Welcome to our Morning Service
As we start to come together, here’s a fantastic song about a prison-shaking saviour to start us off! You can watch a version recorded inside a prison in Tennessee, or choose a lyric version to sing along
April 19th 2020
Morning All. Let’s begin with the ubiquitous welcome video…
So let’s worship the Lord of Life together – 2 songs coming up
Let’s worship with these two contemporary songs...
Robert is going to speak now, and Jane will be doing the reading in the video. If you want to follow along with her, here’s the reading:
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Now join us as Robert speaks to us.
Now lets sing together...
Now lets pray (prayers by Dick)
Lord we come before you to give you praise and worship, having just had Easter we are mindful of your amazing sacrifice for each of us and for all mankind. We thank you that through your death we have life and life in all its fullness. We also praise you Lord for the new life we see around us, the trees, flowers and countryside coming into full springtime, and revealing your creativity and beauty.
Lord, the whole world is consumed with the Corona virus and its effect on individuals and nations. Lord we thank you for the dedication of all those on the front line, doctors, nurses, paramedics and all those who support them both at work and in their homes. We pray that you will give them the physical and mental strength they need to work long hours and yet to see many of their patients not survive. We also pray for your protection against the virus for all medical staff, and also those who are looking after the elderly and vulnerable in care homes.
Lord, we thank you that our Prime Minister is over his infection with Corona virus, and pray for his complete and speedy recovery, and for his fiancé and their unborn child.
We pray that the Government will make wise and compassionate decisions about the continued lockdown, and when the time comes to return to a more normal life. We know that many companies and organizations have had to lay off workers, and some have closed completely, so Lord we pray for those who have lost their livelihood. Thank you, Lord, for organizations like the Food Bank, and also The Long Table who have provided us with frozen meals for distribution to those in need in the village. Lord, we thank you for all those who serve us in the village shops, and pray that you will keep them safe from infection. We pray that they are appreciated for the service they provide for us.
Dear lord, we pray for those who are not well for other reasons than the virus. We bring before you all those on the Church Prayer list, and those known to us individually, and pray for your healing touch. We thank you for all those involved with Linking Lives, and for their support to their linked friends. Also, Lord we thank you for the opportunity to serve the village through the contact scheme run by Claire and Steve where people under lockdown can ask for support such as shopping. We pray that the scheme will support many who are unable to get out and be a blessing to all.
Dear Lord, we thank you for your love for all your creation, and particularly for loving us your children, we pray that your Holy Spirit will help us to remain connected to you, and hungry to know you more.
Thank you for this opportunity to come together as your people electronically, but help us stay connected to you even in our isolation.
And now for our final hymn…
A closing blessing from Jude (The Message translation):
And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating – to our one God, our only Saviour, through Jesus Christ, our Master - be glory, majesty, strength and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time.
That’s all folks.
If you want to keep worshipping, or want a soundtrack for cooking your Sunday lunch, have a listen to this song by the rapper Kanye West. You might be surprised…