5th April 2020 – Rejoice in the Lord, Always

We continue our experimental DIY Services for those of you who may wish to take some time today, to pause, to reflect, to listen, to pray. There are links to prayers to read, videos of songs to sing or listen to and even a suggestion for getting creative.

Order of Service
Create and Share
Extra Children’s Songs

Prayer Requests

Order of Service

Prayer:

Call to Worship
(For Palm Sunday)

Song:

All Creatures of Our God and King
(Words by St Francis of Assisi)

Song:

Oh Worship the King
(by Robert Grant)

Bible Readings:

Matthew 21:1-17 (Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey)
& Philippians 4:4-9

Reflection:

This is a guide
to help you reflect on the readings above. If you are on your own enjoy the
time to reflect quietly. If you are home with others who would usually be at
church with you find some time together. You can make notes as you follow each
stage or may choose to talk with one another.

Take some time.
5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, it’s up to you.

Read through Genesis 6:9-8:22 and/or John 3:1-21
Read it steadily two or three times or use the listening feature of the link above.

Notice which words or themes stand out to you.
You might like to make a note of them or highlight them in a physical Bible.

Notice how the reading makes you feel.
For example, is it comforting? Does it make you feel frustrated or angry? Does it make you feel excited?

Notice what or who the reading make you think about?
For example, Does the reading resonate with something in your own life? Or, are their words that make you think of someone else? Is there something that would be helpful to share with others?

Say a Prayer.
(The following is an example; you can use it or say your own)

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thank you for the Bible, for the lessons we can learn and the guidance You give. I thought about [insert who and what the readings made you think about] and I would like to offer them into your hands. Be with them, with me, with us today. Amen.

Sermon:

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice

It’s not really a sermon. It’s something written by Rich as he reflects on the usual celebrations of Palm Sunday and the words of Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

Song:

I Stand Amazed in the Presence
(by Israel Houghton)

Song:

Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
(by Paul Baloche)

Benediction:

A Light Came Out of Darkness


Create and Share

As we are all staying safe at home there
are changes in what we are able to do and the time we have available. Some of
us are balancing working from home with looking after children, others are more
isolated as we live alone.

If you would like to draw, paint, write a story or a poem, knit, take a photo, write a prayer, or in whatever way you may be creative we would love to share your creations. This week’s theme is “Rejoice” and whether you are younger or older why not take some time to create as you reflect on the theme. Take a photo of your creation and send it to Rich who will put it on the church website and/or facebook page for all to enjoy.

As it’s Palm Sunday, if you’d like to make your own Palm Cross out of paper why not check out the instructions on this video


For Children
and Young at Heart

You can
follow the pattern above, praying and chatting with your children about the
readings and using the model for reflection to discuss what they think about
the readings.

There are a
couple of additional songs to enjoy and perhaps get to know.

Song: Give Me Oil (Sing Hosanna) (Author Unknown)

Song: We Want to See Jesus Lifted High (by Doug Horley)

Song: I’m Gonna Jump Up and Down (by Doug Horley)


If you have any prayer requests or would like someone to pray with you via a phone call please email pastor@yiewsleybaptistchurch.com or call 01895 548004


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