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Springfield Park Baptist Church

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Sunday Service 16th August

Here is our twentyfirst virtual service in the continuing 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 can 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.

Welcome

with a reading of Psalm 27

Open the eyes of my heart

Here are a couple of songs everybody knows, so sing along...

Be thou my vision

Reading – Jonah 2 v1-7

(The Living Bible)

1From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.2 He said:

“In my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead
I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, LORD my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, LORD,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

Message

Sculptuur van cholera slachtoffers door Antoine Étex, tentoongesteld op de Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations van 1851 in Londen Cholera. (Plaster) Etex (titel op object), RP-F-F25215-AI

This vintage photograph is of a statue representing an allegory of the city of Paris imploring heaven to take away the plague during the 1846-1860 cholera pandemic.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Prayer time

This week, a prayer from the Baptist Union Faith and Society department.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray in the storm, in these uncertain times.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray as we wade through the risk assessments and reams of changing advice.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray as we look at our friends who seem to have everything sorted and all going well.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray as we scroll through our phones, through the newsfeeds, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray as we fear for the future, even though we know we should hope for today.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray in the dark of the night when sleep never comes and our thoughts are all mangled.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray as we walk in our community. As we see the young man curled up on the bench and glimpse sadness in the young woman’s eyes.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray as we decide the wrong from the right.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray, to listen, to sit in the stillness and breathe in the depth of your love.

Teach us to pray, Lord. Teach us to pray, to lift up your name and to call for your Kingdom to come here on your earth.

A final blessing

Is there a song or hymn that would fit in with the theme and what God is saying? You can put a link to it in your comments to share it with everybody.

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What's On?

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

You can download a selection of our services to listen to off-line on our Listen Again page.

The latest recording can also be found near the bottom of our home page where there is a player that can be used to listen to it or you may download it to listen to later.

From our Foreign Correspondent

India

At a service with IEM missionaries

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.

Springfield Stitchers

sewing

Can you knit, crochet or sew?

The Springfield Stitchers need help with various charity projects. If you would like to help or, if you would like to learn to knit, crochet or sew, or if you have unwanted wool or haberdashery (buttons, zips, thread, fabric, sewing machines) please pop along to find out more.

The Springfield Stitchers meet at “The Coffee Hub” every Thursday 9.30 till 12.00 at Springfield Park Baptist Church. Contact Alison for more information.

Chelmsford 24-7

As a church we believe in the power of prayer and that it makes a difference in situations and circumstances. We are part of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, joining with Christians from across our City to pray for the things God lays on our hearts. Please follow this link for more information about how you and your church can get involved: https://chelmsford24-7.org/. Plans for the near future at Springfield Park involve the setting up of a new prayer space and prayer walks around our local area. Watch this space for developments.


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