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 9 Aug 2020
You may be fortunate to have someone in your household who plays an instrument. If not, our talented sister and brother team, Louise and David Campion, have been recording a new Sunday worship set every week since the end of March. This means we now have a large catalogue of worship sets to use. With lockdown restrictions easing David needs to give his time to work that pays, but we are massively grateful for the work he and Lou have put in over the last few months.
Don’t worry about the dates on the videos, each week we’ll pick one of the back catalogue to use. We’re really looking forward to seeing how Holy Spirit speaks in different ways through the worship sets at different times….. a new opportunity for Him to display his genius!
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, Keath continues a short, encouraging series for the summer called “Don’t give up”. You will be able to see his Scriptures and questions below.
Scriptures, Questions, Prayers
In light of today’s message read the following passage of scripture:
- Luke 19:11-27
Having read the passage from Luke answer the following questions:
- What was the Nobleman particularly concerned about in relation to his servants? In other words what impressed him and what made him angry?
- What was the reason that the third servant gave for doing nothing, and how do you think our image of God impacts our faithfulness?
- The parable highlights the importance of responsibility – can you identify that in the story. What does taking responsibility look like in your life – particularly in relation to the gifts that God has given you and the blessings you have in your life.
- What impresses you more: achievements or faithfulness – both in your life and in others.
Take a moment to thank God for you – for how you are made, how you look, the abilities you have. Affirm to God that you are indeed his handiwork and his masterpiece!
Use this opportunity to ask God to show you if any of the obstacles mentioned in today’s message has relevance for you. If so bring them to God in prayer – repenting and thanking him for his forgiveness
Think of one other person in your church community and pray for them. Pray for peace, protection, provision and a deep awareness of God’s sufficiency in this moment. If you want, you can even send them a text afterwards to say you prayed for them.
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.
Firstly I want to say well done to you all, you’ve made it this far. I do hope that this next number of weeks will be life-giving to you all, and that you will find some time to enjoy the summer, and have some good family moments before schools go back etc.
We’re not going to be doing any formal kids ministry over the next 5 Sundays in August, however I would like to encourage you to continue to use every opportunity to disciple and love your children as you go through these summer days, and Sundays. There are so many wonderful resources available, sometimes almost too many to know where to start. So may I suggest that you take a look at the following link. These contain daily devotional interactive ideas that you can either do daily, or you can do on a Sunday. They don’t take long but are really helpful, and can encourage great conversation.
Each weeks download explains what to do.
The activity below is taken from one of the days this week so you can get an idea of what its all about.
This link contains links to many weeks contents, so there is no shortage.
Light it Up
Think about God’s light. In what
ways has God’s light shined in
your life? How does God’s light
change how you live and the
decisions you make?
Fill a sink or bath up with
water and find fun ways to
make the water dirty (mud,
food colouring, ketchup etc).
Reflect on wrong things you
have done and when you are
ready, say sorry to God, pull
the plug and let the water go.
Have a wonderful Summer. May you and your family know God’s blessing and favour over you.
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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.