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Service at Home – 26th April

Third Sunday of Easter 26th April 2020

 

Service at Home for Christ Church Ramsbottom, Edenfield Methodist Church and Bolton Road Methodist Church

 YouTube playlist: Service at Home 26-04-2020

 The entire service can be followed on the YouTube playlist without the need to look at these sheets, like last week. However, you can still use these sheets if you prefer, especially if you want to read the prayers.

 Welcome to this Sunday’s Service at Home.

Today we’re focussing on the two disciples who met with the risen Lord Jesus on their way home to Emmaus.

 Song: Christ is Alive

 Watch: Welcome and opening prayers

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we worship you this morning knowing that you are alive and here with us now. We worship you knowing that the cross shows us how much you love us. We worship you because the empty tomb is testimony to your victory over death and sin, so that we can live.

Lord, we praise you for going to the cross for us. And we praise you for what you continue to do for us and give us. Even in this time of worry and suffering, we know that we have a lot to thank you for. Lord, in a short time of quiet, we think about these things and offer up our praises to you now.

Lord, when we think of the wonderful things you’ve done for us, we’re ashamed that we sometimes let you down. In a moment of quiet we remember the things that we’ve done wrong. We remember, our unloving words, thoughts and actions. We remember when we’ve disobeyed you.  We remember our failings now and confess them to you in the silence.

We thank you that through your sacrifice we have been forgiven and have eternal life in your Kingdom.

Lord, we know that you love us. We know that you want to meet with us and be close to us. So help us to feel you with us now, wherever we are. Help us to feel your love and compassion surround us, through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

We pray that we’ll feel your love in our hearts and hear you speaking to us as we continue to worship you and hear your word now. Amen.

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: My Jesus, My Saviour

Song: What a beautiful name it is

Watch: Prayers of intercession

As you pray, pause to offer up your own prayers about what is on your heart today, as God leads you.

We pray for those in our communities in Bury, Ramsbottom and Edenfield: for those who are ill with COVID-19 or with other diseases, including mental health issues; for those affected by the crisis financially or are worried about their employment; and those feeling frightened, lonely, bored or frustrated.

We pray for those helping others: for health workers, for their wisdom, strength and protection; and for those who are helping the most vulnerable, remembering in particular Porch Boxes and the Bury Council team and the VCFA volunteers.

We pray for the work being done to reduce the effect of the virus: for governments around the world to make the right decisions and for work being done to produce a vaccine and anti-viral treatments.

We pray for the parts of the world where the effects of COVID-19 is greater than here: where people are living in cramped conditions, in slums and refugee camps; and where people do not have access to health care that they need to recover.

We pray for the parts of the world that are suffering from war, oppression, famine and poverty, which have been largely forgotten while the news is full of our own problems.

We pray for those who we personally know need our prayers at this time: for our friends and family who are ill or having problems.

And we pray for ourselves: we lift all your worries, troubles and illness to You now and receive Your healing, comfort and peace.

We pray all this in the name of your dear son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Song: O Praise the Name

Watch: Readings and sermon

  • A reading of 1 Peter 1 verses 17 to 23 by Lynette.
  • A reading of Luke 24 verses 13 to 35 by Valerie.
  • Sermon: Jesus meets the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
  • Prayer in response.

The sermon ended with a reminder that we can be in the presence of our living Lord Jesus each day.  We need to keep our hearts and minds open to be aware of His presence with us and to consciously invite Him into the situations we are dealing with.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, our Saviour and Friend, we thank you for your promise to be with us always.  Help us to be aware of your presence.  We invite you into every part of our lives. Shine your healing light into everything that we do.  Open our hearts and minds to receive your love, your teaching, your help and strength.

In a moment of quiet, bring to mind a family member or friend who you would like to meet Jesus.  Ask Jesus to draw close to them and to make their hearts responsive to him.  Ask if there is any way that you can be the means through which Jesus becomes known to them.

 Blessing:

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen us to walk with him in his risen life; and may almighty God bless us, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Song: Now the Green Blade Rises

Song: Faithful One