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When God Answers "No"


Preparing for Worship

•  Find a place free from distractions.

•  Gather your family (if applicable).

•  Refrain from checking messages on your devices.

•  Have your Bible ready.

•  Estimated duration of worship: 1 hr 15 mins


Order of Service

Call to Worship

Have someone read aloud:

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Prayer

Almighty God, thank You for You are good. No evil can be found in You. We praise You for both the good and bad in our lives for You continue to redeem and transform all of them for good. Thank You for Your constant power and loving presence in us. We praise and glorify You once again. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Worship through Songs

Lyrics - Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Lyrics - Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Lyrics - 雲上太陽 (The Sun Above the Clouds)
Lyrics - His Strength is Perfect

Scripture Reading

Read aloud (together if applicable).

R-10 THE ALL-KNOWING GOD 全知的上帝

Psalm 139:1-3, 6-12, 17-18, 23-24 (NKJV)


O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.


Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is high, I cannot attain it.


Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You.


How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

When I awake, I am still with You.


Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

Sermon

Song of Response

Lyrics - What A Friend We Have in Jesus

Worship through Prayer

  1. Lord God, You are the sovereign One. Nothing happens apart from Your will. Let these truths give me the peace and assurance that all things will be well. Help me to resist any temptations that make me think that You are not good to me. That lie is of the devil. I choose to believe in You. Help me to do so, O Lord.

  2. Remind me each day of Your constant goodness and faithfulness in my life. Help me to give thanks in every circumstance knowing it is Your good will. Give me eyes of faith to see You in every trial.

  3. Lord, help me accept whatever You deny of me. Your "no" is good. I do not want anything that does not come from Your hand. When I feel overwhelmed with grief or even anger because You have denied my petition, let me not turn away from You or against You. Instead, please help me wait patiently and continue to trust in You.