Sunday Services – 09/08/20

Worship Services

The theme for this Sunday’s pre-recorded online worship service, which will be available to view on our YouTube channel from 9am on Sunday morning, is ‘crossing the sea without fear’. The service will feature a talk from Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford, and an interview with Kate Butler. Sunday Xtra will not be taking place this week, so if you usually follow this service, how about joining us for our online worship service instead? The service booklet, which can be used in conjunction with our online service, is available to view/download here.

Sunday Coffee and Chat 

Sunday Coffee and Chat will meet between 11am and 12 noon via Zoom – your host will be John Butler. This is an opportunity to connect with others, ask questions and catch up over a cuppa in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Stay for as little or as long as you like! Please email: revdjohnbutler@icloud.com for details of how to join.

Open for Prayer

The church building is now open for personal prayer on Wednesdays from 10-11.30am. People are welcome to come and sit quietly in the church space to reflect, pray, read and meditate. We will also make some prayer sheets available for personal use. There will be a team coordinated by our wardens, Anne Luxton and Matt Stoney, to give guidance as you arrive. You are welcome to come for the whole time or just pop in for a few minutes. 

We will be following all the government and diocesan guidelines to make our personal prayer sessions as safe as we can. This includes:

 

  • Sanitising hands
  • 2m physical distancing
  • Face masks are mandatory

 

We advise that people with Covid symptoms stay at home, as well as those who need to continue shielding. We hope that many of the congregation will feel confident enough to come into church for personal prayer on Wednesday mornings, but if not, you can also tune in to Morning Prayer on our YouTube channel every Tuesday morning from 8am.

Sudan Emergency Appeal

The Diocese of Leeds has had a link with the Church of Sudan for more than 40 years. Bishop Nick has launched an emergency appeal for funds for those across Sudan who rely on the church for support and survival. The coronavirus pandemic has caused massive disruption across the globe and the need in Sudan is urgent and severe. Without state aid, people from the most disadvantaged communities, which includes most Christians, have either to work where they can, risking COVID-19 with no health care facilities, or face starvation.

St Paul’s already gives to the Church of Sudan every year from our mission giving, but this is an emergency appeal to address the current crisis. If you have the means to, please prayerfully and urgently consider giving to the Sudan Appeal. £25 could help buy an emergency food pack for a one family, £50 could pay for fuel to help the Sudan Mothers Union safely distribute food and emergency supplies in the townships, £500 could help provide a church with weeks of emergency funding to support their families in crisis. To find out more about the appeal, please click here and/or watch the video below.

To give online, please click here or you can simply make a cheque payable to ‘Leeds DBF’, posting it to: Leeds DBF, 17-19 York Place, Leeds LS1 2EX with a note saying it is for the Sudan Emergency Appeal. This will be a short-term emergency appeal (until the end of August), so please act now.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your Kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.

Now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

Our walk with God
is never a lonely walk,
it is a family occasion,
if taken in the company
of God’s children.
If we lag behind,
there are those who will turn
and offer words of encouragement,
hold out a hand and offer assistance
over stiles and other obstacles,
share refreshment,
help us from our knees
when we stumble.

Our walk with God
is never a lonely walk,
it is a joyful experience
as along the path others join us,
attracted by the company
of God’s children,
singing the same songs of praise
that angels sing,
following a path
worn down by tears and joy
and sacrifice.

Our walk with God
is never a lonely walk,
for he walks with us,
on a track that leads
to a glorious
destination

By John Birch – www.faithandworship.com

Children & Young People’s Resources

  • Worship at Home – A national Church of England resource designed to help families have a short time of worship as a household at home. Click here to find out more.
  • Light at Home – Weekly sheets by the Diocese of Leeds to support families at home. Each sheet has a bible story, prayers, something to do together and a challenge. Click here to access these sheets.
  • Weekly@ Summer 2020: We’re all in this Together – Weekly lectionary-based children’s resources aimed at 5-11 year olds. Each session includes a theme, Bible story, game, craft activity, songs and a reflection.  These resources can be printed out and used at home on a weekly basis by those who wish to do so. Click here to view/download.
  • Outdoor / Indoor Summer Challenge – How many challenges can you tick off? Click here to view/download.
  • Summertime: 31 Ways to Grow Closer to God as a Family – Part of the Light at Home series by the Diocese of Leeds. Click here to view/download.
  • 30 Day Dough Church Challenge / 30 Day Lego Bible Challenge – Click here to view/download.

Other Worship Resources

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