19 April 2020
Updated: Apr 19
Good morning everyone and welcome to our online service. Today we have a double act, Ian and Jan, leading worship and prayers. We also have a surprise in store for you as Joth shares God’s word with us.
Let us begin our service by praising God for all the answered prayers we have seen this week:
Praise you, Father God, for the improvement of Anne Keen’s mum following her heart attack at the beginning of the week.
We praise you for the safe arrival of little Hope, Anne and Andy’s first granddaughter.
And we praise you, Lord, that little baby Mia, following her heart surgeries, has been able to return to Adelaide with the family.
We thank you for Barbara's recovery from COVID-19.
We also thank you, Lord God, that Boris Johnson is now out of hospital.
You are an awesome God!
As we now listen to God’s inspired word to us, we pray, Lord God, that we would not be deaf to what you want to say to us as individuals. We pray that we would “open” our ears and our hearts to you and hear You Holy Spirit speaking to us, encouraging us and strengthening us.
What an encouragement to be reminded by Joth of how much our Lord cares about us as individuals. He is interested in each one of us. He knows all our struggles and weaknesses.
We are aware that many of you are struggling at this time particularly those of you who are battling with depression and anxiety as many of your normal coping strategies have been stripped away because of the “lockdown”. We would therefore like to pray for you now:
Our dear Lord and Heavenly Father, we thank You that You know all our fears and struggles. You know that at this time of uncertainty many of us are afraid, anxious and depressed. Holy Spirit, come now in power and flood us with Your peace that goes beyond anything we can understand. Bring us healing and hope. Equip us with Your armour to defend ourselves against the enemy’s attacks and lies. Praise You, Lord, that our hope is in You and You alone. Praise you that "we can do all things through Him who gives us strength!" (Philippians 4:13)
Father God we would also like to pray
* for healing for Moira who has Covid-19 symptoms;
* for Greg, who is struggling with a recurrence of his Bells Palsy;
* for Dave Gardiner (a paramedic friend of Ian’s), who has tested positive for Covid-19. We pray for Greg's and Dave’s family as they too have to isolate, please bring them peace and protection;
* for Vicky’s son Carl who also has the coronavirus. Please be with Vicky at this time, unable to visit Carl, may she know Your peace and comfort and have complete confidence in You as she places Carl into Your loving care.
We pray, Lord God, that you would bring these families complete healing, that they would all know Your presence with them, strengthening them, and that You would provide for them at this time.
We thank you Lord God that Sally’s sister-in-law is now out of hospital following her hysterectomy but continue to pray for her recovery and that You, Lord God, would take away the pain that she is suffering.
We lift our government to You, Lord God, and the governments and rulers of the world. We pray that you would give them divine wisdom to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. We also pray that You would enable those searching for a vaccine and cure to discover them soon.
Father God, we would also like to lift to You Yemen as it reports its first case of coronavirus. With the country facing a massive humanitarian crisis with 24 million people struggling to survive as the country is on the brink of famine and many do not have access to clean water or sanitation. We pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout that land, miraculously reversing the threat of famine and preventing the virus from spreading. We pray that You would bring peace and unity from leaders so that the virus can be contained.
We also pray for safety and empowering and equipping for all those trying to serve some of the world’s most vulnerable people at this time.
In Jesus name, Amen.
(If you have any prayers you'd like to add, please feel free to do so in the comments section at the bottom of this page.)
I (Ian), would like to share with you the content of a dream I had this week. The dream was a very audible voice that kept repeating the following phrase:
“Don’t let anything come between me and my love for you.” Then I heard,
“The Lord is my living water, don’t go to another stream to drink before coming to me.” And while I was reading from the bible the following words really stood out:
“Confess your sins before the Lord and receive his forgiveness.”
There may be different interpretations for us all as individuals. We pray that if this word is for you, that the Lord would make it clear to you what he would like to reveal to you through the content of this dream.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all evermore. Amen.
Mel's Uganda mission
As promised, Mel's photos and feedback on her Uganda mission trips are now available to view on our website under Missions.
If you have children and would like to take them through today's text about Jesus appearing to the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, you might like to view the following link: Road to Emmaus. You could also print the following image to colour, or just see if you can find the words together now on the screen.
Resources to help you hear from God
Joth has told us how the story of the encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus reveals what we need to do during our own journeys. If you're new to all this and are wondering just how you get God's perspective on things, reading the Bible is one of the key tools we use to do that. If you don't own one, you could download an app like this - you might like to start by reading the book of Mark or Luke, which will give you an overview of the life of Jesus. Although these books appear more than halfway through the Bible, everything in the Bible ultimately points towards, or originates from, the life of Jesus, so it is very helpful to know his story before reading anything else.
Another helpful type of app is one in which someone has taken the time to reflect on a bible passage and apply it to life today. You might try something like this:
Our Daily Bread
Resources for Anxiety & Depression
During the week I (Jan) watched a talk from Spring Harvest, Tackling Anxiety by Patrick Regan. He is the founder of a charity called Kintsugi Hope, helping to support those suffering depression and anxiety. Below are resources that he recommends for suffers and carers. He also recommended a book, “Insight into Anxiety”, CWR. He has also written a couple of books, “Honesty Over Silence” and “When Faith is Shaken”, both are half price on his Kintsugi Hope website. Obviously I haven’t had a chance to read the books yet, however if his talk is anything to go by, I feel that they would be well worth a read for anyone suffering from, or anyone trying to understand, anxiety and depression.
Spring Harvest talks
If you missed Spring Harvest this week, not to worry, you can still access the talks by clicking on Spring Harvest Home, or you can view selected talks on YouTube by typing "Spring Harvest Home" in the search bar.
We will be starting an exciting new series on the book of Acts, beginning next week. This is one of the most action-packed books of the Bible and while it's full title is "Acts of the Apostles", in many ways it would be more accurately named "Acts of the Holy Spirit". If you've ever wondered who this mysterious third member of the Trinity is, what he does, and how he operates, this is a perfect opportunity to find out...
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