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Sunday 17 January


Welcome to our virtual service!

We’re really glad you can join us for this service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply press the red play button on each of the videos as you come to them. You might like to print out the service sheet below and if you have children under the age of 14 with you – there are activities for them which you can also download below.

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

Watch the video of Kingsley’s welcome.

SONG

Our opening song encourages us to come and rejoice in God’s great love for us.

 

BITESIZE

In our bitesize Richard tells us some news in the life of the church family and interviews one of our church members.

BIBLE READING

Peter tells us what Jesus is doing in us as we come to Him.

1 Peter 2: 4-10

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

SONG

As those who have been called out of darkness into God’s wonderful light, we have so much to praise Him for!

PRAYERS led by Ruth Bryant

 

SONG

Before we spend time looking at God’s word we ask the Holy Spirit to cause us to hunger for His ways.

In the next video Abby Baird introduces the children’s material for today, Alec Cobbett reads the bible passage which Richard then speaks on.

BIBLE TALK by Richard Hopkins

Ephesians 4:7-16

Christ gives church leaders to equip all God’s people so that we may grow up into Christ.

Christ gives…

…church leaders…

…to equip all God’s people…

…so that we may grow up into Christ

In our closing two songs we thank God for His grace and commit to be people who live by faith.

SONGS

From the breaking of the dawn
to the setting of the sun,
I will stand on every promise of your word.
Words of power, strong to save,
that will never pass away;
I will stand on every promise of your word.
For your covenant is sure,
and on this I am secure:
I can stand on every promise of your word.

When I stumble and I sin,
condemnation pressing in,
I will stand on every promise of your word.
You are faithful to forgive,
that in freedom I might live,
so I stand on every promise of your word.
Guilt to innocence restored;
you remember sins no more.
So I’ll stand on every promise of your word.
When I’m faced with anguished choice,
I will listen for your voice,
and I’ll stand on every promise of your word.
Through this dark and troubled land,
you will guide me with your hand
as I stand on every promise of your word.
And you’ve promised to complete
every work begun in me
so I’ll stand on every promise of your word.

Hope that lifts me from despair;
love that casts out every fear
as I stand on every promise of your word.
Not forsaken, not alone,
for the Comforter has come.
And I stand on every promise of your word.
Grace sufficient, grace for me,
grace for all who will believe.
We will stand on every promise of your word.

 

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…

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.

 

CLOSING PRAYER from Kingsley Iyoha

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 10 January


Happy New Year & welcome to our virtual service!

We’re really glad you can join us for this service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply press the red play button on each of the videos as you come to them. You might like to print out the service sheet below and if you have children under the age of 14 with you – there are activities for them which you can also download below.

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

Watch the video of Rich’s welcome.

 

SONG

As we continue our series on Ephesians, our first song reminds us how God has blessed us.

 

BITESIZE

Today’s Bitesize is totally Pointless!

 

BIBLE READING

Our first reading speaks of what it means to live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27 – 2:4

1:27 “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.  This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.  So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

 

In our next song, we encourage one another to live for Christ.

SONG

 

PRAYERS from Josh and Becca Milsom

 

CONFESSION

In Philippians 1 we are told to ‘let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ’. We confess that often we do not live in this way.

Despite our encouragement in Christ
and comfort from his love,
we do not love as we should.
Lord please forgive us,
and help us to live like Jesus.

We often act from rivalry and conceit,
And consider ourselves more important than others.
Lord please forgive us,
and help us to live like Jesus.

We look to our own interests,
ignoring the interests of others.
Lord please forgive us,
and help us to live like Jesus.

We do not share the mind of Jesus
in how we live and act.
Lord please forgive us,
and help us to live like Jesus.

Our Lord Jesus humbled himself by being obedient to death, even death on the cross.
His death has won full and free forgiveness for all who trust in him.
Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for us. Amen.

 

Before we look at our bible reading this week we remind ourselves how Jesus has saved us and ask that He would speak to us.

SONG

 

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.

 

BIBLE READING and TALK by Richard Hopkins. 

BIBLE READING – Ephesians 4:1-6

4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

TALK OUTLINE

Walking worthily means putting ourselves out

Walking worthily means prioritising unity

  • Praying

 

  • Contributing

 

  • Supporting

 

  • Including

 

In our closing song we celebrate what God has done for us, His church and commit to maintain our unity.

SONG

 

CLOSING PRAYER from Rich Adam

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 3 January


Happy New Year & welcome to our virtual service!

We’re really glad you can join us for this service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply press the red play button on each of the videos as you come to them. You might like to print out the service sheet below and if you have children under the age of 14 with you – there are activities for them which you can also download below.

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

Watch the video of Richard’s welcome.

 

SONG

In our opening song, we remind ourselves of how faithful God is.

 

BITESIZE

Bitesize gold!

 

BIBLE READING

Jude 20-25

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

 

In our next song, we thank Christ that He is always with us, no matter what we are going through.

SONG

 

PRAYERS

Loving heavenly Father,
At the beginning of this New Year, we commit ourselves afresh to you.  We thank you for your incredible goodness to us which never fails.  We thank you that even though we do not know what this year will hold, we know that you do.  And we know that in all things you work for the good of those who love you.  So please help us to trust you in all that lies ahead of us this year.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Thank you that in you, we are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Holy Spirit.  We pray that it will soon be possible for all of us to meet together safely as your family.  We long to be able to meet together, but in the meantime, please help us to make the most of virtual services and all of our different groups on Zoom.  May they build us up and encourage us in our faith in you.  Amen

Holy Spirit,
Please would you be at work in us.  This year, may each of us grow in our relationship with you who lives within us, with Jesus, our Saviour, and with God, our Father.  Please would you help us to resist all that is wrong, and to embrace everything that is good, so that God may be glorified through us.  Amen.

Loving Lord,
We pray for our mission partner, Rachel Chard in her work reaching international students with the good news of Jesus.  Thank you for the opportunities you have given her to train and encourage others in reaching the hardest to reach students.  Thank you for the quality time you have given Rachel and her colleagues with some students and the opportunity to talk deeply about faith.  We pray for fresh opportunities in January with international students arriving in the UK.  And we pray that you will enable Rachel and her husband Andrew to walk closely with you each day and that you will guide them concerning Andrew’s long-term employment.  Amen.

All-powerful Lord,
We pray for an end to coronavirus, not just for ourselves but for all countries of the world.  We know that every person has been made by you and made in your image.  We pray for those treating those most ill with coronavirus.  Please would you strengthen them and help them in their work.  And we pray that this pandemic may cause people right across the world to reach out to you and find you.  We ask all our prayers in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

And we say together the Lord’s Prayer

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

 

In our next song we ask the Holy Spirit to be at work with us.

SONG

 

 

BIBLE READING and TALK by Richard Hopkins. 

BIBLE READING – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

“All flesh is like grass
    and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
    and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains for ever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

 

TALK OUTLINE

Know that God is good

Want more of God

Want to grow

 

In our closing song we tell Jesus that there is nothing greater than knowing Him.

SONG

 

 

CLOSING PRAYER from Richard Hopkins

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.