On the first day of the week
From the earliest days, the church formed a tradition of gathering to worship on the day after the Jewish sabbath, the day we now call Sunday or “first day of the week”.
The church has gathered to worship in every conceivable place. From caves to cathedrals this ancient weekly pattern has been observed. We now have the opportunity, with recent government guidelines, to gather in ways we haven’t before, getting together outdoors in groups of 6 or indoors with two households worshipping together. We trust you take fully advantage of what we can do and encounter God in new ways.
Sunday Service Guidelines
We would love you to be able to get the most out of the Sunday service package each week. Here is Keath explaining how.
Sunday 22 November 2020
Today Keath launches a new short series on the theme of Jubilee. Lets jump right in!
One of our goals with these Sunday service packages is that you will be encouraged to engage with scripture yourself and to wrestle through the things that have been shared. In light of that take time this week to read through one or more of the following texts:
- Leviticus 25
- Isaiah 58
- Isaiah 61
In addition to the passages mentioned above, here are a few questions you may want to reflect on today or during the week. Even better still, phone a friend and have a “virtual coffee” as you reflect on one of these questions together!
- How does the idea of Jubilee enrich your understanding of the Gospel
- What does the Jubilee legislation tell you about God’s character and nature
- What do you think Jubilee would look like in Kingston OR in the UK.
Pray for those in our nation who are losing jobs or businesses. Pray for provision, the generation of jobs as well as wisdom for all those with the power to affect change.
Pray for KingsGate and Voices of Hope that we may have wisdom, favour and transformational power as we seek to practically love Kingston and the surrounding areas.
Pray for somebody in the KingsGate Church family that you know is in need or struggling. Pray for Jubilee to break into their circumstances.
COME TO THE TABLE
During this time of unprecedented ‘lockdowns’ and ‘distancing’, there’s much that we can’t do. Yet, in a certain sense, we can join with followers of Jesus in homes around the world (and indeed in homes over the last twenty centuries) as we take communion together.
The simple symbols of communion – bread and wine – are rich with meaning orienting us within the Biblical story. Communion is grounded in the gospel story in which we encounter and ‘feast on’ God’s self-giving love, that we might have kindled in us a self-giving love for God, for others, and for God’s good creation.
Here is a simple liturgy to guide you through taking communion together as a household. If there are at least 3 of you, you might choose to have a different person read each numbered section below.
Set out the bread and the wine (or whatever alternatives you might be using at home).
1: Lord of Creation,
from your loving hands you have made us all.
Every person, young and old, every creature, great and small.
All nature sings with vibrant diversity
Emerged from your bounty of grace and generosity.
Yet your good world is stained, stretched and swollen.
Your beloved creation distorted by our sin
In silence we sit, hearing earth’s groan
Your contorted cosmos, our hurting home.
Allow a minute of silence as you reflect
2: Lord of Liberation,
A crown formed of thorns you wore
as the crowd declared their angry scorn
Water and blood from your pierced side poured
As the temple’s curtains wide open were torn
The Prince of Peace lay crushed by human violence
As the skies dimmed and darkened and the indignant mob was silenced
Behold the The Son of Man who came from above
Behold the Son of God, gave up his life for love.
Pass around and take of the bread and the wine, symbolic of Jesus’ body, broken for you, and his blood shed for you. When everyone has done so, read the final prayer stanza below.
3: Lord of Resurrection Life,
On your broken body we sip and we chew
We feast on your fallen frame raised anew
Your life now our life, sustained and restored
Breath to our bones, death-defeating Lord.
Let us see from your eyes, heal our blindness
Form in us true Christlikeness
Though now this world groans, strains and strives
Jesus, creator, liberator, he’s alive!
**Thanks to Clark Buys for putting this communion liturgy together.
K I N D N E S S
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
As Friday was World Kindness Day I thought it would be great to use this as a further opportunity to spend some time with your children chatting about kindness.
The following is an object lesson you can work through with them around kind words
Here is the link:
It is also most important to remember that kindness if a fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5: 22 – 23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Pray: take a moment to be quiet and ask the Holy Spirit to increase his presence with you. Pray that He will help you to be aware of others around you and always do all you out of kindness towards each other.
Actvity: Decide on something as a family or as an individual of how you are going to demonstrate kindness to someone outside your family this week.
Suggestion: did you know that Voices of Hope have started something calle the good food co op and they have veggie and fruit boxes you can buy. If you buy these for your family they will help another family who cant afford a box to get a box at a cheaper price
Follow this link to see how it works:
Check out the latest good news stories!
Giving is part of our worshipful response to God. It is an ackowledgement that everything, even in the most difficult circumstances, comes from him and that we are ultimately dependant on him for our daily bread.
Giving can be done via ChurchSuite online giving facility.
Alternatively, you can give directly through the bank account.
Account Name: KingsGate Church (Kingston)
Account Sort code: 40-52-40
Account Number: 00019298
Reference: please reference your giving with your Gift Aid reference number if you have one.
In addition to your regular giving you can give specifically towards the needs of those inside and outside the KingsGate family, and even specify the name of a person, family or initiative thar you would like the gift to go to. This could be a wonderful opporunity to practice something of the Acts 4 church:
“…All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need..”
Thank you for engaging with this Sunday Service content. If you are new to the Christian faith or would like to know more about Jesus please send us your questions.