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Biblical Eldership

Pastoring God’s flock

Morning Worship 18 March 2007 9.00am

Announcements

Silent Prayer

The Bible

Call to worship

Since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:4, 6)

Blessing

Grace to you from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Doxology Hymn No 152:        “When morning gilds the skies”       

Forgiveness

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 1:18-20)

Prayer of Confession of sin

Hymn No 381:                            “Nothing is mine but what I received”

Prayer of Adoration, Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer

Hymn No 70:                               “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven”

Tithes, offering and dedication

While offering is waited upon, remaining seated, all sing:

Hymn no 610:                              “We plough the fields and scatter”

Prayer for others

Scripture Readings                   Ezekiel 34:7-7-16; 1Peter 5:1-5

Sermon                                          Biblical Eldership: Shepherds of God’s flock

Introduction

Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. (Job 4:3-4)


I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing. I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth. (Job 29:12-17)


“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice. (Ezekiel 34:11-16)

Prayer

Hymn No 334:                            “Lord, dismiss us with your blessing”

Benediction

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Threefold “Amen”

Mission Praise 460

 

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