PSALM 33: 1-5; 10-22 | Sing Psalms
Joyfully sing to the LORD, all you righteous;
for it is good that the upright give praise.
With harp and lyre praise the LORD and make music;
with shouts of joy, a new song to him raise.
Righteous and true is the word God has spoken;
all the LORD’s actions his faithfulness prove.
He loves true righteousness, judgment and justice;
all earth is full of his unfailing love
Foiled by the LORD are the plans of the nations;
thwarted by him are the peoples’ designs.
But the LORD’s purposes stand firm for ever;
his plans endure through all ages and times.
Favoured and blessed is the nation he’s chosen,
whose God the LORD is throughout every age;
Blessed are the people he called to be near him,
those whom he chose as his own heritage.
From heaven’s height the LORD looks down and watches;
he sees mankind from his own dwelling-place.
He who has moulded the hearts of all people
knows every deed of the whole human race.
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior lives by the strength of his hand.
Vain is man’s trust in a horse for deliverance,
nor by its strength can it victory command.
But the LORD’s eyes are on those who revere him,
those who rely on his unfailing love;
So that from famine and death he may save them,
giving them life by his power from above.
We wait in hope for the LORD, our defender;
trusting his holy name, our hearts are blessed.
LORD, may your unfailing love rest upon us,
just as in you our sure hope has been placed
CONFESSION OF SIN
"Our Father in heaven, we confess that in recent days and throughout last year we have not wholeheartedly sought you or perfectly lived by your commandments. We have not walked in your ways or been devoted to your precepts. We have allowed our minds to entertain futile and impure thoughts; our affections have been stirred by that which is transient and worthless; and our actions and words have been inconsistent with our profession of faith. Have mercy on us, we pray. Forgive our sins, cleanse our hearts and renew a right spirit within us. Assure us of your continuing love, grant us a spirit of holy fear and help us to live lives worthy of the gospel. For we ask it all in Jesus’ name, Amen."
ASSURANCE OF PARDON | Psalm 130
SCRIPTURE READING | 2 Peter 1:1-15
SERMON | "Seven Imperatives for 2021." | Rev Paul Gibson
HYMN | Take my life, and let it be
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.