Welcome to this service from Whitstable Baptist Church and an explanation regarding our current services.
These particular emailed services have been going out fortnightly recently. In the intervening weeks we have had actual services in our church sanctuary. The feedback we’ve received indicates that folk attending those resumed services on our premises have found them very worthwhile experiences. We’ve had just under 35 folk meeting ‘socially-distanced’ in that church setting and we’ve been experimenting with doing things in new and creative ways under the current restrictions we face in physically gathering together.
Our deacons will be reviewing matters regarding our Sunday services very shortly and we would greatly value your prayers as we plan the future scheduling for the months ahead.
In the meantime, we trust you will enjoy worshipping in this virtual format today or at some point over the next few days if you choose to use these resources or access the website version later in the week ahead.
We will be contemplating today God’s constancy and His faithfulness towards us over our lifetime. These realities are made very tangible in His Son, Jesus Christ, the One through whom all things were made, and thus to whom we owe our existence, and the One who promises never to leave us nor forsake us.
As the song ‘In Christ alone’ expresses it:
‘From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand’
Opening Scripture Verses: Romans 8 vs38 and 39
‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Hymn: 'Now thank we all our God '
Opening Prayer: (by John Knox 1505-1572)
Honour and praise be unto You, O Lord our God, for all Your tender mercies again bestowed upon us throughout another week.
Continual thanks be unto You for creating us in Your own likeness; for redeeming us by the precious blood of Your dear Son when we were lost and for sanctifying us with the Holy Spirit.
For Your help and succour in our necessities, Your protection in many dangers of body and soul; Your comfort in our sorrows, and for sparing us in life, and giving us so large a time to repent. For all the benefits, O most merciful Father, that we have received of Your goodness alone, we thank You; and we beseech You to grant us always Your Holy Spirit, that we may grow in grace, in steadfast faith, and perseverance in all good works, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Young People's Slot: (by Anne)
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Song: 'Jesus is the Name we honour'
Prayer: (from ‘Prayers for good times and grim’ by Martin Manser)
For ‘When you feel stressed’
Lord, I feel that everything is beginning to fall on top of me. I know I am not coping. I feel I am losing my grip on reality. I fear that everything threatens to overwhelm me, like waves bursting in on a small boat.
Lord, thank You that You understand the situation I am in. Come into the boat. Calm my body, my mind, my emotions – my nerves! – calm the waters. Speak Your words of stillness. May I become more and more aware of the reality of Your living presence.
Give me fresh courage to face all before me.
In Christ’s Name,
Song: 'Christ Our Hope in life and death'
Special Feature: The back-story behind the song ‘'Christ our hope in life and death’
Bible Reading: Psalm 71
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go;
give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendour all day long.
Do not cast me away when I am old;
do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
For my enemies speak against me;
those who wait to kill me conspire together.
They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.”
Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.
May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long — though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvellous deeds.
Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God?
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honour and comfort me once more.
I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you — I whom you have delivered.
My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.
Hymn: 'For the joys and for the sorrows' (For this I have Jesus)
Address: Rev Paul Wilson.
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Song: 'All my days/ Beautiful Saviour'
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Let us live for God’s praise and glory.