Sunday, 18th October 10.30 am Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN   Here I am to worship (Hillsong)

Light of the world

You stepped down into darkness

Opened my eyes, let me see

Beauty that made this heart

Adore you

Hope of a life spend with you

And here I am to worship

Here I am to bow down

Here I am to say that you’re my God

You’re altogether lovely

All together worthy

All together wonderful to me

King of all day’s oh so highly exalted

Glorious in heaven above

Humbly you came to the earth you created all for love’s sake became poor

Here I am to worship

Here I am to bow down

Here I am to say that You’re my God

You’re altogether lovely

All together worthy

All together wonderful to me

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Call upon

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

Oh, call upon

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Jesus

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Jesus

PRAYER

READING – Genesis 29 : 1-14

Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”

“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”

While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

SERMON – Jacob Meets Rachel.

God’s Providence vs Jacob’s Prayerlessness

Gentlemen – how did you meet your wife?

We left Jacob, the fugitive, fleeing for his life, in last week’s thrilling episode – and like any good soap opera, we now pick up the exciting story.

Is this one of those happy stories where they all lived happily ever after? Sadly, like most soap operas – NO, it isn’t. Is this a story that illustrates how God’s servants ought to behave if they want to get a fine wife? No it is not.

THE CONTRAST

Back in 24:11-33 Abraham’s prayerful servant goes to a well to find a bride for Isaac. The servant starts in prayer for God’s guidance, then he makes plans to confirm the will of the Lord – and at the end of his search he says THANK YOU to his God.

Contrast, here, the prayerless patriarch. Jacob (28:2) has set out to look for a wife. Does he start in prayer? No he doesn’t. When he gets to his destination, does he thank God? No he doesn’t. Does he seek to test the will of God when Rachel comes along? NO – he tries to show off to her how strong he is – to impress HER!

Yet see GOD’s promise – 28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

All the circumstances seemed wrong, humanly speaking. But humanly speaking is to leave GOD out of the picture. God stepped in and brought Jacob, unwittingly to the right place at the right time to meet the right woman. Jacob could have blown it with his showing off – that stone he lifted normally took three men to move it.

But God will yet discipline Jacob to reform his character (Pro 3:12) because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

God’s discipline will come through Laban – that scheming old man. Last time we met him his eyes were popping out of his head when he saw the gold jewelry on Abraham’s servant. This time he has heard of Jacob’s strength – and he recognises that this strength will come in very handy …

Abraham’s servant had gone to the well laden with goodies, Jacob is empty handed. (why did his father not give him anything – even enough for a dowry?). Was God in this also – to teach Jacob a lesson?

So we ask: Will God get His way? YES.

Will we be blessed as a result? Well – well, actually, that depends – if we are happy with God’s way … YES

PRAYER

Hymn (0-4.20 only). 10,000 reasons. (Hillsong)

[Chorus]

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

[Verse 1]

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning

It’s time to sing Your song again

Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me

Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

[Verse 2]

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger

Your name is great and Your heart is kind

For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

[Interlude]

[Verse 3]

And on that day when my strength is failing

The end draws near and my time has come

Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending

Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Forevermore

[Chorus]

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

I’ll worship Your holy name

Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

[Outro]

Sing like never before, O my soul

I’ll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I will, worship Your holy name

Worship Your holy name

Benediction

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