Author: Alex Slowey

Sunday 09 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 16:13-28. 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
Watch the video of Richard’s welcome and intro by clicking here

Let’s start our service by declaring that all our hope is built on Jesus death for us.

SONG – listen by clicking here
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name.

Christ alone, cornerstone,
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love.
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
My anchor holds within the veil.

Christ alone, cornerstone,
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love.
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.

BITESIZE 1
Click here to watch as Richard interviews church member Emily Robertson about life and her experience of the last 4 months.

BIBLE READING – Isaiah 53:3-6

The prophet Isaiah spoke these words hundreds of years before the time of Jesus, predicting what kind of messiah was to come.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
  a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
  he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
  and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
  stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,
  he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
  and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
  each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
  the iniquity of us all.

These words were fulfilled in Jesus’ suffering on the cross, which our next song describes.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men, torn and beaten, then
nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
we stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain written on Your face,
bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought, every evil deed
crowning Your bloodstained brow.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
we stand forgiven at the cross.

Now the daylight flees,
now the ground beneath
quakes as its maker bows his head.
Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life;
‘finished!’ the victory cry.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
we stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see my name
written in the wounds,
for through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
life is mine to live,
won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God – slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

BITESIZE 2
Click to watch as Richard speaks to Stephen Baraniak, Minister of Rylands Community Church.

PRAYERS

Read aloud the prayers printed below.

Loving heavenly Father, we thank you for Rylands Community Church and the work that they are doing to make Jesus known in the Rylands area. We pray for their online holiday club. We pray that many families who do not yet know you will engage with it and it will lead to people of all ages looking at the bible together and coming to trust Jesus. We pray for relationships in the church family: that you will enable the church family to love one another well and speak your word to one another. Amen.

Our gracious God, we thank you for Emily and for the way you brought her to know Jesus personally. We pray for her starting her new job. Please help her to settle quickly. May she know what she needs to do and how to do it. We pray for good relationships within her team and that you would give her opportunities to speak about Jesus with them. And we pray for all the healthcare workers in our Emmanuel church family that you would give them peace in these uncertain times and the energy to keep going. Amen.

We pray for members of our church family away on holiday at the moment. We pray that you would keep everyone safe and that times away would be really refreshing. Wherever we are, please keep us trusting Jesus and please help each of us to deny self, take up our cross and follow Jesus each day. Amen.
We pray for our Discover Church Sunday next week. We pray that many visitors would engage with our virtual service. And we pray for your help to invite our friends, family members, neighbours and work colleagues to join in with our virtual service. Amen.

Let’s all say The Lord’s Prayer together

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Amen.

As we come to think about Jesus, the Christ, and his suffering for us, we pray that we too will be living sacrifices.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Consider Christ the source of our salvation,
that he should take the penalty for me.
Though he was pure, a lamb without a blemish,
he took my sins and nailed them to the tree.

My Lord and God, you are so rich in mercy,
mere words alone are not sufficient thanks.
So take my life, transform, renew and change me
that I might be a living sacrifice.

Consider Christ, that he could trust his Father
in the garden of Gethsemane.
Though full of dread and fearful of the anguish,
he drank the cup that was reserved for me.

My Lord and God, you are so rich in mercy,
mere words alone are not sufficient thanks.
So take my life, transform, renew and change me
that I might be a living sacrifice.

Consider Christ, for death he has defeated,
and he arose, appeared for all to see.
And now he sits at God’s right hand in heaven
where he prepares a resting place for me.

My Lord and God, you are so rich in mercy,
mere words alone are not sufficient thanks.
So take my life, transform, renew and change me
that I might be a living sacrifice.

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

BIBLE READING

Matthew 16:13-28
16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
21 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, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

BIBLE TALK

The glory of the cross

Talk outline:
1. The most important question:
Who is Jesus?

2. The most important decision:
Will you follow Jesus?

In our closing song let’s praise God for Jesus’ sacrifice for us and commit to follow him.

SONG – listen by clicking here
I once was lost in darkest night
yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
a rebel to Your will,
and if You had not loved me first,
I would refuse You still.

But as I ran my hell-bound race,
indifferent to the cost,
You looked upon my helpless state
and led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed;
You suffered in my place.
You bore the wrath reserved for me,
now all I know is grace!

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life.

Now Lord, I would be Yours alone
and live so all might see:
the strength to follow Your commands
could never come from me.
O Father, use my ransomed life
in any way You choose,
and let my song forever be:
my only boast is You!

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life.

CLOSING PRAYER

Watch the video as Richard gives details of a couple of things coming up in the life of Emmanuel and 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.

The shadow of doubt

Today we continued a new sermon series in the Bible book of Matthew called the glory and the shadow. This series covers Jesus’ last dealings in Galilee, before he heads to Judea and then onto Jerusalem. It is a section full of contrast, as the glory of who Jesus is and what he came to do is made plain, the shadow of those who oppose him and reject him is all the more stark. This morning Richard preached on Matthew 14:22-33 as we though about the shadow of doubt and heard how faith is looking to Jesus whilst doubt is looking away from Jesus and knowing that Jesus is always gracious…

Sunday 12 July

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 14:22-33. 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

In our opening song, we say to Jesus that our trust is in him and in his death for us.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Now why this fear and unbelief?
Has not the Father put to grief
his spotless Son for us?
And will the righteous Judge of men
condemn me for that debt of sin
now cancelled at the cross?

Jesus, all my trust is in your blood.
Jesus, you’ve rescued us
through your great love!

Complete atonement you have made,
and by your death have fully paid
the debt your people owed.
No wrath remains for us to face.
We’re sheltered by your saving grace
and sprinkled with your blood.

Jesus, all my trust is in your blood.
Jesus, you’ve rescued us
through your great love!

How sweet the sound of saving grace.
How sweet the sound of saving grace.
Christ died for me!

Be still, my soul, and know this peace;
the merits of your Great High Priest
have bought your liberty.
Rely then on his precious blood,
don’t fear your banishment from God
since Jesus sets you free.

Jesus, all my trust is in your blood.
Jesus, you’ve rescued us
through your great love!

How sweet the sound of saving grace.
How sweet the sound of saving grace.
Christ died for me!

Jesus, all my trust is in your blood.
Jesus, you’ve rescued us
through your great love!

BITESIZE
Click here to watch Rich speak to 2 church members who have been shielding about what what that’s been like, how they feel about the future and what they’ve been learning.

BIBLE READING – Psalm 77:11-20

This Psalm praises God that he can do what no-one else can.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.’

Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.

Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.

In our next song, we encourage one another – how great is our God!

SONG – listen by clicking here
The splendour of the King clothed in majesty;
let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.
He wraps Himself in light and darkness tries to hide
and trembles at His voice, and trembles at His voice.

How great is our God!
Sing with me – how great is our God!
And all will see how great, how great is our God!

And age to age He stands and time is in His hands;
Beginning and the End, Beginning and the End.
The Godhead, three in one; Father, Spirit, Son.
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb.

How great is our God!
Sing with me – how great is our God!
And all will see how great, how great is our God!

Name above all names! You are worthy of our praise!
My heart will sing: how great is our God!

How great is our God!
Sing with me – how great is our God!
And all will see how great, how great is our God!

PRAYERS

Click here as Erica leads us in our prayers this morning.

In our next song we say to Jesus that we want to trust him for the whole of our lives.

SONG – listen by clicking here
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
his goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in you alone.
And I will trust in you alone,
for your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.

He guides my ways in righteousness,
and He anoints my head with oil,
and my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.

And I will trust in you alone.
(I will trust, I will trust in you)
And I will trust in you alone,
(I will trust, I will trust in you)
for your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.

And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
for you are with me and your rod and staff
are the comfort I need to know.

And I will trust in you alone.
(I will trust, I will trust in you)
And I will trust in you alone,
(I will trust, I will trust in you)
for your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.

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

BIBLE READING

Matthew 14:22-33

14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

BIBLE TALK

The shadow of doubt

Talk outline:
1. Faith is looking to Jesus
2. Doubt is looking away from Jesus
3. Jesus is always gracious

In our closing song, we commit ourselves to trust Jesus, who planted his footsteps in the sea.

SONG – listen by clicking here
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform.
He plants His footsteps in the sea
and rides upon the storm.
Deep in His dark and hidden mines,
with never-failing skill,
He fashions all His bright designs
and works His sovereign will.

So God, we trust in You.
O God, we trust in You.

O fearful saints new courage take;
the clouds that you now dread
are big with mercy and will break
in blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
but trust Him for His grace.
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

So God, we trust in You.
O God, we trust in You.
When tears are great and comforts few
we hope in mercies ever new.
We trust in You.

God’s purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
and scan His work in vain.
God is His own interpreter
and He will make it plain.

CLOSING PRAYER

Click here 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.