How sweet the name of Jesus sounds In a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole
And calms the troubled breast;
'Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest. And to the weary rest.
Dear name the rock on which I build, my shield and hiding place;
My never-failing treasury, filled with boundless stores of grace. Jesus, my shepherd, saviour friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring. Accept the praise I bring.
Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
But when I see you as you are, I’ll praise you as I ought. I would your boundless love proclaim
With every fleeting breath;
So shall the music of your name
Refresh my soul in death. Refresh my soul in death.
Lord Jesus, we thank you tonight that through your blood shed for us on Calvary that a day will come when you will present us before the Father, wearing royal robes that we know we don’t deserve.
Lord Jesus until that day comes may we serve you as you call us to as our Lord and King.
Let’s Pray. Beginning with
a Puritan prayer of thanks for the Gospel.
Blessed Lord Jesus, no human mind could ever conceive or invent the gospel. Acting in eternal grace, you are both its messenger and its message, lived out on earth through infinite compassion, applying your life to insult, injury, death, that we might be redeemed, ransomed, and set free. Amen.
Lord Jesus, we thank you today for your infinite love for us, a love that saw our wretched state from before the world began. Not only did you see us, you reached out in compassion and chose to save us. Thank you Lord, that you are a God of mercy, not treating us, as the psalmist says, as our sinfulness deserves. But extending your grace and mercy beyond all our expectations. Amen.
Forgive us today Lord when we leave you out of our lives. When we fail to come to you, other than with a list of selfish requirements. Forgive the times when instead of confessing our failings and weaknesses before you, we push them to the far reaches of our minds, thinking we’ve dealt with them. Amen.
The Bible calls us all to Repent. Father; tonight, help us to let go of all that we’re still holding onto, all that is spoiling the wonderful relationship you so desperately want to have with us, and we with you. Help us to submit ourselves afresh to you, that you would wipe out our sins, casting them into the sea of your forgetfulness. Amen.
Lord Jesus; after 10 weeks, for all who are on their own, and socially isolated, we know that for many they’re struggling mentally. Father help us as your people at LEFC not to neglect those who are on their own, but to reach out to them with the love of Jesus, that they might find in you Lord, the perfect friend, companion, and brother. One who can and does meet all our needs. Amen.
Lord; although we’re not able to meet together in the church building, we thank you that last week we were able to celebrate Pentecost together, either through the internet, or through services and sermons in written form.
Thankyou that even during such times as these, the gospel is still going forth, to both encourage, and challenge us in our faith. Help us tonight Lord as we come to your word, to firstly seek the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, that He will open up to us just what you want to say to us tonight through your word. Amen.
Please turn in the bible to Acts Ch 3 v 11-26, to the Apostle Peter’s second sermon. Father we come tonight, hungry to be fed by you. Please speak through your servant Merv tonight. Amen.