WELCOME TO WHITESTONE CHAPEL

PRE SERVICE SONG: BE STILL AND KNOW

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: OUT OF THE DEPTHS

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!

AllIn 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

We wish Bob and Ionie Botha Meyers a happy wedding anniversary on Friday the 11th and a happy birthday to Mez de Beer on Saturday the 12th.

Please join us on the Chapel WhatsApp group at 10:30 am – 11:30 am today.

There will be a communion service at the end of the service today.

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 10thof the month will arrive in the last week of the same month.

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: HABAKKUK 3:9-19 

read by Cindy Sellick

You uncovered your bow,
    you called for many arrows.
You split the earth with rivers;
10     the mountains saw you and writhed.
Torrents of water swept by;
    the deep roared
    and lifted its waves on high.

11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
    at the glint of your flying arrows,
    at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
    and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people,
    to save your anointed one.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
    you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
    when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour
    the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
    churning the great waters.

16 I heard and my heart pounded,
    my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
    and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
    to come on the nation invading us.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.

HYMN BEFORE SERMON: EVEN IF

SERMON:  KEEPING FAITH IN GOD WHEN LIFE DOES NOT MAKE SENSE

HYMN AFTER SERMON: GOD WILL MAKE A WAY

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.

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: O GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST

COMMUNION