Today’s Sofa Service opens with the song by John Bell ‘Touching Places’ sung by the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, as we reflect on the significance of the Ascension and how, in Christ, we are connected in and to the love of God. The scripture passage is taken from Acts 1. 6-14.
Christ’s is the world in which we move:
Christ’s are the folk we’re summoned to love;
Christ’s is the voice which calls us to care,
and Christ is the one who meets us here.
To the lost Christ shows his face,
to the unloved he gives his embrace,
to those who cry in pain or disgrace
Christ makes, with his friends, a touching place.
Feel for the people we must avoid –
strange or bereaved or never employed.
Feel for the women and feel for the men
who fear that their living is all in vain.
To the lost………….
Feel for the parents who’ve lost their child,
feel for the women whom men have defiled,
feel for the baby for whom there’s no breast,
and feel for the weary who find no rest.
To the lost…………..
Feel for the lives by life confused,
riddled with doubt, in loving abused;
feel for the lonely heart, conscious of sin,
which longs to be pure but fears to begin.
To the lost……………..
The opening prayer is taken form the Post Communion prayer for the Sunday after Ascension. We continue to bring before God in prayer the needs of our world during this time of pandemic. We are asked to pray by name for Clive, Derrick, Margaret and Judith. We pray for those who have died in recent days and those who grieve their passing and we thank God for the lives of Paul Hodges and Dorothy Chapman.
Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The service closes with ‘10,000 Reasons’ written and performed by Matt Redman.
Next Sunday we’re hosting a ZOOM service for Pentecost. Details of how to join in with what we hope will be an amazing time of virtual prayer and praise can be found by visiting our website:
Information about our links to Bo, Sierra Leone and all we can do to help our friends there can also be found on the website.