Order of Service – Sunday 25 July 2021

A prayer for the Ephesians

(words for hymns and bible reading can be found below the order of service)

Welcome and Intimations
Call to Worship
MP 560 Praise my soul
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Introduction to reading
Reading Ephesians 3 : 14 – 21
MP 857  I the Lord of sea and sky
Reflection 1
Video 10000 Reasons Matt Redman
Reflection 2
MP 445 Lord the Light of your love
MP 33  And can it be


Call to Worship
Lord your love calls us here
Your love calls us to worship you
You are the Lord whose perfect love casts out fear
So may we know the freedom your love brings
And in worship sing your song of praise
To your glory
And in honour of your name

MP 560 Praise my soul

1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven:
to His feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like thee His praise should sing?
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise the everlasting King.

2 Praise Him for His grace and favour
to our fathers, in distress;
praise Him still the same for ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

3 Father-like He tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame He knows,
in His hands, He gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Widely as His mercy flows.

4 Angels, help us to adore Him;
ye behold Him face to face;
sun and moon, bow down before Him;
dwellers al in time and space.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Ephesians 3: 14 – 21
For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

MP 857  I, the Lord of sea and sky

1 I, the Lord of sea and sky;
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My Light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night,
I will go, Lord,
if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

2 I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne My people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them.
Whom shall I send?

3 I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hears are satisfied.
I will give My life to them.
Whom shall I send?

MP 445 Lord the Light of your love

1 Lord, the light of Your love is shinning,
in the midst of the darkness, shinning;
Jesus, Light of the world,
shine upon us:
set us free
by the trust You now bring us –
shine on me, shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine,
fill this land with the Father’s glory;
blaze, Spirit, blaze,
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
flood the nations with grace and mercy:
send forth Your word, Lord,
and let there be light!

2 Lord, I come to Your awesome presence,
from the shadows into Your radiance;
by Your blood
I may enter Your brightness;
search me, try me,
consume all my darkness –
shine on me, shine on me.

3 As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
so our faces display Your likeness,
ever changing from glory to glory:
mirrored here,
may our lives tell Your story –
shine on me, shine on me.

MP 33  And can it be

1 And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me , who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
that Thou, my God,
should die for me!

2 ‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies:
who can explore His strange design?
in vain the first-born seraph tries
to sound the depths of live divine.
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
let angel minds inquire no more.

3 He left His Father’s throne above –
so free so infinite His grace –
emptied Himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me!

4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray –
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free.
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.