Penrallt Baptist Church

Online Service: Sunday 5th April, 2020 (10:30am)

This is the outline of a service to share in together at our computers (or phones, tablets etc.), starting at 10:30am on Sunday morning 5th April March 2020, but you are also welcome to use it at other times. We suggest working your way down the page, reading out the prayers and playing the videos, singing along with the songs and following other directions given below. Words of songs and prayers that are not included as subtitles in videos are listed directly below them. We are still very new at this, so there may be some teething troubles so please be patient; after the service, constructive feedback would be welcome.

We had intended to run a Zoom meeting to provide a more immersive service experience on Sunday morning but due to technical difficulties caused by very recent changes on the Zoom platform it has been necessary to postpone this. We hope to have it up and running for next week, and still aim to have a post-service chat on Zoom this week (see below).


Welcome to our online service for Sunday 5th April 2020. The songs were selected by Owen Lloyd-Evans and the prayers provided by Ama Eyo. The preacher is Arwel Jones from Capel Caerselem in Caernarfon.

Call to Worship

We meet together. Not physically, but still together. Lord, Your Church is not a building but a community. Thank You for enabling us to be part of that community. Enable us to support each other in these strange times. We meet together to worship you and to give you praise.

Reading: Luke 5:27-32

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

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Hymn: I Cannot Tell


Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever will be

   Great is Thy faithfulness
   Great is Thy faithfulness
   Morning by morning new mercies I see
   And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided
   Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

Sermon: Is Christianity just a crutch for weak people?

In case you are unable to view the video or would prefer to listen to the talk, here is an audio version:

Song: Faithful One

The Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all, evermore. Amen.

Post-Service Chat

After the service we are intending to hold a post-service chat on Zoom, from around 11:30am on Sunday 5th April for about half an hour. Please follow this link to join us. Note that due to changes in Zoom security settings it is now necessary to go through a waiting room to gain admittance to the meeting itself.

You may enjoy this video, which is an instrumental version of one of the hymns from this morning's service:

This evening

The Baptist Union of Great Britain are holding a short prayer broadcast every Sunday and Thursday evening at 7pm. The link for this evening's broadcast (and recordings of previous ones) should be available at this page on the Baptists Together website.

Post-script: Please help us improve

The necessity of holding online services has come upon us very suddenly and we are still figuring out what to do. You can help by providing us with constructive feedback. Let us know (by email to what has worked well and what could be improved, preferably with practical suggestions for how.

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