Author: Alex Slowey

Sunday 28 June

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 Matthew 13:53-58. 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 Paul’s welcome and intro by clicking here

Our opening song praises God for sending Jesus, and urges the earth to hear his voice.

SONG – listen by clicking here
To God be the glory, great things He has done.
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son
who yielded His life an atonement for sin
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord! Let the earth hear His voice.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice.
Come to the Father through Jesus the Son
Give Him glory; great things He has done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God.
The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son.
But purer and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our worship when Jesus we see.

BITESIZE
Click here as we hear from the Elliot Connect Group.

BIBLE READING – Isaiah 42:1-9
700 years before Jesus was born God said that he would send him as his servant.

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
  my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
  and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out,
  or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
  and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
  he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
  In his teaching the islands will put their hope.’

This is what God the LORD says –
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
  who spreads out the earth
with all that springs from it,
  who gives breath to its people,
  and life to those who walk on it:
I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
  I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
  to be a covenant for the people
  and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
  to free captives from prison
  and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

I am the LORD; that is my name!
  I will not yield my glory to another
  or my praise to idols.
See, the former things have taken place,
  and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
  I announce them to you.

We’re often very aware of how much we let Jesus down. In our next song we ask that he will use us despite our fears and failures.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Everyone needs compassion
love that’s never failing:
let mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness,
the kindness of a Saviour,
the hope of nations.

Saviour, he can move the mountains.
My God is mighty to save,
he is mighty to save.
Forever – author of salvation.
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as you find me,
all my fears and failures:
fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
everything I believe in;
now I surrender.

Shine your light and
let the whole world see.
We’re singing
for the glory of the risen King!
(repeat)

PRAYERS
Click here as Brian Davies lead us in our prayers this morning.

As we start our new series in the book of Matthew, we ask God in our next song to speak to us and increase our faith in him.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Speak, O Lord, as we come to you to receive the food of your holy Word.
Take your truth, plant it deep in us; shape and fashion us in your likeness,
that the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us all your purposes for your glory.

Teach us, Lord, full obedience, holy reverence, true humility;
test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail – let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds; help us grasp the heights of your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time that will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on your promises, and by faith we’ll walk as you walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till your church is built and the earth is filled with your glory.

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

BIBLE READING

Matthew 13:53-58

13:53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his home town he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his home town and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

BIBLE TALK

The shadow of rejection

Talk outline:
1. Can you cope with Jesus… or is he too hot to handle?
2. Is your trust really in Jesus… or is it in yourself?

In our closing song, we ask that Jesus would be at the very centre of our lives, as he should be.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Jesus, be the centre
Be my source, be my light Jesus
Jesus, be the centre
Be my hope, be my song Jesus

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

Jesus, be my vision
Be my path, be my guide Jesus

CLOSING PRAYER
Click here to watch the video as Paul closes our service in prayer.

That concludes our service. We’ll be meeting up as a church on Zoom from 12.00-12.30pm – details are on the service sheet – do come along!

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.

God will wipe away every tear

Today we’re continuing our sermon series. Usually at Emmanuel, we work through books of the bible, but now and again, we do something slightly different and think about particular themes for our bible talks. That’s what we’re going to do for the next couple of months as we start our new series called Truth to live by. Each week, we’ll be focusing in on 1 or 2 verses; seeing them in their biblical context and seeing the bible truths that they teach us for us to hold onto. Today Richard helped us to see how God will wipe away every tear as we heard from Revelation 21:1-8.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes

Sunday 21 June

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 the promise we are God’s children, as we look to Revelation 21:1-8. 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 Rich’s welcome and intro by clicking here

We start our service by praising our creator and rejoicing that Jesus will return.

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 pow’r 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
Click here as Rich makes some suggestions to help us in reading the bible.
The website Rich refers can be found here.

BIBLE READING – Isaiah 25:6-9
This passage predicts the day when God will wipe away all tears. ‘This mountain’ is the place where God will live with his people. A ‘shroud’ is the cloth that covers people when they die.

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare
  a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine –
  the best of meats and the finest of wines.

On this mountain he will destroy
  the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
  he will swallow up death for ever.

The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
  from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
  from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken.

In that day they will say,
‘Surely this is our God;
  we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
  let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’

We’ve just heard the encouragement to ‘rejoice and be glad in God’s salvation’. Let’s do that in our next song!

SONG – listen by clicking here
Grace unmeasured vast and free
that knew me from eternity;
that called me out before my birth
to bring you glory on this earth.

Grace amazing, pure and deep
that saw me in my misery;
that took my curse and owned my blame
so I could bear your righteous name.

Grace (grace, grace)
paid for my sins and brought me to life.
Grace (grace, grace)
clothes me with power to do what is right.
Grace (grace, grace)
will lead me to heaven where I’ll see your face,
and never cease to thank You for your grace.

Grace abounding, strong and true
that makes me long to be like you;
that turns me from my selfish pride
to love the cross on which you died.

Grace unending all my days,
you’ll give me strength to run this race.
And when my years on earth are through,
the praise will all belong to you.

BITESIZE 2
Click here as Rich catches up with Lydia Panter to hear her plans for the next year. If you’d like to receive updates from Lydia contact us here.

PRAYERS
Click here as Balázs and Suze Fazekas lead us in our prayers this morning.

The last verse of our next song looks forward to the time when we will be with God.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Through every danger, trial and snare
I have already come;
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
and grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we first begun.

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

BIBLE READING

Revelation 21:1-8

21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”

BIBLE TALK

God will wipe away every tear

Talk outline:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes (v.4)
1. It is worth keeping going with Christ
2. You must turn to Christ
3. In your tears, look forward to God wiping them away
If you want to speak with Richard, click here to contact him.

In our last song we look forward to the joy of being with God in the new heaven and new earth.

SONG – listen by clicking here
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer?
There is no more for heaven now to give!
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom.
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus!
For my life is wholly bound to His!
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

The night is dark, but I am not forsaken.
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay.
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing,
For in my need, His power is displayed.
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me.
Through the deepest valley He will lead.
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven;
The future sure, the price it has been paid!
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave.
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated!
Jesus now and ever is my plea.
Oh, the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

With every breath I long to follow Jesus,
For He has said that He will bring me home.
And day by day, now He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus!
All the glory evermore to Him!
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me!

CLOSING PRAYER
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.

That concludes our service. Why not make some video calls now to others in the church to encourage and support one another?

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.