Sunday 10th May 2020
Welcome to church.
Last week Nathan shared these Bible verses from Nehemiah with us...
Nehemiah 8 v 10-11
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.
The very next verse (12) says this,
Then all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
We were concentrating on what it means to be joyful as a follower of Jesus during our Discipleship Explored session on Sunday evening also. That Paul, imprisoned, was able to say he was joyful, is crazy to so many of us, yet for him, he understood what Jesus had done for him, through the Scriptures and an encounter with the risen Lord, and it put his circumstances, and the suffering he was enduring, in to context.
So often we judge God by the way we would do things or even by how people who know nothing of the Bible say God is like. In Nehemiah, and throughout the Scriptures we see people encounter God through His written Word.
The Bible is how God has revealed Himself to us and the more we dig in and spend time there, the more we will find ourselves rejoicing at the knowledge God gives us of Himself. We also encounter the living Word, as John, in his Gospel describes Him...Jesus.
In Jesus, we find life in all its fullness and for all eternity.
As Nehemiah reminds us...the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Let's rejoice today in the promises of the Lord Jesus and bring Him our praise.
Thank God for our key workers and pray for their continued safety and protection.
Thank God for our world-wide church community; pray for those less developed countries who are really struggling with the impact of Covid-19
Worship God for His constancy; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and He is in control and He can be trusted.
Thank God for peace. Thank Him for all those who have served, and those who are serving, to protect our country.
This week, Tony has chosen our worship songs. Before you listen and sing along, he has also written a prayer for us as we come to God in worship...
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for being born in a stable in Bethlehem, thank you for the wonderful example you were, thank you for being willing to die on a cross to be punished for my wrongs. I'm sorry that I let you down, please forgive me for what is past and give me a fresh start with you in charge. Please fill me with your Spirit and with your help I will serve you for the rest of my life.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever? How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
this week's sermon
1. In the hard times of life, where have you found yourself going for comfort & hope?
2. A survey carried out by TearFund has found 1 in 20 people are turning to prayer for the first time in this current crises. Take time to pray for those seeking God that they would find new life in Jesus.
3. In Psalm 13 we see David’s despair but he also knows the deep, personal love of God. Do you know this in your life, come to God this week in prayer and in his word.
young people and children's resources
Here is the first in our 10 week two part mini series looking at the Bible. Today we begin our 5 week look at the Old Testament looking at the question of who is God, thinking about God being the God of Creation. To download the craft James shows us click here
Andrew and Annie made us aware of this song too on Friday via Counties UK. The story behind the song is that a young lady named Amy (age 8) wrote a poem while staying safe at home during Lockdown called 'Stay Safe' (Covid song). Songwriter John Hardwick heard Amy's encouraging poem and found himself whistling a tune. Amy loved John's tune and a song was born! Amy and big sister Holly sent John a recording of them singing along. When Amy's Mum heard it she wrote to John saying, 'Thank you, John, That is really super, Amy has just said, “Well, that’s cheered me up!” Let’s hope it does that for many more people 😊
This is the last week of Sync. Grace speaks to Karen about the power of prayer. There is also a final, short video encouraging you to think about how all of the messages you have heard can make a difference in your life. In Romans Chapter 10 verse 15, it says, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News. Now, your feet may not be good looking, but that is not the point of the verse...the message of Jesus is the best and those who share it bring glory to Jesus. Now that really is amazing.