Church Online

5 April 2020

Hello and welcome to our Sunday service!

This week we open with a poem by Assynia, followed by worship led by Assynia and Andrew and a talk by Temi Adeshina.

We’ve added two new areas: YouthZone and KidZone. The links will take you to their pages. We will be adding more resources to these areas in the coming weeks.

Once again we have prayer points from BUGB, a Giving link if you’d like to make an online offering and a Prayer Request form at the bottom.

Have a blessed week!

Poem

A time to reflect - Palm Sunday
by Assynia Taylor-Cupid

 

What goes on around us is out of our hands
What is happening in this world- we do not always understand!
The questions will keep coming
Looking to our leaders- do they have a plan!

Keep your distance, don’t get too close
Stay at home, only go out if you must!
Feeding fear, fuelling frustrations and increasing anxiety
Will these feelings really help our society?

And yet! A walk in the park, listening to the birds in the trees
Seeing things we never knew existed as we are no longer behind the car wheel
And now we wonder why God was mindful of us
We were part of his plan; a plan started in dust!

Church is online and we are reading God’s word more
Seeing the very best of humanity
Petty disagreements and misunderstandings
Have been thrown out the door!

Time with our Father, learning to adjust
Faith our fear, knowing that in God we can trust!
His word brings much comfort, it will never go out of date!
God’s people let us not worry, let us be people of faith!

Worship

Hosanna In The Highest

Hosanna in the highest;
Let our King be lifted up, hosanna.
Hosanna in the highest;
Let our King be lifted up, hosanna.
(Repeat)

(Jesus, You) Be lifted higher, and higher
Be lifted higher. (Repeat x4)

Let our King be lifted up,
Let our King be lifted up,
Let our King be lifted up, hosanna.

Songwriters:  Israel Houghton & Sidney Mohede

I Will Offer Up My Life

I WILL OFFER UP MY LIFE
In spirit and truth,
Pouring out the oil of love
As my worship to You.
In surrender I must give my every part;
Lord, receive the sacrifice
Of a broken heart.

Jesus, what can I give, what can I bring
To so faithful a friend, to so loving a King?
Saviour, what can be said, what can be sung
As a praise of Your name
For the things You have done?
Oh, my words could not tell, not even in part,
Of the debt of love that is owed by this thankful heart.

You deserve my every breath
For You’ve paid the great cost;
Giving up Your life to death,
Even death on a cross.
You took all my shame away,
There defeated my sin,
Opened up the gates of heaven,
And have beckoned me in.

Matt Redman

I will bless the Lord forever

I will bless the Lord forever,
I will trust Him at all times.

He has delivered me from all fear,
He has set my feet upon a rock.
And I will not be moved,
And I’ll say of the Lord:

You are my shield,
My strength, my portion, deliverer.
My shelter, strong tower,
My very present help in time of need.

Whom have I in heaven but You?
There’s none I desire besides You.
And You have made me glad,
And I’ll say of the Lord:

Miriam Webster

Talk

Luke 19:37-40
  1. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
  2. ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’
  3. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’
  4. ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’
2 Chronicles 20:21-22
  1. After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever.’
  2. As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
Acts 16: 25-26
  1. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
  2. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Prayer

Pray for all God’s people in this time of uncertainty and concern. That our eternal hope would make an earthly difference.

Pray for a sense of calm and clarity as well as strength to face what is ahead. That Christians will be ‘beacons of hope’ and ‘carriers of the message of peace’ at this time.

Pray for BMS Personnel overseas, our partners and local communities, especially those who are living in countries where the health services and infrastructure might not be adequate to protect a global pandemic.

Pray that God will use His servants to accompany people pastorally and missionally through this valley of uncertainty, fear and even potential death. May we be a people of Hope in encouraging others in the face of crisis to lean on God’s sustaining presence and unfailing providence.

We pray for others in all parts of our world who daily face the uncertainty of life.

We pray for those caught in war
We pray for those who face hunger today
We pray for those struggling with sickness and ill health because of other diseases, such as malaria.

Response

Use this form to send us your prayer requests, or email us directly on:  prayerrequests@westcroydon.com

Give

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