19th April 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Service at Home for Christ Church Ramsbottom, Edenfield Methodist Church and Bolton Road Methodist Church
This Sunday, for the first time, the entire service can be followed on the YouTube playlist without the need to look at these sheets. However, you can still use these sheets if you prefer, especially if you want to read the prayers.
The YouTube playlist is: Service at Home Sunday after Easter
After the service at 11:30, there will a zoom service for a chat. Get yourself a coffee. Contact john for the meeting details
Welcome to this Sunday’s Service at Home, the first Sunday after Easter. We’ll continue where we left off last Sunday, with Jesus meeting the disciples, apart from Thomas who had to wait a week before he saw Jesus and believed.
Including the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name;
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Song: And can it be
Song: Mighty to Save
Into the closed doors of this world come, Lord, and speak your word of peace and life.
We pray for all those who are afraid at this time.
We pray for all those who are ill and for those who long for their recovery.
We pray for those who are homeless and for those who struggle to feed themselves and their families.
We pray for those who have lost their incomes or whose businesses are at risk.
We pray for all those who offer care during this crisis often putting their lives at risk to do so.
We pray for our government and all the governments of the world, for business leaders and all who hold any power.
We pray for those who feel voiceless and powerless.
We pray for those situations that no longer make the headlines for those suffering from conflicts, war and oppression, for those seeking refuge and those who have no place of safety.
- A reading of John 20 verses 19 to 31.
- A reading of 1 Peter 1 verses 3 to 9.
- Sermon Jesus appears to the disciples and then Thomas.
- Prayer in response.
Richard ended with an invitation to break down any barriers that are separating you from Jesus so that, like Thomas, you can meet him and believe. If you want to meet Jesus now, then you are invited to say the following payer.
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you that when I believe in You, I will receive peace and joy and have a fulfilled and eternal life in your Kingdom. I also know that I can truly believe by meeting you, and that you are waiting for me now.
Lord, show me the barriers that I’ve put up, which are separating me from you.
<Time of quiet as we listen to Jesus>
Lord, help me to break these barriers down now.
I surrender myself to you: I hold nothing back. Meet with me Lord Jesus.
<Time of quiet as we meet with Jesus>
Jesus, my Lord and my God, I believe!
I gladly receive what you give me. Amen.
Lord, continue to bless me with your infinite love and mercy, today and forever. Protect me and always keep me close to you. Amen.