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Church Online

Welcome to Market Harborough Baptist Church Online! Although we are not currently meeting physically, we can still meet together spiritually and share times of worship, prayer, and reflection on God's Word. Our Pastor, Revd Christopher Brown, will be regularly posting new content on this page so we can still be in community, so we can still be church, including messages, Bible studies and worship resources. May God bless you at this time.

WHAT'S ON THIS PAGE?

Messages & Reflections
Worship Resources
Prayer Resources
Mental Health Resources

MESSAGES

Christopher will be uploading a weekly reflection here each Sunday morning. Before watching them, we invite you to spend some time with God in worship, and you might find the songs and hymns below helpful for that. Then, after the message, we encourage you to spend time with God in prayer, talking and listening to him about what you've heard. We pray these times will bless you, encourage you, and bring you light and hope.

LATEST SERIES: HOW TO PRAY

As The Guardian reports 1 in 4 people in the UK are searching for God and turning to prayer, what a great time to start our new series on prayer. All the different ways we can pray are all about our relational connection, commitment and devotion to our Father God of perfect love, through His Son, Jesus, with the help of the Holy Spirit. We're going to be using 24/7 PRAYER'S brilliant PRAYER COURSE to help us, and we really recommend you GO DEEPER by checking out their brilliant VIDEOS and PRAYER GUIDES.

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LATEST VIDEO: 12/7/20 Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the most difficult and yet healing things we can ever do. We need forgiveness from God and others, and we need to forgive those who have hurt us, because forgiveness is the pathway to healing, hope and freedom. Check out our series on forgiveness here.

7. Listening

God speaks to us in many different and creative ways, here we explore how we can tune into the voice of God.

6: Contemplate

In our busy, relentless lives, we need stillness, silence, and deep communion with God. Contemplative prayer provides us with that. 

5: Unanswered Prayer

In this session we explore the painful reality of unanswered prayer, of heaven is silent.

4: Intercession

Praying for other people is called intercession, it's stepping into the gap between heaven and earth and asking for God's will to be done.

3: Petition

What can we pray for? Does God always answer our prayers? We explore these big questions here. 

2: Adoration

Jesus teaches us to pray "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name". A prayer of adoration and worship.

1: Stillness & Simplicity

We start to pray by stopping, slowing down, and being still before the God of love.


PREVIOUS MESSAGES

17/05/20: How to Create Prayer Spaces

Create a sacred prayer space in your home, where your relationship with God is enriched, nourished & deepened.

10/05/20: Hope

Where do we find a hope that is living and sure, real and powerful, secure and enduring? We find it in the divine gift of God. 

03/05/20: Trial & Temptation

The isolation, trial and temptation of Jesus speaks into our lives right now, as helps us to respond.

26/04/20: Learning to Lament

The deeply spiritual, powerful and biblical practice of lament allows us to be raw and honest with God.

19/04/20 Peace in Isolation

Where is God in our self-isolation, fear, suffering, and where do we find peace? (listen to O Nata Lux below afterwards)

12/04/20 Easter
We look at the truly awesome resurrection of Jesus from death to new and everlasting life (includes Holy Communion)

05/04/20 Palm Sunday

Jesus enters into Jerusalem before his suffering and death, and reassures us that God is with us in the darkness.

29/03/20 Perfect Love Drives Our Fear

Taking care of our mental health through medical help and the perfect love of God. Download the prayer

22/03/20: Maternal Love of God

On this Mother's Day we explore the maternal character of God, and where He is moving at this time.

Over on our 'Listen Again' page we have three series you can listen to now: 'Contemplations on Holy Week,' 'Forgiveness,' and 'Who Are We?'

WORSHIP

Below you will find a selection of modern, reflective and traditional worship songs and hymns, including songs for children and families. When we listen and join in with these songs the Holy Spirit draws us closer to God and we encounter him, his love and his grace. Worship is a very special and sacred act that nourishes our minds, hearts, bodies and souls.

Modern Worship

What a beautiful name

Oceans

It is well

This is amazing grace

So will I (100 billion x)

O come to the altar

No longer slaves

This I believe

Raise a hallelujah

I surrender

10,000 reasons

One thing remains

Forever

Labour until glory

All that I am

Reflective Worship

The fruits of silence

Miserere

Agnes Dei

Ne Irascaris Domine

O nata lux

Be still my soul

O Magnum Mysterium

O come Emmanuel

Salvation is created

O Lord, hear my prayer

Traditional Hymns

Great is thy faithfulness

How great Thou art

Crown Him with many crowns

In Christ alone

Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer

Abide with me

Thine be the glory

Here I am, Lord

The day Thou gavest Lord has ended

When I survey the wondrous cross

Be still for the presence of the Lord

Tell out my soul

Thy hand O God has guided

All my hope on God is founded

Christ is made the sure foundation

Children and Family's Songs

The Big Family of God

All Through History

Creator God

Joy

My Lighthouse

God is Love

Sign Your Cross

This Little Light of Mine

Ask, Seek, Knock

He is the Light

PRAYER

Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God, it's a source of grace and peace, of wisdom, guidance and strength. Prayer is what keeps us in a healthy, fruitful and vibrant relationship with Jesus. Below you will find some resources to help you in your prayer life, as well as some written prayers that are helpful at this time.

Pray as you go

This is a wonderful resource that offers lots of different ways to pray (most of which are led), such as Lectio Divina, Examen, and imaginative contemplation. The app is also great.

24/7 Prayer Network

24-7 Prayer is an international movement of continual prayer, mission and justice, across all streams of the Christian faith. They offer great resources on how to pray and also have a great app.

Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has a very helpful series on prayer, on our conversation with God, from asking for things to expressing deep sadness and anger, to giving thanks.

A Prayer for Healing, Protection and Deliverance

Lord Jesus, in your ministry you healed, protected and delivered, and so we come to you now in humility and ask that in your grace you would heal the land and heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually all those who are suffering. We pray that you would protect us all from this virus through the power of your name, and that you deliver the world fully and finally from this virus and its causes and effects. We pray in your holy and powerful name. Amen.

A Prayer for our Front-Line Workers and Leaders

Lord Jesus, you showed us what it is to serve others and to love and care for others. We thank you for our NHS workers, our carers, our teachers and all our other key workers. We thank you too for our national and local government. Would you protect them all, strengthen them, hold and keep them, and give them wisdom, knowledge and discernment. As they sacrificially serve our communities and our nation, would you bless them with your abundant love, mercy and grace. Amen.

A Prayer for the Grieving and the Isolated

Lord Jesus, you know what it's like to lose a loved one, and you know what it's like to feel isolated. For all those who are grieving and who are feeling alone at this time, may they know your tender mercy and care, may you surround them with your deep compassion and your steadfast love, and may they know the presence of your Holy Spirit around them and within them, that your light and hope will shine in the darkness, and that your peace runs deep within their souls. Amen.

MENTAL HEALTH

We all have mental health, and throughout our lives our mental health, just like our physical health and spiritual health, will go up and down, depending on what is happening. If you are struggling at the moment with low mood, depression, anxiety, or stress, then this is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a natural part of life, and to help us navigate our way through these seasons there is help at hand. Below you fill a number of trusted websites and organisations  who can help you. We pray you will use them and be blessed by them.

Our NHS offers urgent care if you need immediate help (try to see you doctor first if possible) and also lots of helpful information and advice for many mental health issues.

Website
Helplines

Telephone: 111

Samaritans provide a listening ear 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you're struggling then it's really important you talk with someone, and so give these wonderful people a call.
Website
Telephone: 116 123

Young Minds is a charity for young people who are stuggling with mental health issues, they provide urgent help as well as advice and information.
Website

Telephone: 0808 802 5544
Text: 85258

Mind is a charity who offer lots of helpful information and advice, and who campaign for better mental health services.

Website

Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463

Email: info@mind.org.uk

CALM is a charity for men who are struggling with mental health issues, and provide urgent care, community and campaigns for better mental health awareness.

Website
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

Anxiety UK offers help, information and support for those struggling with anxiety-based mental health issues.

Website
Telephone: 03444 775 774
Text: 07537 416 905

The Sleep Foundation offers great advice for helping us to get good quality sleep, which is really important for mental, emotional and physical health.
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Mindfulness offers effective ways to manage anxiety and stress. Mind, NHS and the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness have good information.
Mind Mindfulness
NHS Mindfulness
OCM