Sunday, 24th May 6.00 pm Order of Service


HYMN– Praise 780 Behold the amazing gift of love (Paraphrase 63 – based on 1 John 3:1-4)


Behold the amazing gift of love

the Father has bestowed

on us, the sinful sons of men,

to call us sons of God!


Concealed as yet this honour lies,

by this dark world unknown,

a world that knew not, when he came,

ev’n God’s eternal Son.


High is the rank we now possess;

but higher we shall rise;

though what we shall herafter be

is hid from mortal eyes:


Our souls, we know, when he appears,

shall bear his image bright;

for all his glory, full disclosed,

shall open to our sight.


A hope so great and so divine

may trials well endure;

and purify us all from sin,

as Christ himself is pure.



7 ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 ‘Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

SERMON – Judging

I’m inviting you, today, to look at yourself as you’ve never done so before. God’s Word searches into all the nooks and crannies of our lives .


Some folks are quick to see the failings of others – even another’s BEST deeds are despised – wrong motives.

FIRSTLY He says DO NOT JUDGE OR YOU TOO WILL BE JUDGED! Judging is God’s job – and whenever we take God’s job/seat …

Mercy and NOT REVENGE should be our motive always. Jesus is NOT saying that we should never discriminate between human beings – Heb 13:13 encourages us to “Exhort one another DAILY” – so we must be wise and discriminating.

This ‘judge not’ refers to a HABIT of harmful criticism.

Jesus doesn’t want us to be BLIND – but rather to be GENEROUS !!

However, in Verse 6 Jesus specifically says that we MUST show DISCRIMINATION – at LEAST in one respect – that of preaching the Gospel.

Even God’s patience has LIMITS

We must not ignore blatant sin or treat it as good – we must use our God-given common sense – but MOST OF ALL we need to be motivated by GOD’s LOVE in ALL OUR DEALINGS with others.


HYMN – JP 29 Come let us sing of a wonderful love


Come let us sing of a wonderful love,

tender and true;

out of the heart of the Father above,

streaming to me and to you:

wonderful love

dwells in the heart of the Father above.


Jesus, the Saviour, this gospel to tell,

joyfully came;

came with the helpless and hopeless to dwell,

sharing their sorrow and shame;

seeking the lost,

saving, redeeming at measureless cost.


Jesus is seeking the wanderers yet;

why do they roam?

Love only waits to forgive and forget;

Home! weary wanderers, home!

Wonderful love

dwells in the heart of the Father above.


Come to my heart, O Thou wonderful love,

come and abide,

lifting my life till it rises above

envy and falsehood and pride;

seeking to be

lowly and humble, a learner of Thee.

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