Sunday, 22nd November 2020
Introductory Song: 'I have heard so many songs/The Father’s song' Matt Redman
We give you a very warm welcome as you share this service with us. Though we are curtailed by another lockdown our thoughts today will be centred on the reality of our ongoing pilgrimage towards our eternal home. May our desire for fellowship with God be our greatest ambition and may the prospect of spending eternity in His presence fill our lives with an overwhelming hope and joy.
Opening Prayer and Poem: by Eddie Askew
Help me find the courage, Lord
Lord, I hear the song, Your song.
I'll sing it when the road is clearly marked,
I'll sing it when the clouds roll in
Song: 'My hope is built on nothing less'(Cornerstone version)
Young People's Slot: (Provided by Anne)
Song: 'The wise man built his house'
Gracious Holy Spirit continue to make Your home in us and enable us to live holy and fruitful lives.
We begin with a Reflection on Remembrance by Rev Nick Lear (a Regional Minister with the Eastern Baptist Association). Whilst this was originally produced for Remembrance Sunday a few weeks ago, it remains a very relevant and helpful consideration of the significance of the Lord’s Supper.
Let us share communion together:
As we gather we each examine our hearts, our minds, our behaviour and our speech. We confess our sins, repent and lay hold of God’s promised forgiveness. We hear His welcome. We respond to His loving overtures.We come thoughtfully and thankfully recalling St Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 11 vs23-26.
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.”WE TAKE THE BREAD remembering Christ’s body broken for us.
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.”WE TAKE THE WINE remembering Christ’s blood poured out for us.
Let’s give thanks for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are sharing this experience with us today.We testify of Christ’s atoning sacrifice as together we also look forward to His return.
26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.We ponder afresh the depths of God’s love for us and the willingness of Jesus to lay down His life for us.
Let’s express our praise and reaffirm our faith as we sing along with the following song –
Song: 'Beautiful Lord, wonderful Saviour'
Main Bible Reading: Psalm 84