Welcome to our virtual service!
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This morning, we are trying an experiment of all joining together at 10:30 on Zoom for our service together. Details are on the service sheet. If you are joining in our virtual service at a different time, or prefer not to take part on Zoom, please follow this web page as normal.
The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics
Watch the video of Richard’s welcome.
We begin our service by focussing on the wisdom and power of our God who rules the nations.
In our bitesize there is some exciting news to share!
This passage reminds us how wonderful it is that because of Jesus we have access to God through prayer.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Jesus has won us access to God. Let’s praise him for all he has done.
Church members Balazs and Suze lead us in prayer.
Before we come to look at the bible we praise our saviour Jesus who is the hope of the nations.
In the next video Josh Milsom introduces the children’s material for today, Thulasi Daniel reads the bible passage which Rich then speaks on.
BIBLE READING read by Thulasi Daniel – Ephesians 3:1-13
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
BIBLE TALK from Rich Adam
1. We have been let in on an incredible secret
2. The secret is that the gospel is for all people
3. We should tell everyone this secret
Our final two songs remind us of the good news that we as the church have to share.
CLOSING PRAYER from Richard Hopkins
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