Welcome to our Morning Service
As we gather, here are a couple of songs before we start our service. Hopefully they will lift your hearts in worship.
April 12th 2020
Now please watch this welcome video...
As you will understand, we will not be sharing communion together today. It is special that we are able to be together, but we will have to wait until after the lockdown measures to share physical Communion together.
2 songs for us to join in with:
Let’s worship with these two contemporary songs...
The second reading is from Romans Chapter 6 Read it here or in your Bible:
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin – 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Now join us as Chris speaks to us.
We talked about chains, so let’s either listen to, or sing with Amazing Grace:
For those watching on WhatsApp -Jane has recorded a brief message from us from The Czech Republic
Now lets pray (prayers by Annie)
Heavenly Father, today as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, his empty tomb, which shouts to the world that death is defeated, challenges us at this time when our daily lives are dominated by the news of so much death and suffering.
Lord, the Easter story reminds us just how much you empathise with the pain, suffering, and the over-powering emotions that fill our world today. Thank you that you are a God who understands our needs and desires; but thank you too that as your church, your people, we have the privilege of bringing these needs to you in prayer. Help us to keep on praying as your Spirit leads us day by day.
On the cross, Jesus, you experienced the pain of isolation and of separation from your heavenly Father. We pray for all those worldwide who are separated from their loved ones by lockdowns; thank you, Lord for the technology that helps to keep parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, friends and work colleagues connected.
We also pray for those whose loved ones are hospitalised with covid-19 and for those who must face this terrible disease alone in isolation. (Pause to lift those known to you to God, asking for his presence to be with them and offering them comfort and support.)
We pray for all the NHS doctors, nurses and ancillary staff who have become the only point of human contact for many suffering from covid-19, strengthen each of them physically and emotionally, give them discernment and the medical skills they require. We pray particularly for the Christians among them; Lord, may they see their difficult jobs as God-given opportunities; may they be alert for those that they can pray for and even speak to about you. (Pause to lift those known to you to God, asking for his presence to be with them, guiding and strengthening them and bringing them comfort and support.)
We ask for safety and protection for other keyworkers, those involved with public transport, food supplies, postal and delivery services, teachers, undertakers etc. And we thank you for everybody who has given their time to help others, shopping, fetching medications, calling on the phone etc. Thank you, Lord, for the community spirit and acts of human kindness that have resulted from this crisis. (Pause to lift those known to you to God, thanking him for them and asking for his presence to be with them.)
Heavenly Father, we bring to you all those in positions of authority, particularly those in government and the police force. We ask that you give them heavenly wisdom, so that, setting aside personal and political agendas, they may continue to make and implement important decisions for the good of all and may everybody set aside their selfish and self-centred wants and follow the authorities’ advice, that the spread of the virus will be curtailed.
Lord, it is our fervent prayer that this will happen and we pray that you will intervene in a supernatural way to make this a reality. We ask for a drastic reduction in new cases and a dramatic increase in recovery rates, that all the world may see that you are Lord, even of the coronavirus.
Risen Lord, you call each of us to be your ears and eyes, hands and feet in this hurting world, help us to trust you and give us obedient hearts that long to answer your call; but most of all, Lord, may we be your voices bringing the good news of your resurrection, bringing hope to all people everywhere, and bringing glory to your name.
We offer these prayers in the name of our Saviour and risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
A final song:
Let’s pray together as we finish:
who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future,
fill you with his new life;
and the blessing of God Almighty, Father , Son and Holy Spirit be with you and all you love this day and evermore. AMEN
If you want to remain in this place or worship can I recommend 2 things either for now or later?
The first is a talk from Hans, which we have had on the Prayer Stations. Watch below
And the second is another beautiful song: