Sunday Service 21st June
Here is our Thirteenth virtual service in the hopefully soon to be over UK Coronavirus Lockdown. Make sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page so you don't miss anything. If you didn't see last weeks service and would like to catch up, you can see it here. Links to all the services are also on the Listen Again page.
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To God be the glory
Let the earth hear His voice!
Who you say I am
Can you spot the references in the song to John 10? Could you list them?
Reading – John 10:1-21
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Do it again
A live recording from Elevation Worship
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead… If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Lk 11:11-13)
Father God, thank you that you are the generous Giver of good gifts to us. Help us ask and trust in your kind and loving character – the God of “How much more”.
We pray for the Holy Spirit, recognising our need of you and your grace to proclaim your truth in a sceptical world and to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.
We pray that the world around us would receive our witness and so glorify you.
We pray that you would continue to intervene in the spread of coronavirus, that the spread would be dramatically stalled to bring glory to your name.
We pray that you would come alongside those grieving the loss of a friend or loved one, whether to the pandemic or some other cause.
We pray that you would protect all NHS and care provider staff facing daily dangers ministering to the needs of the sick:-
• Bless them for their selflessness, and reduce their stress levels and fears
• Grant them sufficient protective equipment, stamina and emotional resilience;
• Give them an assurance of your love and our appreciation of them despite the cessation of the weekly public applause;
We pray for scientific and lab workers seeking a breakthrough vaccine that you would give them skills and insight into the virus’ behaviour to advance the quest.
We pray for wisdom and righteousness to underpin government policies and decisions, not only in the Uk but also globally.
We pray for those battling the virus and other life-threatening illnesses, that you will give them strength, healing and hope for the future, especially our friend Annick in Middlekerke.
We pray for our children and young people returning to education that they and staff will be well supported and adapt well to the challenges facing them on their return.
We pray for all nations of the world caught up in the turmoil of BLM issues, that the response would be an unrelenting determination to address the injustice of racial prejudice and that your church would be a demonstrative expression of your love for all.
Father, on the special day of celebrating fathers’ love, we thank you that we can celebrate this, and your love for us because it is unconditional, universal and unwavering. However, we recognise that for some there is no earthly father’s love to celebrate. For those damaged by such harmful paternal relationships, or the lack of them, we pray for emotional and spiritual healing from your Holy Spirit.
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