Welcome to our first online time of worship and sharing in God’s word. This may not be a ‘live’ event but we are trusting that it will still be an enriching time in the Lord’s presence.
If you are alone or with others, consider setting aside a dedicated time and space for this weekend’s worship. Take a few moments to sit quietly and invite the Lord to be with you and to connect us as a family as we worship together – in spirit but not together physically.
Bev has given this week’s worship so much thought and prayer. I trust some of what she leads us in together will linger in our hearts and minds not only today but into the coming week.
Hi from Bev.
I know the picture isn’t me singing or anything, but it’s recent, and probably what I’m actually up to at the time you’re reading this (if it’s on Sunday morning). For worship this week, instead of all being together, we are in different places, time zones or at different times perhaps, but we still think it’s important to spend some time connecting with God, and maybe you will experience “the fellowship of the saints” too. If you’re watching alone, it’s at least you and me. So what follows is the songs I would have selected for live worship today, and in between the songs there are some readings and prayers that you can use/not use, as you prefer.
Practical note: The first two songs have lyrics in the video stream, but if you need the lyrics in the third song, instead of watching the video, once you have clicked the little play button in the centre of the image, scroll down on this blog, and I’ve printed the lyrics for you.
Matthew 18:18-20 (Message) Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven, a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.
Lord thank You that You are here, and as we worship, my prayer is that You make Yourself real to each person present.
Lord God, we cannot put our trust in anything that we do. Mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
At this time, maybe spend a few minutes considering the ways you can trust God to intervene in your life – particularly to defend you against all adversity. He wants to be your point of call, your hope, your tower of strength. Lean on Him now, and let His love surround you and His peace rain deeply into your heart.
Prayer: God You are near to us all the time. Thank You for this opportunity to connect with you, and that You are faithful to fill our worship with Your presence. Come Lord Jesus, our Prince of Peace. Take authority over every fear and speak Your love and life into us. Holy Spirit, go before us and make a way – bringing light into the darkness, hope and grace into our fallen world and may Your kingdom come in unexpected ways today and every day. Amen.
Message – ‘Prayer in a time of pandemic.’
Here are my thoughts on prayer and the Lord’s Prayer at this time. Many of you may be familiar with what has been on my heart the past few days, but let us journey together and share ways that this could be a reality in the days and weeks ahead.
I would value your participation and suggestions.
During the message I made reference to a blog on Tuesday and last weeks message – both links are below.
Here is an update on the latest Covid19 news and its impact on SA from our very own Francis Herd.
Both Bev and I covet not only your prayer but all your messages and various interactions.
xx Wayne & Bev.