Service for 5th April
Good morning all. I hope this time we share finds you all in good physical and mental health.
Despite these difficult times we can rely on the presence of the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen us, as well as give us a peace unimaginable.
Since last week I would imagine that a lot of time has been spent in prayer for numerous things.
So for a start let’s continue in prayer.
Lord we come before You, separated, but not apart, united by Your Holy Spirit and once more we ask for Your blessing upon us as we share worship in this way.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
Let us seek His face always, especially in today’s circumstances.
With the current situation and regulations we are effectively ‘locked away’ for ‘fear of contracting COVID 19’. We can’t meet as a church in the conventional way and it is though we are having to hide away. Click on the link below and listen to the song, ‘God will make a way’ by Don Moen, the words make sense (included in last week’s message) for the situation we are in.
Finding the empty tomb and being distressed Mary encounters Jesus in the garden. Not long after:-
Jesus Appears to His Disciples John 20:19
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Locked away ‘for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you”.
Locked away for fear of spreading the virus, Jesus stands amongst us saying the same thing, “Peace be with you”.
Are we finding peace in Jesus now? Take a while to reflect.
I hope you feel the peace of Jesus right now.
COVID. I thought of what this could be translated to and I came up with this:-
Christ will Overcome this Viral Infectious Disease.
He will overcome this and we will be stronger.
Time for prayer for our church and people in particular.
Let’s move into Communion
What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief to bear.
Jesus died for our sins in the most cruel of ways.
If you have the bread and the wine take the bread now and give thanks.
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
As we take the wine we remember this also from 1 Corinthians 11
25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
As we approach the remembrance of Christ’s last week on earth ask yourselves, ‘why was Jesus killed on a cross’ given that the penalty under the Mosaic law for blasphemy was to be stoned to death. Jesus was charged with blasphemy so why was He not dealt with as the law decreed?
The simple answer is He died according to prophesy; however, He became a political sacrifice.
Psalm 22, and the book of Isaiah are but two examples of how He would die, plus Jesus’ own words in John 12:33
Numbers 21:4-9 Summary
During the time Israel camped in the wilderness, the Lord continually provided them with manna and quail to eat. Even though He provided for their needs, their impatience and discontentment caused them to reject the food that God had provided. As a lesson for all to see, the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people so that many them were bitten, became sick, and died. The people realized their sin and told Moses that they were sorry for what they had done. The Lord told Moses to make a bronze snake and mount it on a pole. Anyone bitten by the poisonous snakes could look at the bronze snake and be healed.
What did Jesus mean when He said, “If I be lifted up” John 12:32?
The “lifting up” of Jesus would be literal—Christ would be lifted up on a cross and die by crucifixion.
Look upon Jesus raised up on a cross; keep your eyes on Him and be saved.
Roses are red, April is grey. I pray we can all leave our houses in May. (author unknown)
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