19 July 2020
Updated: Jul 19
Series on Acts: Acts 8:9-25 The Church on the Move - Simon the Deceiver
Welcome to today's service, led by Jan, Ian, Alan and Janet.
Remember young people that your service can be found on www.hillsong.co.uk or go to YouTube: Hillsong kids online service. Although we are now on week 18 the weeks are no longer shown so check that it is the most recent online service posted that you watch.
1 IF FAITH CAN MOVE THE MOUNTAINS,
Let the mountains move.
We come with expectation,
Waiting here for You, waiting here for You.
Waiting here for You With our hands lifted high in praise. And it’s You we adore, Singing, ‘Alleluia.’
2You’re the Lord of all creation,
And still You know my heart.
The author of salvation –
You’ve loved us from the start.
3 You are everything You’ve promised,
Your faithfulness is true,
And we’re desperate for Your presence;
All we need is You.
1 There's nothing worth more, that will ever come close
No thing can compare, You're our living hope
Your Presence Lord
2 I've tasted and seen, of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free, and my shame is undone
In Your Presence Lord
Chorus Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your Glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence Lord
Janet Eaves will now lead us in prayer:
Loving Lord, your world is a huge and wonderful place and you asked us to care for it but sometimes the troubles of the world seem too big for us. It saddens our hearts to see so much suffering. Who and what should we pray for?
- for a world that needs peace, wisdom and healing
- the leaders of every nation
- the poor of our own and every land
- those who live in fear
- the life of the church in all the world
- all the people in the world who bring God’s love to others and those in danger because they share the love of God
- the life of this church and the people around us. For those who live and work in our community, in our shops and businesses, for those who work from home, those who are unemployed and for all who pass through our island on their travels.
- for our families, our friends and our neighbours
- all those who are suffering in body, mind and spirit
- for the departed and those who grieve
You are the God of all comfort. Uphold them we pray and draw very close to them.
Thank you that your love is bigger than all our sadness, stronger than all the conflict in the world and lasts longer than all the divisions between people. Give us your gifts of love, hope and faith so that we may share them with one another and the world.
Lord of life, in these troubling and challenging times of the pandemic crisis for our families, communities, our nation and our world, we turn to you in faith to seek your guidance and to receive your blessing. Sometimes the way is steep and we wonder if we can go on but then we remember that you have gone before us and prepared the way, so we follow you and as we feel your strength, your power and comfort, we go forward knowing that all is well because you are in front of us, beside us, behind us and around us and we are grateful knowing that you will never leave us.
And so we pray for those who are sick, our health workers, the anxious, lonely and the isolated, the vulnerable, the church, those in authority, researchers, traders and employees, those facing hardship, those in education, the departed and the grieving.
Whoever they may be, wherever they may be please hold them in your arms, so that they may feel the comfort of your nearness and the depth of your everlasting love.
And a prayer for ourselves - we offer you all our hopes and fears and as we look forward to the week to come we pray for an awareness of your love and support in all we do.
Dear Lord we ask that you would now open our ears and hearts to hear what you would like to say to us through Alan as he brings us your word.
THERE MUST BE MORE than this:
O Breath of God, come breathe within.
There must be more than this:
Spirit of God, we wait for You.
Fill us anew, we pray;
Fill us anew, we pray.
Consuming fire, fan into flame
A passion for Your name.
Spirit of God, fall in this place.
Lord, have Your way,
Lord, have Your way with us.
Come like a rushing wind,
Clothe us with power from on high.
Now set the captives free;
Leave us abandoned to Your praise.
Lord, let Your glory fall;
Lord, let Your glory fall.
SPIRIT, BREAK OUT,
Break our walls down.
Spirit, break out,
Heaven come down.
1 Our Father,
All of heaven roars Your name;
Sing louder, Let this place erupt with praise.
Can You hear it? The sound of heaven touching earth,
The sound of heaven touching earth.
2 King Jesus,
You’re the name we’re lifting high.
Your glory – Shaking up the earth and skies.
Revival – We want to see Your kingdom here,
We want to see Your kingdom here.
1 You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep my faith will stand
And I will call upon Your Name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine
2 Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You've never failed and You won't start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Saviour
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When will services resume at the Community Centre?
These guidelines from the government make it clear that due to the fact we meet in a shared community facility, it is not yet safe for us to open:
However, we are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you posted!
Hayling Holiday Lunches
A reminder that the single delivery for this summer will take place on 27 July. Please contact us if you have any queries. Sarah, Sam and David
Paul Dennison, from the Bridge Church, will continue to collect for the Food Bank. Sarah and David are still happy to receive food for the Food Bank at their home until we are back at church, and even then to organise its delivery to the Bridge. As to Hayling Holiday Lunches, the government has said they will only provide vouchers for the summer and not in future holidays, so we are putting HHL on hold and we will see what happens.
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As you meet this week, begin by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide your discussion. Read Acts 8:9-25, then discuss these questions:
1. The Samaritan experience was clearly a two stage conversion (first accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour, then later being baptised in the Holy Spirit). Commentators argue that it was the exception rather than the norm - although there is a similar occasion in Acts 19. There are many examples of being baptised in the Spirit without the laying on of hands (Acts 2: 38 - 39; Acts 8: 36 - 39; Acts 10: 44 - 48; Acts 16: 29 - 34). Paul also argues that no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:3).
Is there a difference between receiving the Spirit on confession of faith and a particular infilling of the Holy Spirit on a later occasion (or occasions)? Does a later infilling mean there was no Spirit received on confession?
2. How do you think that the apostles realised that the Samaritans had not been filled with the Spirit (and elsewhere in Acts clearly saw that people had been filled with the Spirit)? Is that still relevant today?
3. Given the historical relationship between the Samaritans and Jews, discuss how God broke that barrier through the Gospel. What are some relationship barriers today in our lives and in our community? How can the Gospel break those barriers?
4. How do Peter’s words to Simon clearly indicate that Simon did not have a saving faith in Jesus Christ? When you read Peter’s words, what strikes you most?
5. Look at the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 8, Romans 12: 6 – 8). Consider what gift you may have, or would desire to have, to serve others?
End by asking for prayer needs in your group, then take time to pray for each other.