Sunday, 4th October 6.00 pm Order of Service


HYMN          How great is our God (Chris Tomlin)

  1 The splendour of the King, clothed in majesty;

let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice. 

He wraps himself in light, and darkness tries to hide,

and trembles at his voice, and trembles at his voice.

How great is our God, sing with me,

how great is our God, and all will see

how great, how great is our God.

2 And age to age he stands, and time is in his hands;

beginning and the end, beginning and the end.

The Godhead, Three in One, Father, Spirit, Son,

the Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb.


Name above all names, worthy of all praise;

my heart will sing: how great is our God.



READING      Matthew 12:1-14

At that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some ears of corn and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, ‘Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.’

He answered, ‘Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread – which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.’

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?’

11 He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’

13 Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.


What kind of God is yours?  How would you describe Him? What do you know of Him?  Is your God anything like the God of Bible?  Let’s find out!

Jesus reveals to us this evening three very important things about God. Listen and compare this with YOUR GOD.

1) The God of the Bible is a God to be worshipped.

2) The God of Creation is a God to be enjoyed.

3) Finally, the God of eternity is a God of mercy.


In verse 8 we see Jesus calling Himself the Lord of the Sabbath. Well, what do you do with a Lord? You worship Him – earnestly desiring that the Name of Your God be honoured – in your life, in your home, in your street, in your work, in your Church, in your nation? Man’s chief end to glorify God. 


But, you know, those old divines at Westminster all those hundreds of years ago were very wise men. They didn’t leave their Theology in such ethereal terms. The chief end of man is to glorify God AND ENJOY HIM FOREVER

I was reading a book which slightly adapted that phrase to read to glorify God BY enjoying Him for ever. Do you believe that? Do you believe that your highest in life is to be in enjoying God? Do you believe it is POSSIBLE to ENJOY God? Dour hardened Presbyterians find that hard to swallow. We seek our joys in so many ways; some more honourable some less. There are many good and legitimate pleasures in life – BUT GOD CALLS US HIGHER. 

He longs for us to find our joy – very simply – in Him. The trouble with those Pharisees in our section of Scripture this 

evening was that they made life – and particularly God’s special day – A TOTAL MISERY! 

The poor disciples were just going along the road and did what was quite legitimate, they took a handful of corn and ate it – and those old law-lovers pounced on them. Nothing about the Lord’s Day was to be enjoyable in their book. 

Sadly too many Christians take this view. Some Christians DO give the impression that they would rather that people were glum on a Sunday and stayed at home and moped about the house. That was never God’s intent. The one day a week was for refreshment of mind and body and soul. A day for God – a day for worship – a day to ENJOY OUR GOD!



The last thing which Jesus tells us about God is that He loves mercy. Look at verse 7 – Jesus quoting the OT ! [Hosea 6:6] I desire mercy. And look on to verse 12 where Jesus says; It is lawful to do GOOD on the Sabbath. God’s heart is one of mercy. If that were not so, then none of us would be participating this evening.

Throughout history He has shown Himself to be a God of mercy and forgiveness – the whole history of Israel is one of being saved and forgiven – saved out of Egypt; forgiven and brought back from Babylon. 

And then Jesus demonstrated God’s mercy in the supreme way – His own death on the Cross. And just as God is merciful, so He longs for us to be merciful. The Pharisees knew nothing of this heart softened by God’s mercy – therefore they found it impossible to be forgiving. 

Do you find it impossible to be merciful? The problem is almost certainly that you do not know how much you have been forgiven. Seek God’s mercy this very night – your whole outlook on life will change very quickly – I can promise you that.


Hymn   What a beautiful Name (Hillsong)

Verse 1
You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

Chorus 1
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Verse 2
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great Your love was greater
What could separate us now

Chorus 2
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

Chorus 3
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is The Name of Jesus


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