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Sunday 11th July - Beginning Again – How the world outside (doesn’t) work


Welcome to worship. We continue our summer series, exploring the big story of God. This week we are looking at Genesis 4:1-18 and the story of Cain and Abel.


Today we have an in person family service and an online service. Our in person service starts at 11am. If you are attending in person normal social distancing rules apply and you will need a mask.


After the service we will meet for a catch up on zoom at 12.30pm. The link is here


Coming Up


Sundays


18th July - In person service with sermon/replicated online

25th July - In person family service


We will continue with alternate family/sermon services during the summer, but the format will depend on the Government Guidelines. This will be set out in the next week as the Government confirms/sets out the way ahead. Our leaders meet on Wednesday and we will let you know after that. Please pray for the leaders as they meet.


We are planning a baptismal service for the 19th September. If you think that now is the time for you to be baptised and would like to explore further, please talk to Claire or one of the leaders.


Mid-Week


Our Community Cafe continues to be open on Tuesdays 10-12.30 - feel free to drop in for coffee and cake. Our Crafty Needles group also meets on that day.


Poppy Cafe - our mental health and well being support group runs on Wednesdays 10-12 - please get in touch with Jo if you'd like to attend.


Jamaica Baptist Union Appeal


London Baptists have asked us to consider whether we might help them to raise funds to help communities in Jamaica who have been affected by flooding. There was terrible flooding in Jamaica before Christmas. Many experienced tremendous damage to infrastructure, loss of livelihood and increased unemployment.


London Baptists say:


“The Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) have shared with us how the floods affected the country and communities and would like to offer our support. Given our strong links to the country, the London Baptist Board of Directors are pleased to commend this appeal to the churches.

The JBU have assisted in this relief effort in all sorts of creative ways so thus far:


- Helping over 100 small farms with seeds and fertilizer

- Helping over 90 people with shelter and food

- Assisting over 1000 needy/marginalised persons with care packages

- Offering financial support to over 20 ministers that have also suffered”


London Baptists have said that if every church in the association gave £100 they would easily reach their target of £20000, and so the Deacons have agreed to donate £100 from New Addington Baptist Church to the appeal. If you would like personally add anything to that donation so we could send more, then that would be gratefully received.


If you would like to do so, you can put your donation in an envelope labelled “Jamaica Appeal” and pass on to one of the leaders or bring on Sunday or during the week. If you prefer to give by bank transfer, please message Vic with details so that he knows what the donation is for.


Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters and their communities in Jamaica.


Worship


'Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” '

Revelation 1:4b-8


Here are the songs for this week. You may want to save the last two for before and after the sermon.



Prayers


Prayers of the People

(inspired by Colossians 1: 11-20)

Let us pray to our heavenly Father

who created all things in heaven and on earth.

He knows our needs and the needs of the world

and reaches out with love and forgiveness to reconcile all things to himself.

We pray for the church throughout the world

asking God to forgive us for the divisions that separate us

and to heal the wounds that those divisions have caused.

We pray that the church, Christ’s body,

may be united and strengthened by Christ himself

who holds all things together and has first place in everything.

We pray for all who hold the power and responsibility that comes with authority.

We pray that the spirit of Christ the King will teach them humility

and a willingness to stand alongside those who depend on them for leadership.

We pray for all who suffer pain and mental distress

through illness or through the cruelty of others.

We pray that God’s power and spirit will strengthen them

and bring them the healing and peace that belong to Christ’s kingdom.

We pray for the saints who have gone before us

and now live in God’s eternal light,

giving thanks for their witness and encouragement

and praying that we will share in their inheritance

within the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

Heavenly Father,

you have rescued us from the power of darkness.

Help us to walk in this world as citizens of your kingdom of light

where Christ reigns as King in glory for ever and ever. Amen.



Word


Our sermon today is based on Genesis 4: 1-18. You may want to read it first. You'll find it here




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