Sunday June 20 2021

PRE SERVICE SONG:  THE SAME LOVE

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:  HOW GREAT THOU ART

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!

All: In 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

Please keep an eye on one another, and, if you can, meet with other people from the Chapel on a Sunday and share this time of worship.

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 13:11-14 (NIV)

read by Hansie Kandora

The Day Is Near

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

HYMN BEFORE SERMON: CORNERSTONE

SERMON: EARTHLY AUTHORITY 3: TIME IS RUNNING OUT

HYMN:  I WORSHIP YOU ALMIGHTY GOD

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

led by Deidre Booth

Leader:  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

AllHear our prayer.

Leader: 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

AllHear our prayer.

Leader: 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

AllHear 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:  TO GOD BE THE GLORY