Church online

22 March 2020 | Welcome to our first Church Online

Welcome!

Here you will find a short talk by our guest speaker, Rev Phil Barnard, followed by the Bible readings used, some prayer points from BUGB and a selection of worship songs.

God bless.

Readings

Psalm 46 NIV
  1. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
  2. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
  3. though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
  4. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
  5. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
  6. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
  7. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
  8. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
  9. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
  10. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’
  11. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV

Paul’s use of his freedom

  1. Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
  2. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
  3. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.
  4. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
  5. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Prayers

Reflecting on the world-wide situation

Let’s continue to pray for all our sisters and brothers across the world who have been, and are continuing to be, affected by COVID-19.  We pray that all will know God’s overwhelming, steadfast love.

Pray for the countries currently suffering from the greatest outbreaks: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, USA

Psalm 46

pray for those who are fearful

Pray for those in our communities who may feel vulnerable and scared.

Pray that the love of God might be their peace.  That they may know that even in the darkest times God’s love brings hope.

Psalm 23

pray for the most vulnerable and isolated

Pray for those who are currently self-isolating in our neighbourhoods. Pray for older people who are concerned about shopping, regular hospital appointments and general day to day contact with other people.

Bring to God the regular activities for older and more vulnerable people provided by our churches.  Pray for wisdom for church leaders to know how to keep people connected and safe.

John 14:27