• Hayling Island Baptist

25 October 2020

Acts 16:11-15 God opens hearts and opens doors

Welcome everyone - today Ellen and Ian will be leading us in worship, Janet leads us in intercessory prayers and Keith will be bringing the message.


The children's service can be found on www.hillsong.co.uk, or go to YouTube: "Hillsong kids online service". It is released each Sunday morning, so do check that it is the most recent post!  


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.


STRENGTH WILL RISE as we wait upon the Lord. We will wait upon the Lord, We will wait upon the Lord. (Repeat) Our God, You reign forever; Our hope, our strong deliverer.

You are the everlasting God, The everlasting God. You do not faint, You won’t grow weary. You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need. You lift us up on wings like eagles.

Intercessory Prayers - Janet Eaves.

O Lord, what chaos our world is in...

The comfort and strength we draw from prayer is more important now than ever.

In our uncertainty-when we don’t know what to do, when decisions are hard-guide us.

When we are worried about what the future may bring, when we don’t know where to turn-give us your peace.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick and to assure the isolated of our love and your love.

Open our ears, Lord, to hear what you are saying to us in the things that happen to us and in the people we meet.

Open our eyes to see the needs of people around us.

Open our hands to do our work well and to help when help is needed.

Open our lips, Lord, as Lydia did - a believer who worshiped God, prayed, who started by building faith in her heart, in her home, while at the same time taking the Word of God to others. She is, by example, what we should all be, in our own way... bringing comfort, happiness and laughter to others.

Open our hearts, Lord, to love you and our fellow men as you have loved us.

We pray for all in authority who are facing difficult decisions at this time. Give them wisdom and courage to do the right thing.

We ask for a blessing on our local community, that our neighborhoods’ may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for.

We pray for your Church who longs to praise you throughout this strange and confusing time- fire our imaginations to proclaim your unchanging love in new ways.

We thank you for our families and friends- for modern technology which enables us to hear and see them so easily and to keep in touch even though separated by great distances.

We lift before you those who are burdened, those seeking healing, those in need within the church and the world especially in these difficult times with the ongoing Pandemic when resources are stretched to the limit.

We pray for those who are ill or in pain. We lift Vicki up to you, Lord. We thank you that eventually she was able to have her chemotherapy treatment this week and pray that the removal of her line on Monday will go well. We also hold Pastor Lilian, Christy, Mia and Maisie, Graham and others known only to ourselves and you Lord, in our prayers. Put your everlasting arms around them and hold them safe. Comfort and heal them and restore them to health and strength.

And, Lord, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by losing someone close to them.

Help us all to be responsible in the things that we do in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.

We are your people, Lord, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs, for as long as it takes, wherever you call us.

Lord, you said to your disciples, “I am with you always”. Be with us today and always, hear our prayers for others and ourselves and keep us in your care. Amen

YOU GIVE REST to the weary, You bring strength to the weak;

As they wait in Your presence, There is grace for their need.

So I’ll wait, I’ll wait; Yes, I’ll wait, I’ll wait for You.

I will say of the Lord, ’He is my refuge.’ I will say of the Lord, ’He is my strength.’

I will say of the Lord, ’He is my shelter, My hiding place.’

I will come to the source of all creation; I will drink from the well that never dries.

I will draw from the One who won’t grow tired, The Lord of all.

You can come in the silence; You can come in the noise.

Bringing peace in a moment, Bringing comfort and joy.

So I’ll wait, I’ll wait; Yes, I’ll wait, I’ll wait for You.

Lord, would you open our hearts to the message today so that your word can both cleanse us and cause us to bear good fruit for you.


Reading: Acts 16:11-15 God opens hearts and opens doors.

1 Christ is my reward, and all my devotion

Now there's nothing in this world, That could ever satisfy

Through every trial, My soul will sing, No turning back, I've been set free

Chorus - Christ is enough for me, Christ is enough for me ,

Everything I need is in You, Everything I need

2 Christ my all in all My joy and my salvation

And this hope will never fail Heaven is our home

Through every storm. My soul will sing. Jesus is here, To God be the glory

Chorus -

I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back no turning back

I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back no turning back

The cross before me, the world behind me

No turning back no turning back, The cross before me

the world behind me, No turning back no turning back



As a follow on from last week's intercessory prayers regarding 'Modern Day Slavery', if you are interested in learning more you may like to click on the link below. When you are directed to the A21 site, scroll down the page and click on 'Learn More' .


Garden / Video bible studies

If anyone would still like to link in with a group, please contact Sarah or the office so we can assist you in doing so.

As you meet this week, begin by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide your discussion. Then read Acts 16:11-15 and discuss these questions:

1) Have you ever had a time when you’ve felt you have grieved the Holy Spirit? Or a time when the Holy Spirit denied you something?

2) If you are called to witness for Christ are you prepared? Rank these in importance. To witness for Christ is a matter of being Brave, Open to the Spirit leading, or being prepared?

3) Are you a hospitable Christian? How does being a hospitable Christian reveal it’s self in you? Share an occasion you witnessed for Christ what was the response?

Love in a Box

Andy and Anne would like to support Love in a Box again this year, especially as many charities are suffering and the gifts in the box bring so much joy to children who would not receive a Christmas present otherwise. The boxes need to be ready for collection by

1st November. If you would like to take part we will drop a leaflet and/or a shoebox off to you if you either call or email us. If you are unable to complete a shoebox but would still like to take part, please donate any of the following: Toothpaste Toothbrushes Flannels Soap Sweets Toys that will fit in a shoebox ie cars, small dolls Colouring books Pens, pencils etc Colouring pencils Note pads Pencil cases Hat Gloves Playing cards Small soft toys When ready, please drop the items/box off with Anne and Andy, or contact them and they will collect it.

Food Bank

Paul Dennison, from the Bridge Church is collecting for the Food Bank. Sarah and David are still happy to receive food at their home until we are back at church, and even then to organise its delivery to the Bridge. The government has said they will only provide vouchers for the summer and not in future holidays, so Hayling Holiday Lunches will resume when needed.


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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If you would like to find out more about how and why Christians donate to churches this article provides relevant scriptures and some interesting history on the topic.

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