28 February 2021
Second Sunday of Lent
Please watch the following videos from top to bottom. We hope that you enjoy listening to the stories, and also doing the activities we’ve prepared for you. Don’t forget to go along to church to pick up your activity book from the Church in the Porch!
There is a chance to give to our online offering below.
You can stop and come back any time. Help yourselves to coffee, tea, squash and cake.
So gather round the screen again and join in!
Welcome to our online service for the 2nd Sunday of Lent! Rev. Judy is here to welcome you today.
Welcome and Notices
We’re going to start off with a really uplifting song this week to get us ready for the story later! Come and join in – because now is the time to worship our God. Play it loud and sing along!
Sharing the peace of God
Jesus said to his disciples ‘My peace I give to you’. God’s peace is very special – it is described as the peace that is ‘beyond all understanding’. As Christians we try to find that peace in our hearts – and to share it with other people around us.
When we share the peace, we say:
Peace be with you
To which the reply is:
And also with you!
So why not share the peace of God with those around you as you listen to the track below, and pray for peace for your family, friends, all those whom you love, and people all around the world.
Peace be with you
Mark Chapter 8 Verse 31-end.
You can listen here, or follow or read it yourself just below.
Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things. He taught that the Son of Man would not be accepted by the Jewish elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. He taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days. Jesus told them plainly what would happen. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to criticise him. But Jesus turned and looked at his followers. Then he criticised Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan![ You don’t care about the things of God. You care only about things men think are important.”
Then Jesus called the crowd to him, along with his followers. He said, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must say ‘no’ to the things he wants. He must be willing to die on a cross, and he must follow me. Whoever wants to save his life will give up true life. But whoever gives up his life for me and for the Good News will have true life forever. It is worth nothing for a person to have the whole world, if he loses his soul. A person could never pay enough to buy back his soul. The people who live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If anyone is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I will be ashamed of him. I will be ashamed of him when I come with the glory of my Father and the holy angels.”
Mark 8 31-end
Teena talks a bit more about Jesus' predictions to his closest friends.
Jesus shows us how God’s generosity knows no bounds – he wants to give us good things and lots of it! As Christians we believe that all things come from God, and that it is for us to share all that we are given, as this is how we give back to God.
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During Lent, the church is running a Lent course. Lent is a time to think about God, and to be still and find God – perhaps by taking a moment to light a candle and sit in the quietness whilst you come to meet God in prayer. We’re praying through a different theme each week, and using our Lent course prayers in our Church in the Porch book every week too, so that we can all join in together.
Here’s our prayer about peace for this week:
Loving God, grant us peace of mind and calmness of heart.
Give us the strength and clarity of mind to find our purpose and walk the path you've laid out for us. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night bring us clarity with the light of you,
our God of peace.
Send us a message if you have enjoyed the service online this week – or about anything else – there is loads going on in the Church porch and churchyard for you to have a look at.
We’d love to hear what you have to say about it all.
Now Rev. Judy offers us all God's blessing.
Closing Worship Song
Stay safe, stay well. Keep coming to check out the Church in the Porch whilst we are in lockdown.
Have a great week… Thank you for worshipping with us!