Lent | Friday 18 March 2022: Psalm 63:1-8; Daniel 12:1-4; Revelation 3:1-6 – hold fast to what you first believed

Lent | Friday 18 March 2022

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves
to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and
inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all
adversities that may happen to the body, and from all evil
thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

“Go back
to what you heard and believed at first;

hold to it firmly.
Repent and turn to me again.”

(Revelation 3:3a)

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Psalms: Psalm 63 – Better Than Life – by Shane & Shane

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OT Reading: Daniel 12:1-4 (NLT)

The Time of the End

12:1 “At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued. Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace. Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”

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Hold OnSt Aldates Worship

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NT Reading: Revelation 3:1-6 (NLT)

The Message to the Church in Sardis

3:1 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:

“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.

“Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.

Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

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Wake Up Church (Heather Marjorie)

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Prayer:

For Defense against Evil 

+ St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

For Anxiety

+ Holy and Eternal God, I come to You burdened with worries, fears, doubts, and troubles. Calm and quiet me with peace of mind. Empty me of the anxieties that disturb me, of the concerns that weary my spirit, and weigh heavy on my heart.

Loosen my grip on the disappointments and grievances I hold on to so tightly. Release me from the pain of past hurts, of present anger and tension, and of future fears.
Sometimes it’s too much for me, Lord, too many demands and problems, too much sadness, suffering and stress. Renew me spiritually and emotionally. Give me new strength, hope, and confidence. Prepare me to meet the constant struggles of daily life with a deeper faith and trust in You.

Let your love set me free, for peace, for joy, for grace, for life, for others, forever. Amen.

For Quiet Confidence

 + O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, into your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Closing: faith and worship | John Birch

May the peace of God enfold us,
The love of God uphold us,
The wisdom of God control us.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

25th Sunday after Pentecost: 14 Nov 2021 – Daniel 12:1-4: Psalm 16: Hebrews 10:31-39; Mark 13:14-23 ~ Have faith and preserve your souls.

25th Sunday after Pentecost: 14 Nov 2021

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people,
that bringing forth in abundance the fruit of good works,
they may be abundantly rewarded
when our Savior Jesus Christ comes to restore all things;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
For you have need of endurance,
so that when you have done the will of God
you may receive what is promised.”
(Hebrews 10: 35-36)

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Is He Worthy? – Chris Tomlin

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OT Reading: Daniel 12:1-4 (ESV)

The Time of the End

12:1 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end.”

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Psalm: Psalm 16 | The Corner Room

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

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NT Reading: Hebrews 10:31-39 (ESV)

10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For,

“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

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You Make Me Brave  // Bethel Music –

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Gospel Reading: Mark 13:14-23 (ESV)

The Abomination of Desolation

13:14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

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You Restore My Soul | New Wine Worship – Feat. Lauren Harris

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Prayer:

Heavenly Father, hear our prayers for the Church and the whole world:

+ For the peace of the whole world, and for the well-being and unity of the people of God.

+ For Church leaders around the world; and for all the believers in our local assemblies.

+ For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad; and for all who teach and disciple others.

+ For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith; especially women, children and the elderly.

+ For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service, deliver us from liars, deceivers and evil-doers.

+ For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity; especially those suffering the effects of covid.

+ For all those who have departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection; we give you thanks.

Heavenly Father, grant these our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Benediction: 1 Th. 5:23-24

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.