Sunday 5th April | Worship
Songs : Give thanks Don Moen with lyrics Youtube 3;33
Call to Worship
Lord we have not come to sing hymns
We have not come to say prayers
we have not come to be with each other.
Lord we have come simply to worship,
We have come to acknowledge your worth,
We have come to offer adoration, thanksgiving and praise.
Lord please listen to our songs,
Receive our prayers,
And enjoy your children worshipping together,
But, these are only the vehicles of our heartfelt praise and adoration
As we worship you In Jesus Name, Amen. David Clowes
We plough the fields and scatter (cover) 2;05
I give thanks for our granddaughter, Alisa Tofatu’utasi Faitotoa
born 19 Jan 2020, here in Hamilton at the St John’s Parsonage.
Thanksgiving Prayer written in 1994 for baby Alisa’s Mum ,
still appropriate for baby Alisa.
Father God from whom all blessings come
Blessed us with a gift on the 15th March 1994.
A gift so wonderful, beyond what my heart can express
A child created in his image, to follow his ways.
“The cords of death entangled me…..
The cords of the grave coiled around me “….(ps. 18vs 4,5)
I pushed with all my might and felt helpless
No sign of our inner being
“In my distress I called to the Lord “ v6
Lord please help me, I can’t push anymore.
Encouraging cries of support from Tau & Mum,
Then she was out and in the next breath
In my oblivious hands.
What a beautiful child, tiredness aside I wept and cried
Thank You Father !
Tears were in her daddy’s eyes.
A beautiful daughter with lovely black hair
Piula Perenise Deborah
We welcome you here!
“He brought me out into a spacious place
He rescued me because he delighted in me “vs 19
We feel so privileged.
Thank you Lord, for lifting our hearts with such a blessing
A blessing that only you can give.
Who are we to be blessed in this way.
We praise your holy Name.
Father as we commit this blessing into your hands,
May you be her guiding star.
Give us as parents,
Wisdom, understanding and the joy
To share with Piula.
May she follow your ways
And one day say
“Here am I, send me.”
May our continual prayer and reading be
“You O Lord keep my lamp burning
My God turns my darkness into light
With your help I can advance against a troop
With My God I can scale a wall.” v 28 & 29.
Sermon Rev Alisa
There can be no doubt that this possessive clinging to things is one of the most harmful habits in the christian life. Because it is so natural, it is rarely recognized for the evil that it is. But its out workings are tragic. A. W. Tozer
The question is not, how much of what is mine do I give to others. The question is, how much of what is God's do I reserve for myself. The answer we give is a faith issue, a stewardship issue. William Avery
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. C. S. Lewis A lack of generosity refuses to acknowledge that your assets are not really yours, but God's.- Tim Keller
Rejoice our Lord is King hymn – Lyrics 11/09/2015 Babe Damu lag 3:35
Benediction Praise God from whom all blessings flow
May the Easter week bring love and peace to our families as we continue to worship and pray in our bubbles