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Father Forgive Them Sunday 21st February 2021

Welcome to our Sunday Service for 21st February 2021. As you scroll down this page our service will unfold before you. Remember to push play on the videos and to sing along to the songs. When a video has finished just click the cross on the top corner to close it and continue scrolling for the next part of the service.

If you're joining us for worship online today and have not worshipped with us in the past we'd love to hear from you. You can email us at hello@pbbc.org.uk

Lent Reading Challenge

At PBBC this year during lent we are going to be reading John's gospel together. We'll read a passage each weekday and have a break, or a chance to catch up, at weekends. Our thoughts for the day will also reflect on these passages and we'll finish John's gospel in time for Easter Sunday.

It's not too late to join in, you can find the reading plan by clicking on the link below.

Prayer Meeting

It's our monthly Ignition prayer meeting this coming Thursday at 8pm on Zoom. If you's like to join us do get in touch with hello@pbbc.org.uk so that we can send you the link.

As we start our service today we are reminded that although we may be far apart as we meet together to worship Him God is in our midst. Take time to settle your mind and heart as we come into His presence.

Our first song may be new to you but it is easy to pick up. You may wish just to listen or to join in but let the words minister to you. Worship Him as you listen:

You are here, moving in our midst; you are here, working in this place, our homes our church, in our hearts
You are Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness, My God, that is who you are
You are here, touching, healing every heart, turning lives around, and mending every heart.

Today this is first Sunday in Lent and over the next few weeks we are going to think about the final hours of Jesus life. As we worship God together let us remind ourselves of the love God has for us.

Pam lead us in prayer:

As lent begins we will journey through the words Jesus felt were so important to say before he died. Let’s welcome his grace, even if today has been difficult, even if he feels far away. Let us remember how far he went to meet us in our need.

Sarah reads the bible to us:

Isaiah 53:1-12

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Joy shares with us the significance of Jesus words of forgiveness from the cross:

We Pray:

Jesus thank you that you love us so much and you have forgiven us for the things we have done that led you to go the cross. I thank you that you have done all that needs to be done to take away my shame and guilt. Take my broken heart and, to those who I need to forgive give me the strength of your Holy Spirit and the love and example of your Son to enable us to forgive others. This morning we say ‘Father forgive us, forgive them because we did not understand what it cost you but we are grateful you were willing to pray the price.

Amen.

Potters Bar Baptist Church

Once again this week we will be meeting on Zoom at 11:45 for a chat over a cuppa. So grab yourself a tea or coffee and click the link below to join us

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