Sunday 3rd May 2020

This week’s newsletter
Uganda Concern Update

Welcome everyone, but especially to anyone new. If you wish to connect with us please do visit our I’m new! page to provide your details, and we can let you know what’s happening in Christchurch.

Service

“Called to be Bold and Courageous” by Clive Jennings.

Led by Russ Herbert, and our reading is Acts 2:22-40 given by Sam Thompson.

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

(once video is playing click the top right corner for full screen)

video

For children’s online activities, check out Emy’s Christchurch Kids blog.

15-18’s – SKYPE Sessions Wednesdays at 6.30pm
13’s/14’s – SKYPE Sessions Thursdays at 6.30pm
(contact Will and Ashlee at Youth@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk)

The book for our next series is “How to Pray” by Pete Greig available at bookstores, as an audio book or on kindle. Visit https://prayercourse.org/

Prayers

Led by Wendy Robinson.

We come together to offer praise and thanks to God and to pray for our world.

Creator God we thank you for all that has gone before, in the history of our faith. As we reflect on today’s reading we give thanks for Peter’s courage in speaking out, for it led directly to the growth of a new ground-breaking movement, now named Christianity.

Thank you too for the calling of our church leaders, bringing alive the teachings of Jesus into today’s world, drawing more people into the fellowship and friendship that is church.

Creator God, forgive us when we forget all that has been won for us over the years in the name of Christ, all that speaks of justice and equality, all that is compassion, all that heals division. Help us to know that we too can be part of this powerful movement for change when we submit our lives to you.

Help us to clear our lives of all that wastes the valuable time you have granted us so that we may see more clearly the purpose you have set before each of us.

In this time of lockdown may we take time apart to enter into the quiet of your presence and hear what you bring to the forefront of our minds.

God of mystery, may we learn to trust your promptings and act upon them. We ask you to give us courage to say words which are hard to say, to make  contact with people we would rather not, to do a new thing, in these unusual times at home

God of compassion you are showing us more of your heart at this time, as we see glimpses of community spirit, acts of generosity, appreciation for dedicated service. As Christians, we look forward to an end of poverty and injustice, to becoming a people who take on responsibility for themselves, each other and for our earth.

We pray for a restoration of health for those who are ill in our community, bless them and those who care for them. We pray too for those who have been bereaved .Give them comfort in their grief.

 Holy God grant us courage and wisdom to share our faith, to explain the joy of belonging to a community of people intent on growing their faith and their friendships.

Help us to line up our vision with yours so that all who would live out the Christian life boldly take on the responsibility of making each day count in bringing about your Kingdom on earth.

We ask all this in the name of Jesus

Amen

And now we say together the prayer that Jesus taught us:

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.

Prayer Ministry and Support

The contact for the Prayer Sheet and Prayer Chain is Jean Balcombe:  prayer@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk 07810 027820

For practical help, there is a large group of volunteers across Clevedon to help those self-isolating – Clevedon Aid.

If you are considered ‘high risk’ or are struggling in any way and would like some support, please get in touch with your home group leader, our Church Administrator, Kathryn admin@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk,
so we can keep in contact, pray for you and provide whatever practical assistance we can.