Sunday August 15th, 2021

PRE SERVICE SONG: OUR GREAT GOD

Eternal God, 

Unchanging Mysterious and Unknown 

Your boundless Love, unfailing 

In Grace and Mercy shown. 

Bright Seraphim in endless flight 

around Your Glorious Throne 

They raise their voices day and night 

in PRAISE to YOU ALONE. 

Hallelujah, Glory be to Our Great God! 

Lord, we are weak and frail 

Helpless in the storm 

Surround us with 

Your Angels 

Hold us in Your Arms 

Our cold and ruthless Enemy, 

his pleasure is our harm 

Rise up, O Lord, 

and he will flee before our Sovereign GOD. 

Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird 

Let every mountain, every field and valley of the Earth 

Let all the moons and all the stars in all the 

Universe Sing praises to the LIVING GOD, 

Who rules them by His Word! 

Hallelujah…. Amen.

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

AllLet the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake.

Amen.

OPENING HYMN: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD GOD ALMIGHTY

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Leader: God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practise the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. So, let us confess our sins to God, knowing that he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:5-6, 9 ESV)

AllGod, our heavenly Father, you bid us to come into your house to worship you, yet we confess that our hearts are too full of this world.  The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this life seduce us and lead us astray from an undistracted devotion to You.  Forgive us for treasuring the material over the spiritual, our bodies over our souls, things of time over those of eternity. Give us grace to heed Your invitation to repent and run again to Jesus, who is our most gracious Lord and only Saviour. 

Amen.

VERSES OF ASSURANCE

Leader: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us.  In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

AllIn the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!  Glory to God. 

Amen.

STATEMENT OF FAITH 

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

AllI 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Whatsapp fellowship group opens at 10:30 please let us know how you are doing.

PRAYER BEFORE READING

Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

READING: Romans 16:17-20

17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

HYMN BEFORE SERMON:  LORD YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME AND KNOW ME

SERMON:  BE CAREFUL WHO YOU KISS

HYMN AFTER SERMON:  WHEN WE SEE YOUR FACE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Diana Charsley

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:  Eternal God, Maker of all things and our gracious Father:

AllWe praise You for Your fatherly love which has cherished man throughout the centuries, suffered his follies, rebuked his failures and spared no sacrifice to save him from ignorance, sin and death of the soul.  We thank and praise You for caring for our souls, which placed us within the family of believers, sheltered us in the church, nourished us on Your word and sacraments, and gave us a perfect revelation of Yourself in Jesus Christ Your Son. To You, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be the glory now and forever. 

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: HE WILL HOLD ME FAST