU’RE THE LION OF JUDAH