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 start our new sermon series in the letter the the church at Ephasus “Masterplan” by looking at Ephesians 1:1-14 and thinking about God’s Plan A. 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 the 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.
The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics
Watch the video of Ed’s welcome.
In our opening song we praise God for all his goodness to us.
As Nottingham entered Tier 3 restrictions this week and following yesterday’s announcement of a further one month national lock-down, we consider what we can be doing.
In our next song we praise God for his incredible grace which he has lavished upon us!
Led by Ed & Anna Bowerman
Our next song is one our children have been singing in ekids, celebrating God’s eternal masterplan.
[Turn on the bible talk video for the reading and bible talk]
BIBLE READING by Phil Carter – Ephesians 1:1-14
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
BIBLE TALK from Richard Hopkins
1. Praise God who has blessed us
2. Praise God for his eternal plan
3. Praise God for our inheritance
In our closing two songs we praise God for what he has done in Jesus.
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.
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