Sunday 28th June 2020
Good morning and welcome to our online service.
1 It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, Lord,
how profound your thoughts!
The last few months have been hard for everyone. Many people in our country have lost loved ones, many have worries about their future jobs and finances and I am guessing all of us have at some point have felt down and worried over different things.
The idea of being full of gladness and joy sounds very appealing in a world of worry and uncertainty.
Psalm 92 tells us it is good to praise the Lord, to make music and sing, to come and worship God in the morning and evening.
As we come and worship God and remember who he is and what he has done for us, we can be glad and have joy. It is a good thing for you to come and worship Jesus Christ today.
Enjoy the service this morning.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Give thanks to God for the hope we have in Jesus. Thank Him for His word that reveals Jesus to us. Pray for a greater desire to read, study and meditate on God's word.
Continue to pray for guidance for when and what it will look like for church’s to reopen for worship in the future. We pray that we can meet in the future in a safe way with hopefully all of us together. Pray that we would be patient and that the government would issue clear guidance.
Pray for those who are mourning or worried about the future in these times. Pray that many will come to know the joy and hope found in Jesus Christ.
Thank God for his steadfast love and protection over the last few months. Thank him for good health, friends and family.
Matthew Chapter 11 verses 20 to 30
Woe on unrepentant towns
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.
For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.’
The Father revealed in the Son
25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 27 ‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
this week's sermon
Where does Jesus’ authority to say all these things come from (v27)?
Verse 25 talks about things being hidden…why do you think Jesus often answered questions with a question of his own, or as we see shortly in Matthew’s Gospel, teach in Parables in response to questions?
From what burden or burdens does Jesus free us?
What makes Jesus’ burden light by comparison?
What burden do you carry that Jesus could lighten for you?
Remind yourself of some of the promises of God and pray they develop a trust in Him that leads to the rest we have been thinking about. If you have the list of verses from a few weeks ago, maybe use those, if not they can be downloaded here
young people and children's resources
Good morning and welcome to week seven of our 10 week series looking at the Bible, and week 2 of our look at the New Testament and the question of who is Jesus.
This week we are thinking about the fact that Jesus has power, including a prayer activity to download plus a bonus worksheet click here to do just that.
The Bible Project - Water of Life
This week’s video and readings from the Bible Project will focus on the theme of the Water of Life. This time of lockdown has been described as like a wilderness experience for people in the church, which is a time when God's people wandered in the desert after being slaves in Egypt.
We feel a bit lost because we aren't able to meet together to worship and enjoy each others company. So, this week we’ll look at moments where God meets his people out in the desert, where all of life’s comforts and securities have been stripped away. These times are scary, but they also hold massive potential for our lives and what we do with them to be transformed by God’s generosity and grace.
Bible Readings :
The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 2 “Go and speak to the people of Jerusalem, saying:
This is what the Lord says:
‘I remember how faithful you were to me when you were a young nation.
You loved me like a young bride. You followed me through the desert,
a land that had never been planted. 3 The people of Israel were holy to the Lord,
like the firstfruits from his harvest. Those who tried to hurt Israel were judged guilty.
Disasters struck them,’” says the Lord. 4 Hear the word of the Lord, family of Jacob,
all you family groups of Israel. 5 This is what the Lord says:
“I was fair to your ancestors, so why did they turn away from me?
Your ancestors worshiped useless idols and became useless themselves.
6 Your ancestors didn’t say, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us out of Egypt?
He led us through the desert, through a dry and rocky land,
through a dark and dangerous land. He led us where no one travels or lives.’
7 I brought you into a fertile land so you could eat its fruit and produce.
But you came and made my land unclean; you made it a hateful place.
8 The priests didn’t ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’
The people who know the teachings didn’t know me. The leaders turned against me.
The prophets prophesied in the name of Baal and worshiped useless idols.
9 “So now I will again tell what I have against you,” says the Lord.
“And I will tell what I have against your grandchildren.
10 Go across the sea to the island of Cyprus and see.
Send someone to the land of Kedar to look closely.
See if there has ever been anything like this.
11 Has a nation ever exchanged its gods?
(Of course, its gods are not really gods at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious God for idols worth nothing.
12 Skies, be shocked at the things that have happened
and shake with great fear!” says the Lord. 13 “My people have done two evils:
They have turned away from me, the spring of living water.
And they have dug their own wells, which are broken wells that cannot hold water.
5 In Samaria Jesus came to the town called Sychar, which is near the field Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his long trip, so he sat down beside the well. It was about twelve o’clock noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to the well to get some water, Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 (This happened while Jesus’ followers were in town buying some food.)
9 The woman said, “I am surprised that you ask me for a drink, since you are a Jewish man and I am a Samaritan woman.” (Jewish people are not friends with Samaritans.
10 Jesus said, “If you only knew the free gift of God and who it is that is asking you for water, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said, “Sir, where will you get this living water? The well is very deep, and you have nothing to get water with. 12 Are you greater than Jacob, our father, who gave us this well and drank from it himself along with his sons and flocks?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.”
Jeremiah accuses the Israelites of trusting in false gods and false sources of life, he describes them as like broken wells that don’t hold water properly and so can’t give them what they need.
Who or what do you turn to when you are anxious and uncertain? What are some of the things or people you tend to trust in your own life that maybe aren't that helpful?
In the verses in John 4, Jesus tells the Samaritan woman that the well water gives life in a way but it can't fully take away her thirst. He is offering water that never runs dry and gives eternal life.
What are the things in life that won't ever satisfy properly but we sometimes try to replace God with?
How could our lives be different if we live like we know that Jesus is offering water that never runs dry––eternal life that starts now with the Holy Spirit?