This week we have an opening thought from Nathan and then Claire has chosen our worship songs for today...make sure you read the accompanying notes as to why the songs are so important.
We are also introducing a new topic for for our Primary aged children. We are going to be looking at the Old Testament and the New Testament in the coming weeks but this week at the Bible as a whole. There is a challenge in there which is open for the children but also anyone in the creche, high school or even beyond!
Seriously, have a watch of the videos and if you would like to get involved...no matter what your age...it would be great to hear/see your thoughts.
Finally, at the bottom of the page, the Sync series continues towards its end. The series has been all about encouraging our young people to learn about sharing their faith with their friends. What a challenge and a privilege it is to share all about our God's great love.
Enjoy and be challenged everyone.
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Welcome to church.
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.
It is amazing how God’s word speaks to us and often speaks directly into our current circumstances.
This last week, I have been reading through the book of Nehemiah which records events around 450 BC when the people of Israel were returning from exile in Babylon to Jerusalem.
Nehemiah organised the people to work at rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem but was faced with opposition from his own people and people from the outside. Despite this, Nehemiah rested on the strength and faithfulness of God.
Eventually with the people working together the walls are rebuilt and in chapter 8 the people gather. The prophet Ezra reads the book of the Law to the people and teaches what it means, they pray and worship together and are then instructed not to mourn or weep but to go and eat and drink with joy.
Our online gatherings have been a great blessing, but we continue to look forward to the day when we will be able to meet together on a Sunday, to open God’s word, to sing, pray and to eat and drink the Lord’s Supper together.
We pray that we would remain faithful to Jesus Christ in these times and we would not stand in opposition by our lack of faith, but we would continue to love him and each other. We pray and believe that in these difficult times, Jesus is still building his church.
Grace and peace.
Continue to pray for an end to the COVID-19 and for all of our key workers. Pray for those who have lost loved ones.
Pray that when this lockdown ends, we would continue to meet as a church with prayer at the centre as we have been in the last few weeks.
Pray for Wallasey, friends, family & neighbours that they would come to receive the good news of Jesus at this time. Pray for revival.
Continue to give thanks for each other. Let's look for ways we can support and care for each other despite not being able to meet in person.
Every time I think about our first Sunday back after lock down I picture us standing together singing the following song. In some ways I didn’t want to put it on the website today because I wanted to save it until that first Sunday back. Yet, even though we’re not together at church, we remain together as one body through the blood of Jesus. Although we are in our own homes we can still stand together as people of the risen King who delight to sing His praise. Why do we praise Him? For His perfect love will never change, and His mercies never cease, but follow us through all our days with the certain hope of peace.
The certain hope of peace that is spoken about in that song allows us to declare that, no matter what is going on around us, “ It is well with my soul”.
As is says in Habakkuk 3 v 17-18 “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
Matthew Chapter 9 verses 27 to 38
Jesus heals the blind and the mute
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you’; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.’ 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.’ 34 But the Pharisees said, ‘It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.’
The workers are few
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’
this week's sermon
1. What things or people do we put our faith in? What is different about putting our faith in Jesus?
2. What things do we want out of life? What difference does the offer of mercy from Jesus make to our lives?
3. CS Lewis described himself as a reluctant convert to Jesus. He saw the reality before the beauty if you like. Can you describe what makes the Good News of Jesus beautiful?
4. Why do you think people did, and still do, respond to Jesus in the different ways they do? What about you? How do you respond to Jesus words, actions and offer of salvation?
young people and children's resources
This week we are introducing a topic for the next few months. We are going to be looking at the Old Testament and the New Testament but this week at the Bible as a whole. Watch the first video for a challenge then the others below for some ideas...looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
This week for Sync there is a whispering challenge for a bit of fun. It helps us think about how well we listen and do we sometimes misrepresent people and what they are saying to us and actually believe and vice versa.
Read the story of Samuel in 1 Samuel Chapter 3 as a reminder that no matter how young we are God wants to speak to us and for us to obey Him.