16 September 2020 Prayer

PRAYER & PRAISE, 16 SEPTEMBER 2020, St. Andrew’s Church

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Edward Bouverie Pusey, priest, 1882

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Call to Worship from Psalm 23, A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Hymn 316, I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live

I Will Sing Unto The Lord As Long As I Live
I Will Sing Praise To My God While I Have My Being
My Meditation Of Him Shall Be Sweet
I Will Be Glad, I Will Be Glad In The Lord

Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord
Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord
Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord
Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord




Exodus 14:13-14

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”



Excerpt from Pusey sermon of 5 November 1837, Oxford


Exodus 14:13, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the Salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you to-day.

THE history of the Old Testament is the sum of all other history, Christian or profane. In it the cloud, which veils the mercy-seat as well as the pathways of Divine Providence, is withdrawn, and the light from behind the cloud flashes through, the token of the Divine presence to those who can behold it, light to His people, although to the Egyptians darkness. So marked, indeed, is the analogy of the kingdoms of unseen and revealed Providence, that men must acknowledge it one way or the other. Unless they trace it where it is less distinct, they will lose sight of it where it is most clear. Unless they explain what is less known by what is declared, they will explain away what is declared by what is obscure. Unless they make use of the light given them where they might see, it will be withdrawn from them where they think they see. Twilight, in that it has a portion of light, has a correspondence with day-break; and whoso, when the light is come, will not explain the indistinct outlines which he saw, “men as trees, walking,” by the distincter and revealed forms which he now beholds, must go on to walk in the darkness which he loves rather than light. They who interpret not what men call nature [1/2] by the Bible, will bring down the Bible to the standard of nature.

Matthew 28: 19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


MEDITATION;  Oceans (Where feet may fail)



A time for meditation:


You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep my faith will stand


And I will call upon Your Name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine





Almighty and everlasting God,
who called your servant Ninian to preach the gospel
to the people of northern Britain:
raise up in this and every land
heralds and evangelists of your kingdom,
that your Church may make known the immeasurable riches
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


The Lord’s prayer


Hymn  932, Standing on the Promises


Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.



Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Saviour;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises I shall not fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Saviour as my All in all,
Standing on the promises of God.




My Christ, my shield, my encircler,

each day, each night, each light, each dark,

be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph.


Walk, profess, and bless as we go in peace to love and serve the Lord


In the name of Christ, Amen


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