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Worship Wednesday 24082011

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Worship Wednesday

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Order of Service

G’day and welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on the 17th of August, 2011.

  • Prayer

  • Song – Jesus Loves Me

  • Bible Reading 1 Psalm 119:41

  • Bible Reading 2 John 14:21

  • Bible Talk – God’s Love and you!

  • Time for your own prayers

  • Doxology

Welcome

G’day and welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on the 24th of August, 2011.

Song

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me!

This I know,

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong;

They are weak,

but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

(Repeat)

Bible Readings

Old Testament

Psalm 119:41 Lord, give me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me

New Testamentt

John 14:21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.

Bible Talk

God is Love

The world is in love, with love! Love sells everything! But what, or rather, who, started love? God did! The Bible tells the story of this God of love and we are going to very briefly in our time together talk about this great subject! Perhaps more books are written about the love of God than anything else!

How is God love? God is a trinity or tri-unity! That is, God is a living, vibrant and dynamic community of love! Every activity of the Trinity is an expression of love. God loves because that is His very nature. God the Father loves God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God rhe Son loves God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit loves both God the Father and God the Son. A perfect community of love.

Description of God’s Love

God’s Love is described throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation! Here is a very brief description of it: Unfailing! Everlasting! Intimate! Sacrificial! Unbreakable! All-conquering! Personal! Great! Immeasurable! All knowing!

How is God’s love seen?

It is seen supremely in the Cross of Jesus Christ, when He died for the sins of the world. Supreme love overcoming all that is not love.

It is seen in the love that people have for others. When you hold somebody’s hand or give that telephone call just to say hello – that is love. Even with all the acts of evil in the world, love is all around. You can see it at the arrival halls of airports where family members meet each other. You can see it in the cafes where friends meet for conversation. You can see it as couples get married. Love exists even in the middle of that chaos, turmoil and hatred. Yes there are people filled with hatred and commit acts of unmitigated evil – but even those people have experienced love of some kind despite their not remembering it, being aware of it or even in spite of it! Even if it was the guiding hand of their parents to alert them from danger or the greeting of a close friend.

Going further, the love of God is seen when Christians, who proclaim their love of God, love others. Churches are also to be enabling radical love in their communities! Not a love which is impractical but a love which is self-sacrificing! A love mirroring that of Jesus Christ on the Cross. It is by helping supply the practical needs of others, even to the point when it hurts to give! The supreme way to show you love God is to give to other people – both in the church and outside the church!.

Love is tough!

Love is not wishy-washy though! Love is tough! When Jesus died on the cross, that was tough love as He died. Love involves discipline such as the guidance of a parent stopping their child from putting their hand on a hot pan.

Avail yourself of God’s love today and more importantly show the love of God to others today! A kind word, a surprise gift or an helpful act!

God’s love releases us from the things that entangle our daily walk with Him. The more you hold onto His love, the more you will desire it and the more it will be revealed in your daily life. Put your love in action today, reflects God’s love in action on the cross. Go and love – to the glory of God! Love not just in words but also in practise! Love all that you meet with practical love showing a loving God in action. By loving others, we help heal this broken world we live in with all its traumas, natural disasters and conflicts. Love! Go! Love!

Silent Prayer

We now have a time where you can offer your own praises and prayers. Lets pray and praise!

Father God, in your mercy, hear these prayers of your children! For we ask them in the name of your son, Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Doxology

sung by Jeff Wooldridge

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Benediction

May the love of God the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. Amen

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