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.
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Sunday 31 May 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.
Our message today comes from Paul. 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 light of today’s message, have a look at 1, 2 or all three of the following passages. In particular reflect on what it has to say (or demonstrate) about God’s relationship with us. Consider questions like: How experiential is the relationship reflected in the passage? What words give you an indication of this? What things are shown as a hindrance to this relationship? How would you describe the Holy Spirit in these passages?
This week’s passages all come from the New Testament.
- John 14:15-31
- Galatians 3:1-6
- 2 Peter 1:1-11
Having read this passage, consider the following:
How easy do you find it to create space for your relationship with God? What are the biggest obstacles and challenges?
What activity/discipline/space do you find the most “nourishing” in your relationship with God? How could you make this more of a priority?
Are there things in your life that are creating stumbling blocks in your relationship with God – maybe even making you want to avoid any form of time with him? What does the Bible say about how we can deal with this?
Are you harbouring unforgiveness against anyone or holding on to an offence or hurt? What does the Bible say about how we should deal with this
It is important to pray beyond ourselves and to remember that your prayers can make a difference – even on the biggest stage. Consider Elijah whose prayers impacted the weather of a nation for three years (James 5:17-18). In light of this, take some time to pray for the U.S.A – in particular that the churches would powerfully demonstrate Jesus in a fractured country. Pray for Chris and Meryl who lead a church in LA that God would grant them wisdom as they minister to other church leaders in the USA.
Pray for Kingsgate – that we would have wisdom, courage and provision to be a powerful demonstration of the Kingdom in this great city of London.
Think of one other person in the Kingsgate community and pray for them. Try to let the Holy Spirit guide and lead you – then text (or email) the person with what 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.
Note to parents – you will have receive this material in your inboxes on Friday. Based on your feedbck, we are making the children’s ministry material available earlier to enable parents to prepare better for Sunday. Enjoy!
Dear Parents and Children,
Isn’t it wonderful to be learning more about the incredible Holy Spirit, given to us when Jesus returned to be with His Father. So now Jesus is seated at God’s right hand, but we are not alone we have the Holy Spirit with us, to give us power to do what we’re called to do, to guide us in our life, and to comfort us when we need it as life can be tough sometimes. Ask him to increase in you and to fill you and help you understand him more as you dive into this lesson today.
This week’s message: We need to make sure we spend time with the Holy Spirit, and make him an important part of our life in order to know him more.
Key Bible Reading:
Proverbs 13:11 ‘Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
Ephesians 2:18, 22 18 ‘Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us…. 22 ‘Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.’
So far and going forward: The three legs that hold up our life with Jesus are Holy Spirit, The Bible and our Church community. We need Holy Spirit to give us power to do what God has called us to do, and one of the ways we do this is by building, or growing a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
How do we grow a relationship with Holy Spirit:
Take Time – how do you get to know a friend more? – you spend time together, chatting and playing, and just being together.
When we work hard at something we get lots of benefits don’t we? – when we think of Proverbs 13:11 it tells us that if we find a quick way of doing something it often doesn’t last, but if we take time and we work hard it pays off, and we have a much greater reward.
Activity / Chat:
If you have any seeds you could do this as an activity – buy some bean or sunflower seeds and plant them with your child. If you don’t have any and you can’t get hold of them then show them some pictures, or show them a plant in your garden or house. Here is a helpful website to guide you.
When we plant a seed we want it to grow into a plant, but this takes time and effort.
Think about this when you think about growing a relationship with Holy Spirit.
Firstly we get some good soil, and we make sure the soil is ready for the seed, we get a fork and we dig a bit and we add special compost that will help our seed grow. In respect to Holy Spirit we need to do this – we need to make time for him, and make sure we give him a part of our day.
Secondly we plant the seed. As we spend time with Holy Spirit it will be like a seed being planted inside us, it will grow as we spend time with him.
Thirdly we water the seed and we wait for time to pass, checking it everyday and making sure it’s ok. If we spend time with Holy Spirit daily He will grow within us, when we read the bible, when we worship, when we are quiet with him just knowing Holy Spirit is with us.
Fourthly. If we see any nasty weeds growing up we remove them so there is space for our new plant to grow. As we spend time with Holy Spirit he will show us things that we need to stop doing, like sin – for e.g when we get grumpy too quickly after our Mum has asked us to do something, he will help us see that’s not how he wants us to behave, and so he’ll show us what we need to start doing. If we get very angry with our brother or sister when they haven’t done anything but irritate us, he may prompt us to say sorry.
Fifthly If we work with our plant we will see it grow, and produce fruit – or a bean. When we walk
with Holy Spirit in our life Holy Spirit changes us, and helps us to make good fruit like goodness, kindness, gentleness, self control, love, joy, peace, patience which are fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).
Pray: We thank you Holy Spirit that it is through you we are able to know God the Father, and Jesus. We thank you that you fill us up, that you guide us and that you empower us to do all you’ve called us to do on this earth. Please would you help me to make good decisions everyday about spending time with you. I pray that you will increase in my life and make me more aware of you, and what you ask me to do. I want to become more like you, and I want to grow in producing your good good fruit. Amen
Activity for Sunday during preach: for a colouring in page please see below:
Older Children: Word Search can be found on this website: Attributes of God Word Search Puzzle
(This is linked to When We Word Search – whenwe.com – it belongs to them, we are just creating a link to use)
- Do you think it is important to get to know the Holy Spirit?
- Name 2 things you can do to get to know the Holy Spirit better?
- When is the best time in your day for you to spend with God?
Challenge for Mums/and or Dads:
How can you help facilitate your children are getting a bit of time with Holy Spirit everyday?
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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.