21/01/2024 Morning worship

To prepare us for worship this morning, the band played the hymn tune ‘Be still for the Presence of the Lord’.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here;
Come bow before him now with reverence and fear:
In him no sin is found – we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire, with splendour he is crowned:
How awesome is the sight – our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister his grace –
No work too hard for him. In faith receive from him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

The band played Paul Sharman’s arrangement, ‘Hide Me Now’ during our meeting.

Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father, You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father, You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

Your Joy Oh lord
will be my strength,
Renouncing fear
We stand in your glorious grace.

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father, You are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God

We were challenged this morning to consider what the door of our heart looked like – is it shut; is it slightly open; have we swung it wide open? Major Miriam also asked us to think about where God is in our heart? – Have we closed Him into the formal room; is He allowed access to all areas; is He a visitor staying for a while or is He permanently resident in your life? She then asked that we examine our hearts this morning, and ask God to come into our hearts again today.

Worship was concluded with the band playing the hymn tune, ‘There’s Mercy Still For Thee’.

O wanderer, knowing not the smile
Of Jesus’ loving smile,
In darkness living all the while,
Rejecting offered grace;
To thee Jehovah’s voice doth sound,
Thy soul he waits to free;
Thy Saviour hath a ransom found,
There’s mercy still for thee!

Chorus
There’s mercy still for thee,
There’s mercy still for thee;
Poor trembling soul, he’ll make thee whole,
There’s mercy still for thee!

For thee, though sunk in deep despair,
Thy Saviour’s blood was shed;
He for thy sins was as a lamb
To cruel slaughter led,
That thou mayst find, poor sin-sick soul,
A pardon full and free;
What boundless grace, what wondrous love,
There’s mercy still for thee!

Though sins of years rise mountains high
And would thy hopes destroy,
Thy Saviour’s blood can wash away,
The stains, and bring thee joy.
Now lift thy heart in earnest prayer,
To him for safety flee.
While still the angels chant the strain:
There’s mercy still for thee!

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