Bible Reading: Psalm 100 (Read by Jane Hardingham).
Song: Shout for joy and sing.
CHILDREN’S TALK Based on Genesis 9 (PW):
Two Short Clips of Movie Songs (as referred to and as suggested by Dougie Wilson to follow on):
Song: Who put the colours in the rainbow
TIMELY REFLECTIONS, MEDITATIONS AND PRAYERS
Let us tell God that we love Him
A Reflection from Rev Stuart Davison (Regional Minister/ Team Leader South East Baptist Association)
A small boy was saying his evening prayers before bedtime.
When he had finished, his mother asked, ‘What did you pray for?’
‘It isn’t nice to always ask for things,’ he replied. ‘I just told God that I love him.’
If you are like me, you have been asking a lot from, and a lot of, God recently.
Interceding for those we have in our care and, for some of us, interceding for members of our own families.
But we must also spend time on our own relationship with our Father, deepening that.
By the time I have watched the news at breakfast and heard the stories of those who have lost loved ones,
or seen them come through, seen Captain Tom doing his walk and heard from the medics I am an emotional wreck!
Take care of yourself, spiritually, emotionally and physically, or you may not be much help to others now or in the future.
Tell God you love him and allow him to assure you of his love for you.
Song: Blessed be Your Name
Let us think about the things that we ought to give thanks for today.
Take time to reflect on God’s goodness and His provision and thank Him for His various gifts
‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good – His love endures for ever ……
Give thanks to the God of heaven – His love endures forever’ (Psalm 136 vs1&26)
Let us ponder the sufferings being experienced in our world
and the associated prayer needs Two excerpts from very recent global reports by Tearfund
• From the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sadly, just days before the Ebola outbreak was to be declared over, new cases of Ebola have been discovered in the DRC.
Pray for peace as tensions and fear are running high.
Ask for an end to Ebola and wisdom for leaders and healthcare workers
as they strive to contain that disease and also as they seek
to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has also now hit the country.
• From Yemen:
Pray for Yemen, which has reported its first coronavirus case.
The country is facing a humanitarian crisis with 24 million people
struggling to survive without access to clean water or safe sanitation.
This will prove even more deadly if the virus spreads.
Ask for peace and unity from leaders so that it can be contained.
And for safety and wisdom for Tearfund's local partners in Yemen
as they serve some of the world's most vulnerable people.
• Nearer to home, a Vicar’s son shares his family’s experiences
Let us pray for God’s intervention:
Two very relevant Prayers:
A Prayer from the London Oratory (slightly adapted)
PRAYER TO OUR LORD FOR THE GRACE OF HEALING AND PROTECTION
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus,
that we may experience your healing love.
Gracious Lord, the Great Physician, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Heal us from our fear and enable us to find imaginative and loving ways of helping one another.
Heal those who are sick with the virus.
May they regain their health and strength.
Please be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals
who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations.
Give them the foresight to act with prudence and charity
for the well-being of the people they seek to serve.
Stay with us, Lord, and grant us your peace. Amen.
PRAYER FOR SCIENTISTS TO FIND A VACCINE
A Prayer by Nick Fawcett (writer and former Baptist minister)
Hear our prayer, Lord, for scientists,
for all involved in seeking a vaccine against coronavirus,
a way of releasing us from its stranglehold,
from the threat it poses to the elderly and vulnerable.
Guide them in their research,
in their experiments,
in their early trials with volunteers,
and keep them and all who work with them safe.
Give them insight into the nature of this disease –
into the way it develops,
the way it spreads,
the way it affects the human body,
and help them to unravel its secrets
so as to find solutions effectively to combat it.
Grant that, through their efforts,
we may look forward soon to a time when this pandemic is consigned to history,
and it presents a danger no longer. Amen.
Song: Faithful One
Let us prepare our hearts to hear God’s Word today
We pray that His truth may dwell in us richly and shape our lives.
Main Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5 vs12-28 (Read by Chris Hardingham)
Song: All that I am I lay before You
ADDRESS (By Rev Sian Murray-Williams
Hymn: Christ be our Light
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2 vs16&17)