Sunday 23rd August 2020

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Welcome to our Service!

This week we say goodbye to John and Pat Medcalf who both have done a tremendous amount behind the scenes here in Christchurch. We’ll be missing John’s handy work repairing our laptops, and I’ll be missing his steady hands handling the projectors!

In our message this week, Russ explores why Jesus personalises the Resurrection. Closing the distance between us and God – not for someday in the future, but for now.


“I Am the Resurrection and the Life” a message by Russ Herbert.

Led by Clive Jennings,
and our reading is John 11:17-27.

Jump to: Start, Welcome, Reading, Message, Prayers, Closing.

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And don’t forget there is the Christchurch Kids blog too!

Last week Larry and Joy weren’t sure about courgette and chocolate muffins, but after “tasting and seeing” they realised what they were missing.


Led by Tim Simpson.

When Jesus came to the grave of Lazarus, who had been dead 4 days, all hope that Jesus would come in time to save him had died too.  But God…

When Jesus arrived at the home of Jairus, whose daughter had died, the same had happened. But God…

When Jesus approached those carrying the son, (the only and now dead son), of the widow from Nain, all hope, of her son looking after her, had died with him. But God…

… Loving Heavenly Father, we ask you for those whose hope has died, or come close to it, and who so badly need you to “turn up”,  to resurrect hope and to breathe life into their situations and circumstances.

For marriages in the town, where the spark has all but gone, but they have stayed together for the sake of their children; and they are not sure if they still love, or even like, their spouse. And for wider family life, where the relationships may have become strained and awkward – not least because of the Covid-19 restrictions – and where older siblings may not speak for years at a time. We say, please Lord, come, resurrect HOPE and breath LIFE, as only you, the Author of life itself, can do. May it be so

 For those in businesses and other employing organisations, including those paid from our taxes, where the huge economic impact of Covid-19 means that they have lost, or may lose, their jobs; for those who have to make the, often agonising, decisions about who to make redundant and who to keep, and who may wonder whether the whole thing will collapse soon, anyway. For those wondering if they will ever find employment again. We say, please Lord, come, resurrect HOPE and breath LIFE, as only you, the Author of life itself, can do. May it be so. 

For those leading church congregations, where – because of Covid-19 – so much of what they did, (or their congregation thought they should do), has become nigh-on impossible; for those whose world has been turned upside down, and who both wonder what God would have them do in the new normal, and who they will be doing it with. We say, please Lord, come, resurrect HOPE and breath LIFE, as only you, the Author of life itself, can do. May it be so.

For those in local and national Government, where Covid-19 has meant that more needs have arisen to be met from lower and lower budgets. For those who, having to take so much heartless criticism from public and media alike as they take hugely difficult decisions on our behalf, may feel that it is too hard, and may want to resign and walk away from a seemingly hopeless situation. We say, please Lord, come, resurrect HOPE and breath LIFE, as only you, the Author of life itself, can do. May it be so.

And, on a completely different note, we remember John & Pat Medcalf, who have been part of the Christchurch family for many years, as they now prepare to move, and we give glad thanks for their presence and service among us here. May God protect you and, as you walk with Him, may you prosper in every way. Yes! May it be so.

And we close by saying together 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 for ever.

Prayer Ministry and Support

If you would like someone to pray with you, the contact for the Prayer Sheet and Prayer Chain is Jean Balcombe: 07810 027820

Many of the Church staff are on holiday during August, but if you need help don’t hesitate to contact us through the website or if urgent though the contact details on the newsletter.