St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
22nd March 2020 - St Stephen's Sunday Service Livestream
The Working of God's Unseen Plans
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    650 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127, Australia
    Sunday 10:15 AM, Sunday 6:00 PM
Hymn 25 - Great is Your faithfulness, O God my Father
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Hymn 25 - Great is Your faithfulness, O God my Father

V1
Great is Your faithfulness, O God my Father,
You have fulfilled every promise to me;
You never fail and Your love is unchanging,
all You have been You forever will be.

Chorus
Great is Your faithfulness,
Great is Your faithfulness,
new every morning Your mercies I see;
all I have needed Your hand has provided,
Great is Your faithfulness, Lord unto me.

V2
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in eloquent witness
to Your great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Chorus
Great is Your faithfulness,
Great is Your faithfulness,
new every morning Your mercies I see;
all I have needed Your hand has provided,
Great is Your faithfulness, Lord unto me.

V3
Pardon for sin, and a peace everlasting,
Your living presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow:
these are the blessings Your love will provide.

Chorus
Great is Your faithfulness,
Great is Your faithfulness,
new every morning Your mercies I see;
all I have needed Your hand has provided,
Great is Your faithfulness, Lord unto me.


Hymns from the Rejoice! Hymn Book, Presbyterian Church of Australia
Song - Behold Our God
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Behold Our God

V1
Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice

Chorus
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!

V2
Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His Words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds

Chorus
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!

V3
Who has fell the nails upon His hands
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus Savior risen now to reign!

Chorus
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!

Chorus
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!


Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, Stephen Altrogge
© 2011 Sovereigns Grace Worship - CCLI 5937510
Bible Reading: Esther 5:1-14
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1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.

2 When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.

3 Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”

4 “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”

5 “Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.

6 As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, “Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”

7 Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this:

8 If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”

9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.

10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home. Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife,

11 Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials.

12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow.

13 But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.”

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a gallows built, seventy-five feet high, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go with the king to the dinner and be happy.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the gallows built.
Memory Text - Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
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8. Love your neighbours
Let this difficult season in Australian life be the season where we as Christians shine for the glory of God. Let us all be conscious of how our love for our community can reflect the love of Jesus for us. You may like to consider being in touch with your neighbours and offering help and service.
Song - Highest Place
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Highest Place

Verse
Jesus Christ, in very nature God
Did not grasp hold of His place on the throne
But took on the nature of a servant
Made himself nothing, born as a man
Being found in appearance as a man
He was obedient to death on a cross
There he died, God the Son, the maker
A humble servant, showing the way

Chorus
Therefore God exalted him
To the highest place
And gave him the name
Above all names
So that at the name of Jesus
Every knee should bow
In heaven and on earth
And under the earth
And every tongue confess
That Jesus is Lord
To the glory of God the Father

Verse
Jesus Christ, in very nature God
Did not grasp hold of His place on the throne
But took on the nature of a servant
Made himself nothing, born as a man
Being found in appearance as a man
He was obedient to death on a cross
There he died, God the Son, the maker
A humble servant, showing the way

Chorus
Therefore God exalted him
To the highest place
And gave him the name
above all names
So that at the name of Jesus
Every knee should bow
In heaven and on earth
And under the earth
And every tongue confess
That Jesus is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father

And every tongue confess
That Jesus is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father


Mark Peterson - ©1998 Peterson, Mark - CCLI 2697891
Song - I Have A Shelter
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I Have A Shelter

V1
I have a shelter in the storm
When troubles pour upon me
Though fears are rising like a flood
My soul can rest securely
O Jesus, I will hide in You
My place of peace and solace
No trial is deeper than Your love
That comforts all my sorrows

V2
I have a shelter in the storm
When all my sins accuse me
Though justice charges me with guilt
Your grace will not refuse me
O Jesus, I will hide in You
Who bore my condemnation
I find my refuge in Your wounds
For there I find salvation

V3
I have a shelter in the storm
When constant winds would break me
For in my weakness, I have learned
Your strength will not forsake me
O Jesus, I will hide in You
The One who bears my burdens
With faithful hands that cannot fail
You’ll bring me home to heaven

O Jesus, I will hide in You
The One who bears my burdens
With faithful hands that cannot fail
You’ll bring me home to heaven


Bob Kauflin, Steve Cook, Vikki Cook - © 2008, Sovereign Grace Music - CCLI 5171527
Bible Reading: Esther 6:1-7:10
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Chapter 6
1 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.

2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

3“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

4 The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had erected for him.

5 His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.” “Bring him in,” the king ordered.

6 When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?”

7 So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor,

8 have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head.

9 Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’ ”

10 “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”

11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief,

13 and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!”

14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Chapter 7
1 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther,

2 and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”

3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, O King, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.

4 For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”

5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?”

6 Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman.” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.

7 The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.

8 Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?” As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman’s house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Hang him on it!”

10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
Sermon - The Working of God's Unseen Plans

1. World thinks it's in charge (5:1-14)


a. The king thinks he's in charge



b. Haman thinks he's in charge



2. God shows He's in charge (6-1:7:10)


a. Over the king



b. Over Haman



c. Over plans



3. Even in a World that seems Out of Control






















Hymn 386 - Amazing Grace
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Amazing Grace

V1
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

V2
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

V3
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
His grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

V4
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
my Shield and Stronghold He shall be
as long as life endures.

V5
And when this earthly life is past,
and mortal cares shall cease,
I shall possess with Christ at last
eternal joy and peace.

V6
When we've been there ten thousand years
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.


Hymns from the Rejoice! Hymn Book, Presbyterian Church of Australia
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