2nd May 2021 Canvey Methodist Church Worship Services

 

Dear Friends.

I hope that you are well. I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for Sunday  worship at church. Rev Peter Perowne is preaching . For those who may be unable to join us tomorrow, I am sending Peter’s order of service with Bible readings and intercession prayers from Annette added. In addition for those who like to follow a complete service link, I am including one from my colleague Pastor Steve Mayo.

Blessings 

Colin 

Complete Service Link: https://youtu.be/Kxlygd_9aN0

 

Canvey Methodist Church Sunday Service- 2nd May 2021.       With Rev Peter Perowne
 

Call to worship

Hymn: He’s got the whole world in his hands – StF 536

https://youtu.be/C3r0CFKzILo

 

1 He's got the whole world in his hands. 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

 

2 He's got the wind and the rain in his hands. 

(Sing three times) 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

 

3 He's got the little tiny baby in his hands. . . . 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

 

4 He's got you and me, brother, in his hands. . . . 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

 

5 He's got you and me, sister, in his hands. . . . 

He's got the whole world in his hands. 

 

6 He's got everybody here in his hands. . . . 

He's got the whole world in his hands.

Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Acts 8;26-40.  Sue.          Philip and the Ethiopian

 

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

 

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

 

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

 

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

 

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,

    so he did not open his mouth.

33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.

    Who can speak of his descendants?

    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

 

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Footnotes:    a.Acts 8:27 That is, from the southern Nile region

John 15;1-8.    Claire             The Vine and the Branches

 

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

 

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Footnotes: a: John 15:2 The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans.

Sermon

Hymn: Kum Ba Ya – H&P 525

https://youtu.be/Zph49P-m-b0

 

Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's singing Lord, kumbaya
Someone's singing Lord, kumbaya
Someone's singing Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbayah

Someone's laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's laughing, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's crying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's crying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's crying, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's praying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's praying, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's praying, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Someone's sleeping, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's sleeping, Lord, kumbaya
Someone's sleeping, Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya
Oh Lord, kumbaya

Pete Seager


Prayers of intercession. Annette.

 

Almighty, Creator God and our Dear Loving Heavenly Father, it is good that today we are looking at the life of Philip.  He led an interesting life following You Dear Lord and hopefully we can be inspired today to learn how You want us to follow You.  For Philip every day was different – he never knew what was going to happen or where you would send him.  One day he was in the middle of a busy, noisy city in Samaria, the next day He was heading off down a dusty, desert road.  For Philip serving You was always his top priority.  Lord we thank You for people like Philip who make God real to us and show us how exciting life can be when we follow You.. We thank You for those who love You so much that they want everyone, everywhere to know Your Love for them.  Lord, may what we say and how we say it; may how we live and the way we show it; help someone else know that You are Lord.  

Amen

Lord, we pray for your world.  When You made it, it was good, beautiful and perfect.  We are sorry for the ways each day that we spoil Your World by our careless actions and our lack of thought.  We thank You for those who remind us to look after for Your Creation.

Lord we pray for people who feel lost and afraid, those who are lonely even in a crowd, for those who have lost their way in life and do not know how to find their way to hope, joy, peace and love.  May   loving people reach out to show that they care.

We pray for those who are struggling, for little children and young people who are forced to survive on the streets of big cities in many parts of the world, for those with nowhere to live, nowhere to go.  They sit and beg for help from those whom are so much better off .  May those who see their need open the eyes of those who are able to give.

Lord we pray for the leaders of the nations at this time of crisis.  Please show them how best to manage this pandemic so that soon we will be able to move about more freely.  First of all may those nations, who are in a better state financially, help those who are really struggling to cope with obtaining all that they need to treat their people.  We think, of course, of India and many other countries who are finding it so difficult to provide for those in dire need.  May we do all that is possible, even at a cost to our own resources, to help them, for You have provided all that we possess.  We express our grateful thanks for the inspiration of the scientists to produce several different vaccines and medication to alleviate the suffering of all affected by this cruel virus. 
We pray for all those countries  who cannot live peaceably together – N. Korea, S. Korea, Russia, China, Myanmar, Yemen, Middle East, Lebanon, at this point we pray for our dear friend, Anna, may You bless her with good health, physically, mentally, emotionally but most of all spiritually with a strong relationship with You Dear Lord so that she may serve You well in Lebanon.  We name these countries   as only a few who cannot live peaceably with others.  We ask that you guide all countries to live as You would wish them to. 

We pray for those whose future seems bleak, for those with no hope and little chance to learn something new or to discover the wonder of your world, for those who will always be deprived of life’s good things, for those who haven’t yet learnt of the love of God in Christ Jesus.  May what we give, the words we use and the things we do bring new life and new hope to many people.

Dear Lord we pray for those who feel left out, unwanted and unnecessary, for those whose hopes and dreams are spoilt by the actions of others, for those who long to be loved and to know that they matter.

Dear Lord we pray for those we know who are in any kind of need and we think of those who have asked for prayer and appear in our church prayer list.  Indeed we ask for all our fellowship and those whom we know, that you will bless them all with good health – physically, mentally, emotionally but most of all with a powerful spiritual relationship with You, Dear Lord.  May we all be blessed with an understanding of Your Grace and know how best we may serve You.  May we all take our share in showing the Love of God to those whom we meet each day.

We pray for the man who jumped into the River Thames to save a woman who had fallen in the water.  We thank you for his bravery and pray that his family may be comforted and be able to come to terms with their painful loss.

We acknowledge how difficult it must be to work in government.  We pray for those who take on this difficult task and ask that they lead with integrity and strength and are supported by those they try to serve.

We pray for the people who seek to serve you in this church, Colin and Cathy, the stewards, the secretary, the treasurer and all who are prepared to help when they see the need and those who respond willingly when they are asked to help.  

All our prayers we ask in the Dear Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. 

Amen

 


Hymn: Lord your Church on earth is seeking – StF 410

https://youtu.be/e77x9gVYW2A

 

1. Lord, Thy Church on Earth is Seeking Thy renewal from above;
Teach us all the art of speaking With the accent of Thy love.
We would heed Thy great commission; "Go ye into every place;
Preach, baptize, fulfill My mission, Serve with love and share My grace."

2. Freedom give to those in bondage, Lift the burdens caused by sin;
Give new hope, new strength and courage, Grant release from fears within.
Light for darkness, joy for sorrow; Love for hatred, peace for strife.
These and countless blessings follow As the Spirit gives new life.

3. In the streets of every city Where the bruised and lonely dwell,
We shall show the Savior's pity, We shall of His mercy tell.
In all lands and with all races We shall serve and seek to bring
All the world to render praises, Christ, to Thee, Redeemer, King.

Blessing

Vesper. LICC.   We seek your kingdom   NOEL ROBINSON, ANDY FLANNAGAN, & GRAHAM HUNTER

https://youtu.be/2Lp2mMpSa1E