Piano piece by Janet Payne: ‘Spirit Of God, Descend Upon My Heart’ (Words below)
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art;
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
No sudden rending of the veil of clay,
No angel visitant, no opening skies;
But take the dimness of my soul away.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Hast Thou not bid me love Thee, God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see Thy cross; here teach my heart to cling:
O let me seek Thee, and O let me find!
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heaven descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
Call to Worship:
Not to us, Lord, not to us
But to Your Name be the glory
Because of Your love & faithfulness
Prayer of St Augustine
O God, our true life, to know You is life,
to serve You is freedom, to enjoy You is a kingdom,
to praise You is the joy and happiness of the soul.
I praise and bless and adore You,
I worship You, I glorify You.
I give thanks to You for Your great glory.
I humbly ask You to live with me, to reign in me,
to make this heart of mine a holy temple,
a fit home for Your divine majesty.
Hymn: To God be the glory.
Tomorrow is a special day for some film fans –
the clue is in the date, but the following pictures might also help:
‘May the fourth’ is a play on the famous phrase from ‘Star Wars’ films: ‘May the force be with you’
As Christians we believe that we all have God the Holy Spirit with us.
He is more powerful than any other force and can help us in so many ways.
Some of the ways He helps us are listed below as anagrams – can you work them out? (You could also try the Wordsearch attached to Paul's original email)
CHEETAS/ NESSCOUL/ DIMNERS (for all 3 see John 14 v26)
DIGUSE (see John 16 v13)
GRANSCOUEE (see Acts 9 v31)
And some things the Spirit gives us:
HUTTR (see John 16 v13)
ROWPE (see Acts 1 v8)
EPHO (see Romans 15 v13)
OYJ (see I Thess 1 v6)
RESTSHUGINEOS (see Galatians 5 v5)
May the Spirit be in you!
Hymn: Holy Spirit we welcome You.
A SASRA Feature:
From Storm Troopers to Scripture Troopers
Hymn: Lord for the years.
First Reading: Mark 4 vs1-20 (Dougie)
Song: Cornerstone/ My hope is built.
Second Reading James 1 vs19-27
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent
and humbly accept the Lord planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror
and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—
not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves,
and their religion is worthless.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Song: Wonderful Grace.
Hymn: Lord, I Come To You.
Lord may Your love fill our hearts,
May our lips sing Your praise,
May our feet walk in Your way,
And may Your Spirit inspire us
To live for You alone. Amen