If you have suffered a bereavement, either recently or in the past, you are invited to join us for a special service of reflection this afternoon. Refreshements will be served in the Church Hall afterwards.
Reading: Psalm 34:1-7 Dealing With Difficulties
SCRIPTURE SENTENCES – Listen to the Psalmist
Psalm 13:1-6 “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
Psalm 119:116 “Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.”
Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”
Psalm 61:1-4 “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Sing MP 15 At the Name of Jesushttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7w-tDjlpgk
1 At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,every tongue confess him King of glory now;’tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
2 Humbled for a season, to receive a namefrom the lips of sinners, unto whom he came;faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,brought it back victorious when from death he passed;
3 bore it up triumphant, with its human light,through all ranks of creatures, to the central height,to the throne of Godhead, to the Father’s breast,filled it with the glory of that perfect rest.
4 Surely, this Lord Jesus shall return again,with his Father’s glory with His angel train;for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,and our hearts confess him King of glory now.
PRAYER READING Psalm 34:1-7 “I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name. For I cried to him and he answered me! He freed me from all my fears. Others too were radiant at what he did for them. Theirs was no downcast look of rejection! This poor man cried to the Lord—and the Lord heard him and saved him out of his troubles. For the Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.”
Sing MP 173 O Lord my Godhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdE_NKyY_o0
O LORD my God! When I in awesome wonderConsider all the works Thy hand hath made;I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,Thy power throughout the universe displayedThen sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
When through the woods and forest glades I wanderAnd hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze: Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,Sent Him to die – I scarce can take it in:That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,He bled and died to take away my sin: Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamationAnd take me home – what joy shall fill my heart!Then shall I bow in humble adoration,And there proclaim, my God how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art! How great Thou art!