Worship at Home

Worship for 12th July 2020

Action for Children Sunday

Theme: Choose Childhood

Sunday 12th July 10:30 AM

(or whenever you wish)

This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Francis M’Itiiri.

This short act of worship is for use while we are unable to attend church.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

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As we gather for worship let us remember others from our church, and particularly the children and young people among us.

Opening Prayers by One Voice Children's Choir

One Voice Children’s Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs “A Child’s Prayer” in a music video highlighting the movie “The Cokeville Miracle.”

Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer ev’ry child’s prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray.
Heavenly Father, I remember now
Something that Jesus told disciples long ago:
“Suffer the children to come to me.”
Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.

Pray, he is there.
Speak, he is listening,
You are his child.
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer;
He loves the children.
of such is the kingdom,
the kingdom of heaven.

Copyright (1984) by Jane Kapp Perry (matt 18:19)

StF 507 - O for a heart to praise my God

O for a heart to praise my God,
A heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood
So freely shed for me.

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My great Redeemer’s throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.

A humble, lowly, contrite, heart,
Believing, true and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
From Him who dwells within.

A heart in every thought renewed
And full of love divine,
Perfect and right and pure and good,
A copy, Lord, of Thine.

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart.
Come quickly from above.
Write Thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new, best name of Love.

Charles Wesley

Today’s Message & Reading

(Please start the video first)

Luke 4:16-21
New International Version – UK

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’

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Sermon and Text Reflection

In Luke Gospel we are told something about Jesus home. It is Nazareth where he grew up. It is Nazareth where he received synagogue training as it was the custom.

Corona Virus has thrown all lives into unprecedented crisis. Our service today is part of the Action for Children charity work to voice concerns that affect childhood deprivation Every child desire to grow in a safe environment for the sake of their social, mental and spiritual wellbeing. A good parenting and child fostering care is essential.

In Luke 4:18″It talks of good news to the poor. freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

According to Action for Children UK, many children around UK suffer from various form of abuse that affecting Children’s mental wellbeing

In Jeremiah 22:1-5 talks of learning to do Just and right and rescuing those under various form of oppression in life. Think of various forms of things that make people feel they are prisoners and captives.

Think of various things that make people feel blinded and can’t see things as they ought to.

Think of the effect of sin in human society; and as such  declaration of the gospel of Christ that brings good news  to the humanity is essentially necessary.

For that purpose, the gospel of Luke 4 the Spirit is upon the church, believers, social institutions such as family, school, child welfare department to be that voice of God in strengthening environments that help in declaring freedom and healing for the people of God.

In the name of Christ, Action for Children is working to help our children get justice and enjoy their childhood without being denied opportunity to grow as children, make mistakes, and grow up until they fall in love and have a new life.

Lord we thank you and pray for the work of Action for Children.  May we also bring your love and care to the children around us.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Hymn: What A Beautiful Name

You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now?

What a wonderful Name it is…
(as previous pattern)
…The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You,
the veil tore before You
You silenced boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival; you have no equal
Now and forever, God you reign
Yours is the kingdom, yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

What a powerful Name it is
(as previous pattern)
…The Name of Jesus

Hillsong Children choir

You are invited to view the eight Action for Children Sunday slides in the following PowerPoint presentation. Please use the arrows below the presentation to move through the slides. A short video is included on slide 7.

Our Worship at Home service then continues with our prayers of intercession.

Prayers of Intercessions:

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus,
we ask that you bring healing to any child
or young person who has been the victim of abuse or neglect.
Show them that you are right beside them.
We pray, ears that are open to the cries of those in need, hearts that are eager to respond, voices that are ready to speak out for the Offering and prayers for the work of Action for Children UK.

Amen

Song: “Peace In Christ” - 5-Year-Old Claire Ryann

There is peace in Christ, when learn of him
Feel the love he felt for us when he bore our sins
Listen to his words, let them come alive
If we know him as he is,
there is peace in Christ

He gives us hope when hope is gone,
He gives us strength when we can’t go on
He gives us shelter in the storms of life.
When there’s no peace on earth
There is peace in Christ.

There is peace in Christ, when we walk with Him,
through the streets of Galilee to Jerusalem,
Mend the broken hearts, Dry the tear-filled eyes
When we live the way he lived,
There is peace in Christ

StF 693 – Beauty For Brokenness

Beauty for brokenness, Hope for despair
Lord, in the suffering, this is our prayer
Bread for the children, Justice, joy, peace
Sunrise to sunset, Your kingdom increase!

Shelter for fragile lives Cures for their ills
Work for the craftsman Trade for their skills
Land for the dispossessed Rights for the weak
Voices to plead the cause of those who can’t speak

God of the poor, Friend of the weak        (refrain)
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love from a spark to a flame

Refuge from cruel wars, Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary, Freedoms to share
Peace to the killing-fields, scorched earth to green
Christ for the bitterness His cross for the pain

Rest for the ravaged earth, oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned Our future, our dreams
Lord, end our madness Carelessness, greed
Make us content with the things that we need

Lighten our darkness Breathe on this flame
Until your justice Burns brightly again
Until the nations Learn of your ways
Seek your salvation and bring you their praise

Words of Benediction:

May you now know that God has good plans for us all. And as Parents and Foster carers, may you always remember, with Jesus, our friend, we shall never be on our own. 

Amen.

Don’t forget our upcoming Zoom meeting on Thursday, 16th of July 2020 for the final session of Bible month on Ruth Chapter 4. Details Rev Francis.

Thank you.

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Order of Service & Reflection by Rev Francis M’Itiiri

Leaflet formatting – Rev’d Phil Snelson

Webpage – Paul Deakin