Click here to watch the video for Matt’s service which was live streamed at 10.30am on Sunday 29th March.
Below are links to hymns/songs to accompany this week’s worship
“At the name of Jesus” – with Lyrics
“My song is love unknown” – with Lyrics
“What a beautiful name…”:
– Acapella version by “Voices of Lee”
– Original by Hillsong:
“My Saviour, my God” by Aaron Shust:
Walk from Jericho to Jerusalem – Sergio and Rhoda:
Google Images – Painting:
Google Images – Carravaggio: “Raising of Lazarus” (c.1600)
As it’s not possible for us to be worshipping together at
any of our usual services this Sunday morning, or even to hear the bells
ringing, I have put together a few thoughts on today’s Principal Service
readings which you can reflect on if you are using them as part of your daily
prayer routine. Those of you on Facebook will probably have noticed a
whole range of links to services taking place where you can listen and join in
the hymns and prayers. Matthew is intending to put something online at
10.30 which I think will be available for the rest of the day.
Today is Passion Sunday, with readings that are themselves
heralds of the Easter stories to come. The Old Testament reading is Ezekiel ch
37, verses 1 – 14 and is the story of the valley of dry bones. It foretells the
dawning of God’s new creation at a moment of utter desolation.
Psalm 130 is called “A Song of Ascents” and is also
incredibly significant in our current situation. It begins with “Out of the
depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord hear my voice” and goes on to those beautiful
words “my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the
morning”. An encouragement to hang on because a new dawn will come.
The New Testament reading is from Romans ch 8, verses 6 –
11. This is Paul’s reminder to his readers in Rome that the Spirit of God
dwells in them. At the end of Chapter 8 is one of my favourite passages
in the whole of Scripture. I encourage you to read from verse 31 to the end,
where we are reminded by Paul “I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor
height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
And finally the Gospel passage, which is from John ch 11,
verses 1 – 45, the story of the raising of Lazarus. It is a foreshadowing
of the story of the resurrection, and the dawning reality of the Kingdom.
Obviously Lazarus will eventually die again but the story reminds us that for
him and for all of us that is not the end. If we read on to the end of the
chapter we become aware that this miracle was bringing many people to believe
in Jesus, which leads to Caiaphas and the chief priests and Pharisees meeting
together to plot his death. And so the Easter story begins.
Take care and keep safe,
Click here for Matt’s thought for the day video.
Each week we will post the new version of the New Creation Pew News here.
Click here for Matt’s prayer for Friday 27th March.
Wisdom 2: 1 and 12-22
Psalm 34: 15-end
John 7: 1-2, 10 and 25-30
Click here to see the prayer for Thursday 26th March