Sunday, 19th July 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN      The power of the cross (Gettys)

1 Oh, to see the dawn of the darkest day;

Christ on the road to Calvary;

tried by sinful men, torn and beaten then,

nailed to a cross of wood.

This the pow’r of the cross;

Christ became sin for us;

took the blame, bore the wrath.

We stand forgiven at the cross.

2 Oh, to see the pain written on your face,

bearing the awesome weight of sin;

ev’ry bitter thought, ev’ry evil deed,

crowning your blood-stained brow.

This the pow’r of the cross;

Christ became sin for us;

took the blame, bore the wrath.

We stand forgiven at the cross.

3 Now the daylight flees, now the ground

beneath quakes as its maker bows his head,

curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life;

‘Finished!’ the vict’ry cry.

This the pow’r of the cross;

Christ became sin for us;

took the blame, bore the wrath.

We stand forgiven at the cross.

4 Oh, to see my name written in the wounds,

for through your suff’ring I am free;

death is crushed to death, life is mine to live;

won through your selfless love.

This the pow’r of the cross; 

Son of God, slain for us;

what a love! What a cost!  

We stand forgiven at the cross.

PRAYER

READING    MATTHEW 9: 9-13

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

SERMON – The Calling of Matthew

Do you think that it is GOOD PEOPLE who go to heaven?

Put that another way … do you think a good person could never go to hell?

If you think either of these things you are WRONG.

Jesus specifically says that He came for SINNERS. In these verses, we find the ONLY 2 RESPONSES which we may make to Jesus.

Response 1 – The Pharisees

In vs 11 we see how ONE group responded to Jesus – Pharisees. They DESPISED Jesus for associating with sinners. Jesus loved sinners. 

Response 2 – Matthew

In v 9 and 10 we discover the only other possible response to Jesus. Matthew loved, served and followed Jesus, his Lord and Saviour.

Matthew was filled with joy as he entered the band of disciples.

What is the first thing he does? Invites all his tax-collector friends to a party. And who is the after-dinner speaker? Jesus! 

Matthew may not have been a great speaker, we don’t have any of his speeches recorded – but he was a writer – hence this wonderful Gospel. 

What a transformation – the hated tax-collector discovering the love of God – his heart and his home were opened for Jesus and God’s work. We need more transformations!

PRAYER

HYMN      O Church Arise    (Gettys & Tomlin)

1 O Church arise, and put your armour 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.

2 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 valour.

When faced with trials on every side

we know the outcome is secure,

and Christ will have the prize for which he died,

an inheritance of nations.

Arise, Shine, for Your light has come

Arise, shine for the risen Son

Lift your eyes, we are His radiant bride

Arise, O Church, arise

3 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 victory march continues till the day

every eye and heart shall see him.

4 So Spirit, come, put strength in every stride,

give grace for every 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.

Arise, Shine, for Your light has come

Arise, shine for the risen Son

Lift your eyes, we are His radiant bride

Arise, O Church, arise

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