Romans 8 – The Freedom of the Good News; Proverbs 1 – Wisdom for Life (Sinclair Ferguson); Opticians in Burundi and Praise from St Peters

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Photo from my parents home near Portmahomack

Last Sunday we looked at Romans 8:1-4 – Looking at the subject of real freedom.  This is the real Gospel.  It was wonderful to see and hear people ‘getting’ the Gospel.  Also we rejoiced in news of one young man becoming a Christian.

To run and work the law commands,

Yet gives me neither feet nor hands;

But better news the gospel brings:

It bids me fly, and gives me wings.

You can here the whole service here – or if you just want the sermon go to the St Peters website – 

This is the order of service.

a) Song – You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
b) Call to Worship –
Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come; even Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the
firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To Him Who loves us and has freed us from our own sins by His blood.
Revelation 1:4-5
c) Song – Amazing Grace – How Sweet The Sound (John Newton)
d) Prayer
2) Community:
a) Confession of Sin –
God of everlasting love,
We confess that we have been unfaithful
to our covenant with you and with one another.
We have worshipped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience.
We have served our own self interest
instead of serving you and your people.
We have not loved our neighbour as you commanded,
nor have we rightly loved ourselves.
Forgive us, gracious God,
and bring us back into the fullness
of our covenant with you and one another.
Through Christ, our Lord.
b) Assurance of Pardon –
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ – Romans 8:31
c) New Testament Reading – Acts 5:1-16
d) Notices
e) Childrens
f) Song and Collection – There is a redeemer (Green, Melody, Green, Keith)
g) Children leave for Sunday School and Crèche
h) Pastoral Prayer
3) Mission:
a) Old Testament Reading – Psalm 104:19-35
b) Song – Psalm 104: 24-36 (Sing Psalms)
4) Sermon:
Romans 8:1-4 Freedom
5) Response:
a) Prayer
b) Song – And Can It Be (Charles Wesley)

Benediction

Then in the evening we had an incredibly blessed night.  Sinclair continued his series on Proverbs…it was a long sermon but as it went on we felt the time shorter – especially when he got on to what he called the sermon cartoons…we could have gone on for hours!  You will not miss out taking the time to listen to this!  As Sinclair pointed out – the book of Proverbs is there to help us negotiate life in a fallen world.  I especially loved the section looking at ‘answer a fool according to their folly, don’t answer a fool according to their folly’!

“When we lose our belief in God, we lose our common sense” – Sinclair

29570755_10215468564817047_7666219824041104423_nIt was also lovely to have Gavin and Amy from St Petes speak to us about their trip with Mission International to help with eyesight for the people of Burundi – (they are both opticians)…

Its great when the spiritual and the physical come together  – the blind see in every way.

It’s also encouraging to see such fine young people serving the Lord and growing and maturing in their faith.

Order of Service 

1) Praise
a) Call to Worship and Prayer –
The Mighty One, God the Lord,
Speaks and summons the earth
From the rising of the sun to its setting.
Gather to me my faithful ones,
Who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
(Psalm 50 1 and 5).
b) Song – Ten Thousand Reasons (Matt Redman)
2) Community:
a) Reading – 2Kings 15:13-22
b) Notices
c) Prayer
a) Song and Collection – Rejoice the Lord is King (Charles Wesley)
3) Mission:
b) Missions Spot
c) Missions Prayer
d) Song – Psalm 96 (a) (Sing Psalms)
4) Sermon:
Proverbs 1:8-33 “Wisdom 101”

5) Response:
a) Prayer
b) Song – O That The Lord Would Guide My Ways (Isaac Watts)
c) Benediction.
May the Lord send you help from His sanctuary
And grant you support from on High,
May grace and peace be to you from the God
Who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age.

 

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