Sunday Service 24th May
Here is our ninth 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.
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There is a hope, by Stuart Townend
Have you found it yet?
Will your anchor hold
Are you fastened to the rock which cannot move? A song by The Mandate.
Reading – John 10:1-21
The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
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Hear me calling
Do you hear me calling? Leave it to me, I'll Lead You Home.
From heaven you came, helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled,
Not to be served but to serve
And give your life that we might live.
Father God we come to praise and thank you for Jesus. Your Son who came into our world making himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, humbling himself and becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross and all because, Father God you love us so much. We come to worship you for all your goodness to us, you who are the Creator God, King of kings, Lord of Lords yet also our loving Heavenly Father. And it is as our loving Heavenly Father that we bring our prayers to you today.
We praise and thank you for all doctors and nurses who are still working with dedication and compassion as they care for all those who are still suffering from Covid19. We give thanks also for all who work in our hospitals to keep them running efficiently so that all who need hospitalisation can be treated.
Father God we again ask that you will give comfort to all those who mourn and grieve over the loss of a loved one.
Father God we also want to thank you for all the Carers, those working in care homes and those caring for people in their own homes. Please be with them and give them the courage and strength they need to do this work.
Loving Father it has been heart-breaking to hear of the number of deaths in care homes, sometimes things happen that we just don’t understand. Please help us to have faith and put our trust in you knowing that you are going through all of this with us.
Now as we begin to come out of lockdown there are many difficult decisions to be made. We pray Father God for all who will be making those decisions, politicians, scientists, medical officers and health and safety advisors. Please give them guidance and wisdom so that the right decisions may be made to bring us safely through this next phase in the pandemic. And we pray Father God that you will be with each and every one of us as we continue to look to you to guide us through this time. May we be ever mindful of those in more need than ourselves and reach out to them giving help when we can and always with the love of Jesus. May we make the most of every opportunity for doing good so that people may see, as our Queen reminded us, that our streets are not empty but are full of the love and care people have for each other. So let us learn how to serve and in our lives enthrone Him each other’s needs to prefer for it is Christ we’re serving.
This is our God, The Servant King,
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King.
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A final short blessing
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From our Foreign Correspondent
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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.
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