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 look to Matthew 17:14-20. There are some activities for those aged 14 or under to do and a bible talk from Paul 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.
The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics
WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER
Watch the video of Pete’s welcome and intro
Our first song praises our faithful God, whose mercies never cease.
In our Bitesize, church members Colin and Nina reflect on God’s faithfulness to them as they look back on 40 years of marriage.
3:22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
Our next song reminds us that we too can rest in God’s faithfulness, even when our faith seems weak.
Watch Pete and Ruth lead us in our prayers this morning.
As we come to look at the bible together, our next song reminds us that God’s word is a solid rock on which we can stand.
Watch the bible talk video for the reading and bible talk from Paul.
17:14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
The shadow of faithlessness
1. Who is your faith in?
2. What do you expect from faith?
In our closing song we commit to put our faith in Jesus, our souls reward.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all forevermore. Amen
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