Sunday August 1st 2021

PRE SERVICE SONG:  THIS IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU

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:   THE HEART OF WORSHIP

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 15:30-33

30 I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. 31 Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favourably received by the Lord’s people there, 32 so that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed. 33 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.

HYMN BEFORE SERMON: BE STILL MY SOUL

SERMON:  WHY SHOULD WE BOTHER WITH PRAYER?

HYMN AFTER SERMON:  I JUST WANT TO BE WHERE YOU ARE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Deidre Booth

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.

CLOSING BENEDICTION: NOW UNTO HIM

All:  Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling; and present you faultless before the presence of his Glory, with exceeding joy.  To the only wise, God our Saviour be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forever.

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: THERE IS A HIGHER THRONE