June 5th, 2016
Worship Leader: Rev. Bruce Lee
Musician: Mitch Rowat
CALL TO WORSHIP (Based on Luke 7:16)
One: We come to this place, knowing that God is Back!
All: Looking to the Needs of God’s People!
**CONGREGATIONAL HYMN (Words & Music Doris Akers, CCLI#18204)
There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place
And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord
There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord
Refrain: Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet Heavenly Dove
Stay right here with us, filling us with your love
And for these blessings, we lift our hearts in praise
Without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived
When we shall leave this place
There are blessings you cannot receive
‘Till you know the saviour’s fullness, and believe
You’re the one to profit when you say
“I am going to walk with Jesus all the way” Refrain
**PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
All: God as we enter this place, our minds settle on those things that have separated us from each other, and you over this last week. We ask for your help to make things right. We know that your grace, liberates us from the past, frees us from sadness, releases us from guilt. Your love inspires us to sing a new song, as we embrace the beauty within us, in others and in you. We open our hearts again to the renewal, the forgiveness, and the freedom you
offer. Fill us with your Spirit. Amen.
**SHARING THE PEACE
READINGS: Psalm 146
O my soul, praise God!
All my life long I’ll praise God,
singing songs to my God as long as I live.
Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
when they die, their projects die with them.
Instead, get help from the God of Jacob,
put your hope in God and know real blessing!
God made sky and soil,
sea and all the fish in it.
Yahweh always does what Yahweh says—
Yahweh defends the wronged,
Yahweh feeds the hungry.
God frees prisoners—
Yahweh gives sight to the blind,
Yahweh lifts up the fallen.
God loves good people, protects strangers,
takes the side of orphans and widows,
but makes short work of the wicked.
God’s in charge—always.
Zion’s God is God for good!
10-12 Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favour with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave. Know this—I am most emphatic here, friends—this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. I didn’t receive it through the traditions, and I wasn’t taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ.
13-16 I’m sure that you’ve heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way. In those days I went all out in persecuting God’s church. I was systematically destroying it. I was so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career. Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother’s womb God chose and called me out of sheer generosity! Now God has intervened and revealed the Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about God.
16-20 Immediately after my calling—without consulting anyone around me and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was—I got away to Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus, but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. I was there only fifteen days—but what days they were! Except for our Master’s brother James, I saw no other apostles. (I’m telling you the absolute truth in this.)
21-24 Then I began my ministry in the regions of Syria and Cilicia. After all that time and activity I was still unknown by face among the Christian churches in Judea. There was only this report: “That man who once persecuted us is now preaching the very message he used to try to destroy.” Their response was to recognize and worship God because of me!
11-15 Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession—a woman’s only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, “Don’t cry.” Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, “Young man, I tell you: Get up.” The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother.
16-17 They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of God’s people!” The news of Jesus spread all through the country.
One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
All: Thanks be to God.
MESSAGE: The Value of Praise
**CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Because You Live (CCLI# 16880)
God sent the son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives!
Because You live, I can face tomorrow,
Because you live, all fear is gone;
Because I know who holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because you live!
How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy it gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because you live! Refrain
And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict’ry,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know you live! Refrain
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT & Offering
The work and ministry of MCC is financed solely by the voluntary contributions of its members, friends and attendees.
BLESSING OF GIFTS
PREPARATION FOR PRAYER (CCLI #2298355)
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You, I want to see You x2
To see you high and lifted up shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love as we sing holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy, holy. Holy, holy holy, Holy, holy, holy
I want to see You x2
A MOMENT OF REFLECTION AND SILENT PRAYER
CONSECRATION & DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Creator who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thy dominion 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 them that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
for thine is the Dominion, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen
INVITATION TO COMMUNION – At Metropolitan Community Church ALL are welcome at God’s table. You don’t need to be a member of this church, or any church. You may come alone, with one or more of your friends, your partner, or your family. Grape juice and unleavened wafers are used. If you prefer to receive a blessing without the sacrament, simply fold your arms in front of you. If you have mobility concerns you can ask the usher to have communion brought to you, or you may come to communion first.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING
**CLOSING SONG It is Well with My Soul
(Words & music by Horatio Spafford & Philip Bliss 1876)
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul. Refrain
My sin, oh, the joy of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain
And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain
**Please Rise As You Are Able
Peace & Blessings,
Rev. Bruce Lee
Pastor, MCC London