Author: Alex Slowey

Jesus is in heaven

Today we’re continuing our new 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 Jesus is in heavern as we heard from Hebrews 1:1-4.

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Sunday 14 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 Hebrews 1:1-4. 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 Rich’s welcome and intro by clicking here

We begin our service by praising our great king, Jesus who died and rose again and is now reigning in heaven.

SONG – listen by clicking here
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 for thee.
And hail him as thy matchless King
through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er 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;
Who died eternal life to bring
and lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of love,
Behold 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 peace
whose power a sceptre sways.
From pole to pole that wars may cease
And all be prayer and praise.
His praise shall know no end
And round those piercèd feet
Fair flowers of paradise extend:
Their fragrance ever sweet.

Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
Ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For thou hast died for me;
your praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.

BITESIZE
Click here as Rich and Richard tell us about an exciting event coming up in the life of Emmanuel.

BIBLE READING – Colossians 1:15-20
This passage tells us how wonderful Jesus is and that he is worthy of all our praises. Read the passage out loud now.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

In our next song, we say how wonderful Jesus is and look forward to when we will be with him.

SONG – listen by clicking here
I Will Glory In My Redeemer
whose priceless blood has ransomed me.
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
and hung him on that judgment tree.
I will glory in my Redeemer
who crushed the power of sin and death;
my only Saviour before the holy Judge,
the Lamb who is my righteousness,
the Lamb who is my righteousness.

I will glory in my Redeemer:
my life he bought, my love he owns.
I have no longings for another,
I’m satisfied in Him alone.
I will glory in my Redeemer:
his faithfulness my standing place.
Though foes are mighty and rush upon me,
my feet are firm, held by his grace,
my feet are firm, held by his grace.

I will glory in my Redeemer
who carries me on eagle’s wings.
He crowns my life with loving kindness,
his triumph song I’ll ever sing.
I will glory in my Redeemer
who waits for me at gates of gold.
And when He calls me, it will be paradise
his face forever to behold,
his face forever to behold.

PRAYERS
Click here see Cate Ross-Waddell leading us in our prayers this morning.

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.

Our next song encourages us to consider what Jesus has done for us on the cross, and how we should respond.

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

Hebrews 1:1-4

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

BIBLE TALK

Jesus is in heaven

Talk outline:

1. Jesus is God’s final word
2. Jesus is heir of all things
3. Jesus represents God exactly
4. Jesus is God’s high priest

In our closing song we praise Jesus who is now standing before the Father, interceding for us.

SONG – listen by clicking here
You’re The Word Of God The Father
from before the world began;
every star and every planet
has been fashioned by Your hand.
All creation holds together
by the power of Your voice:
let the skies declare Your glory,
let the land and seas rejoice!

You’re the Author of creation,
you’re the Lord of every man;
and Your cry of love rings out
across the lands.

Yet You left the gaze of angels,
came to seek and save the lost,
and exchanged the joy
of heaven
for the anguish of a cross.
With a prayer You fed the hungry,
with a word You stilled the sea;
yet how silently You suffered
that the guilty may go free.

With a shout You rose victorious,
wresting victory from the grave,
and ascended into heaven
leading captives in Your wake.
Now You stand before the Father
interceding for Your own.
From each tribe and tongue and nation
you are leading sinners home.

CLOSING PRAYER
May we all grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. 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.

I live by faith

Today we’re continuing our new 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 The Spirit is at work in me as we heard from Galatians 2:20.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Sunday 07 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 Galatians 2:20. 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 Richard’s welcome and intro by clicking here

In our opening song, we say that we want to be people who live trusting in God.

SONG – listen by clicking here
By faith we see the hand of God
in the light of creation’s grand design,
in the lives of those who prove His faithfulness,
who walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith our fathers roamed the earth,
with the power of His promise in their hearts
of a holy city built by God’s own hand;
a place where peace and justice reign.

We will stand as children of the promise.
We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul’s reward,
till the race is finished and the work is done,
we’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith the prophets saw a day
when the longed-for Messiah would appear
with the power to break the chains of sin and death
and rise triumphant from the grave.

By faith the church was called to go
in the power of the Spirit to the lost,
to deliver captives and to preach good news
in every corner of the earth.

We will stand as children of the promise.
We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul’s reward,
till the race is finished and the work is done,
we’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

By faith this mountain shall be moved
and the power of the gospel shall prevail.
For we know in Christ all things are possible
for all who call upon His name.

We will stand as children of the promise.
We will fix our eyes on Him, our soul’s reward,
till the race is finished and the work is done,
we’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

BITESIZE
Click here as Brian and Rachel Kruger catch up with Andrew and Bethanie Walker, our mission partners working in Mendoza, Argentina. The video is a bit longer than most of our bitesizes, there are interruptions from children and cats! Sit back and enjoy it!

PRAYERS
Say aloud the prayers that are printed below.

Loving Father,
We thank you for Andrew and Bethanie, Maya, Emilio, Lucy and Noah.  We pray for them during this time of lockdown for your care and protection of them.  We pray that there would be a unity in their church and that they would be a praying church that depends on you in all things.  We pray for them as they connect together virtually, that all the members of the church would be built up in their faith in Christ, that they would continue to care for one another, and that you would help them as they reach out with the good news of Jesus.  We pray that many people in Mendoza would come to faith in Jesus.  Amen.

Heavenly Father,
Please would you help us to be people who live by faith.  Help us to trust you in all the events of our lives.  Particularly with all the uncertainty of the present times, please help us to pray about all that we are facing and the decisions we have to make.  Thank you for your promise that as we acknowledge you in all our ways then you will direct our paths.  Amen.

We pray for children going back to school this week and in coming weeks.  We pray that you would keep them safe and that would not feel scared about going back.  And we pray the same thing for parents dropping them off.  We pray for children who are staying at home for longer that you would keep them patient and positive.  Amen.

We pray for our church family at Emmanuel that we would help one another to trust you.  We thank you for the technology that makes it possible for us to connect with one another.  We pray that as we do so, we would be building one another up and that our faith in you would be increasing.  Amen.

In our next song, we express our desire to trust God come what may.

SONG – listen by clicking here
I’m going to trust in God
I’m going to trust in Jesus
without shame and without fear.
I’m going to fix my eyes on the hope of glory
for his day is drawing near.

How great is the love of God,
how steady is his hand
to guide me through this world.
And though I’m weak in him I stand
and you will hear me say today in faith,
“I’m going to trust in God.”

Now when the cares of life seem overwhelming
and my heart is sinking down
I’m going to lift my hands to the One who’ll help me,
to the One who holds my crown.

How great is the love of God,
how steady is his hand
to guide me through this world.
And though I’m weak in him I stand
and you will hear me say today in faith,
“I’m going to trust in God.”

Psalm 25 is an expression of trust in God. Let’s say it together.
PSALM 25
In you, LORD my God,
  I put my trust.
I trust in you;
  do not let me be put to shame,
  nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
  will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
  who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, LORD,
  teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
  for you are God my Saviour,
  and my hope is in you all day long.

Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
  for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
  and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
  for you, LORD, are good.

Good and upright is the LORD;
  therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
  and teaches them his way.

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
  toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

For the sake of your name, LORD,
  forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
  He will instruct them in the ways they should choose

As those who trust in Jesus, our confidence isn’t in ourselves but solely in Him.

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.

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.

We recommend this week that you set children up with their activities first and then turn on the bible talk video for the reading and bible talk.

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

BIBLE READING

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

BIBLE TALK

I live by faith

Talk outline:
1. I’ve been crucified with Christ

2. I live by faith
– Trusting Jesus for salvation
– Trusting Jesus for living
– Trusting Jesus for the future

In our closing song we express our trust in Jesus who loved us and gave himself 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!

CLOSING PRAYER & NOTICES
Watch the video as Richard gives details of what’s coming up at Emmanuel and closes the service in prayer by clicking here.

That concludes our service. We’ll be meeting up as a church on Zoom from 12.00-12.30pm – do come along! It’ll be open from 11.50am. Details can be found on the service sheet

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.