Sunday 3rd May 2020

Welcome

Call to Worship – psalm 34:1-3

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together.

Hymn 93 – Lord, I Come before your throne of grace (What a faithful God have i)

Opening Prayer (Based on Philippians 1:9-11)

God our Heavenly Father,
May our love overflow more and more
with knowledge and full insight
to help us to determine what is best,
so that on the day of Christ we may be pure and blameless,
having produced the harvest of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ
for your glory and praise. Amen

Reading – Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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.
Amen.

Children’s Story – “David says ‘sorry'”

Children’s Praise – The Lord’s Prayer

Reading – Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Sermon

A prayer for God’s provision in uncertain days

Faithful God,
it isn’t easy to trust you in these uncertain days.
We have so many questions:
Will I catch the virus?
Do we have enough to get by?
What about my job?
Help us to know you as the God who provides;
supplying manna in the wilderness,
sustaining Elijah with food brought by ravens,
feeding five thousand,
giving us each day our daily bread.
Help us not to worry about our life,
about what we will eat or drink,
what we will wear.
Help us not to be anxious about tomorrow,
or the impact of a pandemic that might last weeks or months.
Teach us not to waste these lingering hours of lockdown worrying.
Instead lift our eyes to the birds in flight,
draw our gaze to the flowers in bloom,
to see that our heavenly Father,
will meet our everyday human concerns. 
Keep us focused on seeking your kingdom,
watching for how all we need will also come our way,
from your generous hand.
In Jesus name. 
Amen.

Hymn 257 – What a friend we have in Jesus

Final Prayer (Based on Ephesians 3:14-19)

Heavenly Father,
from you every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. We pray that out of your glorious riches you will strengthen us with power through the Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And we pray that we will be rooted and established in love, and may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Amen.