Sunshine – Worship @ Home Sunday, 25 October 2020

The Salvation Army, Prestonpans Corps
Pastor Ron Graham

Song O boundless salvation

O boundless salvation! deep ocean of love,
O fulness of mercy, Christ brought from above.
The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free,
ow flowing for all men, come, roll over me!

My sins they are many, their stains are so deep.
And bitter the tears of remorse that I weep;
But useless is weeping; thou great crimson sea,
Thy waters can cleanse me, come, roll over me I

My tempers are fitful, my passions are strong,
They bind my poor soul and they force me to wrong;
Beneath thy blest billows deliverance I see,
O come, mighty ocean, and roll over me!

Now tossed with temptation, then haunted with fears,
My life has been joyless and useless for years;
I feel something better most surely would be
If once thy pure waters would roll over me.

O ocean of mercy, oft longing I’ve stood
On the brink of thy wonderful, life-giving flood!
Once more I have reached this soul-cleansing sea,
I will not go back till it rolls over me.

The tide is now flowing, I’m touching the wave,
I hear the loud call of the mighty to save;
My faith’s growing bolder, delivered I’ll be;
I plunge ‘neath the waters, they roll over me.

And now, hallelujah! the rest of my days
Shall gladly be spent in promoting his praise
Who opened his bosom to pour out this sea
Of boundless salvation for you and for me.

William Booth (1829-1912)

Pray the Lord’s Prayer

Bible Reading      Colossians 1:15-19

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Reflection

The story goes like this. A lady who was bedridden in her flat which had a window in her room, had a longing in her heart that she could have the sunshine shining in her room to brighten her situation. She told her good friend of her dilemma, who wondered what she could do to bless her friend.

It came to her that, setting a mirror outside the window at a certain angle could re-direct the sunshine into the room. This produced the desired result to the sick lady, causing much joy to her heart. The sun was always there but one needed to know how to tap into it, harnessing the benefits revealed.

Friends I gave my heart to Jesus Christ when I was 16 years old – 66 years ago. I discovered that Jesus was always there, but I didn’t know how to get in line with the truth. Jesus says in the Bible “I am the light of the world. Come to me and you will never walk in darkness.”

The Lord Jesus wants us to reflect the light of his countenance causing us to reflect his wonderful love to all.

The Lord Bless You.          Pastor Ron.

Song Let a little sunshine in your heart

When the voice of God is calling you from darkness into light,
But you fail to find a way to make a start,
Do not struggle on regardless through a life of endless night,
Why not let a little sunshine in your heart?

Let a little sunshine in your heart.
Let a little sunshine in your heart.
Feel the love of God shine down
upon your smiling face.
Let a little sunshine in your heart.

When the tasks you turn your hand to never quite attain success,
And the dreams you build your hopes on fall apart,
There’s a way to reach fulfilment when your life is in a mess,
Simply let a little sunshine in your heart.

When the race of life is over you will hear the Master say
That the burdens you have shouldered will depart.
You’ll have reason to be joyful that for ever and a day
He has let a little sunshine in your heart.

Richard Philips

Prayer

Grant us, O Lord, the royalty of inward happiness and the serenity which comes from living close to thee. Daily renew in us the sense of joy, and let the eternal Spirit of the Father dwell in our souls and bodies, filling every corner of our hearts with light and grace, so that, bearing about with us the infection of good courage, we may be diffusers of life, and may meet all ills and cross accidents with gallant and high-hearted happiness, giving thee thanks always for all things.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

Bible Reading      Luke 17:21

People are not going to say, “Look! Here it is!” They’re not going to say, “Look! It’s over there!” You want to see the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is already here among you.

The Windows of Gold

There is a legend that has often been told
Of the boy who searched for the Windows of Gold
The beautiful windows he saw far away
When he looked in the valley at the sunrise each day

And he yearned to go down to the valley below
But he lived on a mountain that was covered with snow
And he knew it would be a difficult trek,
But that was a journey he wanted to make

So he planned by day and he dreamed by night
Of how he could reach The Great Shining Light
And one golden morning when dawn broke through
And the valley sparkled with diamonds of dew

He started to climb down the mountainside
With the Windows of Gold as his goal and his guide
He travelled all day and, weary and worn,
With bleeding feet and clothes that were torn

He entered the peaceful valley town
Just as the Golden Sun went down
But he seemed to have lost his “Guiding Light”
The windows were dark that had once been so bright

And hungry and tired and lonely and cold
He cried “Won’t You Show me the Windows of Gold?”
And a kind hand touched him and said, “Behold!
High on The Mountain are The Windows of Gold”

For the sun going down in a great golden ball
Had burnished the windows of his cabin so small
And the Kingdom of God with its Great Shining Light,
Like the Golden Windows that shone so bright,

Is not a far distant place, somewhere,
It’s as close to you as a silent prayer…
And your search for God will end and begin
When you look for Him and find Him WITHIN.

Helen Steiner Rice

Song Sunshine, sunshine

God is our light and God is our sunshine,
Lighting our pathway from day unto day;
In him we trust when all else seems dreary,
For with his sunshine he brightens our way.

Sunshine, sunshine,
shining along our pathway,
Guiding, guiding,
just where the Saviour would go;
Shining, shining
when all the wav seems gloomy,
Jesus lights our way up to Glory with sunshine rays.

Sometimes we’re tempted, often grow weary,
‘Tis for the sunshine at such times we pray;
Then through the dark his bright rays come beaming,
Turning our darkness and fears all away.

Benediction

May God’s blessing surround you each day,
As you trust Him and walk in His way.
May His presence within guard and keep you from sin.
Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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