Worship at Home - 19th April 2020

19th April 2020, 10:30am
Psalm 16 and & John 20:19-31

This short act of worship has been prepared for you to 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.

Opening Prayer

Almighty Father, who has given his only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification: Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of Christ, our risen Lord, Amen.

From your Bible, read Psalm 16

Hymn: See What a Morning By Stuart Townend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xM-fpXayUg&list=RD6xM-fpXayUg&index=1 or

All hail the power of Jesu’s name! (StF 342); Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or join in with it here (selected verses): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVHanyX4bzU

All hail the power of Jesu’s name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.

You seed of Israel’s chosen race,
you ransomed of the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.

Hail him, the heir of David’s line
whom David Lord did call,
the God incarnate, Man divine,
and crown him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng
we at his feet may fall,
join in the everlasting song,
and crown him Lord of all!

Edward Perronet (1726–1792)
adapted by John Rippon (1751–1836)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 342.

Read from John 20:19-31

Francis writes to us…

Good morning and thank you for joining in our first Sunday service after Easter and I encourage you to bring along your experiences of the week into worship during this unusual time.

Today’s Message is: Flourishing during lockdown.

The current situation is a great tester on how people across cultures behave or react during crisis times.

David in Psalm 16:1, says “keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge”.

The “fear of the Jews” naturally followed the Crucifixion.

The Shepherd was struck, and the flock was scattered. There were rumors of the body of Christ stolen, and attempts by Romans to suppress the resurrection witness.

The appearance of Christ and his greetings meant among many others:

Firstly, to fulfill his promise of his presence to them always.

Secondly his appearance was to commission his disciples as the apostles of peace, to all of humanity.

My friends, difficult situations beget doubts: This again happened with Peter and the other disciples in John 21:1-3; Fear and anxieties over a business threatened by food security, in my humble opinion. In a situation of hopelessness, Jesus appeared to them and commanded to throw the net into deeper waters. Will you compare the joy of the Disciples of Christ during the appearance night, with our current situation when the lockdown will be lifted?

And can it be that I should gain (StF 345); Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or join in with it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu2uA6U4Fxg

And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love!  How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

‘Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all!  Let earth adore,
let angel minds enquire no more.

He left his Father’s throne above —
so free, so infinite his grace —
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray —
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light,
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 345.

Prayers of Intercessions

Into the closed doors of this world

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

We pray for all those who are afraid, ill, those who yearn for their health.

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

We pray for those who are homeless and for those who struggle to feed themselves and their families.

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

We pray for those who have lost their jobs, incomes or whose businesses are at risk for great loss.

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

We pray for all those who offer care during this crisis often putting their lives at risk ; they could be health care personnel’s, drivers, police or the military, or fire fighters,  airport and airlines workers, or workers in various supermarkets and min-shops, to do so.

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

We pray for our government and all the governments of the world, for business leaders and all who hold any power.

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

We pray for those who feel voiceless and powerless. We pray for those situations that no longer make the headlines; for those suffering from conflicts, war and oppression, for those seeking refuge and those who have no place of safety.

come, Lord Jesus, and speak your word of peace and life

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

Hymn: All Heaven declares: by Robin Mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-s9Kk6tfVU or

In Christ Alone by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWiFYJMGas0

A Prayer of Blessing

May the light of the resurrection shine on your way.

May the peace of the resurrection hold you fast.

And may the abundant life of the resurrection fill you and empower you.

And may the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

The Message, and order of service leaflet compiled by Rev’d Francis M’Itiiri. Blessing from Singing the Faith Plus worship at home resource.