Welcome

Welcome to our online Sunday service for the 7th of June. Thank you for joining us today, I pray that we can be enriched with the Holy Spirit as we come together. This Sunday we are thinking about what God is saying to us, opening our hearts to His word and how we can respond as individuals and as a church. Stephen Taylor is speaking on the passage 2 Kings 3: 1 -27

We begin by having our first two songs: both of which are a strong reminder of how God is speaking to us in our lives and how we can respond to His teachings.

‘Awake my Soul’, followed by ‘Say the Word’:

Awake My Soul

Say The Word

Let us Pray

Lord as we come together in our separate homes, I pray that we may feel Your grace upon us. I pray that we will open our hearts to Your teachings. That we may not lean on our own understanding but with the direction of Your words. We thank you that You speak to us and may we find reassurance in Your Word today.

We ask these things in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Children's Slot

In the Bible, there have been many accounts of God speaking. The story of Samuel shows us how God can speak to us.

Below is a PDF worksheet following on from the video we have just watched. Feel free to download and complete it, you can send your completed worksheets to Stephen Taylor at stayleics@sky.com

Short Film

Here is a short film showing how God is reaching out to us, going about our daily lives as we can sometimes put God to one side.

Prayers of Intercession

During this prayer take the time to reflect and pray for those you know.

We pray for countries around the world struggling with the current situation that You will give guidance and wisdom in making the right decisions.

Lord, we thank you that during this time we have come together as a community, we pray that we continue to do this.

We pray for the key workers that they continue to know Your grace and find strength.

We pray for those who are returning back to education, that You will keep them safe and guide them.

We pray for those who are facing uncertainty regarding work, businesses, housing, education, that you will give wisdom to employers and that they will all find peace and reassurance.

We pray for those who are suffering that they will find tranquillity in Your Spirit.

We pray for those who are mourning that they will find comfort in Your grace.

We thank You, Lord, that you have guided us through this time, giving us hope and comfort. We continue to pray that as individuals and as a church we can make a difference as a community and in each other’s lives.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Speak, O Lord

So Will I (100 Billion X)

Our Reading today 2 Kings 3: 1 - 27 Read by Bethany

2 Kings 3 New International Version (NIV) Moab Revolts

3 Joram son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father and mother had done. He got rid of the sacred stone of Baal that his father had made. 3 Nevertheless he clung to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.

4 Now Mesha king of Moab raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel a tribute of a hundred thousand lambs and the wool of a hundred thousand rams.5 But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 6 So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel. 7 He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?”

“I will go with you,” he replied. “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”

8 “By what route shall we attack?” he asked.

“Through the Desert of Edom,” he answered.

9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.

10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”

11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?”

An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.”

12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”

“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.”

14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. 15 But now bring me a harpist.”

While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 17 For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easything in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”

20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.

21 Now all the Moabites had heard that the kings had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border. 22 When they got up early in the morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites across the way, the water looked red—like blood.23 “That’s blood!” they said. “Those kings must have fought and slaughtered each other. Now to the plunder, Moab!”

24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. 25 They destroyed the towns, and each man threw a stone on every good field until it was covered. They stopped up all the springs and cut down every good tree. Only Kir Hareseth was left with its stones in place, but men armed with slings surrounded it and attacked it.

26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle had gone against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through to the king of Edom, but they failed. 27 Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall. The fury against Israel was great; they withdrew and returned to their own land.



Here is our sermon for this week by Stephen Taylor

And now, our final song, Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

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Our speaker today was Stephen Taylor and the service was compiled by Emily Taylor. Thank you for being here with us.

If you would like to talk to someone about anything you have read or heard today please contact Stephen on 07902 946004 or through our website - https://goodwoodevangelicalchurch.org.uk/

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