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Broadcast – Praise & Worship 4th October 2020
Welcome intro in the server area as raining outside – Roger
Message 1 - We were created to worship – People all over the world worship, and always have done. There is something within each of us that longs to reach out to One greater than ourselves. Many worship something or someone out there because they can make no sense of the world otherwise. Religions may differ in their belief systems and practises but worship features heavily.
We can worship God on our own but we are the people of God who should also worship Him together. “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another” (Heb 10: 25).
Café – introduce the theme & what’s coming up – Roger unpacking, then introducing the funny post wedding clip…
Vid Clip – Wedding song – Lady singing ‘Side by Side’
Celebrations in Café
Pics x 4 - Adam & Jamie’s Wedding
Vid Clip – Jazz feeding the elephants (0.17)
Pic - Bethany tooth out!
Tues 6th - Jez Cunningham
Thurs 8th Hilary Holman – Pic
Vid Clip – Lily-Mae thank you song (0.14)
Kids Slot – Laura x 7 mini vid clips (0.34, 0.36, 0.11, 0.37, 0.11, 0.39, 0.35)
Roger to introduce… section 1 of 3 songs
The sun comes up, It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
Build my Life
From Acland Hall… I will build my life, upon your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust, in you alone
And I will not be shaken
FRONT - Message 2 - Rick Warren, “The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting Him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.”
Relationships are tested in times of silence or separation. In a relationship with God we don’t always ‘feel’ close to Him, and we don’t always ‘hear’ from Him. Philip Yancey, ‘Reaching for the invisible God’, “Any relationship involves times of closeness and times of distance, and in a relationship with God, no matter how intimate, the pendulum will swing from one side to the other.”
SIDE – Message 3 - Even David knew times of darkness – Ps 10: 1, 22: 1, 43: 2. Many have been comforted by the Footprints poem, assuring us that God is there regardless of what we feel. God promises that He will never leave us, but He does not promise that we will always feel His presence – in fact He promises the opposite! There can be times when He says He will ‘hide His face’ from us. “Truly you are a God who hides Himself” (Is 45: 15) but God was still there! We may not see a child if they are playing ‘hide and seek’ but they are still there.
Vid Clip – Mark Topp (3.45) in Wetherspoons!
Vid Clips – what does worship mean to you? – Pamela (0.50)
Vid Clips – what does worship mean to you? – Helen (0.50)
Roger to introduce… section 2 of 3 songs (recorded in Church on Sunday?)
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Break every chain
It is well
FRONT - Message 4 – Is it well with your soul…? That’s not a question we can give a knee jerk answer to is it?!
When God comes first He is able to be worshipped in spirit and in truth (that’s what He’s looking for – see John 4)
Worship is not about a song, but about a lifestyle. “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col 3: 17)
God even rebuked the religious, through Isaiah, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men” (29: 13)
Ezekiel challenged those who assumed they were God’s people, “With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain… they hear your words but do not put them into practise” (33: 31)
God challenged one Church saying, “I know your deeds, your hard work … yet I hold this against you. You have forsaken your first love” (Rev 2: 2f). Our first love should be Jesus.
Vid Clip – Chris Llewellen (4.42) explaining how she received her ‘song’
Vid Clips – what does worship mean to you? – Gill (0.50)
FRONT - Message 5 - We worship God because of His love for us - Israel worshipped God as He provided a way by which their wrong could be atoned for and they could feel forgiven. It involved a sacrifice being made, blood being shed, on the bronze alter of burnt offering. Here the sinner laid their hand on the offering to transfer their sinfulness to the sacrificed animal. This brazen altar sacrifice was a type of Christ dying to make atonement for our sins. It was available to all.
The atonement God provides is available to all, who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour today, once for all. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world... as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4: 9-10).
SIDE – Message 6 - We are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. His death. But there is life in his blood, and His resurrection confirmed that new life to all who come to him in faith. “How much more will the blood of Christ... cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death” (Heb 9: 14). God’s promise to those who come to Him is, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Jer 31: 34, Heb 10: 17).
What amazing love! If that doesn’t lead us to worship then nothing will!
Roger to introduce… section 3 of 3 songs
Mighty to save
What a beautiful Name
I speak Jesus
Your name is power
Your name is healing
Your name is life
Break every stronghold
Shine through the shadows
Burn like a fire
Vid Clip – Sarah Rome (3.08) sharing about Shoebox Appeal… our means of expressing worship outwardly, able to demonstrate our love for God by making a real difference in the lives of others who are far less fortunate than ourselves… details on our website!
Front – Message 7 - 20,000 Angels – Chris Llewellen’s song (1.30)
Message 8 - Café - Seek to cultivate your relationship with God more than anything else – When questioned, Jesus said the most important command was to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. For anyone claiming to be a Christian, this is what we should seek to demonstrate, above our family, our children, our career, our ambition, our favourite pastime, our desire for significance, acceptance, affection or sexual fulfilment. This is what it means for Jesus to be ‘Lord’ of our lives. Does he come first...? Who or what is on the throne of your life right now...?
Now we go into the outside world… this is where our worship of God is proven real or otherwise… let’s worship Him today by how we speak, and how we are with others…