Welcome! We are so glad you are joining with us today. As well as inviting you to follow along with this service outline at home, we want to encourage you to join us in an online Zoom chat after the service. This is something we have been trialling with our PM community and believe it gives us an opportunity to continue to remain connected during these times. On the Zoom chat we will break up into smaller groups to connect and pray for one another. We will connect from 10:30am-11am. If you would like to be involved, please log in as close to 10:30am (or just before) as possible. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8128818085
Also, we are participating in Communion this morning. Take a few minutes to assemble your Communion elements.
Please follow the outline knowing that we are all doing this together!
To begin this morning take some time to reflect on the words of “I Am”. This song reminds us of the power and majesty of the one we boldly come before this morning.
Not only are the words to “This I Believe” a powerful statement of our faith, I feel the accompanying images in this video are a moving reminder of the significance of those words to the seemingly insignificant moments of our every day lives. Take time to engage with both the words and the images. You may like to use this song as an opportunity to pray that the truth of those statements are applied in every aspect of your everyday. Bring the moments of your week before God the Father and ask him to show you how he was present and with you in those moments.
This I Believe
Heavenly Father, we come before you as Eternal Father. As the words of the song remind us we declare that we believe in you, we believe that you are three in one. We believe that you are our judge and defender and we believe in the resurrection. That one day we will rise again. So in these Lord remind us of our hope that is in you. May you use our recent circumstances to speak to us and to teach us, as we abide in you may you transform us and may we bear fruit. Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
This week we will be sharing our update as part of our zoom connect at 10:30am. Looking forward to seeing everyone as Pastor Stewart presents the update live. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8128818085
Kidz Biz at Home
The message of “Cornerstone” is simple. Christ at the Cornerstone. Reuben Morgan explains that “When the earth shakes, we look to our feet and wonder what it is that we are standing on? When darkness seems to hide His face; In every high and stormy gale; Through the storm; My anchor holds”. It is a desire to place emphasis on Jesus and a prayer that people everywhere – regardless of circumstance – will be encouraged to find hope in Christ, the Cornerstone.
Time Of Prayer
Use this outline to lead a special time of prayer.
- Begin this time with a Prayer of Adoration, acknowledging God as creator, celebrate his goodness and Love
- Take time to reflect on specific moments throughout the week when you have been aware of God’s presence, take time to thank Him for those moments
- You might find it helpful to pray through Psalm 103:1-6
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
The Lord gives righteousness
and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
- At Rivers we talk about God’s Kingdom being wherever the King gets exactly what he wants. Pray for God’s Kingdom to become a reality amongst our present circumstances. What would it look like in the different areas of our community for the King to get what He wants?
- Lead us to respond as a church during changing times
- That Christians will seek God and his word during these times
- That God will use church leaders and those with technical and creative skills to help us connect with and encounter him through online platforms
- That adversity and challenge will draw us closer to each other and to God in this season
- Pray for the needs of others:
- That God will guide leaders as they guide nations through this pandemic
- For those who are grieving for the loss of loved ones
- For those who are processing the loss of jobs and income
- For those searching for a sense of purpose
- For those who are vulnerable, lonely and isolated
- Pray for God’s Kingdom to become a reality amongst our neighbours. What would it look like in the different areas of our Neighbourhood for the King to get what He wants?
- Pray for our essential workers (teachers, healthcare workers, chaplains, grocery workers, truck drivers, police officers etc)
- Pray for our world leaders that God will guide them as they guide nations through this pandemic
- The streets around the church have been on the hearts of a number in our church recently, pray specifically for those people in our local area
- Pray for one of our Prayer Places: Barclay Park. Barclay Park is opposite Lawnton State School and bordered by Endeavour Foundation and Lawnton Kindy and is home to the Lawnton Scouts and Girl Guides. It is a park which doesn’t often get used as a space for families to gather but it has been identified as a place of significance by local organisations seeking to be involved in our neighbourhood and seeking the rejuvenation of the space
- What would it look like if we prayed “your kingdom come” for the people of the streets surrounding Barclay Park?
From Pastor Michael – “My Lighthouse” has become a bit of an anthem in our house and is often requested by the girls as part of our morning devotions. For us it is a bit of a party song, in the midst of a tough time it is a reminder that we serve the author of joy who delights in us.
Do you recognise these symbols?
Symbols remind us of very important things. The Lord’s Supper or Communion has 2 symbols. The cup and the bread:
Here is how Jesus explains the significance of these symbols:
1 Cor. 11:23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people – an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
These symbols cause us to look back. Jesus, the perfect Son of God gave His life on the cross. These symbols remind us that God loves us enough to die for us and is powerful enough to defeat death so he can offer us a new life with him. Jesus died to pay the penalty of our sin not because we were worthy, but because of God’s mercy and grace.
These symbols cause us to look at the present. We are part of something much bigger than this family…bigger than our church…even bigger than this country. We are part of the church of Jesus Christ around the world. As we remember Jesus through this simple meal, let us remember that millions of believers around the world are doing this same thing. As we have Communion we are reminded of our oneness with ALL of God’s family.
These symbols cause us to look to the future. The last verse of our text says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” Even in our present crisis we have hope that King Jesus is in control and we look forward to when he makes all things good!
Share the bread and the cup.
Dear Heavenly Father,
thank you for reminding us this morning of how you paid the price for our sin and offer us a new life with you.
Help us to live as your children, trusting you and following you every day.
Help us to live with your love, strength and hope each day and to offer it to others
Thanks for being together today!
And to finish; Ephesians 3:20-21
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
Zoom Morning Tea
Don’t forget to connect with us via Zoom at 10:30am. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8128818085
Rivers Youth Lounge Group
The Rivers Youth Lounge Group for Years 7-9 is happening in Zoom at 10:30am. If you have not already registered to be part of this, contact Shane for more details.