Welcome to our ‘Church at Home’ service for Sunday 1st November. Our Minister is on leave this week, but we are delighted to have Tom Tate providing our online service this morning. Tom was the youth worker in Dun Laoghaire Presbyterian Church for 7 years before moving to Cavan this summer to start his counseling practice. Tom also runs the website whymind.ie which is full of helpful resources for mental health & wellbeing.
Call to Worship – Revelation 7 (NIv)
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Hymn 669 – You holy angels bright
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son.
Give us grace to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living,
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
which you have prepared
for those who perfectly love you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Reading – Luke 8:26-39 (NIV)
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Children’s Story -Who’s Behind the Curtain?
Children’s Praise – One Way
Lord Jesus Christ,
you built your Church
on the rock of redeemed humanity;
and through Peter an Paul,
through Augustine and Francis,
through Luther, Calvin, and Knox,
through all the saints of every age,
you extended, reformed, and diversified
the household of faith.
God of all people,
not only the achievements of the great,
but also the kindness of the humble
has touched and influenced our lives for good.
We thank you for the ordinary saints
who helped your kingdom
take root and grow among us.
We praise you for:
mother and grandmothers,
fathers and grandfathers,
and unsung servants of the kingdom,
who have let us see Jesus.
We who inherit their witness today
and reap what other have sown
bless you for our fellowship with those
whom you have called to great life.
may we so love and serve your Church
that those yet unborn
may benefit from our labour;
and when the grace of life on earth is past,
may we enjoy, with them,
the company of heaven.
Sermon – ‘The Healing of the Demon-Possessed man’ (Luke 8:26-39)
Hymn 408 – In Christ Alone
God give us grace to follow the saints
in faith, hope, and love.