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Springfield Park Baptist Church

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Sunday Service 26th April

Here is our Fifth virtual service in the ongoing 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.

If you would like to contribute an item for next week's service or for another week contact 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.

The Lord’s my shepherd

by Stuart Townend

Psalm 23

(I Am Not Alone) featuring Josh Sherman

Reading, Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.


Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sermon

Exploring the meaning and context of Psalm 23.

I am not alone

by Kari Jobe

Prayer time

Father God we read in Your word, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God”. Father we come today to give you our praise and thanks for these words. At a time when many are anxious and things are so uncertain we can say we have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviours love. Thank you so much Father God for this assurance. Your unfailing, unending, unconditional love will always be with us and nothing, not lockdown, self-isolation or Coronavirus will ever be able to separate us from that love.

Father God we give thanks for all NHS workers in whom we see dedication, love, and compassion as they work tirelessly to care for their patients. Sadly some of those patients have passed away and we pray you will surround all who have been bereaved with Your love comfort and peace. But we thank you so much for all those who through the God given skills and knowledge of doctors and nurses have come through the illness and are now back home with their families and are on the road to full recovery.

We thank and praise You for all Carers, those visiting vulnerable people in their homes and those who are taking care of others in care homes, often in difficult circumstances. We pray You will give all these workers the strength and courage they need to continue with their work. Thank you for each and every one of them. And Father God we also thank you for all the kindness we see around us as people reach out to others in so many different ways.

For all those who are working so hard to supply our food, medicines and other essential items. Show us ways in which we too can be of help to do something however small which will give hope and joy to someone in need.

Father God, many of us now have more spare time as we are staying at home. Help us to use this time wisely, to set aside each day some time to just sit quietly in Your presence to concentrate our thoughts on You so we may deepen our relationship with You and in that moment of quietness may we hear that still small voice of calm saying to our hearts do not be anxious or afraid I am here in this with you. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Amen

Before you go

A final short blessing

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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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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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