​​There are a number of basic elements in church worship, hymns or songs of praise, Bible readings and prayer. Below are some examples which will change on a regular basis. ​

The Bible reading is John 20.19-29. There is also a prayer to help you with your meditations and a hymn on the You Tube link. Hymn: 'Jesus Christ is risen today" It is performed here by The London Fox Choir. On Chet Valley Churches You Tube channel.



Prayer:

We pray for all those who are working to bring peace to our world. For those who work to show that peace brings economic advantage and war bring destruction and economic ruin. We also pray for the victims of war, the families of the innocent child killed by bombs and those who do not know what it is to live in peace. We wonder Lord how long the current wars and conflicts will continue and pray that the aggressors will realise their objective can only be resolved through peace and cooperation. Lord, please bring peace to our world and make it a place where people care for one another.  


​ Amen
 

Going regularly to church worship is an important part of the life of a Christian as people seek to develop a close relationship with God and reflect on how we can apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century. I hope the Bible reading, prayer and Hymn below will help your personal reflections.  

David Rogers Ministries


The use of Psalms in Worship

The Psalms enable us to express in worship our feelings and emotions that can be difficult to do in public worship. Psalms still relate too many of the situations that we can find ourselves in today. We are able to express our concerns to God through the Psalms and ask for his help. When we reflect or meditate on them they can help us focus our thoughts and prayer on God and our world.

The writers of the Psalms were addressing real life situation, although it has to be noted that the historical titles may have been added later. The Psalms of David were inspired by the different circumstances he faced. When he was persecuted he called on God for protection and for the punishment of the enemies so we can relate them to situation we may encounter, he also wrote many Psalms praising God.

Psalms still have a practical relevance today enabling us to express our concerns; this is why Christians still use Psalms in today’s worship. Psalm 8 praises God the creator, and has a remainder of human beings responsibility to care for creation. Modern worshipers will be aware of what a wonderful world God has created and the large amount of damage mankind has done to God’s creation

Other Psalms for example 51 prays for forgiveness and confession of sin, also vows to help others come to God and make sacrifices acceptable to God. Psalm 52 looks at the wicked and 52 the depravity of man. They challenged us to think about our faith, our own behaviour and that of others. Psalms cover a wide range of topics which include praise, thanksgivings for individual and community, laments both individual and of community. Songs of Trust, liturgies, pilgrimages songs, historical psalms, and penitential psalms. So there is plenty of scope for us to use psalms in our worship to express our feelings.   


 (Take a look at the example below of worship using Psalms)


Worshiping with Psalms (An example worship using psalms)

  • We could start our worship with Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise to the lord, all people exhorted to praise God

  • We can give thank for what God has done using Psalm 9: Praise to God for deliverance. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all thy wonderful deeds.

  • We can reflect on the work God has done in history with Psalms 105 and 6

  • Praise God for what he has done with Psalm 113 a hymn of praise to God, Praise the Lord, Praise O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

  • Use Psalm 28 in our intercessions as we pray for help and 35 a prayer for help from persecution, from slanderers, from haters.

  • Ending the worship with; Psalm 150: Let everything praise the Lord.

 

John 20.19-29.
Jesus Appears to the Disciples

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. "Peace be with you," he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." 

Jesus and Thomas

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So, the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe." A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting and believe!" Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!" 



   

    You Tube link to hymn


Why go to Church: 
In the Bible people still went to worship God even though the church leaders were not the best example of those who were seek to worship and follow the ways of God taught in the Bible. For those of us that believe in God and seek to follow the teachings of Jesus, worship and prayer is an important part of life.

Going to church enables me to sing hymns and songs that normally help me to express my feelings in unison with others who share my beliefs. Prayer helps me to reflect and join with others in expressing concern for others in need. The Sermon and talks help me to reflect or meditate on how my faith and the Bibles teaching can be applied to my life. There is important contact and fellowship with others and sometimes an opportunity to help others in a practical way.  

I am aware that I do not enjoy every style of worship or feel comfortable in some churches, although it is important that we go to a church that we feel comfortable in. If there is not a church I wish to join, or when I am away, I go to a church which is closes to my own. As a Presbyterian, I know that a Lutheran or Reformed Church, or Congregational Church are all closest to my own preferred style of worship, but  that does not mean I will always feel comfortable in them. My first priority is to worship, even if the congregation does not make me feel welcome. Normally congregations do make you feel welcome even if there are only six other people in the church. Too often people judge a church by the numbers attending but for me it is the content of the worship that is most important. I advocate that if you believe in God and want to find out more about the teaching of Jesus, as well as developing your faith, then regular church worship is an important part of this.

Look forward to seeing you in church.