Sunday, 4th September 10.30 am Order of Service

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WELCOME

Psalm 100

All people that on earth do dwell,

Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;

Him serve with fear, His praise forth-tell,

Come ye before Him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed:

Without our aid He did us make;

We are His flock, He doth us feed,

And for His sheep He doth us take.

O enter then His gates with praise,

Approach with joy His courts unto;

Praise, laud and bless His Name always,

For it is seemly so to do.

For why? The Lord our God is good,

His mercy is forever sure;

His truth at all times firmly stood,

And shall from age to age endure.

PRAYER

Children’s Address

Song JP98 I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus,

I have decided to follow Jesus,

No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me,

The world behind me, the cross before me,

The world behind me, the cross before me,

No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, I still will follow,

Though none go with me, I still will follow,

Though none go with me, I still will follow,

No turning back, no turning back.

READING PROVERBS 23 : 20 – 35

20 do not join those who drink too much wine

or gorge themselves on meat,

21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,

and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,

and do not despise your mother when she is old.

23 Buy the truth and do not sell it –

wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;

a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

25 May your father and mother rejoice;

may she who gave you birth be joyful!

26 My son, give me your heart

and let your eyes delight in my ways,

27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,

and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

28 Like a bandit she lies in wait

and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?

Who has strife? Who has complaints?

Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

30 Those who linger over wine,

who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,

when it sparkles in the cup,

when it goes down smoothly!

32 In the end it bites like a snake

and poisons like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange sights,

and your mind will imagine confusing things.

34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,

lying on top of the rigging.

35 ‘They hit me,’ you will say, ‘but I’m not hurt!

They beat me, but I don’t feel it!

When will I wake up

so I can find another drink?’

Hymn (Tune – Walton)

1 O Lord of hosts, the fight is long,

the sky is dark, the foe is strong;

temptation with its flaming brand

spreads ruin through our happy land.

2 Hell builds her palaces of state,

makes bright her halls, and wide her gate,

and thousands press within to share

the cup of madness and despair.

3 How long, how long, O God of right,

shall thus prevail the tempter’s might?

and our weak efforts fail to win

our nation from the drunkard’s sin?

4 But thou are the redeeming God;

oh! breathe thy mighty power abroad!

Thy love alone can break the spell

that welds the iron chains of hell.

5 Give to our land wise laws, whose force

may stay temptation’s ruthless course;

and fire thy church with love’s bright flame,

to save the lost in Christ’s dear name.

Ella S Armitage (1841-1931)

Prayer

Hymn (Tune A. Radiger’s PRAISE) O Love Divine

1 O love divine, how sweet thou art,

when shall I find my willing heart

all taken up by thee?

I thirst, I faint, I die to prove

the greatness of redeeming love,

the love of Christ to me.

2 Stronger his love than death or hell

its riches are unsearchable:

The first-born sons of light

desire in vain its depth to see;

they cannot reach the mystery,

the length, the breadth, and height.

3 God only knows the love of God;

oh, that it now were shed abroad

in this poor stony heart:

For love I sigh, for love I pine;

this only portion, Lord, be mine,

be mine this better part.

4 Oh, that I could for ever sit,

like Mary, at the Master’s feet;

be this my happy choice:

My only care, delight, and bliss,

my joy, my heaven on earth be this,

to hear the Bridegroom’s voice.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

SERMON ALCOHOL

Hymn Take time to be holy

1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;

Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,

Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;

Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;

Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;

And run not before Him, whatever betide.

In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,

And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,

Each thought and each motive beneath His control.

Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,

Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

Benediction

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