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ONLINE CHURCH: Let's worship together

 

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Today's

theme:

Meeting God

in the

wilderness

 

 

A prayer: 

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

Our introduction is by the Rev Rodney Green:  

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Here's a song about God's faithfulness in times when we feel things are hard: 

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Our reading is from St Matthew's Gospel, ch 4, v 1 to 11:

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you”,
   and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’
Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
   and serve only him.” ’
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

 

 

Our talk is by the Rev Debra Blair:

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This is a great hymn of prayer and trust in God:

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Please click below for our prayers:

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THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name, 
your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
on earth as in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread. 
Forgive us our sins 
as we forgive those who sin against us. 
Lead us not into temptation 
but deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
and the glory are yours 
now and forever. Amen.     


And finally an uplifting song of confidence in God and what he's done for us all in Jesus:

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Please click below for the conclusion to our worship:        

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You may find these resources are useful to provide online worship, teaching, study materials and encouragement generally:

  • A 9am Sunday service from the Church of England livestreamed on YouTube: click here.
  • Holy Trinity Platt is livestreaming on Sundays at 11am - click here
  • The Bible Project offers a whole series of animated videos on different books and themes of the Bible, plus a regular podcast - click here 
  • 'The Message' stream videos aimed at younger people under the title of 'Message Live' Click here to find the introduction page.
  • The 'Christianity Explored' course - an introduction to the Christian faith by Rico Tice of All Souls' Church, Langham Place (the one next to the BBC), with hours of thought-provoking films and talks, is now available totally free of charge - click here - or start watching them on YouTube - click here
  • Try the videos available from 'Christian Vision' - click here - you will have to register, but it's pretty easy. 
  • How to get the Church of England 'Daily Prayer' app on your phone - click here
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