About us

We are a friendly community of Christian believers who normally meet each Sunday at 10.45am for worship as well as other times during the week. Unfortunately, during this 'second wave' of the Covid-19 pandemic use of the chapel is not possible, but we are continuing to keep in touch with one another each week. If you'd like more information or want to be in touch for any other reason, feel free to contact our minister, Rev Ros Wilkes via her email at revrosw@virginmedia.com.  

A paper version of what would have been Sunday's worship is usually available on request each week - please contact Ros as above or Brian at bnichwm@aol.com if you'd like a copy. 

There are lots of good examples of online worship available - amongst others we've used material from Westdale Lane Baptist Church, Carlton, Nottingham, New Addington Baptist Church, Croydon and Cornerstone Baptist Church in Leeds, all of which can be accessed from their Facebook pages or websites. The BBC has also produced some excellent material over recent weeks which some of our congregation have found really helpful.

We also meet via Zoom every Tuesday from 10am for 'In Touch' prayer. If you'd like to join in, let us know and we'll send the link.

Other information and news usually gets posted on our Facebook page. Our annual Toy appeal is due this month - if you'd like to take part, the plan is to open the chapel between 10am and 12 noon on 28th November for private prayer and during that time you can safely leave your gifts for collection by Derby City Mission. Monetry gifts can also be left or sent directly to the MIssion (Bank details available from us on request). We're encouraging folk only to bring new toys, preferably in their original wrapping. It may also be possible to collect contributions from your home in a Covid safe way, by prior arrangement.

 

 

Sunday worship 22nd November 2020

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved. (Psalm 18:2,3)

Prayer:

Lord, we come to you in love, believing that you are our strength. We believe that you save the humble, and so we come, not trusting in our own righteousness, but in your ability to reach down to sinners like us. Thank you that in the shadows of life you keep our lamps burning and turn our darkness into light. Thank you that whatever obstacles come our way, they can be surmounted. Thank you that your way is perfect and that your Word is flawless and that you are a shield for all who take refuge in you. Fulfil your promises; that you can make our feet like the feet of a deer so that we can stand on the heights, and broaden the path beneath us so that our ankles do not turn over.  The Lord lives! Praise be to our rock! Exalted be God our Saviour! Amen. (words taken from Psalm 18)

Song:

All the way my Saviour leads me,
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Saviour leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

All the way my Saviour leads me,
Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.

 

(Fanny Crosby 1820-1915)

 

Reading: Philippians 4:10-23

 

Prayer

I cannot speak unless you loose my tongue.

I only stammer and I speak uncertainly.

But if you touch my mouth, my Lord,

Then I will sing the story of your wonders!

So many who have heard forget to tell the story.

Here I am, my Jesus; teach me. Amen

(Celtic Daily Prayer – On Caedmon’s Day)

 

Reflection: Three Impossible Things

In ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll, Alice declares, ‘There’s no use trying… one can’t believe impossible things.’ The White Queen retorts, ‘I dare say you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’

Paul had a good relationship with the Philippians and deeply appreciated their care for him. He remembers how they have sent gifts to him through their mutual friend, Epaphroditus. (Philippians 4:18). He describes the gifts as ‘a fragrant offering’. A good smell helps us to flourish. A right attitude creates a faith-building atmosphere. In this atmosphere of generosity Paul dares to believe three impossible things.

Contentment in all circumstances (4:11-12)

If we are honest, very few of us travel through life unruffled no matter what happens. Things get under our skin. How does Paul arrive at this seemingly impossible state of contentment? It seems like there are four ingredients. First, he’s ‘learned’, or got into the habit of trusting  God in all circumstances (4:11). The circumstances of life don’t have the last word, God does. Second, he makes a careful calculation (considers, 3:7-8) of what matters more and decides in all circumstances that knowing Jesus is better than everything else. Third, he has surrounded himself with stuff that’s godly (4:8), and last, he’s studied Christ’s carefully and modelled himself on him (2:5-11).

The ability to do anything through Christ who strengthens him (4:13)

Paul believes that the resurrection of Jesus is the principle source of energy in his life. ‘It’s no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20). ‘If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who lives in you’. (Romans 8:11). Paul knows that this does not mean that trouble will pass him by, but he is clear that whatever trouble comes is no match for the continuing presence of God in his life. As Jeremiah put it, ‘Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power. Nothing is too difficult for you’ (Jeremiah 32:7). Even death itself has been disempowered by Jesus.

The belief that God will supply his every need (Philippians 4:19)

This is not about a bottomless purse where every one of our whims and fancies is accommodated. The source is God, and that immediately sets some boundaries. For example, God will not contradict what he’s said in his written word. He won’t supply resources that fly in the face of what is revealed in Christ. The supply meets our needs, not our wants, and it is measured according to God’s glorious riches in Christ Jesus. In other words, the answer to our prayers will reflect the nature of Jesus – does what we long for look like something that Jesus would give?

Four deep truths

  • Only God can make us complete, filling us up with all that we need to be fully human.
  • The measure of God’s gifts is not limited by our own small horizons.
  • His gifts are ultimately filled with glorious light, demonstrating the interface between heaven and earth, not some law of diminishing returns.
  • His gifts come through the depths of his love revealed in the cross. They are not cheap. They are not cost free. They are not shallow. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all’.

Prayers for others

We hold before God those for whom life is exceedingly difficult; those who have difficult decisions to make, and who honestly do not know what is the right thing to do.

We hold before God those who have difficult tasks to do and to face, and those who fear they may fail in them; those who have difficult temptations to face, and who know only too well that they may fall into them if they try to meet them alone.

We hold before God those who know that they can be their own worst enemies.

We hold before God those who have difficult people to work with; those who have to suffer unjust treatment, unfair criticism, and unappreciated work.

We hold before God those who are sad because someone they love has died, and particularly for those personally affected by the Coronavirus.

We hold before God those who are disappointed in something for which they hoped very much.

May God supply all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Amen

Hymn:

May the mind of Christ my saviour
live in me from day to day,
by his love and power controlling
all I do and say.

May the word of God enrich me
with his truth, from hour to hour;
so that all may see I triumph
only through his power.

May the peace of God my Father
in my life for ever reign,
that I may be calm to comfort
those in grief and pain.

May the love of Jesus fill me
as the waters fill the sea,
him exalting, self abasing
this is victory!

May his beauty rest upon me
as I seek to make him known;
so that all may look to Jesus,
seeing him alone.

May I run the race before me,
strong and brave to face the foe,
looking only unto Jesus
as I onward go.]

Katie B Wilkinson (1859 - 1928) 

Blessing:

The God of life with guarding hold you; the loving Christ with guarding fold you; the Holy Spirit, guarding, mould you; each day and night of life uphold you.

The peace of the Father of joy, the peace of the Christ of hope, the peace of the Spirit of grace be yours. Amen