sunday service

Welcome...

This week we are carrying on our mini series in the Psalms, today looking at Psalm 20.

Our worship songs have been chosen and introduced by Claire and there is an extra song for reflection chosen by Rich to follow the sermon.

 

Week 2 of the children's series in the Old Testament is all about our God of Power and the young people start a new series looking at key Bible themes using videos and thoughts from the Bible Project with some added questions to think about.

Be challenged, encouraged and blessed.

Sunday 17th May 2020

 

Welcome to church.

On Wednesday in our online prayer meeting, we read from 1 Peter 1 v 3-9:

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Peter reminds the church that we are loved by God and our salvation is firmly secured in Jesus Christ, it is God who has saved us by his grace. Our various trials do not mean that God is absent or has somehow forgotten us. Rather the various trials that each true believer face, strengthen and show that our faith is real.

Whatever the trial is whether it is sickness, not being able to meet as a church or even death itself, because we have been united with Christ, we have a living hope. We have an inheritance that will never perish, in all our trials we greatly rejoice. We have not seen Jesus, but we love him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, looking forward to the day when we will be with him.

 

Come Lord Jesus!

Nathan

 

prayer

Please continue to pray for Margie, pray for a speedy recovery, healing and protection. We thank God for her and pray for a blessing upon the whole family, that they would know the joy of Jesus Christ at this time.

Pray for each other, that our faith would grow in these difficult times. Pray for those living alone and those struggling that we would be able to support and love each other.

Pray for our community and nation, that in these times many people would turn and find a living hope in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank God for the peace and security He brings. Thank Him for His grace and mercy which He lavishes on us.

worship songs

Hebrews Chapter 7 verses 24-25 ….because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 

Did you know that Jesus is praying for you? Jesus, because he is eternal, is always there at God’s right hand to pray for you. To intercede means to intervene on behalf of another, Jesus intercedes  before God the Father on our behalf. This is why he is able to save us.

 

Let’s bring him our praise and worship today for all that He is and all that He has done in saving us.

Hebrews 7 verses 26 – 28...such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

 

Noah asked me this week how Jesus dying can pay for our sin, he didn’t understand it.  This was my daily reading the next day. What a perfect summary of why only Jesus can save. He is holy, blameless, pure, set apart and exalted, yet he chose to save me and he intercedes for me before God.

I'm sure many of you will know the folowing song, but the words don't appear on the video so are given below...

 

Man of Sorrows,” what a name

For the Son of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim!

Hallelujah! what a Saviour!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

In my place condemned He stood;

Sealed my pardon with His blood;

Hallelujah! what a Saviour!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we,

Spotless Lamb of God was He;

Full redemption—can it be?

Hallelujah! what a Saviour!

Lifted up was He to die,

“It is finished!” was His cry;

Now in heaven exalted high;

Hallelujah! what a Saviour!

When He comes, our glorious King,

To His kingdom us to bring,

Then anew this song we’ll sing

Hallelujah! what a Saviour!

bible reading

Psalm 20

 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now this I know: the Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

this week's sermon

I wanted to include the following song to listen to and reflect on as, for me, it sums up the idea of God being our refuge and place to find strength. It is from a band I really like, Kutlass, but isn't one we have sung together before...it may not be everyone's cup of tea but the words are really powerful.

Hope you enjoy and are encouraged by it.

questions

First question is just out of interest...what would you do with the bottle of water mentioned at the beginning of today's message?

What do we/people put their trust in these days? What challenges do we face?

 

Do the answers or support we need come from where our trust is placed? 

Do our possessions or our status help when things go wrong?

How do we in 21st Century Britain run towards God for our security and refuge?

Do you know the security of eternal salvation? If you do, try to think about how you would explain it to someone who is interested. If you don't and are thinking about what it means, maybe ask someone you know from Hebron to chat to you about it. 

young people and children's resources

Here is week two in our 10 week series looking at the Bible. Today we carry on our 5 week look at the Old Testament looking at the question of who is God, thinking about God being a God of power. To download the craft James shows us with a bonus worksheet click here

The Bible Project - Generosity

Now Sync has finished we are going to have a look at some important themes from the Bible as we think about what is going on in our world with Coronavirus and Lockdown. Over these next few weeks we are going to use resources from the Bible Project. You’ll find one of the Bible Project videos, a short message from Tim Mackie, one of the founders, helping us think through the video 

 

There is then some Bible verses that focus on the ideas explored in the video followed by some discussion questions for the video and reading that could be used for a to chat with whoever is at at home with you or some personal study time. 


This week’s video and Bible reading focuses on the story of God’s generosity in the Bible and what it might look like for us to continue that story in our world today.

Bible Reading : Luke 12:22-34

Do not worry

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 ‘Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Questions

Creation is one expression of God’s generous love. Where do you see the generosity of God in the world, your life, or the story of the Bible? What are you most grateful for?

 

What are you anxious about at the moment? Think about God’s love and care and how it might help take away your anxiety.

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wallasey

Egerton Grove, Liscard, Wallasey, CH45 4JL.

 

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