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With the spread of Corona Virus the Presbyterian Church in Ireland have wisely decided that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice. Even though we may be scattered it does not mean that we cannot worship together, so what follows is a service of worship that you can follow at home at any time.
Do remember that on Sunday morning there is usually a service of worship on Radio Ulster at 10:15am many churches will be live streaming their services and the Archbishop of Canterbury will be conducting worship on BBC television, so there are many ways that you can be encouraged and turn to God.
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Evangelical Alliance have called for this Sunday (22nd March 2020) to be a National Day of Prayer.
Details can be found by clicking here.
Let Us Worship Go Together.
Psalms 122 (NIV 1984)
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
in your gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.
4 That is where the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
to praise the name of the Lord
according to the statute given to Israel.
5 There the thrones for judgment stand,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.
Let Us Lift Our Eyes to the Lord through Psalm 123 as sung by Ian White
Psalms 123 (NIV 1984) 1 I lift up my eyes to you,
to you whose throne is in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he shows us his mercy.
3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us,
for we have endured much contempt.
4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
much contempt from the arrogant.
You can read the prayer below
Hymn words below.
What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone.
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to him belong.
Who holds our days within his hand?
What comes, apart from his command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand.
O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.
What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good.
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer’s blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?
Unto the grave, what shall we sing?
“Christ, he lives; Christ, he lives!”
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with him.
There we will rise to meet the Lord,
Then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy,
When Christ is ours forevermore.
Words and Music by Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Matt Papa
If you have time here is a 7 minute video Behind the song describing the reasons why it was written.
You can follow along as the passage is read in the next video.
Isaiah 41:1-10 (NIV 1984)
“Be silent before me, you islands!
Let the nations renew their strength!
Let them come forward and speak;
let us meet together at the place of judgment.
2 “Who has stirred up one from the east,
calling him in righteousness to his service ?
He hands nations over to him
and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dust with his sword,
to windblown chaff with his bow.
3 He pursues them and moves on unscathed,
by a path his feet have not traveled before.
4 Who has done this and carried it through,
calling forth the generations from the beginning?
I, the Lord–with the first of them
and with the last–I am he.”
5 The islands have seen it and fear;
the ends of the earth tremble.
They approach and come forward;
6 each helps the other
and says to his brother, “Be strong!”
7 The craftsman encourages the goldsmith,
and he who smooths with the hammer
spurs on him who strikes the anvil.
He says of the welding, “It is good.”
He nails down the idol so it will not topple.
8 “But you, O Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
This prayer is led in the next video.
This is the text that the prayer is based on
5 Things To Pray For Hospitals and Emergency Services
The coronavirus is now affecting everyday life for almost all of us. You may be wondering what you can do to help on a practical level, when physical connection is becoming increasingly prohibited. As Christians, we know that we can pray. Here's an adapted extract from 5 Things to Pray For Your World by Rachel Jones to help guide you in praying for those working on the front line response, based on 2 Corinthians 1 V 3-11.
1. Praise God
Praise God that he is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (v 3-4).
Think back to emergency situations or periods of illhealth when God has comforted you. Thank God that he stands ready to comfort all those who turn to him for help.
2. Comfort in trouble
“… so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (v 4).
Pray that Christian doctors, nurses, chaplains and patients would have opportunities to share something of their own faith with those in trouble. Ask God to help them speak of the only good news that can offer lasting comfort—that Christ can heal our relationship with God so that we can enjoy life to the full, for ever. Pray by name for any Christians you know personally.
3. Reliance on God
“We felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (v 9).
However good our healthcare is, only God is in control of life and death. Pray that both patients and professionals would come to appreciate their own helplessness in the face of death—and turn to rely on God, who raises the dead.
4. Deliverance from danger
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us…” (v 10).
God loves to deliver people from danger, including illhealth—in his grace, he often works through the skill of doctors and nurses. Ask him to use these professionals to save many lives and restore people to full health.
5. Answers to prayer
“ … as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many” (v 11).
Give thanks for the way God has answered your prayers in the past. Who else can you “help by your prayers” right now?
The 5 Things series is designed to give you fresh ideas to stimulate your prayer life. Each spread takes a passage of Scripture and suggests 5 things to pray for a particular area. Because when we pray in line with God's priorities as found in his word, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v 16)—and that's a truly thrilling prospect.
ISAIAH 41 v 10 So Do Not Fear
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV 1984)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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