Watchword for the Week

“For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules

over the nations.” (Psalm 22:28)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2013)

ORGAN PRELUDE

WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP

(Verses from Psalms 42 and 43)

As a deer longs for streams of cool water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for you, the living God; where can I go to worship your presence? Day and night I cry, and tears are my only food; my enemies ask, “Where is your God?”

Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my saviour and my God.

God has sent waves of sorrow over my soul; chaos roars at me like a flood, like waterfalls thundering down to the Jordan from Mounts Hermon and Mizar. May the Lord show his constant love during the day, so that I may have a song at night, a prayer to the God of my life.

Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my saviour and my God.

Send your light and your truth; may they lead me and bring me back to Zion, your sacred hill, and to your Temple, where you live. There I will go to your altar, O God; I will play my harp and sing praise to you, O God, my God.

Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my saviour and my God.

Hymn 448 * Shine, Jesus, shine

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)

PRAYER of PRAISE and CONFESSION

Creator God, we praise you; you whose Spirit once moved over the face of mighty waters, calling forth life in its amazing myriad forms:

to you we raise our hymn of praise!

Saviour Christ, we adore you; quenching our thirst, praising the love in a cup of water shared, pouring forth streams of living water for us:

to you we raise our hymn of praise.

Holy Spirit, we magnify you; your life-giving breath flows through creation, breathing love and forgiveness, awaking to newness of life:

to you we raise our hymn of praise.

One Holy God, Creator, Saviour, Life-giver: when our love grows dry and our mercy arid,

refresh us, renew us, replenish us;

when our hope dries up and our vision shrivels,

refresh us, renew us, replenish us;

pour out your mercy and forgiveness, we pray;

flow freely that all may drink of you. Amen.

WORDS of ASSURANCE

Hear these words of grace:

Jesus says: “Whoever drinks the water that I give will never be thirsty again. The water I give will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Thanks be to God! Amen.

Hymn 77 * Laudate Dominum

(Hymn of the Month, June 2013)

CHILDREN’S TIME

SHARING GOD’S PEACE (eg 433)

Hevenu shalom alechem. [We wish peace to you all.]

(Children may leave for Kids’ Church)

SCRIPTURE READINGS

1 Kings 19:1-15 OT p. 355 (354)

Galatians 3:23-29 NT p. 236

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 606 Lord, you sometimes speak

SERMON Pastor Horst Grabski

(formerly Petrikirche, Bochum)

Hymn 191 * Do not be afraid

(Offerings are gathered)

Hymn 807 * Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

(Offerings are brought forward)

DEDICATION PRAYER

Your generous gifts to us, O God, are more than we can count. With grateful hearts we dedicate to you our work, our talents, our time, and pray that you will use us in the service of your kingdom; for the sake of Christ our Saviour. Amen.

NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS

Response: Whatever our journey, O Lord:

walk with us on the way.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 530 One more step along the world I go

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)

ORGAN POSTLUDE

Today’s guest preacher Horst Grabski (left) was, until 2003, pastor of the Petrikirche in Bochum. He was actively involved in developing relations between Bochum and its Ukrainian twin town Donetsk, as well as in dialogue between the Christian churches in Bochum and local Islam representatives.