Sunday Service 2nd August
Here is our nineteenth 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.
Don't forget, you should also take a look at last week's service again to see what comments have been left and to respond to them where appropriate.
If you would like to contribute an item for next week's service or for another week contact Alison or Roger or leave a message in the comments below. It looks like we will be having to continue with our virtual services for a while, and it will be good to get as many involved as possible.
From everlasting to everlasting
Maybe a new song to you – has God given you a new song during these last months?
An old song but the message is ever new!
With reference to Deuteronomy 33.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Father God as we come to you today we want to echo the words of the psalmist. We want to give you our worship praise and thanks for the way you watch over us as a shepherd watches over his sheep. You are the good shepherd and we your people are your sheep.
As we look back over the last three months we just want to praise and thank you for the way in which you have cared for us. You have kept us safe and supplied all our needs. We thank you for those times when perhaps we were feeling low and things were getting on top of us. How wonderfully you arranged for us to receive that text message, phone call, email offer of help which lifted us up and gave us encouragement.
Father we thank you for the times when we could come to you in prayer and for the many times you spoke to us through your word.
We thank you for those who have preached your word through the virtual services and for those who have studied your word and have written books and Bible notes to give us guidance and understanding. We pray we may seek guidance from your word. As we now move forward help us to know your will for SPBC, Lord what plan have you for us?
During this time many of us have turned to your word for help and comfort. We as a church have been helped by Psalm 23, a psalm of David who wrote many psalms, songs, which we can all read today. David had many ups and downs in his life but he never lost his faith in his Lord and God. So we pray using the words of Eddie Askew, Waken my heart Lord to the music of your love help me to sing your song as David did. Sometimes he got it wrong and so do I, the notes all out of place the harmony destroyed and then the melody grows faint, eludes me altogether drowned in the discord. As my life wreaks havoc with your harmonies and in the clash of will I’m deafened by the silence not of your withdrawal but of mine, then in the loneliness of the self-created emptiness your music comes again, your hand plays gently on the taut strings of my life offering me a chance to sing again. Fine tune me Lord to hear the faintest note you play and fit my life around your melodies, and help me finally to recognise the tune I play is yours there all the time if only I had listened.
Lou Fellingham – Leaning on everlasting arms
Can you see the references to Psalm 23?
A final blessing
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Coffee Hub is every Thursday morning between 9.30 and 12.00. Please drop in for tea, coffee and a chat.
To get us back into the flow, we will be limiting numbers for a little while, so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Also, we would kindly ask for no more than 2 children per adult at this time. We will review the situation weekly, and relax these rules as soon as possible.
Please phone or text Alison on 07741 737351 to book your place. We look forward to seeing you!
Need Some Help?
If you are self isolating and struggling to get by we may be able to offer some practical help.
Use our request form here to give us your details and one of our volunteers will contact you.
Please note we are only able to offer help within our local community of Trinity Ward, Chelmsford.
Listen to a Service
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From our Foreign Correspondent
See an account of John Lancasters 2019 visits to India here.
Follow Johns latest mission trips to India and see more pictures of the people and places he visits by joining John's Adventures in India on Facebook.
Tool Box Project
Do you have any spare tools or craft items? We are collecting them for Tools With a Mission. See the list on our Tool Box Project page for details of what we currently need.
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