28 June 2020
Acts 7 - The Example of Stephen (2): Judge & Martyr
If you have children, please take a look at "Hillsong Kids week 15" on YouTube to see their lesson for today.
Alan, Sally and Ian will be leading us in worship today:
Bless the Lord oh my soul, Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before, Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
The sun comes up it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
You're rich in love and You're slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
Our Father everlasting, the all creating One, God Almighty
Through Your Holy Spirit conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Saviour
I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus
Our Judge and our Defender, Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You
Descended into darkness, You rose in glorious life
Forever seated high
I believe in You, I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord
I believe in life eternal, I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints’ communion, And in Your holy church
I believe in the resurrection, When Jesus come again
For I believe in the name of Jesus
Lou Fellingham is a very gifted worship leader from Brighton. She and her husband Nathan have written and performed some of the best known Christian songs of recent years. This next song speaks of God's love, grace and strength:
He lavishes grace as our burdens grow greater He sends us more strength as our labours increase To added afflictions He offers more mercy To multiplied trials He multiplies peace
We continue to follow the journey of the early church through the book of Acts as we look at chapter 7 with Keith. Stephen "a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit" has been falsely accused and hauled before the high priest and the council:
Today's prayers are led by Claire:
Let’s pray together
Father, we thank you for another opportunity to spend time with you and your word.
We thank you for this week of sunshine which has made it possible to spend time with our friends and families outside.
Lord, we continue to lift up the coronavirus situation to you. Although cases in the UK are fewer, we pray for wisdom for our government and the nation in the weeks ahead to ensure things continue to improve. We are also mindful of the many countries which are still struggling with this pandemic and ask that you would flood the world with your healing power. We pray for all those who have been affected by this virus, may they know your peace in their lives.
Father, in a week of violent news stories we pray for our country and our local communities. We lift up our police to you as they are continually coming up against violence and aggression. We pray especially for the metropolitan police as they face conflicts on a daily basis - we pray for a miracle of reconciliation and peace.
We lift up our church family to you, and thank you for the love that you have for each of us. We pray for anybody struggling with illness at this time. We especially lift Vicky up to you and pray for your healing hand upon her. We ask that you would take away all pain, and that you would be with her and David in the week ahead.
Lord, we thank you for Pat’s continuing improvement in hospital following surgery; may she know your presence in her loneliness.
Father we thank you, that in these uncertain times we have an awesome God to rely on.
Be with us all in the week ahead we pray,
In Jesus precious name,
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ,
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
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A word on giving: One of the ways we are invited to trust the Lord is with our finances. We believe that it is the Lord who provides us with the skills and opportunities to earn a living, and in return he asks us to acknowledge that by giving a portion back to him to use for the care and growing of his Kingdom here on earth. There are many ideas about how much is right to give, but at the end of the day, we believe it's very much between you and the Lord and comes down to a heart attitude of love for the Lord and a desire to be obedient to his leading. This article provides relevant scriptures and some history to consider as you pray for the Lord's leading in this regard. While it may be an issue we'd prefer not to think about, some of the most profound testimonies of the Lord's provision have come through stories of people venturing into this spiritual discipline.
Day of the Christian Martyr
Greg reminded us that this falls on 29 June this year and particularly as we go through the book of Acts, it is worth taking the time to consider those who are giving their lives for their faith today. It is their testimonies we will consider this week: https://etools.vomusa.org/a/vombm/viewasweb/vom_bulk_email_202006_17_web.html
Hayling Holiday Lunches
The government has extended the free school meals vouchers into the school holidays. We have therefore decided to suspend our scheme for the time being. We shall make one delivery to each family of all the food we have already collected. Paul Dennison, from the Bridge Church, will continue to collect for the Food Bank but he does not want collection points in the shops, preferring to collect from the churches as before. In that way he can regulate what he receives. We are still happy to receive food for the Food Bank at our 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 the scheme on hold and we will see what happens. In the meantime help with the one delivery at the end of July would be appreciated - please contact us if you can assist. David, Sarah and Sam
Garden / WhatsApp bible studies
Our garden and WhatsApp groups launched successfully this week, with many positive reports of how good it was to connect with church family again in person as we picked up the study of the book of Acts together. Many thanks to all our hosts! If you haven't yet indicated that you'd like to join one, or even if you'd like to just try one out for a week or two to see how it works, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As you meet this week, begin by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide your discussion. Read Acts 7, then discuss these questions:
1. Stephen had a great understanding of the Old Testament. Why is it that we should too?
2. Have you ever encountered opposition to your faith? If so, how did you deal with it?
3. How often do you think of the reality of heaven? Do those thoughts strengthen your faith?
4. Stephen's death affected Paul. In what ways have other Christians affected your life?
5. Can you think of any troubled times whey an enduring faith has helped you through?
Be sure to give each person a chance to respond, and don't feel the need to correct, advise, or comment on each other's responses unless invited to do so. Rather, allow each person the freedom to safely share their own understanding and experiences, and to take away what the Lord reveals to them from the answers given by the rest of the group.
Close by asking for prayer needs in your group, then take time to pray for each other before you close.
A reminder that those meeting via WhatsApp will be limited to 60min. If you don't make it through all the questions, that's okay - you can complete them in your own time. Rather close off your discussion about 10min before the end so that there is time to share needs and pray together.