Sunday 25th October 2020


Welcome to our ‘Church at Home’ service for Sunday 25th October. On this page you will find prayers, readings, hymns and a short video message to help you to worship God this morning wherever you are. Today we are continuing our sermon series looking at the New Testament letter to the Philippians.

Call to Worship – Psalm 90:1-2, 13-17 (NLT)

Lord, through all the generations
    you have been our home!
Before the mountains were born,
    before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
    from beginning to end, you are God.

O Lord, come back to us!
    How long will you delay?
    Take pity on your servants!
Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
    so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
    Replace the evil years with good.
Let us, your servants, see you work again;
    let our children see your glory.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval
    and make our efforts successful.
    Yes, make our efforts successful!

Hymn 51 – Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father,
You are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable,
glorious in holiness, full of love and compassion,
abundant in grace and truth:
all your works praise you in all places of your rule.
You have revealed your glory in Jesus Christ your Son,
and so we praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God, blessed forever.

Lord God, have mercy on us,
blot out our transgressions
according to your loving kindness,
and the multitude of your tender mercies.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities,
and cleanse us from our sins.
Create in us a clean heart,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Guide us with your presence,
and help us with your Holy Spirit.

O God our redeemer,
you heard the cry of your people,
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery.
Free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen

Reading – Philippians 3:1-11 (NIV)

3 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Children’s Story – Paul’s Ministry

Download ‘A to Z of Being Thankful’ Activity Sheet

Children’s Praise – Be Happy (I’m gonna Jump up and Down)

Sermon – ‘Knowing the value of knowing Christ’ (Philippians 3:7-11)

Hymn 485 – All I once held dear (Knowing you, Jesus)

Final Prayer

May the grace if the Lord Jesus Christ
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, evermore.


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