Sermon 11 October 2020

Theme: Influence of one’s thoughts on one’s life Philippians 4:8-9

Greetings and Welcome
Greetings and welcome to worship service. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

Call to Worship
Friends, we have come together to worship the loving God and the living God.
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Let the whole earth tremble before him.
God is Spirit, And those who worship him, Must worship in spirit and truth.
So we bring all honour, glory and majesty belong to the Triune God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, now and for evermore. Amen.

Hymn Let us worship God, by singing
(AHB) 70 All things bright and beautiful

Prayers
We have two prayers. Praise and thanksgiving and the other the prayer of confession.

Thanksgiving
Let us pray
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for bringing us together to worship you.
Sovereign Lord, we acknowledge your greatness, majesty and splendor and we worship you and glorify your Holy name.
Lord God, you are the same yesterday, today and forever. So we give you thanks and for your living presence and guidance in our journey.  Loving God, it is a joy to have fellowship with you. So help us O Lord, to experience your living presence in a new way.  Bless each one of us and fill us with your Holy Spirit.
We also pray for those who are absent in our midst. Bless them and grant them health, strength and guidance.
Gracious Father, we give you thanks for all your blessings, the gift of life, family, friends, Church and community life.
We give you thanks for all the material blessings.
As you are the source of all good gifts, we give you thanks for all the blessings.
Above all we give you praise and thanks, for knowing you, as our Lord and Saviour. 
We love you Lord Jesus.
O Lord Jesus Christ, on this day, you conquered death and rose from the dead. You are alive forevermore. Help us never to forget your risen presence for ever with us.
Help us Lord to remember that you are in us empowering with your Spirit.
Help us to remember that you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and direct;
That you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console;
That you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire;
That you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend;
That you are with us even in death to bring us through the waters to the glory of other side.
Make us certain that there is nothing in time or eternity which can separate us from you, so that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear. As we praise for the world’s beauty, we remember this world’s sorrow.
Help us o Lord to bring comfort to some broken heart and sick and also cheer to some lonely ones.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Confession
Heavenly Father, as we think of our blessings, gifts and grace, we also realize our unworthiness.
We humbly confess our sins to you, Almighty God.
Silence
Let us turn to God in faith for mercy, forgiveness, strength and guidance.
Let us pray
O God our Father, you are plenteous in mercy.
We confess our humanness, weakness, failures, brokenness, and wrong doings.
Lord God, if we have failed you, we ask for your forgiveness.
If we have failed others, we also seek for your forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, release us from any bondage of sin.
Remove from us any fear, guilt, resentments and all forms of negativity.
Restore us and renew us with your Holy Spirit. Help us to walk in your ways.
Lord we thank you for the gracious words of forgiveness, when we truly repent and return to you.
Faithful is the saying…..
Thank you Lord for the assurance your love and forgiveness.
Thrusting your love and promise, Lord God, I declare that our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Word for all
Children’s Time

Special song
Learning from Aboriginal language – Shalom my friends

Scripture lessons
Exodus 32: 1-14
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

Message
Influence of Thoughts on Our Life. (Phil 4:8, 9)
Dr. Martin Luther the reformer, called Philippians as “my epistle.” It is true that it is everyone’s epistle, because it speaks to our heart and explains our Christian faith and practice. St. Paul wrote this letter from the prison. It is only four chapters and please read it anew for your spiritual progress.
In today’s passage, (Philippian 4:1-9) St. Paul exhorts the Christians to live in Christ and bear fruit for His glory. Please read Philippians 4:1-13. There is so much to learn in every verse. But I would like to confine myself only to two verses 8 and 9.

Philippians 4:8-9 NIV
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Paul understood the influence of one’s thoughts on one’s life. What a person allows to occupy one’s mind will sooner or later determines that person’s speech and action. So Paul exhorts to  develop positive thinking: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
He does not stop with thinking alone but also advices to “put it into practice” the positive values, including his own life and Christian example.
The combination of thinking and practising such Christian virtues, will produce wholesome thought pattern, which is turn will result into a life of moral and spiritual excellence. There is also blessing of such life, because “the God of peace will be with us.” – God’s presence, peace and guidance.
Paul is a perfect example for this and that is why he can able say, “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
If you look at the context of giving these exhortations, we may understand further, why it is also relevant for the humanity still today.
Friends, there was a disagreement between Euodia and Syntyche, in the Philippi Church. Paul’s handling of the situation is a model of tact- he does not take sides but encourages others closer to the situation to promote reconciliation in the name of the Lord. (Vs 2)
Then as a conclusion he gives theses advice.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Is there a lesson for us, as we see conflict/ disharmony in our lives in our relationships?
Paul says, “Be ye reconciled in the name of the Lord.”

Remember
~ The Influence of Thoughts on Our Life.
~ That determines our speech and actions.
~ Paul’s advice on positive thinking and practice.
~ Result: a life of moral and spiritual excellence.
~ Christ is the way for us. Follow Him. (John 14:6)

May the Spirit of God guide us!
Shalom my friends.
Amos Manoharan

Hymn
(TiS) 595 O Jesus I have promised

Offering Prayer

Notices/Announcement

Prayers of the people

Lord’s prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.
Amen.

Hymn
(TiS) 675 Lord the light of your love is shining

Benediction

Song
Shalom my friends