Sunday 4th October 2020


Welcome to our ‘Church at Home’ services for Sunday 4th 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 19:1-6 (NIV)

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Hymn 187 – O Lord, my God (How great Thou art)

Opening Prayer

Almighty God,
Your word is perfect and revives the soul.
Your decrees are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Your commandments are right and clear,
bringing joy to the heart, and giving insight for living.
Your promises are pure, lasting forever.
Your laws are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servants,
a great reward for us who obey them.

Merciful God,
How can we know all the sins lurking in our heart?
Cleanse us from these hidden faults.
Keep your servants from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control us.Free us of our guilt
and make us innocent of great sin.

Loving Father,
May the words of our mouth
and the meditation of our heart
be pleasing to you, O Lord,
our rock and our redeemer.

Faithful God,
you have but your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with Jesus Christ
as the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit
by their teaching,
that we may become a holy temple,
acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Reading – Philippians 2:5-13 (NRSV)

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
    he humbled himself
    and became obedient to the point of death—
    even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
    and gave him the name
    that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
    that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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 Philippian Friends: Euodia and Syntyche

Children’s Praise – The lord your God

Sermon – Not Finished Yet (Philippians 2:12-13)

Hymn 399 – From heaven You came (The Servant King)

Final Prayer

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
the love of God
fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all, evermore,


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