PRE SERVICE SONG:  THIS IS AMAZING GRACE

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.’ (Colossians 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: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

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).

Leader: 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. 

NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

We wish Vernon and Lucretia the happiest of wedding anniversaries on Tuesday the 22nd September. 

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

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:  JAMES 5:13-16

read by Helga Landsmann

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

SONG BEFORE SERMON: PRAISE MY SOUL

SERMON:  OUR MINISTRY TO THE SICK

HYMN: BE STILL, FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Margie Rees

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.

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: I’M FOREVER GRATEFUL

Featured image courtesy of Jono Simpson, Hwange 2020

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