3 SW Sunday Worship

Sunday worship - wherever you are 


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We will post a short service each week for Sunday use. A hymn, some words to join in and a thought. We will use the'Rhythm of Life' Prayer Book by David Adam SPCK. Link to the
Community of Prayer page
for a full explanation of the book.


Praying together separately.
Every Friday from 10.30am to 11.15am

members of the church will be praying in their homes. You are invited to join in.


The Church of England website
Services Videos of virtual services


The Church of England Daily Hope worship phone line

All our services are covered by the CCLI licence 6887 for copyright and live streaming.
 

If you wish to come to any service in the church building (only for funerals during the lockdown) it is essential that you book in with Graeme Skinner graemevicarofeden@gmail.com  as our numbers cannot exceed 30 people and for Track and Trace purposes.Face coverings are compulsory in live services although not mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 or those with certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.
 
If you wish to be at the Zoom service, an email will go to everyone on the church mailing list, again please contact Graeme Skinner if you would like to know the link and password.

 

Scroll down to the dates below for past recordings on personal worship in preparation for coming Sundays.

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Sunday 4th April Easter Day

7am Holme Eden grounds. Sunrise Sonrise
9.45am Holme Eden. All Age Celebration and Communion (live on Facebook)
11.15am Wetheral. Starting in the church grounds and ending with Communion in the church

 

2nd April Good Friday

10.30am Wetheral. Starting inside the church then moving outside into the church grounds and the foot of the cross

For personal Prayer and reflection
Video

What the Romans said about crucifixion
 

1st April Maundy Thursday

7.30pm Holme Eden Communion

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Sunday 28th March Palm Sunday
Christ who is: The one who is King. John 12v12-19
9.45am Zoom
11.15am Wetheral Communion

For personal Prayer and reflection

Song 

Hymn to Christ the King- Sarah Hart
Oh we were wandering in the dark
We had lost our hope and way
And we were restless in our hearts
 How we needed to be saved
And so to rescue all your own
You sent to us your only son
A light to fall, a peace to bring
The coming of our Christ, the King
 
The word made flesh, the light from light
A cry that pierced our endless noise
A child to speak into our pain
Restoring unto us our joy
To teach our hearts and heal our wounds
Replace our doubt with heaven's truth
The broken, healed; the lost, redeemed
The beauty of our Christ, the King
 
Though heaven's glory he had shown
All our praises turned to scorn
The gift of mercy that he gave
We returned with cross and thorn
Yet to the end, he loved us still
Surrendered to the Father's will
Forgiveness was his offering
The mercy of our Christ, the King
 
And though they laid him in the tomb
In the silence of the grave
No stone could keep the love of God
From the ones he came to save
And so in power and radiant light
He vanquished death and rose to life
Now with the heavens I shall sing
The glory of our Christ the King

Hymn
O worship the king


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Sunday 21st March
10.30am Zoom Christ who is: The Glory of the cross.  John 12v20-36

For personal prayer and refection

Song

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross 

I rejoice in my Redeemer Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul I will trust in Him, no other.

My soul is satisfied in Him alone.
As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us

At the cross I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross 

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross

Keith and Kirstyn Getty and G Kenrick with Fernando Ortega

Hymn
The Power of the Cross - Stuart Townend

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Sunday 14th March
10.30am Zoom Christ who is: The resurrection and the life.  John 11v17-27

For personal prayer and reflection

Song

I am the resurrection and the life Karen Davis and Steve Carpenter

Song
I am the resurrection John Michel Talbot

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Sunday 7th March
10.30am Zoom Christ who is: The Good shepherd.  John 10v1-18

For personal prayer and reflection

Song

Good Shepherd Of My Soul - Keith & Kristyn Getty

Song
The Good Shepherd - Fernando Otega

I Am the Good Shepherd
I lay down My life for you
Enter in, enter in, enter in
I Am the Good Shepherd
As the Father knows Me, I know you
I know you, I know you, I know you
And no one can take you away
And no one can take you away
You are the Good Shepherd
You lay down Your life for me
Enter in, enter in, enter in
You are the Good Shepherd
As the Father knows You, You know me
You know me, You know me, You know me
And no one can take You away
And no one can take You away
And no one can take You away
And no one can take You away

 

Recordings of past services below with suggestions for personal worship

 

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Sunday 28th February
10.30am Zoom Christ who is: Bread from heaven.  John 6v26-40
Recording

For personal prayer and reflection

Hymn

I am the bread of life- (And I will raise him up)

Song
God so loved the world - Sarah Hart

In all the wonders that have ever been
There’s never been a wonder quite like this one
That sweetest Love would condescend
To bring an end to the hopelessness within us
As in the dead of night, a cry of mercy cut the dark
A Word to break the silence we had felt so very long
 A song like none had ever heard
God so loved the world
 
In all the mysteries that ever were
We’d never heard a mystery so wondrous
A father with a cherished son
Would send this child, his only one to save us
 A lamb to humbly fall into this want and wilderness
Whose mother sealed the promise of salvation with a kiss
And gathered all of heaven unto her
God so loved the world
 
And when Love comes to save
Who could still their heart or turn away
On this starry, starry night
Gazing on the beauty of the hope for humankind
 
In all the stories that were ever told
This one unfolds like none we had envisioned
 How the child would grow to heal the blind
To find the lost, to free us from our prisons
And walk upon the waters of our selfishness and pride
Leading us to healing as the life poured from his side
Until our redemption was assured
 God so loved the world
 
And when Love comes to save
 
In all the miracles we’ve heard about
We have our doubts, still miracles are promised
For even in these anxious days We lose our way,
but God is here among us
In every little fragile lamp that we illuminate
With love, to conquer every futile war and bitter hate
To bring His peace to birth
With Love that loved us first
 For God so loves the world
God so loves the world

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Sunday 21st February
10.30am Zoom Christ who is: The Lamb of God. John 1v29-39
Recording

For personal prayer and refection

Song

Emmanuel

Hymn
O the deep deep love of Jesus

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Sunday 14th February
10.30am Zoom
Recording

For personal prayer and refection

Song

Trust

Song
Joshua 24v15 You are Holy: As for me and my house

Hymn

Be thou my vision

Blessing prayer
Irish Blessing (Beannacht) - John O'Donohue

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Ash Wednesday 17th February
Recording of service and start of the 'Good Morning Jesus' prayer for 40 Days

Two songs by Sarah Hart (same tune - different lyrics) 

Take these ashes as a sign
that from the dust you have been raised
and to dust you shall return.
 
Return to me with all your heart;
let go the world and come to me.
Rend your heart and not your clothes,
for I am kind, my name is mercy.
 
Slow to anger is my way;
My cup is filled with love for you.
I will not send you to the foe
No scorn the ones I come to rescue.
 
Gather my people says the Lord;
And let them come to healing peace.
Elders and children, lost and found,
Into this place of loves revealing.


To the desert follow me,
for I am God, who is your hope.
To the desert follow me.
 
A blessing I will give to you,
All you who wander and who thirst.
The desert soon will bear a spring
Forgiving water shall restore you.

I will renew your weary heart
and keep you always in my sight;
give you a spirit that is new;
restore the joy of your salvation.
 
The light you bear shall be as dawn;
Your bonds of sin my love will break.
Injustice shall be overcome
And you will rise with me beloved



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Sunday 7th February
10.30am Zoom
Recording

For personal prayer and reflection

Reading
Philippians 2v5-11

Song
Never alone Christ is with us

 

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Sunday 31st January


For personal prayer and reflection

Song
10,000 Reasons

 

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Sunday 24th January

10.30am Zoom 'Ephesus 2' Recording

For personal prayer and refection

Read

Acts 19 Paul in Ephesus
Q If Jesus had been standing next to Paul during this reading what might he have said to encourage him in each incident?
Q As Jesus is with you this week what might he say...?

Hymn
Be thou my vision

Paul might have sung this - had it been written

Hymn
I stand amazed


Story of a life changed.
You will notice the main singer in the videos above.

Here is his story It lights up the words of the songs.
Many people who Paul met also saw the possibility of a new life in Jesus
Q What would your story of faith be? You could write it down and place it in your Bible.

Epistle to the Ephesians
A summary of the letter
Making sense of Acts 19

 

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Sunday 17th January

10.30am Zoom Unlocking Ephesus Recording
Sermon from 13.40

For personal prayer and refection

Reading

Read Acts 19-20v1
Then watch the
Cartoon summary of the reading

Song
The way
Words Paul may have prayed after facing the mob in Ephesus


Video
Why the were called Followers on The Way
The Jesus story in a few minutes

 

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Sunday 10th January

10.30am Zoom Baptism of Christ and Covenant Prayer Recording
 

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Sunday 3rd January

11.15am Zoom Service Recording

Suggestions for personal worship
Read Psalm 65 before listening to these two song links 
Scripture in song
Psalm 65v1-6
Song
Psalm 65 by Hillsong

Meditation
Hope

 

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Sunday 27th December
11.15am Morning Worship, Wetheral

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Friday 25th December
9.45am Holy Communion, Holme Eden
      which will also be broadcast on  Facebook ‘Eden Churches’ 
11.15am Holy Communion, Wetheral


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Thursday 24th December
6pm Crib service Facebook ‘Eden Churches’ online broadcast
11pm Holy Communion, Wetheral 


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Sunday 20th December
9.45am Morning Prayer with Carols, Holme Eden
5pm Carol service, Facebook ‘Eden Churches’ online broadcast

Suggestions for personal worship

Poem

'Awestruck anticipation' Worship in the waiting

Hymn
O Come O come

Song
Mary did you know


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Sunday 13th December
9.45am Zoom Service
Recording

Suggestions for personal worship
Song
'We have heard the distant bells' Worship in the waiting
Song
'For unto us a child is given' Messiah


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Sunday 6th December

11.15am Zoom Service
Recording


Suggestions for personal worship
Song
He will hold me fast

Poem
'Wake up' Worship in the waiting series
Song 
'We wait with great expectancy' Worship in the waiting series

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Sunday 29th November

10.30am Zoom service
Recording

 

Suggestions for personal worship
 

A poem
'Worship in the waiting room'
An instrumental piece for meditation
O Come O Come Emmanuel The Piano Guys

A hymn
Come thou long expected Jesus

A Celtic Morning Prayer service
Rachel and Steve Williams

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Sunday 22nd November
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Link to all the talks on items for the weekend
'Inspired by St Cuthbert'


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Sunday 15th November

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10.30am Zoom service The Lord's Prayer Recording
 

For personal Worship
Song 'Love moved first'

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Sunday 8th November
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Remembrance


10.45am Facebook "Eden Churches" including the 2 minutes silence
Remembrance was also on line on Eden Wild Goose Facebook page  ‘Remembering Annie’ 

 

 

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Sunday 1st November
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All saints Day


11.15am Zoom service
Recording

 

For personal worship

Hymn

Hymn' For all the saints'
Reflection
This is a day when we remember those who have once lived amongst us but are now , in Biblical language, 'asleep'.
Consider someone has inspired you or encouraged you in your Christian Faith? This is All Saints Day so the person needs be someone who is no longer on earth with us… as this is the theme of the services. Who has left a legacy of faith in your life?
It could be a grandmother’s example, words from an ancient writer like Julian of Norwich, a speaker from the Keswick convention, a Christian who experienced grace in weakness or brokenness, a story you once read about a Christian trusting Jesus in tough times, a friend who supported you, someone you know whose journey towards death was an inspiration or simply a quote that is important to you… just a few ideas.
Give thanks to God for their part in your faith story and pledge to continue to develop the legacy they left in you.
Prayer
God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Song
Let us not fear the hear and now, but look up and trust in the creator God who comes close to us.
Song 'Consider the stars: Do not be afraid'
Consider the stars in the sky;
Look up and wonder, can you count their number?
Consider the stars in the sky;
Umbrella to hide in, a dance floor of heaven.
Do not be afraid

Consider the stars in the sky;
When it is darkest, they shine out the brightest
Consider the stars in the sky
In every anguish, Oh, child take courage
Do not be afraid
He who made all of this, and who holds all of this,
Holds you in his hands, Do not be afraid
Consider the stars in the sky;
Diamond in a ring. Over the Child King.
Consider the stars in the sky;
Grace He had promised, coming to find us
Do not be afraid
He who made all of this,
says ‘You're worth more than this’.

K and K Getty
 

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Sunday 25th Oct
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9.45am Ordination Service for Peter Dixon, Holme Eden, with Bishop Emma
11.15am Zoom servic

 

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Sunday 18th Oct
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11.15am Zoom service
Recording of 'Unlocking Corinth'

 

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Sunday 11th Oct
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9.45am Zoom Service
Recording of sermon 'Unlocking Athens'

For personal prayer

Prayers in song
Northumbria Community Moring Prayer
One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.

Call: Who is it that you seek?
Response: We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Reading
We pick up the story of Paul and his team in The Acts of the Apostles.
Acts 17v16-34
Q What are our modern day idols?
What is the focus of people's attention?
What is worshipped today?

Paul speaks to the people of the city
'I see you are very religious'; He affirms them.
You worship an 'Unknown God' too'; He then speaks into the void.
'God who...'; He shares some fundamental beliefs that he holds.
'Your poets'; He uses language that people are familiar with.
'... raising him from the dead'; It is all about the resurrection.
Q How can we be sure of the resurrection of Jesus?

Song 'Selah: Take may hands and make them work...'
A prayer of commitment.
Paul will have similarly offered himself to the Lord for the growth of the Kingdom of God..

 

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Sunday 4th Oct
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11.15am Zoom service
Recording 'Harvest Psalm 104'

 

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Sunday 27th Sept
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9.45am Joint online Zoom Service
Recording 'Watching and Pruning' theme


For personal prayer

Song
Consider the stars
Kristyn and Keith Getty


Consider the stars in the sky
Look up and wonder, can you count their number?
Consider the stars in the sky
Umbrella to hide in, a dance floor of heaven

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Consider the stars in the sky
When it is darkest they shine out the brightest
Consider the stars in the sky
In every anguish, oh child take courage

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
He who made all of this
And who holds all of this
Holds you in His hands

 

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Sunday 30th  August
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11.15am Online Joint Zoom Service
Unlocking: Berea

 

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Sunday 23rd August
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9.45am Online Zoom Service:
Unlocking: Thessalonica recording

For your personal prayer


Our calling to follow Jesus includes...
‘Always being prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.’ 1 Peter 3v15.


Video
A confident statement (3 minutes)
'That’s my King' by Dr Lockridge

Listen to the sermon in the recording of the online service to hear more about how we make a stand for our faith.
The word 'Apologetics' is explaining our faith
Apologetics is being unapologetic.

'We must give honest answers to honest questions..
Christianity is truth, truth that God has told us,
and if it is truth, it can answer questions.'
Francis Schaeffer


Talk
‘The only reason you should be a Christian is because it is true’.
Amy Orr Ewing
Amy Orr Ewing virtually preached at Spring Harvest this year about the talks and speeches recorded in the book of Acts and focussing on Peter’s Pentecost speech in Acts 2 (25 minutes). She gives a helpful talk, linking to our present learning series. Amy is a superb apologist and gives some excellent thoughts that are recorded on Youtube as she reasons, explains and proves the Christian faith, just like Paul did in Thessalonica. Amy works for RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries). Ravi, who has been one of the most influential speakers on modern times, died a few months ago from cancer.
Here is a 10 minute link to Ravi as he talks about Love, free will and suffering.


Prayer
Heavenly Father,
help me to see opportunities to share your love with the people I meet.
Show me how to serve them, and when to speak.
I pray too for my church and the churches in my area,
that we will be effective in telling the Jesus story
and giving people ways to find out more and to respond.
Amen


Hymn
Praise my soul the King of heaven

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Sunday 16th August
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11.15am Online Zoom service
Unlocking Philippi: The jailor

Sermon starts at 24:40
 

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Sunday 9th August
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9.45am online Zoom Service: Recording
Unlocking Philippi: Lydia
Please note that the notices for services in the recording are not correct
Best to follow the above out line above

For personal prayer


The collect for this weekend is
Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen


So we reflect on the fruit of the Holy Spirit and ask The Lord to help us grow this fruit in us.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galatians 5v22
These words are written to the churches that Paul and Barnabas visited earlier in our learning series.
Can you imagine the new Christians in Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe hearing them for the first time as well as the two named disciples Lois and Eunice (Timothy's family).
Read the words and reflect on how these are growing in you. 

 

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Sunday 2nd August
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Recording of Callum Baker's last service and sermon from Hebrews
Run the race

For personal prayer

Link to the song Immanuel by Any Flannagan

 

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Sunday 26th July
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There was a Joint service at 10.30am
with The Local Methodist churches and Eden Churches
in the grounds on Holy Trinity Wetheral.

Recording 
From 9am Zoom service
7 Unlocking thanks to Gamaliel


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For your personal prayer


Hymn
Abide with me
Offered up with love from the Diocese of Carlisle Curates.
They said: "We did it in the hope of blessing those who are experiencing loss or uncertainty during this difficult time, and we hope that by listening and singing along, you might experience God's presence with you and dare to hope for better times."

Sermon
Please listen to the sermon on Acts 5v34-42
'Unlocking by Gamaliel' above. 
From 17:50 mins.  

Song
'Your will be done'
CityAlight
Dear World, We write to you from the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. We are at a loss in so many ways, unsure of what to do, unsure of what to say, and unsure of what the future holds. But there is a prayer, however, which can be prayed when our own voices fail us. It is a prayer that our Lord Jesus prayed as his own world seemed to be falling apart – an innocent man praying alone in the garden, abandoned by his friends, betrayed by those he trusted, and awaiting his death. Even at his lowest point, Jesus was able to pray, ‘Father not my will, but yours be done’, because he knew that, in the chaos, his Father loved him and that his Father’s will was always good. If there was any plan that Jesus trusted in that dreadful hour, it was his Father’s. We offer this simple song, simply played, in the midst of this present trial, so that you might be able to pray these words along with our Saviour. There is a God who is still ruling on the throne, and He is our good and loving Father. If there is anything in which you can put your trust at this uncertain time, let it be the will of your loving Father. Church, in the chaos – in bedrooms, living rooms, hospital rooms, and virtual rooms – let us lift our voices in prayer and sing, ‘Father, not my will but Yours be done!’ Yours in love and solidarity, CityAlight

Your will be done, my God and father
As in Heaven, so on earth
My heart is drawn to self exalting
Help me seek Your kingdom first
As Jesus walked, so I shall walk
Held by Your same unchanging love
Be still my soul
Oh, lift your voice and pray
Father not my will but Yours be done
 
Verse 2
How in that garden he persisted
I may never fully know
The fearful weight of true obedience
It was held by him alone
What wondrous faith, to bear that cross
To bear my sin, what wondrous love
My hope was sure
When there my Saviour prayed
Father not my will but Yours be done
 
Verse 3
When I am lost, when I am broken
In the night of fear and doubt
Still I will trust in my good Father
Yes, to one great King I bow!
As Jesus rose, so I shall rise
In ransomed glory at the throne
My heart restored
With all your saints I sing
Father, not my will but Yours be done
 
Verse 4
As we go forth, our God and Father
Lead us daily in the fight
That all the world might see Your glory
And Your Name be lifted high
And in this Name we overcome
For You shall see us safely home
Now as your church
We lift our voice and pray
Father, not my will but Yours be done



We Believe
Christ Jesus was in the form of God:
but he did not cling to equality with God.
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
 
He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant,
and was born in our human likeness.
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
 
Being found in human form he humbled himself:
and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
 
Therefore, God has highly exalted him:
and bestowed on him a name above every name;
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
 
that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow: in heaven and on earth and under the earth;
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
 
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord: to the glory of God the Father.
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.
 
Prayer of commitment
Lord our God, as with all creation
We offer you the life of this new day,
Give us grace to love and serve you
To the praise of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Sunday 19th July
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6 Unlocking churches
Recording of service and sermon in Wetheral (40 mins)
Sermon starts at 16mins 30secs
PowerPoint of service

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For personal prayer


Hymn
Here is love, vast as the ocean. 

Reading
Acts 15v36-Acts 16v1

Reflections
What strengthens you in your faith?
What has strengthened you in this lock down time?
How do you think the Holy Spirit guided the missionaries?
In what was can we be 'open' to the Holy Spirit?

Song
And Can It be - Lou Fellingham 


And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou my God should die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou my God should die for me?

He left His Father's throne above
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam's helpless race
'Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me
'Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature's night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth and followed Thee
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth and followed Thee

No condemnation now I dread
Jesus and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head
And clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown through Christ my own
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown through Christ my own
 

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Sunday 12th July
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Recording of online service
5 Unlocking Jerusalem

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For personal prayer and preparation for 12th July


Reading
Acts 15v1-34

Hymn

My hope is built on nothing less 

Video on the reading
Is Christ the end of the law?

Questions
What are the differences between following Jesus as a disciple then and now.
What are the abiding core common themes between following Jesus then and now?
What was discarded in Acts 15?
What have we picked up since Acts 15?
Pray about any changes that need to be embraced, that you can say, 'It seemed good to me and the Holy Spirit'.

Song
Thank you for saving me


Quote
'Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.'
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Prayer
Dear God,
If I can not be brilliant,
let me be kind.
If I can not change the world,
let me inspire just one other to do so.
If I can not give away riches,
let me be loving.
Let me be known for kindness,
for it is the greatest glory. Amen


Song
What a beautiful name. 

 

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Sunday 5th July
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Recording of online service
4 Unlocking from Saul to Paul

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For personal prayer

Hymn

Blessed Assurance (traditional)

Video resources on Saul/Paul
Apostle film: The actors speak about Paul
Apostle film: Trailer

Bible Reading
Acts 9

Prayer (Collect)
Almighty God,
who caused the light of the gospel
to shine throughout the world
through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul:
grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion
may follow him in bearing witness to your truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Tom Wright on Saul's conversion


Questions
What is your own unique gradual or sudden journey to faith?
Could you wrote it down and give thanks for every person who helped you?

Do you sense what God is asking you to do in your life?
Remember that this changes with circumstances, can you look back and give thanks for some key points in your life.

Give thank for what makes you sure of God's deep love for you and ponder on the words of Blessed Assurance in the linked hymn and/or song.

Song
Blessed Assurance (modern worship song)

 

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Sunday 28th June
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Recording of church service online 
3. 'Unlocking the Good News from Galatia to Antioch to here'

(note correction in the notices of coming Sundays 
2nd Aug 9.45am is Holme Eden not Wetheral)
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For personal prayer


Video
Lives are changed by the good news of grace.

The story of Amazing Grace
Listen in the light of the origins the racial justice issues of our time.
Turn what you have heard into prayer.

The five black notes on the piano
A 9 minute video on five of the black keys on the piano. These are the notes used in spiritual songs sung by slaves ... that also make up the well known song of a reformed slave ship captain. Black notes matter


Bible reading
Acts 14v21-28

Questions:
What did the people of Galatia need unlocking from?
How similar is that to our society today?
Can you reflect of what you have been unlocked from... and to?
Is there a phrase/s that you might take as a motto for this week from the hymn 'Amazing Grace' 

Original words

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
   That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
   Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
   And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear
   The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,
   I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
   And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
   His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
   As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
   And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
   A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
   The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
   Will be forever mine.

John Newton, Olney Hymns, 1779


Amazing Grace by Chris Tomlin
A modern version

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Sunday 21st June
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Recording of church online 
2. 'Unlocking the Good News from Lystra and Derbe to here

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For personal prayer


Bible reading
Acts 14v6-20


Cartoon story of this reading

Creed based on Acts 13 and 14
God made the heavens and the earth
and the sea and everything in them.
Do I believe this?
I believe this.
 
God has given us rain and crops and food
and filled our hearts with joy.
Do I believe this?
I believe this.
 
God raised his son from the dead
This is the Good News.
This is how we are set free.
Do I believe this?
I believe this.
 
God made us to be a light for the nations.
That we may be Good News
to the ends of the earth.
Do I believe this?
I believe this.
 
So, Fill me with your joy
That I may be Good News.
That I may be God’s News.
in the name of Christ.
Amen



Song
Creation sings the Father's song

Creation sings the Father's song;
He calls the sun to wake the dawn
And run the course of day
Till evening falls in crimson rays.
His fingerprints in flakes of snow,
His breath upon this spinning globe,
He charts the eagle's flight;
Commands the newborn baby's cry.

Hallelujah! Let all creation stand and sing,
"Hallelujah!" Fill the earth with songs of worship;
Tell the wonders of creation's King.

Creation gazed upon His face;
The ageless One in time's embrace
Unveiled the Father's plan
Of reconciling God and man.
A second Adam walked the earth,
Whose blameless life would break the curse,
Whose death would set us free
To live with Him eternally.

Creation longs for His return,
When Christ shall reign upon the earth;
The bitter wars that rage
Are birth pains of a coming age.
When He renews the land and sky,
All heav'n will sing and earth reply
With one resplendent theme:
The glories of our God and King!

Keith Getty

Questions
How did Paul communicate God's grace to people who had no Hebrew Scriptures?
(unlike Iconium and Antioch previously)
How can you communicate 'God's kindness to people you know today?

 

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Sunday 14th June
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Recording of online church 
1. 'Unlocking the Good News from Antioch to Iconium to here'
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A personal time of prayer

Reading

Acts 11v19-30, 12v25-14v7

Paul's first missionary journey Overview (7 minutes)

Paul: The Apostle of Christ: Introduction to the film 2018 (7 minutes)

Song
Christ be our light

1/ Longing for light, we wait in darkness
Longing for truth, we turn to You.
Make us Your own, Your holy people
Light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light!
Shine in Your church gathered today.


2/ Longing for peace, our world is troubled
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow'r to save us.
Make us your living voice.
Christ, be our light!

3/ Longing for food, many are hungry
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us Your bread, broken for others
Shared until all are fed.
Christ, be our light!
(C) Bernadette Farrell


Sermon/Reflection
Listen to the 'Reflection' section in the recording above

Prayer
The strength of God guide us
The power of God preserve us
The wisdom of God instruct us
The spirit of God within us
This day and evermore
Go our in the power of the Spirit
To live and work to God’s glory
Amen
The Rhythm of Life page 69


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Sunday 7th June

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Recording of online church
Trinity Sunday

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A personal time of prayer


Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Holy Holy Holy Hymn

To engage the mind
Isn't the trinity a contradiction?
Ravi Zacharias video 8 minutes


Three minute theology
Perichoresis and the Trinity as musical notes



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Sunday 31st May

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Recording of online church
Pentecost  Powerpoint slide only (no audio recording, with apologies)

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Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost service
(45 Mins)
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A personal prayer time


Video: Bishop Emma on Pentecost (15 mins) 
Text of sermon: Emma's full text


Song: Holy Spirit living breath of God

Come, O Holy Spirit.
Come as Holy Fire and burn in us,
come as Holy Wind and cleanse us within,
come as Holy Light and lead us in the darkness,
come as Holy Truth and dispel our ignorance,
come as Holy Power and enable our weakness,
come as Holy Life and dwell in us.
Convict us, convert us, consecrate us,
until we are set free from the service of ourselves,
to be your servants to the world. Amen.
John Henry Newman

Song: Holy Spirit living inside 
Holy Spirit dwelling inside
Breath of heaven be my guide

We search for peace
We wait for you
But you Lord never leave
You dwell in the chapels of our hearts
 
My soul is a temple
Holding the Trinity
My Lord and my God
I’m in you and You’re in me
 
Come Holy Spirit
Fill the hearts of the faithful
And Kindle in us
The fire of your love
Your holy Love
Our hearts are burning for you Lord
 
Meabh Carlin

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Sunday 24th May
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Recording of online church 
7th Sunday of Easter: Prayer

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A personal prayer time


Song As the deer pants for the water 

Speak out the words of this song as a conversation between you and God,
add phrases and thoughts as you talk, speaking to God about what is on your heart.

 1. As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship you

  You alone are my strength, my shield
  To you alone may my spirit yield
  You alone are my hearts desire
  And I long to worship you

2. I want you more than gold or silver
Only you can satisfy
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye

3. You're my friend and you are my Father
Even though you are a King
I love you more than any other

So much more than anything
© M Nystrom


Numbers 6v24-26
‘The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face towards you
and give you peace.’


Questions
How do these verses encourage you in lock down times?
Who can you pray these words for?
Note - the talk in the recorded service is about this passage.

God is our
Shield, Stronghold, Tower
Shepherd, Deliverer, Rescuer
Father, Mother, Friend, King
Inspiration, Joy giver, Strength...
What word would you add to this?
You might like to make a design, drawing or doodle of whatever word you choose and use it for prayer or a book mark reminder.


Shepherd doodle

Hymn Thy Kingdom come, Lord teach us how to pray 

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Sunday 17th May

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Recording of online church
6th Sunday of Easter


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A personal prayer time


Link to BBC Radio Local Stations worship today
Fast forward to 8am for a short time of worship
'The presence of God'
With a prayer and thought by Tom Skinner

 

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Sunday 10th May

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Recording of online church
5th Easter of Sunday  

 

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Sunday 3rd May
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Recording of church online
4th Sunday of Easter
Psalm 23: Lead into right paths


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A personal prayer time

Song 'The summons' Will you come and follow me?


Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd...that’s relationship
I shall not be in want...that’s supply
He makes me lie down in green pastures...that’s rest
He leads me beside quiet waters...that’s refreshment
He restores my soul...that’s healing
He guides me in the path of righteousness...that’s guidance
For His name’s sake...that’s purpose
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death...that’s testing
I will fear no evil...that’s protection
For You are with me...that’s faithfulness
Your rod and the staff, they comfort me...that’s discipline
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies...that’s hope
You anoint my head with oil...that’s consecration
My cup overflows...that’s abundance
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life...that’s blessing
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord...that’s security
Forever...that’s eternity

 

Pray and ponder

On a long walk
like the Cleveland way or Coast to Coast,
you not only need a map
but also the ability and desire to read it,
understand it, interpret it for your place on the ground
and then to follow it.
Q In what ways is this similar or different to the Bible?


Song The King of Love by Emu Youth

 

A poem to read aloud... or sing
Henry Baker(1821-1877)

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy Cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And oh, what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

The prayer of Richard of Chichester (13th C)
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
Amen.


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Sunday 26th April
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Recording of Church online

3rd Sunday of Easter
Psalm 23: Quiet waters

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A personal prayer time


Christ is risen
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia
Jesus has defeated
the powers of death. Alleluia.
Jesus turns our sorrow
into dancing. Alleluia.
Jesus has the words
of eternal life. Alleluia.

Reading Ezekiel 36v24-33

Listen to the Hymn
'Amazing Grace'
Then sing along yourself to Sherry Reidford
The story of the Hymn 'Amazing grace' 

Read Psalm 23 
A sort animation on
David the shepherd
Pray and ponder
Jehovah (Supreme)
is my Ra'ah (Shepherd/friend/intimate...Providing and cherishing)
The Lord is my shepherd.
What does this mean for me?
What can it mean for me?

Meditate on The Names of God in Psalm 23
v1 The LORD is my shepherd  
[Jehovah-Raah—The Lord, my Shepherd]
I shall not want.
[Jehovah-Jireh—The Lord, my Provider]
v2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
[Jehovah-Shalom—The Lord, my Peace]
v3 He restoreth my soul 
[Jehovah-Rophe—The Lord, my Healer]
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
[Jehovah-Tsidkeneau—The Lord of Righteousness]
v4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; 
[Jehovah-Shama—The Lord is Present]
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
[Jehovah-Ezer—The Lord, my Help]
v5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
[Jehovah-Nissi—The Lord, my Standard of Victory]
Thou anointest my head with oil;
[Jehovah-InKaddesh— The Lord, my Holiness, my Sanctification]
My cup runneth over.
[Jehovah-Manah—The Lord my Portion]
v6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.  
[Jehovah-Cheleq—The Lord my Inheritance]

A final song to listen to

'Your grace still amazes me'.

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Sunday 19th April 

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Recording of Church online
2nd Sunday of Easter
Psalm 23: Move to the personal

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A personal prayer time


Mary Magdalene heard the voice of Jesus say her name, ‘Mary’.
The disciples heard the voice of Jesus saying, ’Peace’.
Thomas heard the voice of Jesus saying, ‘Believe’.
John 10v4 ‘The sheep follow the shepherd because they know his voice’.
 
Reading Psalm 23
 
Listen to the hymn, ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’

Then sing along yourself to Sherry Reidford (organist at Wetheral)

1 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto me and rest;
lay down, O weary one, lay down
your head upon my breast."
I came to Jesus as I was,
weary and worn and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.
 
2 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.
 
3 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"I am this dark world's Light;
look unto me, your morn shall rise,
and all your days be bright."
I looked to Jesus and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that light of life I'll walk,
'til trav'ling days are done.
© H Bonar
 
Pray and ponder:
The Lord calls you to green pastures,
still waters and right paths (Psalm 23).
Q What does that ‘look like’ for you in these days?
Q Imagine - What one word might Jesus say to you at this time?
Q Might you be able to share that word with someone else this week,
asking them to pray this for you?
 
Isaiah 49v16 (New Living Translation)
‘See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.’
 
Song 'The Lord's my shepherd'. Stuart Townend. 

Prayer page 87 ‘The Rhythm of life’
Almighty God, give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
vision to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
a life to proclaim you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and forever. Amen


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3 SW 200412 Easter Day poster
Easter Poster

To print and put in your window.

 


Easter Greetings banner
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Easter Day

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Christ is risen
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

This week, from Christ rode... on a donkey
To Christ ridiculed... by his accusers
To Christ crucified... a ransom for us all
Then Christ risen... for the world

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Recording of Church online Easter Day
Easter Day
(service starts at 3.45 mins)

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A personal prayer time

Start with the Easter Acclamation above.

Read John 11v25-27
Jesus said to her,  (Martha)
‘I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Do you believe this?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied,
‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,
who is to come into the world.’

Reflect on this reading. Luke 24v1-12
Look for these possible responses to the resurrection
in this reading and others you know.
I don't believe it. The disciples.
I doubt it. Thomas.
I don't think so. The accusers.

Can you think why your response today be...
'He is risen: I do believe it!'


'Jesus Christ is risen today'. Hymn with lyrics
'Come people of the risen King'. Song with lyrics
'See what a morning'. Song with lyrics

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Extra.
Does the resurrection matter?' NT Wright
A thought provoking 5 minute talk to expand our thinking.
(Worth listening to twice)

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Good Friday

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Recording of Church online worship
Good Friday and The Moment

A personal prayer time


Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


'A crown of thorns placed on his head'
An Easter version of the Leonard Cohen Hallelujah song
For use on Good Friday and Easter Day.

The readings for 'The Moment' below
last for 35 minutes and cover the time up to the death of Christ. 

'When I survey the wondrous cross'


Let us commend ourselves and all God’s children to his unfailing love,
and pray for the grace of a holy life,
that, with all who have died in the peace of Christ,
we may come to the fullness of eternal life
and the joy of the resurrection.

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Man of sorrows - Hillsongs worship

 

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Maundy Thursday 

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A personal prayer time

Our Lord Jesus Christ says:
‘If you love me, keep my commandments...
‘Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.’
Let us confess to almighty God our sins against his love,
and ask him to cleanse us.

Reading Matthew 26v26028
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 
“Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them, saying,
 “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on
until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
When they had sung a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.

'Broken for me'
A song for your own singing
as you ponder  the meaning of the Last Supper.
Piano music to sing to by Sherry Reidford (Wetheral organist)


Broken For Me, Broken For You,
The Body Of Jesus, Broken For You.

He Offered His Body, He Poured Out His Soul;
Jesus Was Broken, That We Might Be Whole:
Broken For Me...

Come To My Table And With Me Dine;
Eat Of My Bread And Drink Of My Wine.
Broken For Me...

This Is My Body Given For You;
Eat It Remembering I Died For You.
Broken For Me...


God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ was obedient to the end
and drank the cup prepared for him:
may we who share his table
watch with him through the night of suffering
and be faithful. Amen


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Maundy Thursday Reflection by Peter Dixon (10 mins)

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3 SW 200410 Good Friday
Holy Week

'The Moment' 

A series of four audio recording with bible readings
for use during Holy week,
or used together on Good Friday.


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3 SW 200405 Palm Sunday header
Sunday 5th April
Palm Sunday

We held a Zoom worship time for those who could join us.
38 people 'came into the room'.

This is the short service we used.


A song to sing along to.
'Ride on, Ride on in majesty' 

The Reflection 
Audio recording by Graeme Skinner
Words with the pictures

3 SW 200505 Zoom congregation
 

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Sunday 29th March
Creation
Can you hear? 

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1) Two songs to sing along to:

'Be still for the presence of The Lord' Words below
One of our Wetheral organists, Sherry Reidford,
has provided the music to sing to...
our thanks to her.

Also
'Indescribable' by Chris Tomlin Audio only
'Indescribable' Youtube with advert
Words below.
2) The service to follow:
'The rhythm of life' book, page 28 'Creation'
Words
Audio
3) A thought to listen to:
Audio
'Can you hear?' (8 minutes)

Many people told me that listening to the service
at All Souls Langham Place was helpful. 
'Join us online this Sunday at our usual service times
of 9:30am, 11:30am and 5:30pm
as we come together as a virtual church
to praise and worship God.'


1 Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now,
With reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here

2 Be still for the glory of the Lord,
Is shining all around
He burns with holy fire,
With splendor He is crowned
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant King of light
Be still for the glory of the Lord,
Is shining all around

3 Be still for the power of the Lord,
Is moving in this place
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace
No work too hard for Him
In faith receive from Him
Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place
Be still for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place

(c) DJ Evans


Indescribalbe
From the highest of heights
to the depths of the sea
Creations revealing Your majesty
From the colours of fall
to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique
in the song that it sings
All exclaiming
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky
and You know them by name.
You are amazing God

All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees
as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Who has told every lightning bolt
where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses
laden with snow
Who imagined the sun
 and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us
the coolness of night
None can fathom
 
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky
and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we…
© Chris Tomlin


A prayer for connection
Dear God,
Being alone is hard.
We were created for community,
not confinement.
But we’re grateful that
no matter how alone we may feel, 
You never leave or forsake us.
And, we’re grateful for technology
that helps us stay in touch with each other.
Today, please remind us
that this time of social distancing and isolation
will not last forever.
Give us the strength
to endure this difficult season,
and deepen our connection
with You and Your people.
Empower us with an extra dose
of Your love, peace, hope and joy,
because we need it.
Remind us of Your promises,
and please heal our land.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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Sunday 22nd March
Resurrection
Do you believe this?

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1) A hymn to listen or join in:
'Praise my soul the King of heaven' Youtube with advert
'Praise my soul the King of heaven' Audio only
2) The service to follow:
'The rhythm of life' book,  page 10 'Resurrection'
Words
Audio
3) A thought to listen to:
Audio
'Resurrection - Do you believe this?' (4 minutes)