Home Service 1

Bringing Christ and His love to our communities – Home Service #1

(This service can be used alongside this document for our series on Read Mark, Learn – 2020-03-22 Mark 14 1-11 Danger of Death)

Preparing to worship:
Let’s engage mind, heart and will as we respond to the Psalmist’s words. Psalm 34:1-3 (Living Bible):
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. I will boast of all his kindness to me. Let all who are discouraged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and exalt his name.

Give Praise – with a song written by David Fellingham
God of glory, we exalt your name,
You who reign in majesty.
We lift our hearts to you
And we will worship, praise and magnify
Your holy name.
In power resplendent
You reign in glory,
Eternal King, you reign forever.
Your word is mighty,
Releasing captives,
Your love is gracious,
You are my God

Prayer of thanks:
O God our Father, Creator of all,
please open my eyes to see
• the gifts you have given me
• the things you have done for me
• the love you have for me
Thank you, Father for……
… Loving God, receive my thanks.

Reading : 1 Kings 17: 8-16:
How God provided for the prophet Elijah, a widow and her son. Then the word of the Lord came to him (Elijah): ‘Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have instructed a widow there to supply you with food.’ So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked,
‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?’ As she was going to get it, he called, ‘And bring me, please, a piece of bread.’ ‘As surely as the Lord your God lives,’ she replied, ‘I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die.’ Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.”’ She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

Prayer for God’s help:
Father we bring to you now the needs, concerns and fears we have
for ….
…Father, in Your mercy, hear my prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

A song of affirmation – written by Graham Kendrick
We believe in God the Father,
Maker of the universe,
And in Christ His Son our Saviour,
Come to us by virgin birth.
We believe He died to save us,
Bore our sins, was crucified.
Then from death He rose victorious,
Ascended to the Father’s side.
Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,
Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,
Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all,
Jesus, Lord of all, Lord of all.
Name above all names,
Name above all names.
Name above all names.
We believe He sends His Spirit,
On His church with gifts of power.
God His word of truth affirming,
Sends us to the nations now.
He will come again in glory,
Judge the living and the dead.
Every knee shall bow before Him,
Then must every tongue confess.
Jesus, Lord of all….

Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21
We acknowledge the Lord’s sovereignty in and through all things and might pray using the words of Paul to the church in Ephesus: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Reflection A poem written by John Bell. This reminds us again of God’s unchanging love for us. Reference to a mother’s love seems appropriate for Mothers’ Day:

When trouble strikes and fear takes root
and dreams are dry and sense unsound,
when hope becomes a barren waste,
then doubts like mountains soar around.
Our wandering minds believe the worst
and ask, as faith and fervour fade,
‘Has God now turned His back on us,
forsaking those He loved and made?’
God says, ‘See how a woman cares,
can she forget the child she bore?
Even if she did, I shan’t forget.
Though feeling lost, I love you more.’
‘My dearest daughter, fondest son,
My weary folk in every land,
your souls are cradled in my heart,
your names are written on my hand.
Then praise the Lord through faith and fear
In holy and in hopeless place,
for height and depth and heaven and hell
can’t keep us far from His embrace.

A song for the journey before us – an older hymn written by James Edmeston in very different circumstances to ours but addressing the same feelings and needs.
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing,
if our God our Father be.
Saviour breathe forgiveness o’er us:
all our weakness thou dost know;
thou didst tread this earth before us,
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary,
through the desert thou didst go.
Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
love with every passion blending,
pleasure that can never cloy:
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.

A blessing:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.