Sunday, 10th May 10.30 am Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN (Praise 775) All my hope on God is founded

1

All my hope on God is founded;

He doth still my trust renew.

Me through change and chance he guideth,

Only good and only true.

God unknown,

He alone

Calls my heart to be his own.

2

Pride of man and earthly glory,

Sword and crown betray his trust;

What with care and toil he buildeth,

Tower and temple, fall to dust.

But God’s power,

Hour by hour,

Is my temple and my tower.

3

God’s great goodness ay endureth,

Deep his wisdom, passing thought:

Splendour, light, and life attend him,

Beauty springeth out of nought.

Evermore,

From his store

New-born worlds rise and adore.

4

Daily doth the almighty giver

Bounteous gifts on us bestow;

His desire our soul delighteth,

Pleasure leads us where we go.

Love doth stand

At his hand;

Joy doth wait on his command.

5

Still from man to God eternal

Sacrifice of praise be done,

High above all praises praising

For the gift of Christ his Son.

Christ doth call

One and all:

Ye who follow shall not fall.

PRAYER Marion Grant

Loving God, We come today to be with you, not in our usual setting of Drumnadrochit church, but from our homes: together in spirit but not physically together. As we sit and listen we ask that you touch us during this scary and confusing time. Help us to pay attention and listen. Our lives are not our usual norm, but we must remember that you are still with us. We are dependant on you as we stay at home, not seeing family and friends. We are unsure of what the future will bring for us, keep reminding us that you will walk with us.

We thank you for the carers all across the country – the NHS staff, neighbours helping the self-isolated, the bin men, employees in care homes, shop staff and others who are all risking their own safety during this pandemic.

We thank you for the wonder of modern technology that allows many of us to be connected with loved ones during this perplexing and uncertain time. We thank you for our minister who sends us sermons and readings and sows the seeds for our thoughts and deeds for the coming week. We thank you for people like Captain Tom who have given us all such inspiration and hope. There are countless others who are working in the background that make a difference to so many.

You made this world in which we live, the air which we breathe and the beauty in the sky which we stand beneath. You made the creatures that share the earth and the sea and the birds that share the air. We thank you for all the colours that we can see as we exercise locally or look out of our windows. The many different greens as the leaves unfurl from the tree buds: the spring flowers and the blossoms in their bright hues. For all the beauty that surrounds us we give thanks and we ask your help so that we can maintain that splendour for many generations to come.

Help us to be better at the work to which you have called us, the tasks for which you have committed us, guide us in your way, not the ways that we sometimes want to go. Keep us travelling in your footsteps, giving us the strength and courage to become better followers of you. Encourage us on our spiritual journey so that we may constantly renew our relationship with you and everyone in our community.

As we sit at home, remind us to reflect on our spiritual path and our faith journey, sometimes hard to think about as the virus ravages our world.

We want to take time to apologise for the times that we have not been kind, or thoughtful: when we have forgotten you, omitted to pray and in general been remiss. Forgive us God.

We do not know what lies ahead, but we know who holds the future, so as we face tomorrow, we will trust you the God we love, the one who knows and cares for us. As we continue to be confined in our own homes: around Britain and around the world – we remain united as one family. Amen.

READING – GENESIS 10:1 – 11:9

10 This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.

The Japhethites

2 The sons of Japheth:

Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek and Tiras.

3 The sons of Gomer:

Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah.

4 The sons of Javan:

Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittites and the Rodanites. 5 (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.)

The Hamites

6 The sons of Ham:

Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.

7 The sons of Cush:

Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka.

The sons of Raamah:

Sheba and Dedan.

8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.

13 Egypt was the father of

the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 14 Pathrusites, Kasluhites (from whom the Philistines came) and Caphtorites.

15 Canaan was the father of

Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites, 16 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 17 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 18 Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites.

Later the Canaanite clans scattered 19 and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, as far as Lasha.

20 These are the sons of Ham by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

The Semites

21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.

22 The sons of Shem:

Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.

23 The sons of Aram:

Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.

24 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah,

and Shelah the father of Eber.

25 Two sons were born to Eber:

One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.

26 Joktan was the father of

Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 29 Ophir, Havilah and Jobab. All these were sons of Joktan.

30 The region where they lived stretched from Mesha toward Sephar, in the eastern hill country.

31 These are the sons of Shem by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.

32 These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their lines of descent, within their nations. From these the nations spread out over the earth after the flood.

The Tower of Babel

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

SERMON

This is an account of the origins of all the nations and peoples of the world (10:32). There are exactly seventy nations represented in the list, which symbolizes the totality of nations.

The ultimate purpose in God’s choice of Abraham is that through his “seed” God’s blessing will be restored to “all people on earth” (12:3).

Three areas in which the people of the world were sinning.

Firstly,(11:4) they vowed not to be scattered over the face of the whole earth. Yet God had expressly commanded humans to fill the earth.

Secondly, (same verse) they wanted to make a name for themselves – they wanted to be independent of God – making something of themselves without reference to Him.

Thirdly, 11:4 tells us that they planned to build a tower that would reach to the heavens. God’s response in vs.6 is that if they do this nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

The basic message of the rest of Genesis, starting right here, is that God’s chosen people will be blessed in the land of the Canaanites.

What we have in chapter 10 is the fleshing out of Acts 17:26

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

2-5 We start with Japheth’s family. The list begins with those nations that are considered the “maritime peoples” (cf. v. 5),

6-12 The list of the sons of Ham

21-31 The list of descendants of Shem

11: 1-9 The first scene opens with a movement “eastward” to the “plain in Shinar.”

Not only did God scatter the people physically, He also performed a miracle in (11:7) confusing their language.?

Why? So that His plan and purpose might stand in history. So that through one of those many peoples – through Abraham the son of Eber, the son of Shem – Jesus Christ the Son of God, the son of the promise, might be born one day in a manger and redeem us by His blood. So that Christ might glorify Himself by abolishing in His flesh the enmity between nations, Ephesians 2:15, reconciling them to God in one body, in the church, through the cross.

PRAYER

HYMN God is working His purpose out

1

God is working his purpose out

as year succeeds to year.

God is working his purpose out,

and the day is drawing near.

Nearer and nearer draws the time,

the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.

2

From the east to the utmost west

wherever foot has trod,

through the mouths of his messengers

echoes forth the voice of God:

‘Listen to me, ye continents,

ye islands, give ear to me,

that the earth shall be filled with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.’

3

How can we do the work of God,

how prosper and increase

harmony in the human race

and the reign of perfect peace?

What can we do to urge the time,

the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea?

4

March we forth in the strength of God,

his banner is unfurled;

let the light of the gospel shine

in the darkness of the world:

strengthen the weary, heal the sick

and set ev’ry captive free,

that the earth shall be filled with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.

5

All our efforts are nothing worth

unless God bless the deed;

vain our hopes for the harvest tide

till he brings to life the seed.

Yet ever nearer draws the time,

the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled with the glory of Godas the waters cover the sea.

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