Sunday 22nd August 2021

PRESERVICE SONG:  GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY

PSALM 86

Leader: Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.   All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.

AllFor you are great and do marvellous deeds; You alone are God.

Leader:  Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

All:  I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me;  You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

OPENING HYMN:  MY GOD HOW WONDERFUL THOU ART

INVITATION TO CONFESSION

Leader:  Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed. So, let us acknowledge our failure and disobedience, and return to the Lord with penitence and faith.

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Leader:  O King and Father, your Son died only to be raised. Now give us to die to our sin in repentance, so we may rise to new life and power.

All:  Though you should guide us, we inform ourselves. Though you should rule us, we control ourselves. Though you should fulfil us, we console ourselves.

Leader:  For we think your truth too high, your will too hard, your power too remote, your love too free. But they are not! And without them, we are of all people most miserable.

All:  Now heal our confused minds with your word, heal our divided wills with your law, heal our troubled consciences with your love, heal our anxious hearts with your presence, all for the sake of your Son, who loved us and gave himself for us. 

Amen.

STATEMENT OF FAITH  

Leader:  Now let us tell God together that we believe in him:

All:  I believe that God is my Father in heaven.  I believe That he made the world, that he gives me life, that he helps me grow. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Mary. Jesus shows me that God is love. Jesus lived and died for me.  Jesus is alive now, alive in me, and in my neighbour.  I believe in the Holy Spirit who helps me love others, who makes me holy, who helps me to know God better. I believe in God’s family, the church. I believe that I will be happy with God for ever and ever.

Amen

NOTICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chapel WhatsApp group will open at 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

TITHING NOTICE and DETAILS

For Collections of cash: Please contact Fiona Lander, Kevin or Pam.

Ecocash number: 0779702694  (Fiona Lander)

NMB Bank: Byo 210227307

PRAYER BEFORE THE READING

AllGracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.

READING: Psalm 63

read by Pam Cuddington

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
    and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

HYMN:  ONLY BY GRACE CAN WE ENTER

SERMON: DAVID IN THE DESERT

Jorum Mugari

HYMN: THERE IS A REDEEMER

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

led by Pam Cuddington

Father, we pray for the nations of the world, and for their leaders. We pray especially for our own country, Zimbabwe, for all who have authority or influence.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for your church throughout the world. We pray especially for your church that meets here at Whitestone Chapel.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for all those who are in any kind of sickness, trouble or distress. We pray especially for those known to us.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer. Amen.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name:  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Amen.

BENEDICTION

Leader: For the love of Jesus, our Saviour,

Allwe give you thanks.

Leader: For his life poured out in sacrifice for us,

Allwe give you thanks.

Leader: Gracious and generous God, thank you for providing all our needs.

AllMake us truly grateful, Lord.

Leader: We praise you in the name of Jesus,

Allwho alone gives us eternal life.  

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: TELL OUT MY SOUL