Notes of Meeting Sunday 8th May 2022

Lee Street Church

Notes of Meeting 8th May 2022

Worship led by Ken Cowell

Psalm 105: 1-2  Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

When a person becomes a Christian there’s a new life style with new activities.  In this psalm we read of some of these changes.  Firstly we read of giving thanks to the Lord.  On one occasion Jesus healed ten lepers but only one returned to thank him.  Giving thanks to God is one of the first evidences of true faith.  Secondly the psalm speaks of calling on the Lord’s name.  Through faith in Christ we are brought into a new relationship with God and have the privilege of calling on his name.  When should we call upon his name?  God says “call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.” (Psalm 50:15)  We face various kinds of trouble in our lives. The famous hymn reminds us of the privilege of prayer, “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”

SONG: 124.    Give thanks with a grateful heart                                                                                                                                                    SONG: 89.      Faithful One, so unchanging

Prayer

I remember going to a meeting where there was a well-known Bible teacher invited to speak.  He was an authority on the Old Testament so we all expected an interesting message on his special subject.  He got up to speak and quoted the hymn “Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light;” He then spoke on the hymn all the time just emphasizing the great need for us all to shine for Jesus where God has placed us. The psalmist reminds us of our calling to make known what God has done to the nations and tell of all his wonderful acts.  We are called not only to speak to Jesus in prayer but also speak and shine for Jesus to others.                                                                                                                                                                                                            The fourth thing that marks the Christian is singing to God.  Singing to God conveys praise and worship with joy.   Another evidence of our salvation is the new song of praise which God has put in our mouths.  Joy is the fountain from where praise flows.

SONG: 625     Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light                                                                                                                                                   SONG: 1003   Sing to the Lord with all of your heart

Psalm 105: 3-4   Glory in his holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

Whilst our finding the Lord was the result of our seeking, we continue to seek him to experience his joy and fullness in our lives.  Seeking him becomes the priority of our new life in God.

As we looked in faith to the Lord and found salvation so we need to continue look to him always for his strength to continue in our walk with him.  As we seek his face always we will be transformed into his likeness.

SONG: 493     Seek ye first the kingdom of God                                                                                                                                                     SONG: 221     I will lift up my eyes to the mountains

Breaking of Bread, led by Brian Legg

In this part of our service, we focus our minds on giving thanks to God for the work of Christ on the cross. We thank Him for his mercy and grace, and we remember him in the way he asked us to in the breaking of bread and sharing the wine together. Christians have celebrated this in various forms and with differing titles all down the centuries since the early church met together after Pentecost.

We remember Christ’s death – the aweful pain and suffering he went through, as he took upon himself the sin of the world. As he cried out to His Father “My God, why have you forsaken me?”. It is because of his death alone that we can know forgiveness of our sin. As one hymn writer put it so well, “Because the sinless Saviour died, my sinful soul is counted free: for God the just is satisfied to look on Him, and pardon me”

But his death was not the end of the story – because God raised Jesus to life again on the 3rd day, and because he lives we know that we too will be raised to life, so we can enjoy eternity in His presence.

I’d like us to remain seated to sing Thank You Jesus, thank you Lord for loving me. That’s what we are simply doing, as we respond to Jesus’ call to remember Him – saying our own heartfelt “thank yous” to our Saviour.

SONG: Thank you Jesus 523

Message by James Winter

NOTE: The following are a resume of some notes which James kindly gave us; in his talk, he did not stick strictly to this plan, but these notes are well worth following through in 1 Samuel.

SUBJECT:  David

Reading: 1 Samuel 30

  • Introduction

William Booth – he gave up everything to God, and did not try to take it back.

  • The story of David
  • Hounded by Saul
  • Turning point – “and David thought to himself” – 1 Samuel 27:1
  • David and the Philistines
  • Returning point – “And David inquired of the Lord” – 1 Sam 30:8
  • Outcome – “David re-ordered everything” – 1 Sam 30:18
  • Application – David as a type of Christ – (see verses in 1 Sam 30)
  • Concern for the lost and loved ones in captivity (vs 2 – 4)
  • According to God’s will (vs 7 – 8)
  • Seeking the lost (vs 9 – 15)
  • The battle for the lost (vs 16 – 17)
  • The salvation of the lost (vs 18 – 20).
  • Application – as a type of a Christian

David's condition when he returned to Ziklag was that he had lost his vision, and lost all that God had given him.

But he takes the following actions:

  • He acknowledges his condition
  • He turns back to God
  • He seeks God’s will
  • He pursues his treasure

As a result, his treasure and his vision were restored.

 

Closing Hymn: When I was lost you came and rescued me

 

NOTICES

  • Wednesday at 7.30pm – Bible study and Prayer time on Zoom
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