sunday service

Sunday 5th July 2020


WELCOME & prayer


During last week’s sermon we were reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 11 verse 28,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  

We were reminded that when we come to Jesus we will find rest for our souls.


In today’s passage, we see the Pharisees trying to force rest through the misinterpretation of the

law of the Sabbath. They are so caught up in keeping the law that they fail to grasp the reality that Jesus is with them, and that He brings the true rest that the law of the Sabbath points towards.


Maybe during this period you have felt forced into a period of rest. Maybe you have had more time off work than you usually would, less activities to attend during the week, less running around after children or family members. It’s interesting though, that despite the rest from day to day activities, we find that our souls so easily remain busy with the concerns of life.


True rest is not found in doing nothing, it is found in Jesus. It is found in living each moment of our busy lives with the risen Lord Jesus at the centre. Because he lives, we can face tomorrow.

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus; He came to love, heal and forgive;

He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby, And feel the pride and joy he gives;

But sweeter still the calm assurance: This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river, I'll fight life's final war with pain;

And then, as death gives way to victory, I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!

And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!

bible reading

Matthew Chapter 12 verses 1 to 14

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

At that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some ears of corn and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, ‘Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.’

3 He answered, ‘Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread – which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.’

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?’

11 He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’

13 Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

this week's sermon


What do you think the Pharisee's response would be to the statement
that something greater than the temple is here?

How do you view the Sabbath Day or Sunday as the early Christians
moved to?

Do you ever struggle with what is OK to do on our day of rest?

According to Scripture what is appropriate?

young people and children's resources

Good morning and welcome to week eight of our 10 week series looking at the Bible. 

Today is week 3 of our look at the New Testament and the question of who is Jesus?

This week we are thinking about Jesus being a provider. To download this weeks craft and worksheet click here.

The Bible Project - Way of the Exile

We are living in a crazy time that has left us feeling sometimes what was once familiar in our world is now strange. In times like these, we can begin to question where God is in all of this. We see God’s people ask similar questions throughout the story of the Bible when they found themselves in times of fear and insecurity in their world.

This week we are taking a look at the story of Israel’s exile in Babylon, when God’s people lost everything they knew and loved and were forced into an unfamiliar world. This loss was devastating, but it also made them imagine new ways to be faithful to God and remember his promises. In a similar way, we are all experiencing loss during the COVID-19 crisis, but perhaps there is wisdom and hope for us in these Biblical stories of exile and restoration.

Bible Reading :

Daniel 1:1-21

During the third year that Jehoiakim was king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and surrounded it with his army. 2 The Lord allowed Nebuchadnezzar to capture Jehoiakim king of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar also took some of the things from the Temple of God, which he carried to Babylonia and put in the temple of his gods.

3 Then King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Ashpenaz, his chief officer, to bring some of the men of Judah into his palace. He wanted them to be from important families, including the family of the king of Judah. 4 King Nebuchadnezzar wanted only young Israelite men who had nothing wrong with them. They were to be handsome and well educated, capable of learning and understanding, and able to serve in his palace. Ashpenaz was to teach them the language and writings of the Babylonians. 5 The king gave the young men a certain amount of food and wine every day, just like the food he ate. The young men were to be trained for three years, and then they would become servants of the king of Babylon. 6 Among those young men were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah from the people of Judah.

7 Ashpenaz, the chief officer, gave them Babylonian names. Daniel’s new name was Belteshazzar, Hananiah’s was Shadrach, Mishael’s was Meshach, and Azariah’s was Abednego.

8 Daniel decided not to eat the king’s food or drink his wine because that would make him unclean. So he asked Ashpenaz for permission not to make himself unclean in this way.

9 God made Ashpenaz, the chief officer, want to be kind and merciful to Daniel, 10 but Ashpenaz said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my master, the king. He ordered me to give you this food and drink. If you begin to look worse than other young men your age, the king will see this. Then he will cut off my head because of you.”

11 Ashpenaz had ordered a guard to watch Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 Daniel said to the guard, “Please give us this test for ten days: Don’t give us anything but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 After ten days compare how we look with how the other young men look who eat the king’s food. See for yourself and then decide how you want to treat us, your servants.”

14 So the guard agreed to test them for ten days. 15 After ten days they looked healthier and better fed than all the young men who ate the king’s food. 16 So the guard took away the king’s special food and wine, feeding them vegetables instead.

17 God gave these four young men wisdom and the ability to learn many things that people had written and studied. Daniel could also understand visions and dreams.

18 At the end of the time set for them by the king, Ashpenaz brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked to them and found that none of the young men were as good as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So those four young men became the king’s servants. 20 Every time the king asked them about something important, they showed much wisdom and understanding. They were ten times better than all the fortune-tellers and magicians in his kingdom! 21 So Daniel continued to be the king’s servant until the first year Cyrus was king.


Daniel and his friends are exiled to Babylon and made to serve in Babylon’s royal court. They’ve lost everything they know and love. Notice though, how they strike the balance between resistance and cooperation, through wanting to stick to the Israelite food-laws. Daniel is willing to serve Babylon, but not when it means disobeying God.

How have you experienced a sense of losing what you know and love during the last few months? It’s okay to be sad these losses. Ask God to help you with the feelings you’ve experienced during this time.

Look at the way Daniel and his friends showed loyalty to God but also wanted good for Babylon.


How do you think we as Christians today can learn to do this in our lives and in our country?

Can you think of any situations where we would have to show this type of courage to stand up for what we believe?