WORSHIP IN WATFORD ON OUR FIRST SPRING FESTIVAL DAY

OPENING PRAYER
Lord, we come to you on this Spring Festival Day giving grateful thanks that our hearts are cleansed by the blood of Christ shed for us, as we commemorated with the Lord’s Supper. You are above all powers, above all kings, above all created things and we pause to worship and praise.
AMEN

HYMN NO. 1 – ABOVE ALL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LpGkVXDuaU

Jesus’ death removes the sin that separates us, and thus reconciles all people to the father.  Jeff Broadnax tells of this in Speaking of Life:

SPEAKING OF LIFE – PAPA AND PACO, JEFF BROADNAX
https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/

Reconciled to God, he is our guide through storm and tempest, helps us win our battles, when perils overtake us, escape Thou wilt make us as we sing in our next hymn: 

HYMN NO. 3 – WE PRAISE THEE, O GOD, OUR REDEEMER – WCG 232
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXHmt85mbcQ&list=RDnXHmt85mbcQ&start_radio=1

During this time of lockdown when school is cancelled,
Theatre is cancelled,
going to the restaurant or coffee shop is cancelled,
meeting up with friends is cancelled
and even church is cancelled, we can become glum
until we remember that:
*going outdoors is not cancelled,
*listening to music is not cancelled,
*reading a book is not cancelled,
*skyping friends and family is not cancelled,
*singing out loud is not cancelled,
*laughing has not been cancelled, and
*sharing hope has not been cancelled! 

Laughter is medicine and health to the bones, so let me share with you someone that heard all you needed to go to the supermarket was a mask and gloves, but she said, “They lied! When I got there everyone else had clothes on!!”

Normally when we meet on Festival Days we have an Offering opportunity to give an offering. The next piece is Offering Music but of course we can’t pass the basket so you will have to take care of your offering individually. Those with internet banking can make a transfer, those who still have checque books! Can sent a cheque, etc.

OFFERING MUSIC:  ROSS JUTSUM – IT WON’T BE LONG NOW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej6x42aOWtg

And in fact, I am sure that it won’t be long now before we will again meet for worship together, but in the meantime we have this virtual worship together. And our next items is an inspiration poem by Annie Johnson Flint, wh lived 1866-1932, called ‘He Giveth More Grace’

INSPIRATION POEM – HE GIVETH MORE GRACE

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labours increase,
To added affliction, He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trails, He multiplies peace.


When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half-done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Fathers full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known to man,
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

The ultimate gift of God is, of course, our Saviour Jesus Christ, the Church’s One Foundation:

HYMN NO. 2 – THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION – WCG 254

SERMON LINK
from the Church Gracecom TV archive at (https://gracecom.church/media/gracecom_tv/index.php)
CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://youtu.be/Xao-eTC3_3o
David Stirk ~ Seeing the True Reality

HYMN NO. 4 – THE SERVANT KING – MP 162
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpwfDXcKrNQ

CLOSING PRAYER
Help us, Father in heaven, to let your Spirit work in us to cleanse us of sin and follow Christ to bring our lives as a daily offering of service to God and man.
AMEN

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