Sunday, 21st March 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN When we walk with the Lord

1 When we walk with the Lord

In the light of His Word

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will,

He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus,

But to trust and obey.

2 Not a burden we bear,

Not a sorrow we share,

But our toil He doth richly repay;

Not a grief nor a loss,

Not a frown nor a cross,

But is blest if we trust and obey.

Chorus

3 But we never can prove

The delights of His love

Until all on the altar we lay;

For the favour He shows,

And the joy He bestows,

Are for them who will trust and obey.

Chorus

4 Then in fellowship sweet

We will sit at His feet,

Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;

What He says we will do,

Where He sends we will go —

Never fear, only trust and obey.

Chorus

John H Sammis (1846–1919)

PRAYER

READING MATTHEW 17: 14-27

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] [a]

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.

The Temple Tax

24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”

26 “From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

SERMON GOD’S POWERFUL SON

Our little incident, from Matthew 17, shows us Jesus’s power on two quite different fronts. His power to do GOOD is shown, and His power to PROVIDE for our basic needs is also clear here.

I JESUS POWER TO DO GOOD

Let’s look at this powerful man now and fall at His feet in humble adoration.

The situation is that Jesus has just come down that glorious mount where He was transfigured in front of Peter, James and John. And from that splendid scene, the four of them come down to a desperate situation – the HUMAN situation – we might call it the real world.

There is a young lad who is very disturbed — he keeps trying to commit suicide – and needless to say, that dad is very worried. He has come to the nine remaining disciples to enlist their prayers for his son’s healing – but they have singularly failed to tap into God’s power to do anything for the lad.

As Matthew records the incident, it is the UNBELIEF of His disciples He wants to highlight. They knew God had the power to do this, but they failed to trust in Him. So, Jesus shows His great power to do good. His kindness pours out as the youngster is cured immediately. God’s power to do good is endless – we must believe that!

II JESUS POWER TO PROVIDE DAILY

Some time later, Jesus is confronted by some antagonists who want to make Him pay the Temple tax. This was a poll tax levied by the Temple on every citizen of 20 years or more. The priests and rabbis would have been exempt, of course they worked in the Temple – HOW MUCH MORE THEN, should Jesus have been exempt. HE was THE GOD Who should have been worshipped in the Temple.

BUT, Jesus didn’t want to cause a rumpus, so He sees to it that both His and Peter’s poll tax are paid and in a most amusing way. He told Peter to go and get his fishing rod and cast out and the first fish he caught would have a shekel in it and of course that was what happened. WHO SAYS God isn’t concerned to help you pay your taxes? He is!

III GOD’S POWER IS FOR US

If it be true that Jesus has power to influence such things in such a wonderful way, then it stands to reason that we should put our trust absolutely in Him.

That was where the nine disciples fell down. They did not even have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed – and that is very tiny.

THAT WONDERFUL POWER OF JESUS CAN BE OURS – all we need do is BELIEVE. Jesus says if we have but a TINY amount of faith in an ALL-POWERFUL GOD, then NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU. Do you believe that? Jesus said it – not me!

Yes, be sure, our faith will be weak at times – as was the disciples’: BUT whenever we return to our trust in our Great Saviour, He is ever ready – listening to our cries – eager to come and demonstrate His power in our lives – to do GOOD TO US and through us to others – EAGER to help us in the mundane every day running of our lives – paying taxes; the next meal; the telephone bill. God knows; He understands; He Is powerful to help. Let’s determine to trust Him in all the days which lie ahead for us.!

PRAYER

Hymn The Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you

Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you

The Lord turn His face toward you

And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen

Amen, amen, amen

The Lord bless you and keep you

Make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you

The Lord turn His face toward you

And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen

(We sing, we sing)

Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you

And a thousand generations

And your family and your children

And their children, and their children

May His favor be upon you

And a thousand generations

And your family and your children

And their children, and their children

May His presence go before you

And behind you and beside you

All around you and within you

He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening

In your coming and your going

In your weeping and rejoicing

He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you

(Amen, amen)

Amen, amen, amen

Amen, amen, amen

May His presence go before you (Amen)

And behind you and beside you (Amen)

All around you and within you (Amen)

He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening (Amen)

In your coming and your going (Amen)

In your weeping and rejoicing (Amen)

He is for you (Amen)

Benediction

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