Home Service: Sunday 26 July 2020 ~ ‘Verses’
To be used in conjunction with Read Mark, Learn – RML 260720
Lord Jesus, As we still ourselves to take time to be close with you, please show us through the words, verses and songs chosen and written for us today by folk in our community, how you have been close by our sides during times in our lives, some of which have been difficult times how you have guided and shaped us and drawn close to us. May our worship and praise today be a love offering back to you. In your precious name. Amen.
As we begin our worship today Joanna leads us with this song ‘Light of the World (Here I am to worship)’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-In6tlAGZ5g
Light of the world You stepped down into darkness Opened my eyes, let me see beauty that made this heart adore You. Hope of a life spent with You Here I am to worship. Here I am to bow down. Here I am to say that You’re my God. You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy. Altogether wonderful to me. King of all days, Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above Humbly You came to the earth You created All for love’s sake became poor. Here I am to worship… I’ll never know how much it cost To see my sin upon that cross
Verses shared by Sumita
Sumita says, “During lockdown I went through all the Psalms. I especially like Psalm 23, which I was made to learn by heart when I was a teenager for my Confirmation. It was meaningless to me then because nothing was explained. After five decades I find that it is a psalm that fulfils Christian life and it gives me a lot of comfort.”
Psalm 23:1–6 (NIV Bible)
The Lord is my shepherd I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The Lord’s My Shepherd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-qLa_2GPcM
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want; He makes me down to lie In pastures green; he leadeth me The quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again, And me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, E’en for his own name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For thou art with me; and thy rod And staff me comfort still. My table thou hast furnished In presence of my foes; My head thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows. Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me; And in God’s house forever more My dwelling place shall be.
A verse shared by Louise
Louise says, “During lockdown everything has changed, the whole way of life. This has been of great benefit spiritually to me as well as deeply frustrating and difficult in some other ways. As I found myself at home rather more than ever before God has led me to practise a discipline of stillness, silence and solitude. My house was not the correct place for this to be able happen as I always feel I “should” or “ought” to be busy doing something constructive!! On a visit to Harnhill retreat centre many years ago and, on a Leadership Team away day, I had heard about being still with God. Something that was totally alien to me at the time. I bought the stone in the picture below from Harnhill which reads, ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10) and started me on a journey of discovery.
Gardens and plants and flowers are my idea of heaven, I love the colours, shapes, scents, textures being outside where there is freedom, so where better to make that still small space. At the end of our garden was what could only be described as junk space between our shed and green house. This was to be the space away from the house and quiet. Much to Peters astonishment I set too making it a beautiful space full of flowers, shade, colour, illuminations and artefacts that I found helpful or had a meaning in my life. I find I am able to sit in this space and “be”. God joins me there; I feel his presence sitting beside me on the concrete seat. I am able to speak with him in a way that is truly exciting. I will be honest I have found some of the last few months very difficult to endure but to be able to sit with God pray and listen and be still has been such a blessing. I share with you that space in the picture below.”
This next song was chosen by Una. It got away from Music Night! It is so appropriate for us today as Jesus is our ‘forever friend’. He will never leave us, however we are; however, we are struggling or in a good place, he’s always there. He is the best friend you can ever have.
Song: ‘My Forever Friend’ by Charlie Landsborough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpXcqQ4AA8U
Everybody needs a little help sometime. No one stands alone. Makes no difference if you’re just a child like me, or a king upon a throne For there are no exceptions. We all stand in the line. Everybody needs a friend. Let me tell you of mine He’s my forever friend My leave-me-never friend From darkest night to rainbow’s end He’s my forever friend Even when I turn away He cares for me. His love no one can shake. Even as I walk away He’s by my side with every breath I take. And sometimes I forget Him, my halo fails to shine. Sometimes I’m not His friend, but He is always mine He’s my forever friend My leave-me-never friend From darkest night to rainbow’s end He’s my forever friend If you still don’t know the one I’m talking of I think it’s time you knew Long ago and far away upon a cross my friend died for you So if you’ld like to meet him and don’t know what to do Ask my friend into your heart and he’ll be your friend too He’s my forever friend My leave-me-never friend From darkest night to rainbow’s end He’s my forever friend
Lord in a world of change We thank you for your changelessness. In a world of doubt We thank you for your hope. In a world of darkness We thank you for your light. In a world of compromise We thank you for your word. In a world of haste We thank you for your calm. In a world of noise We thank you for your peace. Grant us your peace today and always. Amen
Verses shared by Fay
Fay says, “These encourage me whenever I feel inadequate, low, not good enough etc especially when I get things wrong.”
Zephaniah 3:17 [NIV UK]
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you. in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
“….. this is in the context of Israel being forgiven, God having taken away her punishment and turned back her enemy. The Lord has done this for each of us as individuals too; it gives me a picture of a loving Father reassuring and comforting the child He adores.”
And Psalm 139:13 – 14
For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
“I can’t help linking all these verses in my thinking about God Creator, Mother and Father and all the caring and the discipline we received.”
Song: ‘Lord, I Need You’ by Matt Maher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE
Lord, I come, I confess. Bowing here I find my rest. Without You I fall apart. You’re the One that guides my heart Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defence, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You Where sin runs deep Your grace is more. Where grace is found is where You are Where You are, Lord, I am free Holiness is Christ in me Lord, I need You, oh, I need You… So teach my song to rise to You when temptation comes my way When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You, Jesus you’re my hope and stay When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You, Jesus you’re my hope and stay Lord, I need You, oh, I need You…
In all we have gone through these last few months we have definitely needed to pull in close to him, he is our rock in times of trouble.
A verse from Pastor Pete
Pete says, “I already shared John 6:66-68 at SCT, so this time I’ll go for John 10:9, ‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, they will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’ I had to lead students in a Bible Study, in about 1976, on that part of John. I had trouble making sense of ‘in and out’. I had always thought of the sheepfold as the kingdom, which Jesus as the door let people into; yet here people are coming and going. This was another step for me in grasping grace. Since then, I’ve viewed the sheepfold as The Law (of Moses), a place that gives protection and security, but not the sustenance for life that is to be found outside in the pasture, in the company of the Shepherd. At a similar time, I asked a charismatic man why he was wearing a tie on a Sunday, which seemed to me a throwback to conventional church, which many people at that time thought was on the way out. His answer was, ‘Because I’m as free to do so, as I am not to do so.’ That seemed to illustrate the freedom that Jesus the Door offers.”
The next song was chosen by Pauline S
Song: How Great Thou Art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-bHFSnQPQ0
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder Thy power throughout the universe displayed Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art When through the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And see the brook and feel the gentle breeze Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee… And when I think of God, His Son not sparing Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing He bled and died to take away my sin Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee… When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!” Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee…
Poem: ‘For Solitude’ from ‘Benedictus’ by John O’Donahue
May you recognise in your life the presence, The power and light of your soul. May you realise that you are never alone, That your soul in its brightness and belonging Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your individuality and difference. May you realise that the shape of your soul is unique, That you have a special destiny here That behind the façade of your life There is something beautiful and eternal happening. May you learn to see yourself With the same delight Pride and expectation, With which God sees you in every moment.
Lord, as we come before you, let us remember our loved ones, friends and family We bring them before you now………. We pray for our places of work, our communities we live in We bring them before you now………… We pray for our nation and those who lead us We bring them before you now……. We pray for the spiritual and economical health of this country We bring this before you now…… And lastly, we pray for ourselves that you may guide and guard us in all that we say and do. In your name we pray all these things. Amen
A verse shared by Liz
“The verse I would like to share is Isaiah 41:10. ‘So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ This verse was given to me twice on the same day 10 years ago when I was at a low place with chemotherapy side effects. I was depressed and struggling with fatigue. Neighbours had given us a calendar with a verse a day and this was the same one as our Bible notes focused on that day. It took some time to recover and I praise God for healing and the NHS. During lockdown Pastor Pete has written to us in his weekly letter many times to be still and look around us and to see the beauty God has created. Finding time to be still is an important time as we notice things about ourselves, God and creation that we would miss in our usual hurried state.”
‘Look at the World’ by John Rutter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDa-Mab4SoU
Look at the world: Everything all around us look at the world: and marvel everyday look at the world: So many joys and wonders So many miracles along our way Praise to thee O Lord for all creation give us thankful hearts that we may see all the gifts we share and every blessing all things come of thee Look at the earth: Bringing forth fruit and flower look at the sky: The sunshine and the rain Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains, Valley and flowing river field and plain. Praise to thee O Lord for all creation… Think of the spring, Think of the warmth of summer Bringing the harvest before the winters cold Everything grows, everything has a season ‘til it is gathered to the fathers fold Praise to thee O Lord for all creation… Every good gift, all that we need and cherish Comes from the lord in token of his love We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty His is the earth and his the heavens above Praise to thee O Lord for all creation…
God is walking with us in all situations. A song of promise and encouragement to finish our time today has been chosen by Pete R.
Song : ‘Do It Again’ sung by Elevation Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B_lnQIITxU
Walking around these walls I thought by now they’d fall But You have never failed me yet Waiting for change to come Knowing the battle’s won For You have never failed me yet Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness I’m still in Your hands This is my confidence, you’ve never failed me yet I know the night won’t last. Your Word will come to pass My heart will sing Your praise again. Jesus, you’re still enough Keep me within Your love My heart will sing Your praise again Your promise still stands. Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness. I’m still in Your hands This is my confidence, you’ve never failed. Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness I’m still in Your hands This I’ve seen you move, you move the mountains and I believe I’ll see you do it again you made a way where there was no way and I believe I’ll see you do it again. I’ll see you do it again Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness I’m still in Your hands This is my confidence, you never failed yet.
May God the Father prepare your journey, Jesus the Son guide your footsteps, The Spirit of Life strengthen your body, The Three in One watch over you, on every road that you may follow. Amen