Sunday 31 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 90 different homes, we’ll sing the same songs, pray the same prayers and look together at the promise we are God’s children, as we look to Galatians 5:22-23. 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

WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER
Watch the video of Ed’s welcome and intro by clicking here

In our opening song, we celebrate the greatness of our God, who is Father, Spirit, Son.

SONG – listen by clicking here
The splendour of the King
clothed in majesty;
let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice.
He wraps Himself in light
and darkness tries to hide
and trembles at His voice,
and trembles at His voice.

How great is our God!
Sing with me – how great is our God!
And all will see how great,
how great is our God!

And age to age He stands
and time is in His hands;
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End.
The Godhead, three in one;
Father, Spirit, Son.
The Lion and the Lamb,
the Lion and the Lamb.

How great is our God!
Sing with me – how great is our God!
And all will see how great,
how great is our God!

Name above all names!
Worthy of all praise!
My heart will sing:
how great is our God!

BITESIZE 1
Click here as Brian and Rachel Kruger catch up with 2 of our students at Emmanuel.

BIBLE READING
God sent his Holy Spirit on the apostles on the Day of Pentecost. In our bible reading, Peter explains to the crowd what has happened.

Acts 2:32-39

This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.

34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

  “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
  Sit at my right hand,
  35 until I make your enemies your footstool.’

36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

In our next song, we thank God for the confidence we have that he is always with us.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Mine are days that God has numbered.
I was made to walk with Him.
Yet I look for worldly treasure
and forsake the King of kings.
But mine is hope in my Redeemer.
Though I fall, his love is sure
for Christ has paid for every failing.
I am His forevermore.

Mine are tears in times of sorrow,
darkness not yet understood.
Through the valley I must travel
where I see no earthly good.
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
and the strength in times of need.
I know my pain will not be wasted.
Christ completes his work in me.

Mine are days here as a stranger,
pilgrim on a narrow way.
One with Christ I will encounter
harm and hatred for his name.
But mine is armour for this battle
strong enough to last the war.
And he has said he will deliver
safely to the golden shore.

Come rejoice now, O my soul,
for his love is my reward.
Fear is gone and hope is sure.
Christ is mine forevermore!

And mine are keys to Zion city
where beside the King I walk
for there my heart has found its treasure.
Christ is mine forevermore.

BITESIZE 2
At Emmanuel, we rejoice in being in partnership with many other churches, particularly those in Nottingham. This morning we’re going to hear from two of the staff members at Cornerstone Church about what’s been happening during lockdown.

PRAYERS
The Connect Group led by Ed & Anna Bowerman are leading us in our prayers this morning. Click here to listen.

In our next song we pray that the Holy Spirit will be at work in our lives to make us more like Jesus.

SONG – listen by clicking here
Holy Spirit, living breath of God
breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord
to renew my heart and make me whole.
Cause Your Word to come alive in me.
Give me faith for what I cannot see.
Give me passion for Your purity.
Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come abide within.
May Your joy be seen in all I do.
Love enough to cover every sin
in each thought and deed and attitude.
Kindness to the greatest and the least,
gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace.
Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth,
giving life to all that God has made,
show Your power once again on earth.
Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise.
Lead us on the road of sacrifice
that in unity the face of Christ
will be clear for all the world to see.

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

BIBLE READING

Galatians 5:16-25
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

BIBLE TALK

The Spirit is at work in me

Talk outline:
1. The Spirit is at work in me
‘The flesh’ =
‘The Spirit’ =

The fruit of the Spirit
– 3 about how we relate to God
– 3 about how we relate to others
– 3 about how we carry ourselves

2. So walk by the Spirit

In our closing song we encourage one another to live for Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to do so.

SONG – listen by clicking here
O Church arise and put your armour on;
hear the call of Christ our captain.
For now the weak can say that they are strong
in the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth,
we’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
an army bold, whose battle-cry is love,
reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
but to rage against the captor;
and with the sword that makes the wounded whole,
we will fight with faith and valour.
When faced with trials on every side
we know the outcome is secure,
and Christ will have the prize for which he died,
an inheritance of nations.

Come see the cross, where love and mercy meet
as the Son of God is stricken;
then see his foes lie crushed beneath his feet,
for the conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
and Christ emerges from the grave,
this victory march continues till the day
every eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit come put strength in every stride,
give grace for every hurdle,
that we may run with faith to win the prize
of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
retelling triumphs of His grace,
we hear their calls, and hunger for the day
when with Christ we stand in glory.

CLOSING PRAYER – THE GRACE
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all forevermore.Amen.

That concludes our service. Why not make some video calls now to others in the church to encourage and support one another?

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.