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Virtual Church Material

A time of worship for those currently house-bound to share with each other at home, over the telephone or quietly alone. We hope to produce this worship and thought for the week on a weekly basis.  May God bless you during this time of confinement in the love and knowledge of His Son Jesus. 

Mid-week   23rdt – 28th March

Coronavirus is a reminder of what can attack us and while the experts are seeking a vaccine, we need to remember the attack to us spiritually – Bible reading:

Ephesians 6: 10 - 18

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for the privilege of coming to you in prayer; guide and enable us to pray in your Spirit on all occasion with all kinds of prayers and requests.

Lord’s Prayer

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever.

Sunday 29th March

Remember, as the world experiences a crisis and looks to the scientists for a cure and the government for support; we have a God who is ultimately in control.  We worship the Creator not the created.

Bible reading

John 1: 1 – 5    John 1: 14 – 18

Prayer

Sovereign Lord, we thank you that you first loved us and made a way into Your presence through Jesus.  May we know and experience the power of Your Holy Spirit keeping us safe in the everlasting arms of Your Son Jesus.

Lord’s Prayer

The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you: The Lord look with favour on you and give you peace.  

Hope the list of bible readings and prayers provided will help give you some guidance in your time of daily devotions or share with someone over the ‘phone. 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The other day having listened to hours of the news I really wanted to hear what God had to say on our present situation and my attention was drawn the hymn of faith in the book of Habakkuk chapter 3 v 17 -19.

THOUGH THE FIG TREE MAY NOT BLOSSOM.

NOR FRUIT BE ON THE VINES.

THOUGH THE LABOR OF THE OLIVE MAY FAIL

AND THE FIELDS YIELD NO FOOD; THOUGH THE FLOCK MAY BE CUT OFF FROM THE FOLD,

AND THERE BE NO HERD IN THE STALLS

YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD

I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION

THE LORD GOD IS MY STRENGTH.

HE WILL MAKE MY FEET DEER’S FEET,

AND HE WILL MAKE ME WALK ON MY HIGH HILLS.

It struck me these verses are very relevant today in our situation. We might not be looking to fig trees and vines and fields for our food and drink as they very much did in the times of Habakkuk but when we go into Sainsbury’s and the shelves are empty… not a toilet roll or a box of paracetamol in sight….do our hearts sink and do we leave feeling down and depressed?   Do we feel like a flock cut off from the fold when we discover all our usual meetings and social activities are suspended and our favourite cafes closed?  Do we feel sad and isolated because we have no means of meeting up with our friends?    For us in the west, the usual plentiful provision of our everyday needs and pleasures have rarely if ever been brought into question since the second world war… but now Corona virus has changed that.    But the good news for Christians is our hope does not rely on the temporary things of this world, on plentiful provision and social activities. Our Joy and our hope is in Jesus Christ who is alive and who reigns on high. Whatever happens in this world if we have repented of our sin and put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are safe in the hands of the Father.   Jesus said this in John 10 v 27-29 ‘MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME.  AND I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH; NEITHER SHALL ANYONE SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND. MY FATHER, WHO HAS GIVEN THEM TO ME, IS GREATER THAN ALL; AND NO ONE IS ABLE TO SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND.  I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE’. What we are experiencing will pass but, in the meantime, let’s take the opportunity to really seek and get to know Jesus Christ.  Let’s not worry about whether we can find chicken and beef mince, or toilet rolls or detox wipes in Sainsbury’s, let’s lift our heads and our hearts up and ‘Rejoice in the Lord’…. in Jesus who knows the end from the beginning and who is surprized by nothing.  In Jesus who is our strength and our salvation and who is alive and reigning for evermore.



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