Sunday 3rd May

 

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 seventh 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 continue a seven-week sermon series from Hebrews 11 – Faith in Lockdown. Abraham and Sarah’s journey, not knowing where they were going is the setting of this week’s text. It is a journey about a promise of an inheritance.  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 for the journey to the unknown because of a promised inheritance.

 

Prepare your hearts for worship with this song from Chris MacLeod of the Free Church in Inverness.

Behold Our God

 

Call to Worship Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

Hymn Psalm 100

 

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 32:1-5

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Hymn All I once held dear

 

Prayers of Personal Repentance

 

Assurance of Pardon Ephesians 2:4,5,8,&9

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

Hymn Behold the Lamb

To be sung with a sense of sadness as we wait to share the Lord’s Table, knowing it will come

 

Sermon Scripture Hebrews 11:8-12

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

 

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 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: Discipleship, the uncertain life journey to our inheritance

 

Hymn Shout to the Lord

 

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 and Hymn All Creatures of Our God and King

 

As we conclude this time of worship today, I invite you to hear, listen to, sing along if you wish, this hymn by John Newton – Begone, Unbelief.  The singers are some brothers and sisters in Ghana, in 2015.  Be sure to listen all the way to the end so that you can hear the preacher’s words and recapping of the moving hymn’s final verse.

 

Since all that I meet
Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,
The medicine, food;
Though painful at present,
’Twill cease before long,
And then, oh, how pleasant
The conqueror’s song!

 

Next week Hebrews 11:13-16  “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”