Welcome to our Morning Service


 

July 19th 2020

 

Morning Everyone. As usual here is the isingpop session that we are recommending for this week
As we start to come together, here’s a fantastic hymn packed full of truth and grace
Please watch the welcome video below.
Listen and reflect on the words of this song   

Heavenly Father we don’t have everything sorted, we don’t have clean hands or hearts or minds – yet thank you that when we come to you, confess the things we’ve done wrong and turn ourselves around back to face you – we can be washed clean, and be restored in your image, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.


Let's sing together 

Sean is going to speak to us now
Let's sing again
Josie is going to lead us in prayer
 
Today Father we want to respond to you as you still speak to us saying “Be still and know that I am God! I will be honoured in every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world.” Psalm 46
We readily acknowledge with the Psalmist that at this time ‘The nations are in chaos and their kingdoms are crumbling,’ but we praise you that today, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.’

It is from this position that we want to intercede for your world that you so loved that you gave your only Son to be our Saviour. In His name we pray for those nations of the world that have been thrown into even deeper chaos due to the Coronavirus pandemic; – for Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are praying for people ravaged by war, children weakened by malnutrition, refugees packed tightly together in camps. We are asking for a generous response to the Emergency Relief fund that was set up this week, and also for wisdom for Christian Mission organisations as they look for ways of ministering to both the physical and spiritual need of the people.

Father, in your mercy – please hear our prayer.

We turn our minds and hearts to that part of your church operating in the Czech Republic – to Hans, Jane and the team there. We want to thank you for the Camp that happened last week, for those who progressed in their English language; for seeds of your kingdom sown into hearts and lives; for the formation of good relationships. We pray for your continued work in these lives and that good fruit will result. We pray that Hans and Jane will be renewed in strength and encouragement and also that they will be blessed in the soon anticipated arrival of a new grandchild.

Father, in your mercy – please hear our prayer.

Nearer home today we are being asked to pray for the church fellowships in Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean; for their leadership teams and for their vicar, Claire Edwards. Father we ask for vision from yourself for them and for faith and power to fulfil it.

Even nearer home Lord, we thank you for ‘Linking Lives’ and for the team of visitors who help to make this possible. We pray for Louise and the team – that you would inspire them and give them wisdom in how to meet the challenges and restrictions of this different way of life.

We continue to pray for the School, the changes and challenges there that will continue to be faced in September, for protection of the children in the holidays and rest for the staff.

Father, in your mercy – please hear our prayer.

Finally Father God, we want you to be honoured here in the fellowship of St James; you are our fortress and Lord we are wanting to be involved with you in the building of your kingdom in our lives and in this community. To this end we pray for our leaders and for each one of us, that we will keep focussed on Jesus, listening to Him and finding what is on His heart for our lives individually and as a community – for your honour and blessing of our community.

Father, in your mercy – please hear our prayer.

In the next few moments let us bring to our Father those who are known to us with particular needs at this time.

Father, in your mercy – please hear our prayer.

And now for our final song

A closing blessing from Romans 15 
 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
Amen

Here’s a soundtrack for your Sunday lunch-cooking. We sang this song last week, but this version has a bit of a different feel to it

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