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The Great Return (mgpc 15/12/2013)

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All our best hopes for this life are frail and uncertain. God promises that the blessings we do know and experience now are not the ultimate expression of His saving purpose. There is more to come. Every tear will be wiped away.
In the midst of a very trying season, we stand alongside our friends the Zwijnenburg family and cry ‘Come, Lord Jesus, Come!’

O My Soul, Arise And Bless Your Maker and Praise The LORD, Let All Within Me (Psalm 146) are the songs of preparation.
We commence worship singing Blessed Be Your Name.
After the welcome and announcements the prayer of adoration and confession will recall the wonder of God’s nature and ways as we related in Isaiah 55 and our frailty as told in Psalm 103.
We’ll affirm our faith in the words of the song You Made Us To Reflect Your Glory, Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1, and O Glorious God To You We Bring.
In God’s Word, Lamentations 3:40-66 sees Jeremiah conclude his third lament with pleas for deliverance from his enemies.
Our song of response is O Come, All You Faithful.
After reading Isaiah 35:1-10 we’ll consider the scope of a great return which God promises will bring wholeness, a transformation in creation and a greater vision of Himself. Though Christians experience this as a result of the events of Jesus’ first coming, there is still a greater realisation of all these promises which will occur at His second coming.
After our pastoral prayer, we’ll give our tithes and offerings then conclude singing Once In Royal David’s City.

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