Sunday Service 10th May
Here is our seventh 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 Alison 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.
Heart of worship
Take a moment to close your eyes and reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross, and what our response to that could be...
How great thou art
My God has got me, in the palm of His hand. And it's more than just my voice that wants to sing His praise....
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
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
The UK Blessing
Churches from across the UK have worked together to produce this recording.
For those in hospital, suffering from Covid-19, and all who are treating them – nurses and doctors. For their families – unable to visit them, and worried about their condition.
For the provision of adequate PPE for those working in hospitals, that they may feel safe.
For the emotional support of medical and support staff, working under very difficult conditions.
For those in Care Homes, suffering from Covid-19, and unable to receive visits from families. For those who care for them, and for provision of adequate PPE.
For the dying, and for their families, suffering the trauma of separation. For the families of those who have died (now over 30,000), unable to get closure, with limited funeral arrangements.
For our Government, seeking to keep a balance between protecting the population from a further outbreak, and the need to stimulate the economy back to life and prosperity.
For scientists working on developing a vaccine, without which a return to normal health seems not to be possible. For global agreement and co-operation towards this objective.
For humility on the part of our leaders, and the realisation that we need God’s help in order to get back to normal life.
For all Church leaders, especially those who preach on TV and other media, that they will be led by God to give a message of support and challenge from God’s Word.
For the people in India who are suffering because of the virus – refugees, migrant workers, domestic maids and auto drivers. They are unable to work, and therefore have no money to buy food, so many are close to starvation. IEM have a Food Aid Project, which is taking food parcels to these folk, in cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, and also to many remote tribal villages where IEM already work. Please pray for this work – and if you would like to give a donation, information is available here on this website.
For the poor in other countries, such as South Africa, Yemen, Iraq, Bangladesh, where hand-washing and social distancing are difficult because of over-crowding.
For Samuel and Annick and the church at Lombardsijde, with bad news about Annick’s condition. This week’s tests reveal that the chemo has not been effective, and the cancer has spread further, including the liver. After three weeks rest, the oncologist will try another chemo. But their main hope is in the Lord, and so they ask for our prayers.
For our own folk who are unable to get out during the lockdown, that they will be encouraged by their daily reading of God’s word, and by contact from family and friends and each other. For Ivar, still incapacitated by painful legs, and unable to get out, also John and Joyce who are house bound.
That God will help us all to depend on his promises ‘I will never leave you’ ‘Be strong and courageous – do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.’ Keep looking up, and keep on praying!
Before you go
A final short blessing
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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.
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.
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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