19/05/2024 Morning worship

Today as we celebrated Pentecost, the band set the scene for worship as we played the hymn tune ‘Great is the Darkness’.

Great is the darkness that covers the earth,
Oppression, injustice and pain;
Nations are slipping in hopeless despair,
Though many have come in Your name
Watching while sanity dies,
touched by the madness and lies.

Come, Lord Jesus, come, Lord Jesus,
pour out Your Spirit we pray;
Come, Lord Jesus, come, Lord Jesus,
pour out Your Spirit on us today.

May now Your church rise with power and love,
This glorious gospel proclaim;
In every nation salvation will come
To those who believe in Your name.
Help us bring light to this world,
That we might speed Your return.

Great celebrations on that final day,
When out of the heavens You come;
Darkness will vanish, all sorrow will end
And rulers will bow at Your throne;
Our great commission complete,
Then face to face we shall meet.

Sometimes we need to be reminded that all we have belongs to God. Major David reminded us that we must review our giving, and our generosity to God, because when it comes to giving (time, gives, talents, financial etc), we can sometimes struggle to give generously. We can have moments of frustration, when we sit back and give little. But we may also find that at time when we recognise God’s blessings in our lives, we give abundantly to God, and to others. He encouraged us to continue to give abundantly from the wealth of God’s riches to us.

The message from the band today fitted perfectly for Pentecost, as we played the chorus arrangement, ‘Fall Afresh’ by Daniel Iverson (arr. Andrew Mackereth).

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me;
Spirit of the living God,

At the end of the meeting the band played the hymn tune ‘I Dare To Be Different’.

I dare to live the life of faith,
The life of challenge God has planned:
Of holiness and victory,
For truth and righteousness to stand.

I dare to be different, I dare to believe;
I dare to be different, God’s Spirit receive;
I dare to be different, my life sacrificed;
I dare to be different by living like Christ.

I dare to ask the Spirit, come,
To match with power my heart’s desire,
My life to cleanse and energise
With mighty Pentecostal fire.

I dare to want to live like Christ,
According to His will and way;
His love to know, compassion share,
And serve Him boldly every day.

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