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 are now joining with many parts of the body of Christ in worshiping as families in our homes.
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 28 June 2020
You may be fortunate to have someone in your household who plays an instrument. If not, our talented brother and sister team, Louise and David Campion, have recorded a Sunday worship set on our YouTube channel.
Click on the link below to find this weeks worship lyrics.
Alternatively, you can enjoy an extended playlist of songs from worship leaders and teams like Matt Redman, Hillsong, Jeremy Riddle, and Leeland.
Today, our KingsGate Celebration message comes from Keath. You will be able to see his Scriptures and questions below.
As part of our Sunday Service Package we really want to encourage all of you to engage with the Bible on your own – there is nothing quite like studying and reading scripture yourself! To help you with this, each week we are giving you three passages of scripture which in some way relate to that week’s sermon. In doing this we are trying to give you a passage from the Old Testament, something from the Psalms and something from the New Testament. The reason for this is that we want to demonstrate that the great news of the Gospel can be found throughout the Bible – if you look for it!
A useful hint regarding the Psalms is that they are best understood when we pray them. Take the words of the psalmist and use them as your own prayer and see what God does!
I hope this is helpful and has given you some tools!
In Keath’s message today he mentioned how important being outward focussed is to the calling God has for the church. Reflect on this in light of the following passages:
- Matthew 28:16-20
- Luke 4:16-21
- Acts 8:1-8
- 1 Corinthians 1:19-23
In Acts 8:1-8 can you see how God uses change and difficult circumstances to further the Gospel?
How would you say that you respond to change? What makes it difficult for you and what makes it easier?
Reflect on your relationship with God over the last 4 months? In what way have your times with God changed over the lockdown – has this been helpful and fruitful?
Take a moment to reflect on the last 4 months – particularly in relation to things you can be thankful for. Thank God for these things.
Take a moment to pray specifically for a part of the KingsGate family other than your own congregation e.g. If you are in KingsGate Cobham, pray for Ham or Wimbledon Village or Kingston.
Pray for our government – particularly for wisdom and courage at this time.
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.
KingsGate Celebration – children’s lesson
Note to parents – you will have receive this material in your inboxes on Friday. Based on your feedback, we are making the children’s ministry material available earlier to enable parents to prepare better for Sunday. Enjoy!
Hello to all our Parents and Children,
A huge well done to you all in these very different times. I’m sure it has felt odd to you all to be at home so much, and now some of you are back at school and some of you are still at home, and to all the Mum’s and Dad’s what a great job you are all doing in doing your best to be not just Mum and Dad, but teachers as well!
Give Thanks: Today we want to take some moments to stop and think about everything that has happened and to first before we do anything else say thanks to God for one thing. Close your eyes and think for a minute… what is something that you are thankful for. Share this together and have a chat about it. Parents chat to your kids about why it is important to give thanks.
Now think about this question – What is the Church? (many of you have learnt about this in the past) Think about the little song… Here is the Church and here is the steeple, open the doors and here are the people, you can click here if you want to do the actions with your hands, click here.
Chat about what Church is with your children – use the finger rhyme to help you… Do all Churches have steeples? No… Is the Church a building?… well we meet in a building, which we do call Church, but who is the Church?
Let’s look at the bible…what does the Bible say?
Romans 16:3-5 3 “…I send greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in the
service of Christ Jesus; they risked their lives for me. I am grateful to them—not only I, but all the Gentile churches as well. Greetings also to the church that meets in their house…”
So if the Church meets in their house…who is the Church? It’s the people! Not just any people though – the Church is full of people who believe in Jesus (you can read about the start of the Church in Acts 2)
Who is the head of the Church? Let’s go to the bible to find out
Ephesians 1:22-23 “…God put all things under Christ feet and gave him to the
church as supreme Lord over all things. The church is Christ’s body, the
completion of him who himself completes all things everywhere. Jesus is the head
of the Church…”
What happens when we can’t meet together? Do we stop being the Church?
Chat to your children about this… then tell them about a time when things were tough after Jesus had left and returned to his Father in heaven… In Acts 8:1-8 this is a time that was very tough for the Christians and they had to leave as the Romans and others were persecuting them – this means people didn’t like what they believed and they were being badly treated because they believed in Jesus.,.
So what is the answer to my question?
When we can’t meet together we still believe in Jesus don’t we?
Yes, and though we feel sad not to see everyone, and be together we still are the Church aren’t we? Yes we are…
Do we still have an important job to do?
Well, yes we do – we need to keep encouraging the Church – all the people who believe in Jesus, and we need to do what God has called us to do! This can be a lot of different things… but the most important is telling others about Jesus.
And how about this…while things may have been a bit weird and different, like doing school work from home – one thing you know now is with a bit of help from your parent/s you can do something different to before. And so as the Church we can do something differently as well – we can meet a bit differently – like we all have been – some have met online, others have listened to the message and then gone online, more recently some connect groups have met in the park and had Church together. So we need to sometimes be flexible – we need to be able to change like a rubber stretchy man, or be pliable like play dough.
Right now KingsGate is doing a lot of different things but we’re finding ways to be with Jesus, to continue to learn about him, to continue to love each other along the way, even if it is a bit distant. We’re caring for our people, but we’re also caring and loving people outside of our Church – this is Love.
So always be ready to go
Be ready to love
Be ready to do things differently AND do everything you can to stay connected to Jesus, and to invite his Holy Spirit to come and fill you up, to read his word, and to be willing to share the good news he’s brought into your life so others can share that good news too, and become The Church along with you!
Be an amazing church today!
Activity 1: Love Challenge Draw a big heart and colour it in – then be creative and think about all the different ways you can love people practically – write them down on your heart, put it up somewhere and pray with your parent/s about which 3 things you’re going to do. Do them, and let us know how it went so we can testify to God’s goodness and love being spread.
Activity 2: Read the parable of the lost coin in Luke 15:8-10 What does Jesus mean in this parable? Get some coins and give each child a couple of coins – then go hide them in a set area. Now give everyone 2 mins and go find the coins. When all the coins are found, pray for people you know who don’t know Jesus?
Activity 3: Colouring page for you click here
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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.