Sunday 19th April

 

Welcome!  to Self-Guided Worship from Grace Community Church in Kyle of Lochalsh (International Presbyterian Church.) “Self-Guided” means you, and any family members who are with you, will read the scriptures and form and pray the prayers. Click on the links for the hymns, both the music and words will be there. Click on the YouTube link for the sermon. This is our fifth week at this; we hope to provide you each week a worship service that enables you to enter behind the curtain into the presence of our Holy God as we worship apart from each other during this global virus crisis. Remember, CHURCH is the people.

 

This week we begin a seven-week sermon series from Hebrews 11 – Faith in Lockdown. The life of faith is recorded in God’s Word from the first family to the age of the prophets. As we live with social-isolation and distancing, our faith can be tried and wounded, but strengthened. In these weeks apart pray for each other. Connect with each other when you call, text, email, or Zoom with each other. Faith in Lockdown acknowledges that life is different and, for some, seemly uncontrollable. This week we begin with faith and the creation by a creator who spoke the visible out of the invisible.

 

Listen to When I survey the wondrous cross from the Campbell House to prepare your hearts as we worship in the shadow of the cross and resurrection

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 98: 1-6

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, or he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

 

Hymn Psalm 98 Song – Make a Joyful Noise

 

Prayer

  • Give Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  • Thank God that we can come into his presence because of the shed blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Great High Priest
  • Give thanks that in the time of this pandemic, we can join the global church and our sister churches here in the Highlands before the throne of Grace

 

Confession of Sin: Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

 

Hymn Behold the Lamb

 

Prayers of Repentance

 

Assurance of Pardon: Hebrews 10:12-14

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

 

Hymn I will sing of my Redeemer

 

Sermon Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3

1.Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

 

Prayer

  • Pray for the Donald John Stewart family in this time of the loss of Sheila, wife, mother, and daughter this past Wednesday.
  • Pray for churches who are continuing to face these new realities in the areas of worship, discipleship and mercy.
  • Pray for global health workers, governments and families as they deal with the daily uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus crisis.
  • Pray for your neighbors’ health and well being as they practice social distancing.
  • Pray for families, churches, and communities that are mourning the loss of loved ones.
  • Pray for whatever is on your heart…

 

Sermon – Faith in Lockdown, Living with Unseen Universes

 

Hymn  Great Is Thy Faithfulness

 

Benediction Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen

 

Doxology Glory be to God the Father (Horatius Bonar) Regents Square

 

You have heard a sermon about faith. Have you made the commitment that this song celebrates?  Call Pastor Fred if you would like to talk about your commitment of saving faith.

 

All to Jesus I Surrender

 

Next week’s sermon text will be Hebrews 11:4-7. Read Hebrews 11 through each week of this sermon series.