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Sunday 21st March - Living Transformed


Welcome to worship this morning. We are continuing our series looking at 1 Peter thinking about how we live the best life we can amongst the current circumstances. Claire is speaking today on Living Transformed. We meet on zoom for coffee and cake after the service at 12.15pm. The link is here


This week we have shared our plans for the coming months and in person/online worship following the Governments Roadmap. Details for normal congregation are on the members section of this website (message one of the leaders for the password). This video details some of those plans:




Monday Bible Study Group is meeting at 8pm tomorrow (Monday!) to reflect further on the Bible Studies we have recently finished. Link as above.


Next Saturday (27th March 2021) we are please to welcome back our resident quiz master, Vic, as we gather on Zoom for an exciting Family Fortunes meets Pointless game show. Those who have taken part previously will testify to the fun that is had. Even if you don't consider yourself the best at quizzes or game shows when you watch them on television you will have lots of fun. You will be able to join with the usual link at 5pm on Saturday 27th. The Zoom meeting will be open slightly before 5, so that we can all say hello and catch up before the quiz starts.


Worship


Call to Worship


1 Chronicles 16: 23-36

'Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, God our Saviour; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”'


Songs for Worship


A playlist of songs is below - you might want to save the last two for before and after the sermon



Forgiveness


As we enter week six of Lent, we are thinking about forgiveness. It may seem like a simple thing to forgive someone, but I'm sure that we can all admit that it is not always easy. It was His love for all of us that led Jesus to the cross. But should we have to assume that it was easy for Him? It is not always easy to forgive someone when they have hurt you so badly and, maybe, constantly hurting you in the same way. But, I heard something only just today. One of the reasons that Jesus died on the cross was to empower us to forgive others. If we are struggling to forgive someone (or even ourselves), then just remember that we don't have to do it alone. I am reminded of the older brother, in the parable of the prodigal Son. The father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.' That is true for us too. Everything that God has is ours. The power that raised our Lord from the dead can enable us to forgive; to continue to forgive and to love others despite their faults.



When we choose to forgive and accept forgiveness and change our behaviour it affects other people in a positive way. Here is an activity to help you think through how you might make a difference in other people's lives if you follow in the ways of Jesus.



Prayers




Word


Our Sermon today is based on 1 Peter 4:1-19 - you can read it here.



Blessing


May God the Father prepare your journey,

Jesus the Son guide your footsteps,

The Spirit of Life strengthen your body,

The Three in One watch over you, on every road that you may follow.


(From faithandworship.com)

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