5 July 2020
Acts 8:1-3 - The Church on the Move: Saul the Persecutor
As always, the children’s teaching can be found by watching Hillsong Kids' online service. Simply type in "Hillsong Kids: Here I am send me" on YouTube to find it.
Ian and Jan will be leading us today:
1 From the highest throne, to the earth below / You laid down Your life, for the likes of us / Great is the love of the Saviour
2 From a wounded heart, to a life made whole / Every human heart, will declare as one / Great is the love of the Saviour
Lord of endless light / Let Your glory shine forever / All the earth, all the earth / Sing Your praise
3 From the mountain heights, to the valleys low / All created things, given life to show / Jesus we live for Your glory
4 From the rising sun, to the still of night / Every waking moment, For Your delight / Jesus we live for Your glory
Lord of endless light / Let Your glory shine forever / All the earth, All the earth sing Your praise / Hope of every heart / Let Your Name be lifted higher / All our hearts, All our hearts sing Your praise.
God be exalted, God be exalted, in everything / We live for Your glory, live for Your glory.
MY JESUS, MY SAVIOUR / Lord, there is none like You / All of my days I want to praise / The wonders of Your mighty love / My comfort, my shelter / Tower of refuge and strength / Let every breath, all that I am / Never cease to worship You.
Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing / Power and majesty, praise to the King / Mountains bow down / And the seas will roar / At the sound of Your name / I sing for joy at the work of Your hands / Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand / Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
JESUS, BE THE CENTRE, / Be my source, be my light, Jesus
Be the fire in my heart / Be the wind in these sails / Be the reason that I live / Jesus, Jesus.
Jesus, be the Centre / Be my hope, be my song, Jesus.
Jesus, be my vision / Be my path, be my guide, Jesus.
We now pray that as we listen to Anne sharing God’s word that he opens our hearts and may we as hear what he has to say to us as individuals.
We are grateful for what Anne has shared with us and invite you to watch the following video from ‘Open Doors’. This highlights the plight of some of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
1 GOD OF MERCY, hear our cry / Turn Your hand today / Bring relief from their pain / Be their comfort / And every day they’re given breath / Give them strength to live / And as their weary bodies fail / Fighting is over, flesh gives way / Be their light to guide them home.
Sometimes I don’t know what to ask for / Sometimes I don’t know what to say / But I know that You are watching over them / Sometimes I don’t know what to pray for / Sometimes I don’t know how to give / But I know that You are watching over them / And their life is not in vain.
2. God of mercy, hear our cry / Heal their souls today / Give them peace from their fears,
Be their hope, Lord / And every day they’re given breath / Give them strength to live / And as their weary bodies fail / Fighting is over, flesh gives way /Be their star to guide them home.
1 Who, oh Lord, could save themselves / Their own soul could heal? / Our shame was deeper than the sea / Your love is deeper still You alone can rescue / You alone can save / You alone can lift us from the grave / You came down to find us, led us out of death / To You alone belongs the highest praise 2 You, oh Lord, have made a way / The great divide You heal / For when our hearts were far away / Your love went further still / Yes, your love goes further still We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes / You’re the Giver of Life / We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes / You’re the Giver of Life
We give thanks for Vicky Hinks' recent medical procedure to fit a stent. We thank our God that this procedure has reduced the terrible pain she was in. We pray for your hand to be on Vicky as she goes through the ongoing medical stages and that you will sustain and comfort her husband, David, and the family at this time.
We also pray for those who are still having to self-isolate at this time, that the Lord would keep them safe.
We also ask the Lord to be with those who have lost jobs at this time, that the Lord would lead and direct them and they will be provided for.
May the Lord bless you this week.
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Hayling Holiday Lunches
The government has extended the free school meals vouchers into the school holidays. We shall therefore make just 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. 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 HHL on hold and we will see what happens.
Garden / WhatsApp bible studies
Our garden and WhatsApp groups are now well under way, with some groups even using the opportunity to hold birthday parties (after the bible study, of course, and with much hand sanitising involved). If you haven't yet indicated that you'd like to join one and would like to give it a go, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you meet this week, begin by praying for the Holy Spirit to guide your discussion. Read Acts 8:1-3, then discuss these questions. (If you want to get through everything, you might assign a time-keeper who gently reminds the group it's time to move onto the next question every 10 minutes or so. However, some questions might raise some very personal responses that it would be inappropriate to interrupt. If you don't get through everything, simply suggest that folk complete the questions at home in their personal prayer times.) :
1. Saul began a great persecution against the church. Have you ever caught yourself criticising or undermining other Christians? What do you think caused you to do this?
2. The church of early believers was scattered and had to leave behind their daily gatherings, where they shared all they had. We too have been unable to meet over the last few months and there are some who have been financially hard hit and do not meet the various requirements for government assistance. a) How have you felt lockdown has impacted your relationship with God - are there positives and negatives? b) Are you aware of anyone who may need assistance until they are able to get back on their feet, either in your immediate circle or further afield? How might the Lord be leading you to share/receive assistance wisely, and how might this be an opportunity to spread the gospel? (This would require some personal prayer time before actually taking action, but while you're together with other Christians this is a good time to discuss the options and possibly to pray about any needs that arise.)
3. The death of Stephen was unjust and shocking. We too may have had times when we were shocked at the unjust treatment of/by ourselves or others. Can you give one tip for how to forgive in these circumstances?
4. The scattered church became "accidental missionaries". Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you shared your faith & talked about Jesus quite unexpectedly? How might you prepare yourself to be both sensitive and ready to do this if the Lord so leads?
If you didn't do so during question 2, end by asking for prayer needs in your group, then take time to pray for each other before you close.
(Questions set by Anne and Christy - please feel
free to adjust to suit the needs of your group.)