Sunday 21 February 2021

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


Watch the video of Brian’s welcome.


We begin our service by reminding ourselves of the wonderful news that Jesus save everyone who trusts in Him.


In our bitesize we hear from the Crooks’ family about their experiences of lockdown.


In our first bible reading we hear about the amazing way Jesus served his friends.

John 13:1-5 & 12-17

“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. “
“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”


In response to God’s wonderful gift of Jesus we commit to follow Him for the whole of our lives.


In our next Bitesize Rich catches up with our mission partners Debs & Luke, from Crossteach.


Loving Father,
We thank you very much for the work of Debs and Luke at Crossteach. Thank you for everything they have just shared with us. We pray with them that it will soon be possible for them to be back in schools, teaching about Jesus. Help them to persevere in this time when everything is online. We pray for lasting fruit from their work. We pray for the necessary finances for their work this year. And we thank you for the gift that has been given to grow
the work of Crossteach in the East Midlands. We pray for great wisdom to know how best to use it. Amen.

Dear Lord,
We pray for our children and young people. Thank you for eKids session earlier this morning. Please encourage each child and young person who is part of the Emmanuel family in their relationship with you. Please sustain them, in this time of schools only being open for some children. We pray that it will soon be possible for all children and young people to be in school safely. Amen.

Dear Father,
We pray for parents who are having to juggle work commitments with caring for children at home. Please help parents in the Emmanuel family. May they know your grace and would the peace of Christ be evident in all our homes. Amen.

Loving Lord,
We pray for the work of Emmanuel church members. Please help those in paid employment to serve you as they do their work. Please help those in positions of authority and responsibility to care well for others. We pray for those who are looking for work or have been furloughed for them to be able to trust you in this difficult time. And we pray for those who have been prevented from working because of the pandemic for you to comfort them and encourage them. Please may all of us honour you in all that we do. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Before we hear from God’s word we ask the Holy Spirit to be at work in us so that Jesus is praised.


In the next video Helen introduces the children’s material for today, Rosie reads the bible passage which Rich then speaks on.


  1. When you serve, serve Christ
  2. When you lead, serve Christ

Ephesians 6:1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.


In our closing two songs we commit ourselves to serve Christ.

From heaven you came helpless babe
entered our world, your glory veiled;
not to be served but to serve,
and give Your life that we might live.

This is our God, the Servant King.
He calls us now to follow Him,
to bring our lives as a daily offering
of worship to the Servant King.

There in the garden of tears,
my heavy load he chose to bear.
His heart with sorrow was torn,
‘Yet not My will but Yours,’ he said.

This is our God, the Servant King…

Come see His hands and His feet,
the scars that speak of sacrifice.
Hands that flung stars into space
to cruel nails surrendered.

This is our God, the Servant King…

So let us learn how to serve,
and in our lives enthrone Him;
each other’s needs to prefer,
for it is Christ we’re serving.

This is our God, the Servant King…


Brian Kruger closes our service in prayer

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.