Sunday 17 May

We are experimenting with worshipping together live using this website and zoom. Here’s the link to join us live. We start at 10am and will be using “breakout rooms” to have coffee together afterwards.

This week, Kirsty leads us, Val is preaching and Paul is on music…

Good morning, hi, this is Kirsty saying hello and welcome to our service. Whether you’re in Greenside, Crawcrook, Clara Vale, Ryton, further afield or somewhere else in the world entirely, you are warmly welcome to our online Sunday Service! Well done to everyone who’s joining in via Zoom – give each other a wave! And let’s say together:

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Lord, thank you for our church family and friends, thank you for new friends who are joining our online services. Thank you that even though we can’t be together in person, we are joined by your steadfast love for us which never ceases. Holy Spirit, please focus our hearts and minds this morning on you and only you, so that nothing gets in the way of us giving you the praise and worship you deserve. Thank you Jesus. Amen.


Paul says: This is our ninth lockdown service. I will admit that I have found some aspects of lockdown hard and watching the news reports does not help retain a positive state of mind. But I take comfort in the fact that God wants us to draw near to him whether happy or sad, confident or fearful, calm or angry. As it is written in Habbakuk 3:17-18 (NKJV):

“Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation”

I WILL sing!


Now we take a few moments to reflect and confess to God the things we might have done better this week:

We all sin and need to come before God and in repentance ask forgiveness for all those things we have done or said or thought. To forgive those who have sinned against us. This is a time to lay them all before God and say, ‘we are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.’

Let’s praise God again, for He is so worthy!


Paul says: God, everything about you is amazing. You are amazing, your love is amazing, your mercy is amazing, and your grace is amazing. We come to you today to say that You are our saviour, that your presence is amazing, and that you can bring us to that place of peace in the midst of a storm. Let’s sing.


Rosemary has recorded our readings for us this morning from Isaiah 12 and John 14:1-7, 15-27:


Lord, we thank you for Val – for the many gifts you have given her and particularly the gift of hearing your word and speaking it to us. Thank you for your inspiration and her preparation for us today. Please bless her. Amen. (Transcript of sermon.)

I’d like to encourage you to take a few moments now to reflect on anything God might have stirred up in you during the worship or Val’s talk. If there’s somebody there with you, why not share it with them? Or, you could jot a few notes down and come back to it later.


Paul says: Today is the funeral of Norma Gaynor, a member of our congregation but who has been living in a care home for the past four years. Norma picked three songs for her funeral and it is only fitting that we should sing one of them together this morning as none of us can join Norma’s husband Alan to say goodbye. Therefore, let us sing this lovely classic hymn of hope and God’s faithfulness, ‘O love that wilt not let me go’.


Now Val is going to lead us as we pray for our world (transcript):

As well as one another, we can be united with the church around the world as we say today’s collect and the Lord’s Prayer:

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

A heart at peace gives light to the body! I pray that the peace of the Lord will be with you always. You could take a minute just now to pray for specific people to share God’s peace with them… (Why not text them later to let them know about it too?!) But not too long!

We don’t know of any specific birthdays this week. If it’s your birthday this week, then happy birthday. Please pray now for anyone you know whose birthday is this week:

Lord God, thank you so much for _______. Thank you that they’re our lives. Thank you for the gifts you’ve given them and how they share those gifts with us. I pray that you will bring them joy and peace for the next year. In your name we ask it. Amen.


Paul says: As we close our service today, let us once more remind ourselves of God’s amazing faithfulness with another song that Norma Gaynor chose for her funeral. Let us rejoice with Norma as she now enters into His presence where there is no shadow of turning.

Conclusion and blessing

Lord, we thank you so much for this today. Thank you for the hope we have in You. God, thank you that even in really challenging times, you are our faithful, constant, loving God and nothing is too big for you to overcome. Holy Spirit, fill us with your love, joy and peace and I pray that it will spill over into the lives of those around us, even in these times of separation. Thank you, amazing God. Amen.

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;
and the blessing of God the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
Be with you now and always.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen

Some music taken from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.