10 May 2020
Hi everyone, welcome! Christy here. Today's format will be a little different. Just click on the videos to follow:
Before you listen to the next song, you might like to take a few minutes to listen to the instrumental below (there's no video) as you pray this prayer:
Lord, I know that you are perfect, and for us to be able to enjoy a relationship, I need to allow Jesus to take all my wrongdoings away so that I can be pure before you again. As I turn my thoughts to you - your vast presence, ... your immense power, ... your all-surpassing goodness and love - would you bring to mind anything I've said, thought, or done, that has put a barrier between you and me...
... I hand those things over to Jesus now and receive his forgiveness.
This is a South African worship song inviting the Holy Spirit to come and fill each of us once again.
Today marks the beginning of Christian Aid Week. We (David & Sarah) are coordinators of fundraising for Christian Aid for Churches Together and in ‘normal’ times we would have been preparing for street collections and other fundraising events as our contribution towards helping Christian Aid support the world’s poorest communities.
The coronavirus outbreak threatens the health of our neighbours near and far. It has shown us that our futures are bound more tightly together than ever before. Now it is spreading across the world’s poorest countries, putting people living in poverty at great risk. These people are already facing a lack of water, food and healthcare. Some are homeless. Some are living with underlying health issues such as HIV/AIDS. As coronavirus infection rates speed up, they will feel the impact of the virus deeply.
Coronavirus impacts all of us but love unites us all. In the Bible it says “Let us love not in word or speech but in truth and action” (1John 3.18)
Before we pray let us sing or say the words of the following song Be still for the presence of the Lord bringing ourselves into the presence of Almighty God who longs for us to call upon Him.
The prayers that follow are provided by Christian Aid:
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come…
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
God of heaven and earth,
in these times of isolation,
apart from loved ones,
distant from friends,
away from neighbours,
thank you that there is nothing in all of creation,
not even coronavirus,
that is able to separate us from your love.
May your love that never fails continue to be shared
through the kindness of strangers
looking out for each other,
for neighbours near and far, all recognising our shared vulnerability,
each of us grateful for every breath and willing everyone to know the gift
of a full and healthy life.
Keep us all in your care.
Restoring and healing God,
thank you for medical workers everywhere,
embodying sacrificial love in these challenging times.
Be their guide, strength, wisdom and hope.
We pray for those in authority to do right by them,
for proper protective equipment to be provided,
and for their dedication to be met with much gratitude when they return home, exhausted.
We pray for medical workers around the world,
where resources and protective equipment are always in short supply,
not only now but always.
May these extraordinary times
lead to deep and necessary changes in how our world works,
resulting in a genuine effort to address the profound injustice of life expectancy being determined by geography,
to awaken us all to the reality of how connected we all are,
and to work together to create the community and world we all want to be part of.
So help us, God,
‘Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things. Love never ends.’
(1 Corinthians 13:7-8)
strengthen our innermost being with your love that bears all things,
even the weight of this global pandemic,
even the endurance of watching for symptoms,
of patiently waiting for this to pass,
watching while we pray,
keeping our gaze fixed on you,
and looking out for our neighbours
near and far.
Instil in our shaken souls
the belief and hope that all things
are possible with your creative love;
for strangers to become friends,
for science to source solutions,
for resources to be generously shared
so everyone, everywhere, may have what they need.
May your perfect love that knows no borders
cast out any fear and selfishness that divides.
May your love that never ends
be our comfort, strength and guide
for the wellbeing of all and
the glory of God.
May your love that never fails
strengthen the weak
encourage the fearful
calm the anxious
heal the sick
through your church –
your washed hands
and feet on earth –
distant but still present
virtual but still connected
apart but still helping.
God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
And finally we pray for those we know who are suffering at this time – for Vicky, that her pain will be eased as she awaits her operation; for Millie and Mark and her family as they mourn the loss of Millie’s Mother; for Vicky's and Sally's friend Sue - that she and her family will receive comfort, healing and love at such a difficult time..... Draw close to these folk, Father, and grant them a peace that passes all understanding.
May we all sing this blessing over all those embodied in our prayers today
Please feel free to share reflections and prayer requests at the bottom of this page.
Sunday 10 May, 1.00pm: live-streamed Christian Aid Week service with Dr Rowan Williams. David & Sarah will have CA envelopes available for when we meet again but if you would like to donate via the website or read more about Christian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/
National Prayer Broadcast by the Baptist Union of Great Britain
In light of news that Boris Johnson will address the nation at 7pm and announce the first steps out of lockdown,we have decided to change the time of the broadcast to 8pm. This will allow us to pray in light of what is said. You can join the broadcast here.
Discipleship Groups (Zoom)
Meeting on Tuesday evenings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to find out about joining one.
Deacons' Meeting (Google Hangouts)
Monday 11 May 19:15
If you'd like to donate to the work of this church, you can do so at
Hayling Island Baptist Church
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Our children are following the Hillsong Kids lessons and activities during lockdown. These can be accessed at https://hillsong.com/uk/hskonline/