Online Sunday Service – 11th April 2021

 

 

 

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Sunday Service

11th April 2021

‘Low Sunday”

Doubting Thomas

GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP – IT IS LOVELY TO SEE YOU HERE THIS MORNING.

 

MAY THE GRACE AND THE PEACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU ALL 

(AND WITH YOU)

THANK YOU.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP – “THE LORD IS GOOD – LET US WORSHIP HIM IN ALL HIS GLORY”

 

LET US PRAY

LORD – YOU ARE THE GOD WHO SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT YOU CREATED THE WORLD AND ALL THAT IS GOOD. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD YOU ARE!

 

LORD, YOUR LOVE FOR US BRINGS US JOY AS WE REMEMBER THE NEW LIFE AND HOPE THAT IS OURS THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF OUR SAVIOUR JESUS.

 

WE WORSHIP YOU, O GOD OF LOVE – AND WE PRAISE YOU ABOVE EVERYTHING.

 

WE NEED YOUR GUIDANCE, O LORD, AND WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT US AS WE TRY TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES – TRY TO LIVE AS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF YOUR CHILDREN .. SO THAT WE MIGHT DRAW OTHERS TO BELIEVE IN THE RISEN CHRIST – AND BE HIS LIGHT, SHINING IN A DARK WORLD.

 

FORGIVE US WHEN OUR FAITH FALTERS, FORGIVE US OUR CYNICISM – OUR NEED FOR HARD EVIDENCE BEFORE WE BELIEVE – DRAW CLOSE TO US AS WE COME CAUTIOUSLY TO YOU – FOR FEAR THAT YOUR AMAZING POWER MIGHT BE TOO MUCH FOR US TO COMPREHEND.

 

LORD, WE KNOW THAT WE MUST SADDEN AND DISAPPOINT YOU AT TIMES – AND WE KNOW THAT OUR LIVES ARE NOT AS YOU WOULD WISH THEM TO BE, SO BE WITH US NOW AS WE SIT FOR A FEW MOMENTS IN SILENCE – LOOKING BACK OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO – REMEMBERING THE THINGS WE OUGHT NOT TO HAVE THOUGHT, SAID OR DONE –  THE PEOPLE WE MAY HAVE THOUGHTLESSLY HURT – AND BRING THEM BEFORE YOU WITH A HUMBLE HEART.. – LORD HEAR US, IN THE PEACE OF OUR SILENCE….

 

…………..A SHORT TIME OF SILENCE……………

 

LORD, FORGIVE US, WE PRAY, HEAL US, CLEANSE, REFRESH, RENEW US – STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH IN TIMES OF DOUBT – GRANT US YOUR MERCY AND YOUR GRACE – FOR WE ASK IT IN JESUS’ NAME.

 

LORD WE KNOW THAT YOU HEAR US WHEN WE PRAY IN FAITH – SO HEAR US NOW AS WE PRAY TOGETHER – THE PRAYER WHICH BRINGS US TOGETHER AS ONE FAMILY – THE FAMILY PRAYER – THE LORD’S PRAYER ~

 

OUR FATHER.. WHO ART IN HEAVEN.. HALLOWED BE THY NAME.. THY KINGDOM COME.. THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN….. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.. AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.. BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL .. FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM.. THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER…. AMEN.

 

HYMN 443 – “HE IS LORD”

               (IAIN TO READ VERSE 1 – ROBIN THEN PLAYS THE TUNE)

“HE IS LORD, HE IS LORD,

HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, AND HE IS LORD.

EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, EVERY TONGUE CONFESS,

THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD”

 

ROBIN TO PLAY –  

 

AND NOW LET US HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AS FRANK READS FROM THE 1ST BOOK OF KINGS ~

 

FRANK PLEASE ~

 

READING 1 –   1ST KINGS 10 : 1 – 7 FRANK WALKER

 

 

A SHORT VERSE ~

 

VERSE – ‘DON’T DOUBT IT”    ME

 

DO YOU REALLY  LOVE THE LORD , OR DO YOU ONLY SAY  IT?

FIRST YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE LORD, HIS WORD, AND THEN OBEY IT.

 

WHEN WE LOVE THE LORD, WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP HIM EACH DAY.

WE PUT HIM FIRST IN ALL WE DO, AND MAKE A TIME TO PRAY.

 

DO YOU REALLY LOVE THE LORD, NOW YOU’VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT?

DO YOU DESIRE TO HEAR HIS WORD, OR DO YOU SOMETIMES DOUBT IT?

 

HIS HOLY WORD, DO YOU OBEY, AND DO YOU EVER SHOUT IT?

LET’S PUT HIM FIRST AND WORSHIP HIM; DON’T TRY TO LIVE WITHOUT IT!

 

READING 2 – JOHN 20 : 19 – 31   FRANK WALKER

 

 

THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD – THANKS BE TO GOD

 

SERMON

 

HOW ARE YOU WITH PRACTICAL JOKES – ‘WIND UP’S AS THEY’RE CALLED NOWADAYS ?

YOU KNOW – WHERE PEOPLE THINK IT’S HIGHLY AMUSING TO SPIN YOU A LINE ABOUT SOMETHING – APPARENTLY IN ALL HONESTY – AND YOU TAKE IT IN – ASSUMING THAT THEY’RE TELLING YOU THE TRUTH – ONLY TO FIND THAT IT’S ALL NONSENSE AND NOT TRUE AT ALL – AND YOUR APPARENT GULLIBILITY CAUSES GREAT HILARITY – AND ALL AT YOUR EXPENSE.

 

I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT’S NOT MY IDEA OF GOOD FUN –

 

PERHAPS BECAUSE I LIKE TO TAKE PEOPLE AT FACE VALUE – GIVING THEM BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT – ASSUMING THAT THEY ARE TELLING ME THE TRUTH – WHY WOULD THEY NOT  BE ?    OR MAYBE I’M JUST A BIT GULLIBLE !!

 

BUT THEN – THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE NOT SO EASY TO HAVE THE WOOL PULLED OVER THEIR EYES – THEY ARE GUARDED, CAUTIOUS, CAREFUL – AND MAYBE THAT’S NOT A BAD THING EITHER – AND I SUPPOSE THAT’S JUST THE WAY SOME PEOPLE ARE…….

 

THAT’S THE WAY THE QUEEN OF SHEBA WAS – AS WE HEARD IN OUR OLD TESTAMENT READING –

SHE WOULDN’T BELIEVE THE GREAT WISDOM AND WEALTH OF KING SOLOMON – UNTIL SHE SAW IT FOR HERSELF.

 

THAT WAS THE WAY THOMAS WAS, AS WE HEARD IN OUR NEW TESTAMENT READING.

“AYE – I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT FOR MYSELF !” WAS HIS MOTTO……… AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT IT – CAN WE REALLY BLAME HIM ? – AFTER ALL –HOW DO YOU THINK YOU OR I WOULD REACT IN A SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCE ??

 

PERHAPS THOMAS IS NOT SO VERY DIFFERENT FROM MANY OF US.

 

IMAGINE THE SCENE – HERE WE HAVE 10 OF HIS FRIENDS – THE OTHER DISCIPLES – EXCLUDING HIMSELF AND OF COURSE – JUDAS –

WHO HAD SEEN THE RISEN JESUS FOR THEMSELVES –

HE HAD COME TO THEM WHILE THEY WERE IN A LOCKED ROOM – AS WE HEARD IN OUR N.T. READING THIS MORNING.

 

AND THERE THEY WERE – TRYING TO CONVINCE THOMAS THAT AS UNBELIEVABLE AS IT MIGHT SEEM – IT REALLY WAS TRUE – JESUS HAD RISEN FROM THE GRAVE – BUT THOMAS WOULDN’T TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT !!

HE NEEDED TO SEE IT FOR HIMSELF BEFORE HE WOULD BELIEVE IT.

 

SO NOT ONLY WAS HE A DOUBTER – HE WAS PRETTY  THRAWN TOO !! –

 

DO YOU GET THE FEELING THAT FROM THIS PASSAGE – WE’RE NOT GETTING A VERY FLATTERING PICTURE OF ‘DOUBTING THOMAS’ ?

 

BUT YOU KNOW – POOR OLD THOMAS HAS HAD A BAD PRESS OVER THESE MANY YEARS – AND, I BELIEVE, UNFAIRLY TOO.

 

HE IS MENTIONED IN ALL FOUR GOSPELS – AS WELL AS THE BOOK OF ACTS. BUT WHAT DO WE REMEMBER HIM FOR ? HIS DOUBT.

 

IF I WERE TO ASK YOU TO THINK OF ONE WORD WHICH SPRINGS TO MIND WHEN I SAY THE NAME THOMAS – FOR MOST OF YOU IT WOULD PROBABLY SOMETHING LIKE – “DOUBT” OR “DOUBTER”.

 

BUT THERE WAS A LOT MORE TO THOMAS THAN THAT – AYE, BUT WHAT?

 

WELL – HE WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST 12 DISCIPLES WHICH JESUS ‘SENT OUT’ TO DRIVE OUT EVIL SPIRITS AND “HEAL EVERY DISEASE AND SICKNESS”. BUT DO WE REMEMBER HIM FOR THAT?

 

WHEN JESUS SAID THAT HE WOULD SOON GO TO JERUSALEM AND THERE TO MEET HIS DEATH – WHO WAS IT THAT SAID TO THE REST OF THE DISCIPLES – “LET US ALSO GO, THAT WE MAY DIE WITH HIM?” – YES, IT WAS THOMAS – BUT DO WE REMEMBER HIM FOR THAT ?

 

WHEN JESUS WAS EXPLAINING THAT HE WAS TO GO TO THE FATHER TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR EACH ONE OF US – WHO WAS IT THAT SAID “BUT LORD, WE DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING – SO HOW CAN WE KNOW THE WAY ?” –

YES IT WAS THOMAS AGAIN – BUT HOW MANY OF US REMEMBER HIM FOR THAT ?

 

AND AFTER JESUS HAD ASCENDED TO THE FATHER- AND THE DISCIPLES DREW LOTS TO SEE WHO WAS TO REPLACE JUDAS IN THEIR NUMBER – WHO WAS THERE, A PART OF MAKING THAT MAJOR DECISION – YES – THOMAS

BUT DO WE REMEMBER HIM FOR THAT ?   NO.

 

AND THAT’S A SHAME – FOR ALL HIS FAITHFULL DISCIPLESHIP – WE REMEMBER THOMAS FOR HIS VERY HUMAN TRAIT – WE REMEMBER HIM FOR DOING AND SAYING THE VERY SAME THINGS WHICH MANY OF US ARE GUILTY OF TOO.

 

WE REMEMBER THOMAS FOR HIS UNCERTAINTY – HIS DISBELIEF – HIS DOUBT – YET WHO AMONG US – CAN SAY THAT WE HAVE NEVER HAD A MOMENT OF DOUBT ?

 

WHO AMONG US CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT – LIKE THOMAS – OUR FAITH HAS NEVER RECEIVED A KNOCK – A SHAKE – WHEN THINGS SEEM AT THE VERY WORST ?

 

WHO – LIKE THE FATHER WHO WITNESSED JESUS HEAL HIS DEMON POSSESSED SON – HASN’T AT SOME TIME OR ANOTHER SAID – “LORD I BELIEVE – HELP ME IN MY UNBELIEF!” ?

 

THOMAS WAS ONLY BEING HONEST ABOUT HIS BELIEF – PERHAPS OTHERS HAD THEIR OWN DOUBTS TOO, BUT KEPT IT TO THEMSELVES – PERHAPS FOR THOMAS THE THOUGHT OF HIS BELOVED JESUS RETURNING WAS  – QUITE LITERALLY – JUST ‘TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE !!’ –

JUST AS WE TOO MIGHT FEEL WHEN THINKING OF A LOVED ONE LOST.

‘NO IT CAN’T BE TRUE – I WISH THAT IT WERE – BUT NO – IT’S JUST NOT POSSIBLE !’ – AND WE SHUT OURSELVES OFF – WE SHUT OURSELVES OUT – FROM OTHERS WHO CARE ABOUT US – AND WE GRIEVE IN PRIVATE – BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

 

KING GEORGE THE 5TH ONCE SAID “IF I HAVE TO SUFFER – LET ME BE LIKE A WELL BRED ANIMAL, AND LET ME GO AND SUFFER ALONE” – THAT’S WHAT MANY OF US DO – GRIEVE IN PRIVATE – THAT’S JUST WHAT THOMAS DID.

 

“MY DEAR ONE IS GONE” – HE MUST HAVE THOUGHT – “MY DEAR SWEET, PRECIOUS JESUS – DEAD !” AND WE CAN IMAGINE THE WAVES OF GRIEF OVERCOMING HIM AS HE SAT ALONE IN HIS SORROW.

 

A SORRY, YET UNDERSTANDABLE SIGHT –  JUST LIKE MANY OF US – WHEN WE LOSE A LOVED ONE.

 

BUT JESUS DOESN’T LEAVE US IN OUR DESPAIR – HE COMES TO US – AS HE CAME TO THOMAS – AND BLESSED HIM.

 

THOMAS COULDN’T BELIEVE IT – WHO AMONG US WOULD ? – HOW COULD WE ? – YET THERE HE WAS –

STANDING BESIDE THOMAS IN HIS DESOLATION – JUST AS HE STANDS BESIDE US – IF WE HAVE THE EYES TO SEE HIM AND THE FAITH TO FEEL HIS PRESENCE.

 

BUT OF COURSE – THOMAS WASN’T THE ONLY DISCIPLE WHO DOUBTED THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.

 

IN THE EASTER NARRATIVE WE HEAR THAT WHEN THE MARY’S HAD FOUND THE EMPTY TOMB – THEY RAN AND TOLD THE DISCIPLES AND WE ARE TOLD – “THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THE WOMEN – FOR THEIR WORDS SEEMED TO THEM, LIKE NONSENSE!”.. AND THEY RAN TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES…… AND THEN THEY BELIEVED !

 

 

I REMEMBER SEEING A POSTER MANY YEARS AGO WHICH SIMPLY SAID – “JESUS – JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T SEE HIM – DOESN’T MEAN HE’S NOT THERE !”

 

PERHAPS OUR CYNICAL AND WORLD-WEARY OUTLOOK ON LIFE HAS MADE US MORE LIKE THOMAS THAN WE’D CARE TO ADMIT.

 

SEEING IS BELIEVING” OR SO THE SAYING GOES – AND WHEN THEY SAW WITH THEIR OWN EYES – THEY BELIEVED.

 

NOW YOU SEE YOU BELIEVE”  JESUS HAD SAID TO THOMAS – “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN ME – AND YET, BELIEVE”.

 

AND IT WAS THEN – THAT THOMAS KNEW –

IT WAS THEN THAT THE BELIEVED THAT THE RESURRECTION WAS TRUE –

 

JESUS HAD RISEN – JUST AS HE SAID HE WOULD !!

 

IT WAS THEN THAT THOMAS SAW THE LIGHT AND THE TRUTH AND THE WAY AHEAD – IT WAS THEN THAT HE SAID “MY LORD AND MY GOD!!”.

 

[PAUSE]

 

 

SO WHAT WAS IT THAT TURNED THOMAS AROUND ? WHAT TURNED HIS UNBELIEF – INTO A FIRM BELIEF ??

 

IT WAS THE PRESENCE OF JESUS – IT WAS WHEN HE SAW THE EXTENT TO WHICH HIS BODY HAD BEEN INJURED.

IT WAS WHEN HE EXPERIENCED – SAW – FOR HIMSELF.

 

AND THAT’S TRUE FOR US TOO – WE MAY NOT SEE JESUS IN THE PHYSICAL SENSE – BUT IT’S  WHEN WE EXPERIENCE JESUS – FEEL HIS PRESENCE – SEE HIS PRESENCE IN THE WORLD – IN OUR LIVES – THAT WE CAN TRULY BELIEVE.

 

AND IT’S WHEN WE FEEL IT FOR OURSELVES – EXPERIENCE IT FOR OURSELVES – THAT WE WILL WANT TO TELL OTHERS THAT WONDERFUL GOOD NEWS –

 

IT’S THEN THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY FOR OURSELVES THAT JESUS REALLY ISTO USE THE WORDS OF THOMAS – “MY LORD AND MY GOD”!

 

YOU’LL BE ABLE TO ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE IT – BECAUSE YOU’VE WILL HAVE MET HIM FOR YOURSELF.

 

YOU KNOW – IF YOU HAVE THE EYES TO SEE HIM, THE FAITH TO FEEL HIM – HERE’S HERE WITH US THIS MORNING – HE’S WITH YOU EVERY DAY.

 

PLEASE DON’T EVER DOUBT IT – THIS IS NO PRACTICAL JOKE – NO ‘WIND UP’ – IT’S THE GREATEST TRUTH YOU WILL EVER HEAR – AND YOU CAN KNOW IT FOR YOURSELF, IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH TO BELIEVE – TRULY BELIEVE.

 

AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN  BELIEVE !!

 

AND IN JESUS’ PRECIOUS NAME.

AMEN.

AND MAY GOD BLESS THIS PREACHING OF HIS HOLY WORD – AND MAY ALL THE GLORY AND THE PRAISE – BE HIS.

 

PRAYER

 

LIVING GOD,

WE GIVE YOU OUR THANKS FOR THE MANY BLESSING THAT YOU FREELY GIVE TO US EACH DAY – SO MANY THAT WE TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED.

FAMILY, FRIENDS, A ROOF OVER OUR HEAD AND FOOD ON OUR PLATE – AND SO, SO MUCH MORE.

WE REALLY ARE SO GRATEFUL BUT RARELY TAKE THE TIME TO SAY A SIMPLE ‘THANK YOU LORD’ –

 

BUT LORD WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY IN THIS WORLD WHO ARE NOT SO BLESSED AS WE ARE –

AND WE BRING THEM TO YOU IN OUR PRAYERS –

 

WE PRAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO FIND FAITH DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE —THOSE BESET BY DOUBT, TROUBLED BY QUESTIONS TO WHICH THEY CAN FIND NO ANSWER, UNABLE TO TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH, YET SEEKING, SEARCHING AND THIRSTING FOR TRUTH.

 

LIVING GOD,

BREAK THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF DOUBT AND UNBELIEF. OPEN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF ALL WHO ARE TROUBLED AND CONFUSED, AND ALL WHO ARE CLOSED TO YOUR PRESENCE.

MEET WITH THOSE WHO FIND IT HARD TO MEET WITH YOU, AND LEAD THEM TO A LIVING, LIFE-GIVING FAITH.

 

TODAY WE REMEMBER OUR ROYAL FAMILY WHO ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF  PRINCE PHILLIP, HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRAND FATHER. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THEM – AND WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL GIVE THEM YOUR COMFORT AT THIS TIME OF SADNESS AND MOURNING.

 

WE PRAY TOO FOR ALL OF OUR CHURCH FAMILY WHO ARE NEED OF PRAYER AT THIS TIME – PARTICULARLY THE FAMILIES OF FRIEDA TAIT AND MARY LAMB – WHO’S FUNERALS ARE THIS WEEK.

AND OUR DEAR FRIEND REV BILL ARMSTRONG AS HE ENDURES ILL HEALTH AT THIS TIME.

 

WE THINK TOO OF ALL THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE CORONA-VIRUS PANDEMIC AND OF THE FAMILIES WHO MOURN THEIR LOVED ONES….

 

CAN I ASK YOU TO STAND FOR A FEW MOMENTS – IF YOU ARE ABLE –  IN SILENT TRIBUTE TO THESE FAMILIES AND  – AND ALL WHO NEED  GOD’S COMFORT AT THIS TIME………………….… A SHORT TIME OF SILENCE……

 

PLEASE BE SEATED………

 

DRAW CLOSE TO US LISTENING LORD – AS WE SIT FOR A FEW MOMENTS – EACH WITH OUR OWN THOUGHTS – EACH WITH OUR OWN PRAYERS – FOR THOSE WE KNOW AND LOVE – BE WITH US LORD – AND HEAR OUR SILENT PRAYERS ……………….A SHORT TIME OF SILENCE…… …….

 

HEAR OUR PRAYERS FOR WE BRING THEM TO YOU IN THE NAME OF OUR DEAR SWEET JESUS.

AMEN.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

OUR THEME FOR TODAY HAS, OF COURSE, BEEN ‘DOUBT’ – SOMETHING WE ALL EXPERIENCE AT SOME TIME OR ANOTHER ~ BUT THERE’S A WELL KNOWN STORY CALLED “FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND’ WHICH I AM SURE THAT MANY OF YOU WILL KNOW – BUT WHEN WE HEAR IT IN THE CONTEXT OF  DOUBTING THOMAS – WITH HIS, AND OUR DOUBTS – WE SEE IT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT – IT’S NOT JUST A NICE WEE VERSE – BUT A POWERFUL EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US – A LOVE AND CARE THAT WE SHOULD NEVER DOUBT ~

 

THE STORY IS ABOUT A MAN WHO DREAMED HE WAS AT THE END OF HIS LIFE. HE SAW HIS LIFE AS IF IT WERE A WALK ALONG A BEACH WITH JESUS. AS HE LOOKED BACK OVER HIS LIFE HE SAW TWO SETS OF FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND ALONG MOST OF THE WAY—ONE SET BELONGING TO HIM, THE OTHER TO JESUS. HE NOTICED, THOUGH, THAT MANY TIMES ALONG THE PATH OF HIS LIFE THERE WAS ONLY ONE SET OF FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND. HE ALSO NOTICED THAT IT HAPPENED AT THE VERY LOWEST AND SADDEST TIMES IN HIS LIFE.

 

THIS REALLY BOTHERED THE MAN, AND HE QUESTIONED THE LORD ABOUT IT. “LORD, YOU SAID THAT YOU WOULD NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME. YOU SAID THAT ONCE I DECIDED TO FOLLOW YOU, YOU’D WALK WITH ME ALL THE WAY. BUT I HAVE NOTICED THAT DURING THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES IN MY LIFE, THERE WAS ONLY ONE SET OF FOOTPRINTS. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY, WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST, YOU WOULD LEAVE ME.”

JESUS REPLIED, “MY SON, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU AND THAT I WOULD NEVER LEAVE YOU. LOOK AGAIN AT THOSE FOOTPRINTS. DURING YOUR TIMES OF TROUBLE AND SUFFERING, THE FOOTPRINTS YOU SAW WERE MINE – I WAS CARRYING YOU.”

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A LOVELY STORY – AND IT REMINDS US THAT JESUS IS WITH US THROUGH BOTH THE GOOD AND WHEN WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES OF LIFE – EVEN IF WE CAN’T SEE HIM.

HE IS ALWAYS WITH US.

 

“NEVER WILL I LEAVE YOU; NEVER WILL I FORSAKE YOU – NEVER!” JESUS PROMISES US. (HEBREWS. 13:5).

 

NEVER DOUBT HIS PRESENCE, EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN’T FEEL HIM OR SEE HIM AT THE TIME.

 

AND REMEMBER THAT POSTER – “JESUS – JUST BECAUSE CAN’T SEE HIM – DOESN’T MEAN HE’S NOT THERE !!”

 

HE’S THERE ALRIGHT – HE’S HERE

AND HE WANTS YOU TO FOLLOW HIM IN YOUR DAILY LIFE – AND TAKE YOUR HAND ON THAT FINAL DAY AND LEAD YOU THROUGH TO ETERNAL REST, THERE TO LIVE IN PEACE FOR ALL TIME.

 

AYE BUT WILL YOU ??

 

I PRAY THAT YOU WILL.

 

MMMM – IT’S A THOUGHT ISN’T IT !?

 

AND NOW OUR FINAL HYMN FOR THIS MORNING –

 

HYMN 419 – “THINE BE THE GLORY…”

 

               (IAIN TO READ VERSE 1 – ROBIN THEN PLAYS THE TUNE)

“THINE BE THE GLORY
RISEN CONQUERING SON
ENDLESS IS THE VICTORY
THOU O’ER DEATH HAST WON!…”

 

AND THE LAST VERSE –

 

“NO MORE WE DOUBT THEE, GLORIOUS PRINCE OF LIFE,

LIFE IS NAUGHT WITHOUT THEE, AID IS IN OUR STRIFE.

MAKE US MORE THAN CONQUERORS,

THROUGH THY DEATHLESS LOVE –

BRING US SAFE THROUGH JORDAN – TO THY HOME ABOVE.

 

ROBIN TO PLAY –

 

WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND  FOR THE  BENEDICTION

 

AND NOW – GO IN LOVE, HOPE, JOY AND PEACE –

GO AND BE ASSURED THAT JESUS HAS RISEN – AND IS HERE IN YOUR LIFE…….. WATCHING AND CARING FOR YOU

 

AND MAY THE BLESSING OF ALMIGHTY GOD – FATHER – SON – AND HOLY SPIRIT – BE WITH YOU ALL – BE WITH YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR FRIENDS  AND ALL WHO WE KNOW AND LOVE – AYE – AND OUGHT TO LOVE – THIS DAY – AND EVERY DAY.

 

AMEN.

                             PLEASE BE SEATED.

 

WOULD THE DUTY ELDERS PLEASE HELP THE CONGREGATION TO RETIRE – THANK YOU.

 

TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS.

 

 

** PUT ON FACE MASKE AND RETIRE TO REAR VESTIBULE **