Author: Alex Slowey

Sunday 20 September

We’re not able to meet together as church family today and for the coming weeks. Although, by necessity, we have to stay apart physically, we’re standing together to love, support and encourage one another. So, in around 90 different homes, we’ll sing the same songs, pray the same prayers and look together at God’s word to us, as we look to Revelation 5 as we continue new sermon series called The Priority of Praise. There are some activities for those aged 14 or under to do and a bible talk from Richard for us to listen to.

For each person in your home, you’ll need a copy of this service sheet, a bible, print outs of the children’s sheets (if needed) and your computer or tablet to click on the links below. Please note that the songs are being played from YouTube, if one of the annoying adverts pop up, click on the ‘skip ad’ button.

Today’s service sheet can be downloaded here

Today’s resources for E Kids can be found here

The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics

WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER

In this first song we praise Jesus, who the bible describes as the Lamb, for saving us.

Crown him with many crowns
the Lamb upon his throne,
while heaven’s eternal anthem drowns
all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died to be
your Saviour and your matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love,
who shows his hands and side –
those wounds yet visible above
in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his burning eye
at mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of life,
triumphant from the grave,
who rose victorious from the strife
for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing
who died and reigns on high;
he died eternal life to bring
and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
in majesty sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For you have died for me;
your praise shall never, never fail
through all eternity.

BITESIZE 1
We hear of plans for the Midlands Women’s Convention this year.

BITESIZE 2
In our bitesize we hear from some of the members of the music group about how and why, over the summer, they recorded some of the songs we sing for use in our virtual services.

BIBLE READING

from 1 Chronicles 29:10b -13

God’s people have been praising God for thousands of years here’s a song from David

‘Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendour,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honour come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.

In our next song we continue to praise Jesus, the King of Kings.

King of Kings, majesty
God of heaven living in me.
Gentle Saviour, closest friend,
strong deliverer, beginning and end.
All within me falls at your throne.

Your majesty, I can but bow.
I lay my all before you now.
In royal robes I don’t deserve,
I live to serve your majesty.

Earth and heaven worship you.
Love eternal, faithful and true,
who bought the nations, ransomed souls,
brought this sinner near to your throne.
All within me cries out in praise!

Your majesty, I can but bow…x2

I live to serve your majesty.
I live to serve your majesty.

PRAYERS
Josh and Becca Milsom lead us in our prayers this morning.

Let’s praise Jesus for conquering death by his resurrection from death!

How can it be, the one who died,
has borne our sin through sacrifice
to conquer every sting of death?
Sing, sing hallelujah.
For joy awakes as dawning light
when Christ’s disciples lift their eyes.
Alive He stands, their Friend and King;
Christ, Christ He is risen.

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!
Oh, sing hallelujah!
Join the chorus, sing with the redeemed;
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed.

Where doubt and darkness once had been,
they saw Him and their hearts believed.
But blessed are those who have not seen,
yet sing hallelujah.

Once bound by fear now bold in faith,
they preached the truth and power of grace.
And pouring out their lives they gained
life, life everlasting.

Christ is risen…

The power that raised Him from the grave
now works in us to powerfully save.
He frees our hearts to live His grace;
Go tell of His goodness.

Christ is risen… x2

He is risen!

He’s alive! (He’s alive), He’s alive! (He’s alive)
Heaven’s gates are opened wide.
He’s alive! (He’s alive), He’s alive! (He’s alive)
Now in heaven glorified.

Turn on the bible talk video for the reading and bible talk.

BIBLE READING – Revelation 5:1-14

5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshipped.

BIBLE TALK

The glory of forgiveness

Talk outline:

Praise Jesus who was slain for us

In our closing two songs we praise Jesus, the Lamb of God who died for us.

Man of sorrows, Lamb of God,
by His own betrayed.
The sin of man and wrath of God
has been on Jesus laid.

Silent as He stood accused,
beaten, mocked, and scorned.
Bowing to the Father’s will,
He took a crown of thorns.

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation,
where Your love poured out over me.
Now my soul cries out, “Hallelujah!
Praise and honour unto Thee.”

Sent of heaven, God’s own Son,
to purchase and redeem,
and reconcile the very ones
who nailed Him to that tree.

Oh, that rugged cross…

Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full
by the precious blood that my Jesus spilled.
Now the curse of sin has no hold on me.
Whom the Son sets free, oh is free indeed. X2

See the stone is rolled away,
behold the empty tomb.
Hallelujah, God be praised!
He’s risen from the grave!
Oh, that rugged cross… x2

Praise and honour unto Thee x 2

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet.
My Saviour on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone.

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Then on the third at break of dawn,
The Son of heaven rose again.
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King!

O praise the name of the Lord our God…

He shall return in robes of white,
The blazing Son shall pierce the night.
And I will rise among the saints,
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face.

O praise the name of the Lord our God… x2

Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

CLOSING PRAYER
Watch the video as Ed closes our service in prayer.

That’s the end of our service but do link up now with others from Emmanuel!

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday 13 September

We’re not able to meet together as church family today and for the coming weeks. Although, by necessity, we have to stay apart physically, we’re standing together to love, support and encourage one another. So, in around 90 different homes, we’ll sing the same songs, pray the same prayers and look together at God’s word to us, as we look to Revelation 4 as we start a new sermon series called The Priority of Praise. There are some activities for those aged 14 or under to do and a bible talk from Rich for us to listen to.

For each person in your home, you’ll need a copy of this service sheet, a bible, print outs of the children’s sheets (if needed) and your computer or tablet to click on the links below. Please note that the songs are being played from YouTube, if one of the annoying adverts pop up, click on the ‘skip ad’ button.

Today’s service sheet can be downloaded here

Today’s resources for E Kids can be found here

The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics

WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER

The bible tells us that whether life is going well or going badly, we should always praise God.

Blessed be your name in the land that is plentiful.
Where your streams of abundance flow,
blessed be your name.

Blessed be your name
when I’m found in the desert place.
Though I walk through the wilderness,
blessed be your name.

Every blessing you pour out I’ll turn back to praise.
When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say…

Blessed be the name of the Lord,
blessed be your name.
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
blessed be your glorious name.

Blessed be your name
when the sun’s shining down on me.
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’,
blessed be your name.

Blessed be your name
on the road marked with suffering.
Though there’s pain in the offering,
blessed be your name.

Every blessing you pour out I’ll turn back to praise.
When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say…

You give and take away,
You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say:
‘Lord blessed be your name.’

Blessed be the name…

BITESIZE
We hear from the Watts family about what’s been different for them recently, what they’ve missed and what they’re praising God for.

BIBLE READING

Psalm 150

Psalm 150 encourages us to praise God enthusiastically! Read it aloud together.

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

In our next song we encourage ourselves to praise God for all his goodness.


Bless the Lord, O my soul O my soul,
Worship his holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul.
I’ll worship your holy name.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning,
It’s time to sing your song again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger,
Your name is great and your heart is kind.
For all your goodness I will keep on singing,
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore.

BITESIZE 2
At Emmanuel we are seeking to glorify God as we reach out, build up and send out. Last year we helped to send out Josh & Helen Chard and in this video we hear how God has used them to bless many churches in Kenya.

PRAYERS
Ruth Bryant leads us in our prayers this morning.

Before we turn to the bible we praise God for his enduring faithfulness.


Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not.
As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Turn on the bible talk video for the reading and bible talk.

BIBLE READING – Revelation 4:1-11

4 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Round the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And round the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

BIBLE TALK

The glory of forgiveness

Talk outline:
Praise our Creator

1) Praise our holy God

2) Praise our creator God

Let’s apply what we’ve heard and praise our great God with these next two songs!


From the highest of heights
to the depths of the sea,
creation’s revealing Your majesty.
From the colours of fall
to the fragrance of spring,
every creature unique
in the song that it sings. All exclaiming:

Indescribable, uncontainable,
you placed the stars in the sky
and you know them by name:
you are amazing, God.
All powerful, untameable;
awestruck, we fall to our knees
as we humbly proclaim:
you are amazing, God.

Who has told every lightning bolt
where it should go,
or seen heavenly storehouses
laden with snow?
Who imagined the sun
and gives source to its light,
yet conceals it to bring us
the coolness of night?
None can fathom:

Indescribable, uncontainable,
you placed the stars in the sky
and you know them by name:
you are amazing, God.
Incomparable, unchangeable,
you see the depths of my heart
and you love me the same.
You are amazing, God.


You have called us out of darkest night
Into Your glorious light
That we may sing the wonders of
The risen Christ

May our every breath retell the grace
That broke into our strife
With boundless love and deepest joy,
With endless life

May the peoples praise You, let the nations be glad!
All Your blessing comes that we may praise,
May praise the Name of Jesus.

All the earth is Yours and all within
Each harvest is Your own
And from Your hand we give to You
To make Christ known

May the seeds of mercy grow in us
For those who have not heard
May songs of praise build lives of grace
To spread Your Word

May the peoples praise You, let the nations be glad!
All Your blessing comes that we may praise,
May praise the Name of Jesus.

This our holy privilege to declare
Your praises and Your name
To every nation, tribe and tongue,
Your church proclaims

May the peoples praise You, let the nations be glad!
All Your blessing comes that we may praise,
May praise the Name of Jesus.

Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
All creation praise Your glorious Name

May the peoples praise You, let the nations be glad!
All Your blessing comes that we may praise,
May praise the Name of Jesus.

CLOSING PRAYER

That’s the end of our service but do link up now with others from Emmanuel!

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday 16 August

We’re not able to meet together as church family today and for the coming weeks. Although, by necessity, we have to stay apart physically, we’re standing together to love, support and encourage one another. So, in around 90 different homes, we’ll sing the same songs, pray the same prayers and look together at God’s word to us, as we look to Matthew 17:1-8. There are some activities for those aged 14 or under to do and a bible talk from Richard for us to listen to.

For each person in your home, you’ll need a copy of this service sheet, a bible, print outs of the children’s sheets (if needed) and your computer or tablet to click on the links below. Please note that the songs are being played from YouTube, if one of the annoying adverts pop up, click on the ‘skip ad’ button.

Today’s service sheet can be downloaded here

Today’s resources for E Kids can be found here

The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics

WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER
Watch the video of Ed’s welcome and intro by clicking here

Our first song encourages all people to give God the praise he deserves.

SONG – listen by clicking here
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing:
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou, burning sun with golden beam,
Thou, silver moon with softer gleam:
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness.
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three-in-One.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

All the redeemed washed by His blood,
Come and rejoice in His great love.
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Christ has defeated every sin,
Cast all your burdens now on Him.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He shall return in power to reign.
Heaven and earth will join to say:
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Then who shall fall on bended knee?
All creatures of our God and King.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

BITESIZE
In our Bitesize, Jason explains how he came to put his trust in Jesus and the difference it has made to him. Click here to watch.

You can find more stories of hope at www.lookforhope.org – do check it out later!

Our next song expresses the difference that Jesus can make to someone’s life.

SONG – listen by clicking here
There is no other name
In heaven can be found
Through whom we are redeemed,
Through whom your grace abounds.
No other name can save,
But Jesus Christ our Lord. x2

My joy in sorrowʼs tears,
My strength to cast out fears:
No other name but Jesus, Jesus.
My hope in darkest night,
My broken soulʼs delight:
No other name but Jesus, Jesus.

There is no victory,
But Jesus crucified.
No other cure for sin,
But that our Saviour died.
No other hope we have:
But that he rose again! He rose again!

My joy in sorrowʼs tears,
My strength to cast out fears:
No other name but Jesus, Jesus.
My hope in darkest night,
My broken soulʼs delight:
No other name but Jesus, Jesus.

No other throne endures.
No other song remains.
But ʻWorthy is the Lamb
Who was for sinners slain’.
When every knee shall bow
And tongue confess you are Lord,
You are Lord!

My joy in sorrowʼs tears,
My strength to cast out fears:
No other name but Jesus, Jesus.
My hope in darkest night,
My broken soulʼs delight:
No other name but Jesus, Jesus.

PRAYERS
Click here to watch Luke & Holly lead us in our prayers this morning.

BIBLE READING – 2 Peter 1:16-19

Later in our service, we’ll be looking at an extraordinary event in the life of Jesus. The apostle Peter, as an old man, looks back to that event:

16 We did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eye-witnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Our next song is an invitation to come to Jesus. We’ll use it as a prayer before we read from the bible and think about what it means.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Come, you weary heart, now to Jesus.
Come, you anxious soul, now and see:
There is perfect love and comfort in your tears.
Rest here in His wondrous peace.

Oh, the goodness, the goodness of Jesus:
Satisfied he is all that I need.
May it be, come what may,
That I rest all my days in the goodness of Jesus.

Come, find what this world cannot offer.
Come and find your joy here complete.
Taste the living water, never thirst again.
Rest here in His wondrous peace.

Oh, the goodness, the goodness of Jesus:
Satisfied he is all that I need.
May it be, come what may,
That I rest all my days in the goodness of Jesus.

Come and find your hope now in Jesus;
He is all He said He would be.
Grace is overflowing from the Saviour’s heart,
Rest here in His wondrous peace.

Oh, the goodness, the goodness of Jesus:
Satisfied he is all that I need.
May it be, come what may,
That I rest all my days in the goodness of Jesus.

Watch the bible talk video for the reading and bible talk from Richard by clicking here

BIBLE READING

Matthew 17:1-8

17:1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”

And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

BIBLE TALK

The glory of the cross

Talk outline:
Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16)

“From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, an on the third day be raised” (Matthew 16:21)
1. Have you grasped who Jesus is?
2. Are you listening to Jesus?

Our closing song praises Jesus for who he is and for his death and resurrection.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Jesus is Lord –
the cry that echoes through creation;
resplendent power, eternal Word, our Rock.
The Son of God,
the King whose glory fills the heavens,
yet bids us come to taste this living Bread.

Jesus is Lord –
whose voice sustains the stars and planets,
yet in His wisdom laid aside His crown.
Jesus the Man,
who washed our feet, who bore our suffering:
became a curse to bring salvation’s plan.

Jesus is Lord –
the tomb is gloriously empty!
Not even death could crush this King of love!
The price is paid,
the chains are loosed, and we’re forgiven,
and we can run into the arms of God.

‘Jesus is Lord’ –
a shout of joy, a cry of anguish,
as He returns,
and every knee bows low.
Then every eye and every heart will see His glory,
the Judge of all will take His children home.

CLOSING PRAYER
Click here to watch the video as Ed wraps up the service and says a final prayer.

That’s the end of our service but do link up now with others from Emmanuel!

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.