WORSHIP FOR WATFORD ON 4 APRIL 2020

GOOD MORNING, We gather together in spirit to Worship on 4 April 2020

OPENING PRAYER:
Bless our worship, gracious Father, that it will reassure us of your love, that it will renew our faith and hope, that it will energize us to reach out to encourage others and share the good news wherever we can.
Amen

Here is a link to an update from GCI President, Greg Williams: Click on the link to access website and click on his picture to view video https://www.gci.org/videos/president-update

ANNOUNCEMENTS and PRAYER POINTS are at the bottom of the page.

During this time of crisis we are still restricted to our homes and not able to meet in person for communal worship. Social isolation though is not something new—read Isaiah 26:20 (NRSV) Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past.”

But God has said “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), and that’s a promise we can rely on.

HYMN NO. 1 – STANDING ON THE PROMISES – WCG hymnal 278

Dr. Joseph Tkach in Speaking of Life reminds us of those promises in God’s love for us.

SPEAKING OF LIFE: DR. JOSEPH TKACH ~ A REMINDER OF GOD’S LOVE

Click on this link to view: https://deref-mail.com/mail/client/O8yxy-7984Q/dereferrer/?redirectUri=https%3A%2F%2F1drv.ms%3A443%2Fv%2Fs%21BliPxOOja474_Vzg-JYLkxtswDjT%3Fe%3D6FVDTRZ9MOm1aSVcViiN2g%26at%3D9

Because of his great love for us, God sent his son to live and die for us. The Spring Festival Season is a time of commemorating Jesus’ death and resurrection and reminds us of God’s great faithfulness that we sing of ~

HYMN NO. 2 – GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS – WCG Hymnal 186

SERMON LIVE-STREAMED FROM THE UK CHURCH OFFICE: Click on this link to view, bearing in mind that this Sermon begins at 11am, although it can be viewed afterwards as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQpW1QLqXLE&feature=youtu.be

Someone recently sent me this clever acronym of COVID 19:
C
hrist Over Viruses and Infectious Diseases + Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness ~ we rest on his unchanging grace

HYMN NO. 3 – THE SOLID ROCK – WCG Hymnal 207

CLOSING PRAYER:
We stand on your promises, Father in heaven, as we isolate ourselves for the sake and safety of others. Help us to follow the example of your faithfulness as we wait in the hope and faith we have in you.  At this time of year we are reminded of your great love for us and we rest in your unchanging grace to be with us through another week.
Amen

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He listens.
He can live anywhere in the universe, but He chose your heart.
Face it, friend — He is crazy about you!

God didn’t promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow, sun without rain,
but He did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRAYER POINTS:

*Members should be receiving a magazine called ‘Belong’ which contains instructions on how to keep the Lord’s Supper/Communion in your own home. This magazine can also be viewed on-line at https://gracecom.church/publications/belong_magazine/issues/2004.pdf to view the magazine, click on the picture of the magazine.  Or you can find it on the home page of the UK church website www.gracecom.church  and click on the picture of the magazine, then in the page that come up, click on the picture of the magazine again.
*Ian and Valerie Fotheringham have moved from Scotland to Derby and send their greetings
*John Magowan in Northern Ireland had a heart attach and was in hospital but in now at home and recovering. Please continue to pray for John and his wife.
*David was able to talk to Andrew this week and get an update on his situation. He is presently in a Rehabilitation Centre in the country in Central France. He has started an intensive programme to help him to gain strength for the fitting of a prosthetic in due course. He has regular sessions twice a day and is beginning to see the benefit of the programme and is very much looking forward to significant progress in the next weeks. He is able to take food without problem at the moment although he is not enamoured with the cuisine in the Centre. His kidneys remain a cause for concern but he is in good spirits.
He again asked me to thank you all for your prayers and concerns for him and Dana. They mean a great deal to him. Please remember to think of Andrew and Dana at this difficult time as they think of you.
*Colin Bovingdon says, I am writing to update you on my brother. He is no longer taking paracetomol and his cough and breathing are improving and he is hoping to be fully recovered by the end of the week. I thank God for his intervention and all the prayers offered by the Church around the country. I can only praise God for his love and thank all those who prayed for him and myself and ask that you would pass on my thanks.
* The latest update on Julia Octave is that she is stable and her oxygen requirements are reduced. She seems to be heading in the right direction but is not out of the woods yet. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Julia and her children Michael, Philip and Rebekah. Please keep praying that Julia will continue to improve and that Rebekah, who is due to be repatriated from the Middle East this weekend can arrive home safely to be with the family.
*Sinead Henderson has been working as a nurse on a coronavirus ward. Last week after her shift on a confirmed coronavirus ward she started to display symptoms of Covid-19, thankfully her symptoms were mild enough to be treated at home, and in the last day or two she has shown a marked improvement.

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