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.
23rdt – 28th
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
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.
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.
John 1: 1 – 5 John 1: 14
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.
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
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.
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.
THE FIG TREE MAY NOT BLOSSOM.
FRUIT BE ON THE VINES.
THE LABOR OF THE OLIVE MAY FAIL
THE FIELDS YIELD NO FOOD; THOUGH THE FLOCK MAY BE CUT OFF FROM THE FOLD,
THERE BE NO HERD IN THE STALLS
WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD
WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION
LORD GOD IS MY STRENGTH.
WILL MAKE MY FEET DEER’S FEET,
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.