Sunday, 12th July 10.30am Order of Service

Rev Fiona Morrison

Welcome

And Can it Be – Stuart Townend

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Prayer

Bible Reading Luke 10: 1-9.

1After this the LORD appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the LORD of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

Sermon – Equipped for Mission

V 1,2 and 3 God is a sending God…..as he sent Abraham, Moses, Prophets, and Jesus, he sends us.

Being sent is not easy, we can feel helpless, but we don’t do it under our own strength. We start with prayer and God never takes his hand off us. (Like a child learning to ride a bike.)

I wonder where you are being called to go? It doesn’t have to be a new place, it could be the local shop, your street, your workplace, your family. If it scares you remember – God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called.

V4 Don’t get distracted and leave your baggage behind. Go with no preconcieved ideas, go with nothing but love in our hearts, listening to God, listening to people and see what God is already doing in the community and join in.

Jesus went among people, listening to them, relating to them as people not projects.

Mission can bea simple act of picking up the phone… ‘how are you today?’ And see what God does through you and in you.

Mission is about partnerships and what amazing mission Drum has done in this lockdown. What opportunities we have had to show love, as equal partners. How these acts show the Kingdom of God is near, v9. We all need healing; we all need a Saviour.

The kingdom is shown through hospitality, compassion, caring for people and proclaiming the gospel. People don’t guess the truths of Christian faith they need to be told.

The next great move of God is not a movement in the church, it is a movement of the church into society. God is repositioning the church; the core of the church is happening in the community. (Alan Scott, ‘Scattered Servants’.)

May we have a missionary heart…….’care more than some think wise, risk more than some think safe. Dream more than some think practical. Expect more than some think is possible. Being called not to comfort or success but to obedience.’ (Karen Watson.)

Prayer and blessing

O church Arise – Getty’s.

O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart will see Him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

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