Welcome to you all this evening as we meet to worship and praise our living Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sentence of Scripture: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 Jn 4 v 16b.
Father tonight as we think about your amazing love for us, we thank you that as your people, your love lives in us. Please help us to demonstrate your love to others, especially to those who do not know you, that they also may come to possess a great love for you themselves.
Lord Jesus thank you for those great words of praise, may we claim them as our own today, and praise and worship you as you call us to do. Amen.
Let’s Pray. Blessed Lord Jesus. No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel. Acting in eternal grace: You are both its messenger and message, lived out on earth through infinite compassion, applying your life to insult, injury, death, that we might be redeemed, ransomed, freed. Amen.
Father we thank you for that prayer of truth written many years ago by a Puritan believer. Father may we have that same zeal for you today, that these men of truth possessed then. Times change Father, but we know from your word that the human heart doesn’t. You saying “every inclination of our hearts is evil.” Father we thank you for the message of the gospel, but more importantly for its messenger, the Lord Jesus Christ. May we like the puritan believers of centuries ago possess that same love and desire to see the gospel proclaimed, and lived out in the lives of your people, to your greater glory. Amen.
Lord Jesus, we ask that you will help us during this time of lockdown to spend time with you. In reading your word, in prayer and praise, in coming closer to you than we’ve probably ever come before. Help us Lord, just as you surrendered yourself to the Father’s will, to surrender ourselves to you, that you may be at work in us, and glorified through us. Amen.
Lord, Isa 53 reminds us that “all like sheep have gone astray, each to his own way, but the iniquity of us all has been laid on you.” Father tonight, may we come before you in humility, and ask your forgiveness for the times we’ve failed to love you with all of our hearts. For those times we’ve allowed temptation to become an act of sin. Be it in thought, word or deed. Lord, please forgive us, and through the blood of your dear Son the Lord Jesus Christ, cleanse our hearts we pray. In your loving name we pray Father. Amen.
Father, we give you thanks tonight that across Europe the numbers of confirmed cases of Covid 19 have reduced to a level where certain restrictions can be lifted. We pray for our government, and those advising government as to what, if any, restrictions might be lifted. Lord, we would pray you would guide government, grant them wisdom to take the necessary steps that will minimise any further risk of Coronavirus becoming out of control, but allowing some to return to work, safely. We pray for those who have already lost their jobs, and we think of how Crawley will fare as Gatwick has lost two major employers. Lord be with all who are struggling today. May you show us as a fellowship how we might offer practical, as well as spiritual support. Amen.
Finally; we thank you Father for the technology we have today to be able to look in on services of worship. Father we pray for those who’ve viewed LEFC services, and we ask that they may be blessed through hearing your word of truth. Amen.
Let’s continue to worship tonight through singing, our next songs. Who is there like you & Thank you for saving me.
Father thank you that both these songs proclaim the gospel of your grace. As we sing the words may we praise you tonight for the sacrifice you made of yourself for us. “Great is the Lord.” We cry.
Our bible reading tonight; is from 2 Chronicles Ch 32 v 1-8.
Sermon Background, and or extra reading this week. Hezekiah 715-686BC ruled as King of Judah and Jerusalem. He was one of the good guys, who served God, bringing about the necessary reforms to bring the people back to worshipping God. 2 Kings Ch 18 -20 give a detailed background of Hezekiah’s reign, as does Isa Ch 36-39. Some have likened Hezekiah to Israel’s great King David in his godliness.
Lord we thank you for your word tonight, and we pray that we might hold to Hezekiah’s words of encouragement to His people. “For there is a greater power with us, than with Him.” The Him being whatever threatens us tonight. Amen.
Thank you for joining us today for both our services. We especially thank Peter for bringing God’s word to us this morning.
We do ask that if you have anything you would like prayer for, that you either phone us, or email us at home, either on my mobile number or the landline. Details in the LEFC Directory.
Prayer. Lighten our darkness Lord we pray; and in your mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our saviour Jesus Christ.
To finish please listen to The UK Blessing which has been to together by many churches across the UK to encourage us all.