PSALM 40:1-5 | Sing Psalms | Tune: Walton
- Adoration (Praising God for who He is and what He is like/His attributes)
- 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 | Read Matthew 8:19-20
“Our Gracious God and Father in heaven,
We are eager to declare our willingness to go where you command and follow wherever you lead. Yet we confess that we are weak and fickle, easily distracted and often quick to follow our sinful hearts instead. We lack spiritual mindedness, the wisdom that comes down from heaven and too often resort to the thinking and the patterns of a fallen world. In your mercy, forgive our many sins. Teach us what it means to take up our cross daily and follow you. Help us put to death the desire to control our own lives in both the present and the future. Show us the emptiness of things, the shallowness of man’s applause and the offensiveness of pride. Fill us with such a burning passion for your glory that we will suffer any loss, ridicule, inconvenience, or cost, in order to hear your name praised in every land, from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.
For we ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:8-‐9
SCRIPTURE READING | Revelation 3:1-‐6; 1 Corinthians 3:10-‐15
RECORDED SERMON | “Sardis: Renowned but dead” | Rev. Paul Gibson
- God would grant grace, wisdom and discernment in the church throughout the nations, such that she would: love what He loves; hate what He hates; live by His commandments; worship Him In Spirit and Truth and be devoted to His means of grace.
- All Christians would view these days as an opportunity to be fervent in prayer and to meditate on God’s word. That whilst we are in virtual “lock‐down” and services are cancelled, Christians would come to have a new-found appreciation for the assembly of God’s people on the Lord’s Day (Psalm 42:4).
- God in His mercy would grant repentance and spiritual revival to our nation and throughout the world.
- Those in Government would be kept strong and given the wisdom to rule well and make sound decisions.
- Those working in healthcare would be kept healthy and given all of the skill, wisdom and strength they need to care for the sick and the dying.
- Those who have lost friends and relatives through Covid-19 would know the comfort of God’s common grace and that by His saving grace, they would come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray especially for the families of Rev. Derek Prime and Rev. John J. Murray - men of God who recently went to be with the Lord. We thank God for their respective ministries.
- Rev. David Carmichael and his congregation ‐ Abbeygreen Church in Lesmahagow - would know God’s blessing and His peace having departed the Church of Scotland and come into the Free Church.
PSALM 119(5) | Sing Psalms | Tune – Maryton (see the tune in the Sing Psalms App for Psalm 119(3)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope, this day and evermore, Amen.”