PRE SERVICE SONG:  BE STILL AND KNOW

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: ‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.’ Col 3:1

All: Father God, be with us in our worship, in our prayers and in our reading of your word. Be with us in our fellowship one with another. Be with us in our agreement and disagreement. Be with us in our unity and diversity. Be with us as we grow together, born again and joined together into your heavenly family.

Leader: For God so loved the world

Allthat he gave his one and only Son

Leader: that whoever believes in him shall not perish

Allbut have eternal life.

OPENING HYMN: ALL I ONCE HELD DEAR

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Leader: ‘Set your minds on things above, and not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with him in glory’ (Col 3:3).

For those times when our eyes have been short-sighted, when we have failed to see your vision for our lives,

All:  forgive us Lord and help us focus on you.

Leader: For those times when we choose not to give, but to store up treasures for our own use,

Allforgive us Lord and help us focus on you.

Leader:  For those times when your sacrificial love has meant less than it should,

All:  forgive us Lord and help us focus on you.

Leader: For those times when our feet have stayed firmly in this world, rather than walking in your footsteps,

Allforgive us Lord and help us focus on you.

Leader: For all those times when we have failed to acknowledge in our own hearts that we are a new creation, raised to life with Christ,

AllFather, forgive.

TIME OF SILENT CONFESSION

Leader: ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another, forgive as the Lord forgave you. And above all this put on love

Allwhich binds all these in perfect unity.’

STATEMENT OF FAITH 

Leader: We say the Creed together:

All:  I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  

Amen. 

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PRAYER BEFORE READING

All:  Gracious 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.

READING: ROMANS 15:18-28

read by Moira Thompson

So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written:

“Those who were not told about him will see,

    and those who have not heard will understand.”[g]

22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.

Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome

23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. 25 Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord’s people there. 26 For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. 28 So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.

SONG BEFORE SERMON:  LORD YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME AND KNOW ME

SERMON:  SOME REFLECTIONS ON KNOWING AND LIVING GOD’S WILL FROM THE LIFE OF PAUL

HYMN: WHATEVER MY GOD ORDAINS IS RIGHT

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Led by Diana Charsley

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)

Leader: Lord in your mercy,

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) 

Leader: Lord in your mercy,

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)

Leader: Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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: LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS