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Sunday Service 3rd May

Here is our sixth 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.

There is a new song in my heart

When I Was Lost by Kate Simmonds

I have a maker

sung by Tommy Walker

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

Old Church Choir

by Zach Williams

Prayer time

A few words about prayer that I came across this week and found helpful.

When we try to spend time in prayer, our minds tend to wander.  When that happens, is God upset with us?  No, when your mind wanders – God’s Spirit is still with you.  Maybe the reason thoughts pop into your mind isn’t simply a short attention span, but rather what your mind is really concerned about.  So instead of trying to suppress these thoughts, it’s better to begin to talk to God about them.  Obviously, things like cutting the grass or getting your car fixed are distractions.  Developing a rich and rewarding prayer life isn’t something you accomplish overnight; you have to work at it.  But the rewards are more than worth the effort.  You’re not unique; everybody battles distractions in prayer.  Those who succeed are those who learn to deal with the distractions.

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.

At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his Disciples’ feet as an example of service.  We pray for all those who serve at this time of Coronavirus crisis – all those in the NHS, social and social care; all the key workers from the delivery drivers and shelf stackers to those who work as research scientists or other essential services; all who volunteer or are good neighbours there for one another.  We thank you for their compassionate love and ask that you will continue to bless their work and to equip them with the energy and determination they need to go on rising to the needs of the hour.

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.

Lord, Coronavirus is a worldwide problem but all the other longstanding problems still abound in our world.  There are many who are homeless, many who are refugees, many who are hungry and many who are in the midst of conflict. Our government is dealing with the current crisis and keeping us informed but there are many governments and leaders in our world who do not have the same principles.  We pray for all those who are suffering at this time.  We pray for all world leaders that they may support and uphold their people as we all struggle to cope with the current situation.

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.

And Lord we pray for all who are unsure at the present time.  Unsure about their job, unsure about their health, unsure about their families and friends, unsure about their future.  We thank you Lord that there is one thing we can always be sure about and that is your unfailing love and the promise of eternal life.

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.

Finally we pray for ourselves.  Lord we are not in any way, shape or form perfect, but you accept us as we are.  This short poem helps put this in context.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I am weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are too visible
But God believes I'm worth it.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
Which is why I seek HIS name.

When I say "I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority
I only know I'm loved.

Before you go

A final short blessing

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Need Some Help?

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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.

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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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