Thank you for joining us for this service. We trust that you will be greatly encouraged by worshipping with us.
Together may we celebrate again God’s greatness and goodness.
May we also find strength to resist temptation and live at our very best for God’s glory.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
For His compassions never fail ….
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him
To the one who seeks Him
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3 vs22,25 & 26)
Loving God, who has taught us that in returning and in rest we shall be saved
and in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: by the power of Your Spirit lift us,
we pray, to Your presence, where we may be still and know that You are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Psalm of David when the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise —
in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?
I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Second Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 1 vs3-10
St Paul writes of the struggles he has faced.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us ...
Prayer For Lebanon:
We pray especially today, Heavenly Father, for the people of Lebanon, following the terrible explosion in Beirut.
May Your comfort, Lord God, be with those who have lost loved ones. May Your healing be with those recovering in hospital.
May Your peace be with those who have been traumatised. We pray for our dear friend Rita, who worships with us and who is heartbroken by these events.
We pray for her family and friends in Lebanon, asking that you will surround them with Your love
and that You will comfort and sustain them by Your grace. We plead that good government may emerge out of the ashes of this catastrophe.
May the Christian churches in Beirut and beyond be at the forefront of sharing Your compassion and may they bring hope to a populace
that feels helpless in the face of this disaster that comes on top of so many mounting difficulties.
We present these earnest prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord,
A Personal Insight: From Sian
“Stuart and I led a team of students to Lebanon a few years ago. We stayed at the seminary in Beirut
and saw some really creative missional projects and churches while we were there.
The Baptist witness in times of war and disaster has been very impressive and sacrificial.
We can attest to the networks served by the churches. We can testify to the on-the-ground-effectiveness of the Lebanese churches
and BMS offers a very efficient means of helping.”
A City In Ruins: BMS Report
They point out that Beirut hospitals are having to treat thousands of injured people when they’re already stretched due to the Coronavirus pandemic,
and there is widespread political unrest across Lebanon.
“This is the most difficult crisis we are facing,” says Nabil Costa, a BMS-supported worker on the ground in Beirut.
“We are tired, and sometimes frustrated – but always reminded that God is in control and we believe in this 100 per cent.”
We hope very soon to send a gift from our church emergency fund to help alleviate the suffering in Beirut
but you may also wish to make a personal donation and a good way of doing this is via the BMS website.
We continue our series on ‘Reassurances from the Psalms’. Please do turn to Psalm 34 in your Bible so that you can follow carefully this exposition
and get the most out of it as we prayerfully ask for God to speak to us personally through His precious Word
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Song: There is a hope
Lord Jesus Christ, You confronted temptation with absolute resistance, suffering with serenity,
loneliness with the assurance that Your Father would not forsake You, and the Cross with an inner spirit of peace.
We thank You that You endured all things that we might be saved. Prepare us for whatever life brings of joy or sorrow
so that, being sure of Your love, we may be confident of Your eternal presence. Amen.
Benediction: (from 1 Peter 5 vs10 and 11)
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
To him be the power for ever and ever.