Sunday Reflections – 5th April 2020 Palm Sunday – Cheering for Jesus

Song to reflect upon:  
366 – Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, Hosanna,
Hosanna in the highest!
Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Hosanna in the highest!
Glory, Glory
Glory to the King of Kings!
Glory, Glory,
Glory to the King of Kings!
Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Glory to the King of Kings!
Prayer
Lord, today we celebrate your power
and give thanks for your glory.
Today we praise you for Jesus
and for his coming to share in our lives.
We thank you for his riding into Jerusalem.
We praise you for the joy of Palm Sunday.
We praise you the Jesus is King of your kingdom. 
We thank you that he comes as the Prince of Peace.
We praise you for those who cut down palm branches
and we thank you for those who sang their songs of praise.
We praise you that Palm Sunday was like a coronation, 
But we remember that the crown he wore was made of thorns.
We thank you for the man who lent him the donkey,
and for the disciples who trusted his word.
We praise you for everyone who shouted Hosanna,
and we thank you for Jesus – the cause of their praise. 
Forgive us, Lord, when our worship is not filled with joy and celebration.
Forgive us, Lord, that our lives are not flooded with thankfulness.
Forgive us, Lord, that our lips and lives give you so little praise.
Lord, by your Holy Spirit, 
help us to praise you everywhere
and every day and for ever.
Amen.
Songsters Great is the Lord 

 
Great is the Lord
He is holy and just
By His power we trust
In his love
Great is the Lord
He is faithful and true
By his mercy he proves
He is love
Great is the Lord
And worthy of glory
Great is the Lord
And worthy of praise
Great is the Lord
Now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice
Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord
(Second Time)
Great are you Lord
And worthy of glory
Great are you Lord
And worthy of praise
Great are you Lord
I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great are you Lord
Great are you Lord
Great are you Lord
Great are you Lord
Great are you…
Lord
(Words Michael W. Smith)
Bible Reading Matthew 21:1-11
Thought: Cheering for Jesus

Band Amazed!
The words of Song 466 – ‘I stand amazed in the presence’ are associated with this melody

I STAND amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Saviour’s love for me!
For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine!”
He had no tears for His own grief,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.
He took my sins and sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore my burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone.
When with the ransomed in Glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.
A song to lead us into Holy Week: 
196 – Ride on, ride on in majesty

 
God Bless you all
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Songster Practice – Tuesday 31st March 2020

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re gradually getting used to your new normal – whatever that may be! I’m really missing you all and really wanting to feel connected to you. So like last Tuesday I’m posting 3 songs, not chosen by me this week, which I hope we can share and which will connect us together! Sing along or just listen and be blessed!

Our first song has been chosen by Val and is her favourite because it was the first songster song she ever learned.

Worthy:

Our second song was chosen by Gwyneth.

Breathe and be still:

Our third song is a favourite of Clive.

He sought me:

Gwyneth’s song choice reminds us of the familiar verse from Psalm 46: Be still and know that I am God.

Being still is something many of us are not used to and we’re not very good at! Being busy is what is more natural to us and usually we’re being reminded of the importance of keeping active! But at the moment, being still is being forced on us like never before! ‘Stay home’ is the mantra and ‘Do not go out unless you have to!’ We have permission to be still, we have time to be still. So let’s not waste this opportunity. Let’s take time each day to be still and honour God, acknowledging His power and majesty, resting in Him and listening to what He wants to teach us in these days.

The verse of the song says:

When you’re still,
You can feel the Master whisper to you.
Hold his hand,
Understand that he’s always there for you.
Let’s finish with a song which reminds us to
‘trust the heart of the father…..
And in the presence of the King,
Bow the knee.’

Please remember to stay in touch and pray for each other.
Chris x

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Sunday Reflections – Sunday 29th March 2020

Song to reflect upon: 937 - 'We are Witnesses for Jesus'
(A recording of the song, from Edinburgh Georgie Corps in 1991)

Prayer

Father, we come in Christ to pray for the Church and the world.
We pray for all Christians everywhere, that they may come to You in the sure and simple way that Christ came to His Father’s house.
Be there, we pray, for those who seek You with heart and soul and mind and strength, and be with those who go in Your name to love their neighbours as themselves.
Lord, make us Your witnesses.
So fill our lives with Your love and Your truth that others will know we have been with Christ.
We are so aware that many of those around us, many of those we meet, are living small, cramped, empty lives.
They are existing when You intended them to live; they are hanging on by the skin of their teeth when You are offering life in all its fulness.
We pray that what we say and how we say it, what we do and how we do it, will enable those who do not know You and have never loved You to be caught up by the wonder of Your love for them.
We make our pray in the name of Christ Jesus,
Amen

Songsters - 'Compelled by Love'

Compelled by love, Called to serve
Wherever there are souls in need.
Compelled by love, Called to find the lonely
And the lost. Touched by God’s grace,
I’ll love where hearts are hurting.
How can I offer less than all
When I am born again by his forgiving?
I’m compelled by love.

Compelled by love, Called to toil
Wherever there are mouths to feed.
Compelled by love, Called to work where life is at its worst.
Moved by God’s grace, I’ll prove that I am willing.
How can I offer less than all
When his love fills my heart,
My spirit thrilling?
I’m compelled by love.

Compelled by love, Called to follow Christ
No matter where he leads.
Compelled by love, Called to give and not to count the cost.
Filled with God’s grace, I’ll lead a life worth living.
How can I offer less than all
When I am made anew by his infilling?
His love calls me, his love claims me,
I’m compelled by love.

(Words: Stephen Pearson, Music: Andrew Blyth)

Bible Reading Acts 1 : 3-9

Thought

A different style of witness

Band:

'Let me be a light'

Walking through the darkness of fear and hatred,
Listening for a word to speak me peace.
Struggling to believe that I can make a difference,
Lord, I come to You, My courage to release.

Let me be a light amid the darkness,
Let me feel You here, my spirit to renew.
Help me give the love that is the only answer,
Let me be a light, let me be a light
Lord, for You

(Words & music by Joy Webb, Band arrangement by Mervyn Clarke)

God Bless You All.

Thank You to Clive for his suggestion for a Band item for this morning, and to Chris for her suggestion for the Songsters. Whilst I was putting this thoughT together, both Sian and I thought of a different Songster song that would fit in well with this morning: And You will be my witnesses. So as an additional item, should you wish to listen to it.


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