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Sunday 4th October 2020



Instrumental Opening: 'Therefore the redeemed'

“They shall return and come with singing unto Zion
And everlasting joy shall be upon their heads
They shall obtain gladness and joy
And sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”



Introductory Greetings:

Welcome to this further virtual service from Whitstable Baptist Church. We pray that you might enjoy worshipping with us and may sense God’s loving presence and the Spirit-inspired togetherness we share through our glorious Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Next week we meet for one of our now resumed and fortnightly services back in our church sanctuary. That service will once again be livestreamed and links to Zoom and YouTube will be sent out in advance. Do join us in person or via the livestreaming if you possibly can.



Opening Scripture Verses: Psalm 102 vs21 and 22

“The Name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem
When the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord.



Song: 'Great is the Lord'



Opening Prayer: (A Jewish Prayer)

If my lips could sing as many songs as there are waves in the sea:
if my tongue could sing as many hymns as there are ocean billows:
if my mouth filled the whole firmament with praise:
if my face shone like the sun and moon together:
if my hands were to hover in the sky like powerful eagles
and my feet ran across mountains as swiftly as the deer;
all that would not be enough to pay you fitting tribute,
0 Lord my God. Amen.



Last Sunday's Service:

We were very encouraged by the number of folk who attended our first service back last Sunday, including the families who were in the balcony. We were also pleased to welcome many who joined online via Zoom and YouTube.



Young People's Slot: (by Anne)

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Song: 'Joy is the flag flown high'



Special Feature: The Walls of Jerusalem



Song: 'Whom Shall I Fear' (God of Angel Armies)



A Time for Personal Prayer:

As we pray for the pivotal city of Jerusalem today in lockdown following the resurgence of Covid-19; as we pray about the results of recent peace accords between Israel and Bahrain and UAE; as we pray for Jewish followers of Jesus and especially those bearing witness in their communities –
Psalm 122 vs6&7 urge us to:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
And security within your citadels

As we pray for those in our church family going through challenging times; as we continue to pray for those recovering from surgery; as we pray for those still undergoing medical treatments –
Psalm 125v1 offers them and us such reassurance to lay hold of as we approach God’s throne:
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion Which cannot be shaken but endures for ever as the mountains surround Jerusalem so the Lord surrounds His people both now and evermore

Let’s present our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord who has promised to never leave nor forsake us.



First Reading: Psalm 48 read by David Suchet



Song: 'How lovely on the mountains'



Second Reading: Revelation 21 vs1-5a, 10-12a, 18-21

Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

And [the angel] carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates.

The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.



Address: Rev Paul Wilson.

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Hymn: 'Christ is made the sure foundation'




Hebrews 12v22 declares that in a very real sense we have already come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. We live in the reality that we have encountered something of the glory of that eternal city and one day will be admitted to it for ever and ever. In 2Timothy 4v18 St Paul affirmed that confidence too, in the midst of cruel opposition: ‘The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory for ever and ever.’
And so may we go into this week ahead inspired by these glorious truths to live as the representatives of God’s eternal Kingdom of love and light.

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