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. Despite changing circumstances and government guidelines due to coronavirus, we are doing our best to provide a number of different ways for people to engage, to meet with God and to have communion with each other. We trust you take full advantage of what we can do and encounter God in new ways.
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- To watch our Zoom gathering live click the link below.
- To watch the message and use the study materials provided continue below.
- To join us for an in-person gathering find booking details on the calendar section of the website.
Sunday 18 April 2021
What have we learned in lockdown?
We are streaming our morning gathering live at 10am every Sunday.
Pre-recorded Sunday package
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 all of the following texts:
- Amos 5:21-24
- Matthew 25:35-45
- 1 John 3:16-22
In addition to the passage mentioned above, here are a few questions you may want to reflect on today or during the week. Even better still, phone or meet up with a friend and reflect together on one or more of these questions together!
- If the last year has squeezed you are you happy with what has come out? Have you just changed crutches or are you leaning more on Jesus?
- Are there things that have changed for the better in the last year?How are you going to ensure they stay changed as things open up again?
- How are you serving those that Jesus has put around you?To be great and be blessed in Gods Kingdom requires us to give ourselves away for the sake of others.
- Holy Spirit, please continue to teach me and shape me to be more like Jesus. Are there more crutches I lean on that you want to remove?
- Jesus, please help me to demonstrate your love to those you have put around me. Are there ways you particularly want me to do this this week?
- Father, please be especially close to our royal family as they mourn the death of a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
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.
A lesson from Loius Giglio and his book How Great is our God
Hi Parents and Kids,
Hope you are well and are enjoying your Easter break – I am sure your chocolate is all finished by now, but maybe there are a few of you who have saved theres and have got a little stash of chocolate the rest of the family are droolling over!
This week we are focusing on ‘being content’ – this is not always easy. But it is something that we all need to work at at times.
So let’s look at what the bible says:
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.”
Now you need to click on this link as Louis Giglio has got some very interesting facts all about kitty cats that I’m sure you’ll find interesting… how on earth does a cat link back to this bible verse well click here and scroll down to page 10 🙂
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus it is not always easy to be happy at all times, sometimes I find it hard to just be content, but I know that you are always there and I pray that you will help me not focus on what I don’t have but rather on you and please help me to be happy and content. Amen
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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.
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 that you would like the gift to go to. This could be a wonderful opportunity 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 Package. If you are new to the Christian faith or would like to know more about Jesus please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.