Sunday 26th 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 sixth 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 is the second sermon in our 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.

 

Hymn Open Our Eyes Lord

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 145

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you land praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

 

Hymn Psalm 145-I will praise my God and king

 

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

 

Confessions of sin: From Isaiah 48

“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last. My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together. “Assemble, all of you, and listen! Who among them has declared these things? The LORD loves him; he shall perform his purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans. I, even I, have spoken and called him; I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way. Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit. Thus says the LORD, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”

 

Hymn Christ Will Be My Hideaway (Psalm 91)

 

Prayers of Repentance

 

Assurance of Pardon: Isaiah 44:21-24a

Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you; you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me. I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things,”

 

Hymn Jesus Paid it All – Sovereign Grace

 

Sermon Scripture: Hebrews 11: 4-7

4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

Prayer

  • 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 the Ministries of India Village Ministries and Platform 67
  • 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…

 

SermonFaith in Lockdown: Worship as an “heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

 

Hymn My God – Stuart Townend

 

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 Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing

 

Hymn Psalm 34 – O Taste and See – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir ft Shane & Shane

 

Next week Hebrews 11:8-12 in our Faith in Lockdown series