Sunday 03 May

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 75 different homes, we’ll sing the same songs, pray the same prayers and look together at Exodus 33:12-34:7. 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

Watch the video of Ed’s welcome and intro by clicking here

Let’s begin our service by reminding ourselves of how amazing and worthy of praise our God is.

SONG – listen by clicking here
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea,
creation’s revealing Your majesty.
From the colours of fall to the fragrance of spring,
every creature unique in the song that it sings.
All exclaiming:

Indescribable, uncontainable,
you placed the stars in the sky
and you know them by name: you are amazing, God.
All powerful, untameable;
awestruck, we fall to our knees
as we humbly proclaim: you are amazing, God.

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go,
or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow?
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light,
yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night?
None can fathom:

Indescribable, uncontainable,
you placed the stars in the sky
and you know them by name: you are amazing, God.
Incomparable, unchangeable,
you see the depths of my heart
and you love me the same. You are amazing, God.

Click here to hear from one of our Church Connect Groups about how their weeks have been.

Our next song speaks to our anxious and weary hearts of the goodness of Jesus.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Come, you weary hearts, now to Jesus.
Come, you anxious soul, now and see
There is perfect love and comfort in your tears.
Rest here in His wondrous peace.

Come, find what this world cannot offer.
Come and find your joy here complete.
Taste the living water, never thirst again.
Rest here in His wondrous peace.

Oh, the goodness, the goodness of Jesus:
Satisfied he is all that I need.
May it be, come what may,
That I rest all my days in the goodness of Jesus.

Come and find your hope now in Jesus;
He is all He said He would be.
Grace is overflowing from the Saviour’s heart,
Rest here in His wondrous peace.

Click here to ask us for the YouTube link to hear an update from our Mission Partner, Rachel Chard, working with Friends International in Oxford to reach international students with the good news of Jesus. (And from her husband, Andrew who works with Wycliffe Bible Translators!).

Ed & Anna Bowerman will lead us in prayer. At the end of the video, let’s say aloud 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

Psalm 103 speaks of the goodness of God to us in saving us, forgiving our sin and treating us with mercy and grace. Why not read the Psalm out loud together?


Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Our next song is based on Psalm 103, praising God for what it tells us about him.

SONG – listen by clicking here
The Lord is gracious and compassionate
slow to anger and rich in love. (repeat)

The Lord is good to all,
he has compassion on all that he has made.

As far as the east is from the west,
that’s how far he has removed
our transgressions from us. (repeat)

Praise the Lord, O my soul,
Praise the Lord. (repeat)

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

Exodus 33:12-34:7

33:12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people’, but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favour in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, if I have found favour in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favour in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord’. And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”

34:1 The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. 3 No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.” 4 So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. 5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 And Moses quickly bowed his head towards the earth and worshipped.


God is good

The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

In our closing song we choose to bless the Lord for his goodness to us, regardless of our current circumstances.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Bless the Lord, O my soul O my soul,
Worship his holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul.
I’ll worship your holy name.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning,
It’s time to sing your song again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger,
Your name is great and your heart is kind.
For all your goodness I will keep on singing,
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. Amen.

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 are available by downloading the service sheet above.

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.