Persecuted for your faith

24 May 2020

Sian Scannell with Pat Mulhern

 

“Being misrepresented, slandered, reviled, persecuted, and wrongfully accused is an inevitable part of being a Christian. We must expect to suffer unjustly. Our lives confront the culture we live in. We live as aliens in the world, and it should not surprise us when the world is hostile toward us. We were called for that purpose. In this world we will have tribulation. It goes with the territory.” – John MacArthur

  • Call to worship
  • Hymn: There is a balm in Gilead (Spiritual)
    Sung by NZ National Youth Choir (Radio NZ)

There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged
and think my work’s in vain,
but then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.

There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

If you cannot sing like angels,
if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus
and say, “He died for all.”

There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

  • Introduction
  • Poem: Desiderata by Max Erhmann
  • Prayers and Lord’s Prayer
  • Scripture Readings: 1 Peter 4:12-14 and 1 Peter 5: 6-11
  • Anthem: The Beatitudes (H R Evans)
    Sung by Knox Church Choir/Soloist: Ross Gainsford

Blessed! Blessed! Blessed art thou.
Blessed are the poor in spirit:
For theirs is the Kingdom of heav’n.
Blessed are they that mourn:
For they shall be comforted,
Blessed are the meek:
For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness:
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful:
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart:
For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers:
For they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they that are persecuted for
righteousness sake:
For theirs is the Kingdom of heav’n.

Blessed are ye when men shall revile you,
Blessed are ye when men shall revile you,
Blessed are ye when men shall persecute you
And shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,
for my sake, rejoice and be exceedingly glad:
for great is your reward in heav’n:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad
for great is thy reward in heaven.
Rejoice, Rejoice,
be glad for great is thy reward in heav’n.
Rejoice, Rejoice be exceedingly glad,
and glorify the Father in heav’n.

Blessed art thou,
Blessed art thou,
Rejoice, Rejoice,
For great is thy reward in heav’n.

  • Sermon: Persecuted for your faith
  • Hymn: What a friend we have in Jesus
    TheNCrew

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer!

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do thy friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
thou wilt find a solace there.

  • Benediction

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Facing the unknown – Wednesday Devotion

20 May 2020

Rev Marcell Mey

 

Text: Psalm 121

Hymn: I to the hills will lift mine eyes (Scottish Psalter/Tune: Dundee)
Sung by the Scottish Festival Singers

I to the hills will lift mine eyes.
From whence doth come mine aid?
My safety cometh from the Lord,
who heaven and earth hath made.

Thy foot he’ll not let slide, nor will
he slumber that thee keeps.
Behold, he that keeps Israel,
he slumbers not, nor sleeps.

The Lord thee keeps, the Lord thy shade
on thy right hand doth stay:
the moon by night thee shall not smite,
nor yet the sun by day.
(verse repeated)

The Lord shall keep thy soul: he shall
preserve thee from all ill.
Henceforth thy going out and in
God keep for ever will.

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Seeing Christ as He is Revealed to Us

17 May 2020

Rev Marcell Mey and the Logan Family


“We think of church in terms of our serving God and receiving from others. But this is backwards. Sacrificial service in the church doesn’t start with serving. It starts with being served by God. Then as we are satisfied in Him and who He’s revealed Himself to be in His crucified Son, we gladly overflow in service of others.” – David Mathis

  • Call to Worship
  • Song: Great in Power (sung twice)

Praise Him, you heavens and all that’s above
Praise Him, you angels and heavenly hosts
Let the whole earth praise Him

Praise Him, the sun, moon and bright shining stars
Praise Him, you heavens and waters and skies
Let the whole earth praise Him

Great in power, great in glory
Great in mercy, King of Heaven
Great in battle, great in wonder
Great in Zion, King over all the earth

  • Prayers
  • Scripture Reading: John 14: 15-21
  • Message: Seeing Christ as He is revealed to us
  • Song: Holy Spirit/Build My Life

There’s nothing worth more, that will ever come close
Nothing can compare, You’re our living hope
Your Presence Lord

I’ve tasted and seen, of the sweetest of Loves
Where my heart becomes free, and my shame is undone
Your Presence Lord

Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your Glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence Lord

Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of every praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

*Jesus, the Name above every other name
Jesus, the only One who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
Oh, we live for You

Holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me*(repeat)

Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your Glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence Lord

  • Benediction

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A teaspoon of faith – Wednesday Devotional

13 May 2020

Sian Scannell

 

Hymn: Great is thy faithfulness (Thomas Chisolm)

This recording is the property of Songs of Praise BBC

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

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Living Stones in the Household of God

10 May 2020

Rev Marcell Mey with the Dobie family

“The church is not a building made with stone. It is a building made with living flesh. We believers are living stones in God’s temple, and when we come together we constitute a place of worship where God manifests Himself.”
– John MacArthur

  • Call to Worship
  • Hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation
    (translated J M Neale/Tune: Westminster Abbey)
    Sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

    Christ is made the sure foundation,
    Christ the head and cornerstone,
    chosen of the Lord and precious,
    binding all the church in one;
    holy Zion’s help forever,
    and her confidence alone.

    All that dedicated city,
    dearly loved of God on high,
    in exultant jubilation
    pours perpetual melody;
    God the One in Three adoring
    in glad hymns eternally.

    To this temple, where we call thee,
    come, O Lord of hosts, today:
    with thy wonted loving-kindness
    hear thy servants as they pray;
    and thy fullest benediction
    shed within its walls alway.

    Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
    what they ask of thee to gain,
    what they gain from thee forever
    with the blessed to retain,
    and hereafter in thy glory
    evermore with thee to reign.

    Laud and honour to the Father,
    laud and honour to the Son,
    laud and honour to the Spirit,
    ever Three and ever One,
    Consubstantial, co-eternal,
    while unending ages run.

  • Prayers
  • Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2: 2-10
  • Anthem: Greater Love hath no man
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

    Many waters cannot quench love,
    neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death.
    Greater love hath no man than this,
    that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
    That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.
    Ye are washed, ye are sanctified,
    ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
    That ye should show forth the praises of him
    who hath call’d you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
    I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God,
    that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice, holy,
    acceptable unto to God, which is your reasonable service.

  • Message: Living Stones in the Household of God
  • Hymn: Christ is our Cornerstone
    (translated John Chandler/Music: Gregory Wilbur)
    Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee

    Christ is our corner-stone,
    on him alone we build;
    with his true saints alone
    the courts of heaven are filled:
    on his great love
    our hopes we place
    of present grace
    and joys above.

    O then with hymns of praise
    these hallowed courts shall ring;
    our voices we will raise
    the Three in One to sing;
    and thus proclaim
    in joyful song,
    both loud and long,
    that glorious name.

    Here may we gain from heaven
    the grace which we implore;
    and may that grace, once given,
    be with us evermore,
    until that day
    when all the blest
    to endless rest
    are called away.

    Christ is our corner-stone,
    on him alone we build;
    with his true saints alone
    the courts of heaven are filled:
    on his great love
    our hopes we place
    of present grace
    and joys above.

  • Benediction

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Wednesday Devotional – Do Not Worry

6 May 2020

Sian Scannell

Scripture: Matthew 6: 25-34

Hymn: This is My Father’s World (Maltbie Babcock/Tune: Terra Beata)

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
The battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.

Good Shepherd Sunday

3 May 2020

Rev Marcell Mey with the Hollard family

“I know of nothing which so stimulates my faith in my Heavenly Father as to look back and reflect on His faithfulness to me in every crisis and every chilling circumstance of life. Over and over He has proved His care and concern for my welfare.  Again and again I have been conscious of the Good Shepherd’s guidance through dark days and deep valleys.” – Phillip Keller

  • Introit: The Lord is My Shepherd (Howard Goddall)
    Sung by Ariana Maubach, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 26 April 2020

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want,
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want,
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil,
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil,
For you are with me, You will comfort me,
For you are with me, You will comfort me,
Comfort me.

Surely goodness and mercy,
shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Forever, Forever, Forever

  • Call to Worship
  • Song: Cornerstone: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But holy trust in Jesus’ name.

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all.

When darkness seems to hide his face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all.

When He shall come with trumpet sound
O may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless stand before the throne

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all.

  • Prayers
  • Scripture: Psalm 23 and John 10:7-10
  • Message
  • Hymn: The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23 Scottish Psalter/Tune: Crimond)

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want,
He makes me down to lie, in pastures green;
He leadeth me the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make within the paths
of righteousness, e’en for his own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill; for thou art with me,
And thy rod, and staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes; My head thou dost
with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me; And in God’s house
for evermore, my dwelling-place shall be.

  • Benediction

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Wednesday Devotion

29 April 2020

Sian Scannell

Scripture: Lamentations 3: 21-26

Optional Hymn (click on link): New every morning is the love (J Keble/Tune: Melcombe)

New every morning is the love
our wakening and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.

New mercies, each returning day,
hover around us while we pray;
new perils past, new sins forgiven,
new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.

If on our daily course our mind
be set to hallow all we find,
new treasures still, of countless price,
God will provide for sacrifice.

The trivial round, the common task,
will furnish all we ought to ask,
room to deny ourselves, a road
to bring us daily nearer God.

Only, O Lord, in thy dear love
fit us for perfect rest above;
and help us, this and every day,
to live more nearly as we pray.

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Journeying with Jesus

26 April 2020

Rev Marcell Mey with the Pa’u family

“Really, the “how” of discipling is not that complicated. It’s about doing life together with other people as you all journey toward Christ. We make friends and then walk them in a Christward direction.” – Mark Dever

  • Call to Worship
  • Song: I could sing of your love forever

Over the mountains and the sea,
Your river runs with love for me,
And I will open up my heart
And let the healer set me free.
I’m happy to be in the truth,
And I will daily lift my hands:
For I will always sing of when
Your love came down.

I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever.

Oh, I feel like dancing
It’s foolishness I know;
But when the world has seen the light,
They will dance with joy,
Like we’re dancing now.

I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever.

  • Prayers
  • Scripture Reading: Luke 24: 13-35
  • Message: Rev Marcell Mey
  • Song: None but Jesus

In the quiet, in the stillness
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored

When You call I won’t refuse
Each new day again I’ll choose

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

In the chaos, in confusion
I know You’re sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do Your will

When You call I won’t delay
This my song through all my days

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

All my delight is in You Lord
All of my hope, all of my strength
All my delight is in You Lord forever more

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

  • Benediction

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Wednesday Devotion-Searched and Known by God

22 April 2020

Sian Scannell

Scripture: Psalm 139: 1-12

Optional hymn by Bernadette Farrell (click on following link): O God you search me and you know me

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