Sunday Service 27th September
Here is our twentyseventh virtual service in the continuing Coronavirus pandemic. 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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Introduction and welcome with a reading of Psalm 31.
All hail the power of Jesus name
I am not alone
by Kari Jobe
Romans 8:18-23 from the NIV
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
We have an anchor
by Robin Mark
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come… will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39)
God of heaven and earth, in these times of isolation, apart from loved ones; distant from friends; away from neighbours, thank you that there is nothing in all of creation, not even coronavirus, that is able to separate us from your love.
And may your love that never fails continue to be shared through the kindness of strangers looking out for each other, for neighbours near and far all recognising our shared vulnerability, each of us grateful for every breath, and willing everyone to know the gift of a full and healthy life.
Keep us all in your care. Restoring and healing God, thank you for medical workers everywhere, embodying sacrificial love in these challenging times, putting the welfare of others before their own; staying away from their family and loved ones; comforting the concerned and bereaved; reassuring the anxious and vulnerable; working to heal and restore people who are ill. Be their guide, strength, wisdom and hope.
We pray for those in authority to do right by them, for proper protective equipment to be provided and for their dedication to be met with much gratitude and appreciation when they return home, exhausted.
And we pray for medical workers around the world, where resources and protective equipment are always in short supply, not only now but always. May these extraordinary times lead to deep and necessary changes in how our world works, resulting in a genuine effort to address the profound injustice of life expectancy being determined by geography, to awaken us all to the reality of how connected we all are and to work together to create the community and world we all want to be part of.
So help us, God,
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