Sunday 24th 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 tenth week at this; we are striving to provide you each week with 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. This week’s sermon is titled Faith in Lockdown: “Dealing with the disruption of life in a Stay-At-Home world.” 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, chosen as the series title, acknowledges that life is different and, for some, seemly uncontrollable. This week we look at seven “by faiths” 400 years after last week’s multi-generational family. We visit the four distractions to discipleship. The bulk of the passage and sermon examine the responses to the disruptions to a “by faith” life in our Stay-At-Home world.

 

Song of Preparation: Love Divine 

 

Call to Worship: From Psalm 30:4, 10-12

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

 

Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy

 

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: 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 in 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 Psalm 51 – Have mercy on me, O God 

 

Prayers of Repentance: We turn away from sin to Christ in silent personal prayer

 

Assurance of Pardon: From Romans 5:6-11

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

Hymn; Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, Our Blessed Redeemer!

 

Sermon Scripture: Hebrews 11:23-31

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. 29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

 

Prayer

  • Pray for the families and friends who have been touched by COVID-19 through sickness and death on Skye.
  • Pray for churches who are continuing to face these new realities in the areas of worship, discipleship and mercy. Also pray as we consider the details of future gathered public worship.
  • Pray for Scotland’s COVID-19 Exit Routemap. Public Worship is in Phrase Three.
  • Pray for the nation of India as they recover from a major Typhoon while in a national lockdown.
  • Pray for whatever is on your heart…

 

Sermon Faith in Lockdown: “Dealing with the disruption of life in a Stay-At-Home world” 

 

Hymn Take the World, But Give Me Jesus 

 

Benediction From Romans 16:25-27

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

 

Doxology Glory Be To God The Father 

 

Parting Song Like a River Glorious 

Sung by the congregation of Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee

 

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,

Over all victorious, in its bright increase;

Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,

Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.

 

Refrain:

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest

Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

 

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,

Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;

Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,

Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

 

Every joy or trial falleth from above,

Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;

We may trust Him fully, all for us to do;

They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

 

Next week: Hebrews 11:32-40

This week we used two songs of the 19th century prolific American writer Fanny Crosby – “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, Our Blessed Redeemer!” and “Take the World, But Give Me Jesus.” Here is an interesting historical note: “Her inclination to versify was encouraged by a visiting Scottish phrenologist, who examined her and proclaimed her a poet.”

 

Here are links to videos about her life and work.

Link 1

Link 2