Sunday 5th 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 first week at this; we hope to make it better each week as we worship apart from each other during this global virus crisis. Remember, CHURCH is the people.

 

Today, we have another rendition of Psalm 23, set to Brother James Air sung and played by our own Stephanie, Ciorstaidh and Eosaph. Listen as we begin worship:

 

Psalm 23

 

Call to Worship: From Revelation 5:9, 10, 12-14

We join the living creatures and elders in the presence of the Lamb who had been slain who “sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

Hymn: Before the Throne of God Above

 

Prayer

  • Give Glory to God the Trinity                                                                                                
  • 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 we can join the global church before the throne of Grace

 

Confession of Sin: From Psalm 51:1-4, 7-12

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil din your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

 

Hymn: God Be Merciful to Me (Psalm 51)

 

Prayers of Repentance (Silent personal prayers)

 

Assurance of Pardon: Hebrews 2:14-17

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

 

Hymn: Rich in Mercy (Psalm 51)

 

Sermon Scripture: Hebrews 10:32-39

32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

“Yet a little while,

and the coming one will come and will not delay;

38  but my righteous one shall live by faith,

and if he shrinks back,

my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

 

Prayers of Intercession

  • 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 churches who suddenly face new realities in the areas of worship, discipleship and mercy.
  • Pray that our churches will reopen soon.
  • Pray for whatever is on your heart…

 

Sermon: Click Here for sermon.

 

Hymn: Jesus I come 

 

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:DOXOLOGY, Old 100th 

 

As we enter now this Holy Week to remember Christ’s death, looking forward to the celebration of His resurrection next Sunday, hear now a setting of two traditional Palm Sunday hymns, All Glory, Laud and Honour and Ride on, Ride On, in Majesty as played by Timothy Moke on Trumpet and George Masanz on Organ. I am including the words, if you would like to sing or meditate and rejoice. 

 

“All Glory and Honor” And “Ride on, Ride On, in Majesty”

 

All glory, laud and honor,

To Thee, Redeemer, King,

To Whom the lips of children

Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,

Thou David’s royal Son,

Who in the Lord’s Name comest,

The King and Blessèd One.

The company of angels

Are praising Thee on High,

And mortal men and all things

Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews

With palms before Thee went;

Our prayer…

 

“Ride on, Ride On, in Majesty”

Ride on! ride on in majesty!

Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;

O Savior meek, pursue thy road

with palms and scattered garments strowed.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

O Christ, thy triumphs now begin

o’er captive death and conquered sin.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty!

The angel-squadrons of the sky

look down with sad and wondering eyes

to see the approaching sacrifice.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty!

Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;

the Father on his sapphire throne

expects his own anointed Son.

 

Ride on! ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

bow thy meek head to mortal pain,

then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

 

As for your tithes and offerings to God:  If you are accustomed to bringing them to worship, we are working on an on-line donation scheme. 

 

Remember to keep in touch with each other by whatever technological means you have – telephone, text, twitter, email.

 

Send prayer requests or theological questions or comments to pastormcf@gmail.com

 

Have a good week!  Keep Your Distance and Wash Your Hands!