PSALM 23 | Scottish Psalter | Tune: Crimond
- Adoration (Praising God for who He is and what He is like/His attributes),
- Confession (Confessing our sins to God)
- Thanksgiving (Giving thanks to God for all He has given and continues to give)
- Supplication (Requesting His help, presence, leading and provision – especially for the people of God in our time of worship on the Lord’s Day)
CONFESSION OF SIN
Our Father in heaven, in this bitter season which you have ordained, we acknowledge that our greatest need is to be still and humble before you, to turn from our wicked ways and to hunger and thirst after Christ and His righteousness. Yet we confess that our tendency is to seek comfort in earthly pleasures and trust in our own capabilities, whilst neglecting the grace of repentance and the gift of prayer. Turn us away from the emptiness of vain things and forgive our unbelief. Help us to “discern this time” and to number our days that we might get a heart of wisdom - and fill us with Your Spirit, that we might live distinct, fruitful and God-glorifying lives. For we ask it all in the name of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:19-23)
SCRIPTURE READING | Revelation: 3:7-13
RECORDED SERMON | “Philadelphia: The Faithful Church.” | Rev. Paul Gibson
- God would grant the grace of repentance and faith to many throughout the world as they hear the word proclaimed on the Lord’s Day.
- Our online Christianity Explored course would be well attended in May and June and that many would come to know Christ as their Saviour and Lord through this.
- God would have mercy on our land, granting spiritual renewal and revival to His bride.
- Our Government would make wise decisions in the coming weeks and months, particularly concerning when to allow a gradual return to “normal life”.
- God would sustain, preserve and grant skill to Doctors and Nurses in the NHS and throughout the world as they care for those suffering from the Coronavirus.
- God would restore those in our congregation who are unwell at this time, particularly those displaying some symptoms of the virus.
- God would grant comfort and strength to the vulnerable and those who are living alone.
PSALM 24:1-10 | Sing Psalms | Tune: Nativity
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58