Welcome to our Morning Service
May 17th 2020
Good Morning everyone. We will begin in a few minutes, but in the meantime here are a couple of songs that might help you draw near to God as we get ourselves in the right place to worship Him.
Please watch the below welcome video
Let’s join together with these two worship songs.
Now let’s take a moment to confess where we have missed God’s standards, and to ask him to forgiveness. We take a moment of quiet for personal prayer, and then we can join together in the Confession.
long-suffering and of great goodness:
I confess to you,
I confess with my whole heart
my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,
my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;
the hurts I have done to others,
and the good I have left undone.
O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;
and raise me to newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Before Martin speaks to us, let’s take time to read the passage from Acts 17:22-31
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
A quiet hymn, fabulous words
Jean is leading us in our Prayers today
Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank you that once again we can come before you. Thanking you for who you are; thanking you once again for all your goodness through another week of this time we are going through. We thank you that nothing can separate us from your love and although things around us seem to be in turmoil, we live in the knowledge that you are constant.
Thank you Lord for all those who continue to put themselves in danger for others, and for all who help us in so many ways.
Bless them Lord. Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
We bring our Prime Minister and all who seek to bring this pandemic to an end to you today. Give them your wisdom; cause them to look to you.
Bless them, Lord. Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
We thank you for the opportunities we have had to show your love in ways large and small as we have been able to reach out to others in your name, and we thank you for all the kindness we have received in these past weeks. Bless each one, Lord.
Bless Chris as he continues to lead us here in Bream. Give him wisdom and guidance for the future. Keep us patient in these days, keep us trusting, keep us loving. We pray for Hans and Jane and the family in the Czech Republic as thins move forward a little quicker than here. Thanks you that the English camp will go ahead in July and thank you that numbers are increasing who want to come. Guide the team, as this year they go it alone without a visiting team. Guide them as they seek your face.
Bless them Lord. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our Prayer.
Lord, our prayer is that in these coming days you will send us forth in the power of your spirit to live and work for your praise and glory. We thank you Lord, in your precious name.
Let’s take a moment to pray in our hearts for specific people………………..
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
May this day bring Sabbath rest to my heart and my home,
May God’s image in me be restored, and my imagination in God be re-storied. May the gravity of material things be lightened, and the relativity of time slow down. May I know grace to embrace my own finite smallness in the arms of God’s infinite greatness. May God’s word feed me and his Spirit lead me, into the week and into the life to come.
And now may the peace of God that passes all understanding keep and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. And may the blessing of God Almighty: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with us and in us this day and evermore.