This is our material for Sunday worship. Some people use this web page directly. Most of us use this material together over zoom at 10am (details below). There are also many other churches streaming Sunday worship. Here’s a list.

Before we start…

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After the service, you are welcome to stay on and enjoy a coffee together in “breakout rooms”.

Please remain muted throughout except where directed otherwise. Before the service starts, this gives us an opportunity to wait on God in silence.

Sunday 24 January

Introduction (Rosemary)

Good morning everyone! Welcome to our service today, especially if it’s your first time with us. It’s great to see you all on Zoom. And if you’re reading this transcript, please know that we warmly welcome you too. We may not be able to meet together in person yet, but we are all together in heart and spirit.

I’m Rosemary Hendry and I’m leading this service today.
First of all, we give thanks to God for our vicar Tom, who originally set up this website to help us worship during this Covid period, for Paul who is hosting our Zoom meeting, for Simon Spencer, our preacher, for Dennis bringing our Bible readings, for Helen bringing our intercessions and for Kirsty who has chosen our songs for us. We are truly grateful to God for the many gifting that He has shared among us.

We stand before the throne of God
with countless crowds
from every nation and race, tribe and language.
Blessing and glory and wisdom,
thanksgiving and honour, power and might
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Song (Kirsty / Rosemary)

Kirsty has chosen this song for us, focussing our hearts and minds as we sing:
‘Thine be the glory, Risen, conqu’ring Son; Endless is the vict’ry. Thou o’er death hast won!’

Confession (Rosemary)

If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every kind of wrong.
So this is a special moment for us to come before God, to say sorry, to confess our sins to Him, including those times when we have been ungracious, unloving or out of alignment in doing things God’s way. In a moment of quiet we’ll bring those sins to God our Father.

Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore to us the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Absolution (Tom)

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Birthdays (Rosemary)

Happy birthday to those of our family and friends celebrating a birthday this week. Please give me a wave if it’s your birthday this week.

We pray that each one, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen.

Song (Kirsty / Rosemary)

As we sing again, we fully welcome God’s Holy Spirit into our hearts.
Kirsty is going to introduce our next medley of songs. Thank you Kirsty.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Your great name

You alone can rescue

Bible Readings (Dennis)

Dennis has our readings ready for us today, from Genesis 14: 10 – 20; Revelations 19: 6 – 10 and John 2: 1 – 11

Thanks Dennis. I’d like to pray now for Simon Spencer, before we hear his sermon.
Lord, thank you so much for being with Simon as he prepared this talk to help us grow to become more like you. We also pray Your blessings upon Simon as he continues in his training as ordinand. Holy Spirit, please open our hearts and minds to Your living Word.
Amen. (transcript).

Sermon (Simon)

Thank you, Simon.

Apostles’ Creed (Rosemary)

Let’s say together:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Song (Kirsty / Rosemary)

Praise my soul the King of Heaven

Helen is now going to lead us in the Lord’s Prayer, followed by Intercessions and The Collect. Thank you Helen.

Lord’s Prayer (Helen)

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
Amen.

Intercessions (Helen)

(Transcript)

Collect (Helen)

Let’s say together the collect for today:
Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
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.

The Peace (Everyone)

God has reconciled us to himself through Christ
and given us the ministry of reconciliation.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

Let’s unmute and share the Peace with one another.

Song (Kirsty / Rosemary)

We usually sing a song in church when we make our offerings to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 9. 6-7 says ‘The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
So please think of the offering you are making to the Lord this month and as we sing this song, visualise yourself cheerfully making that offering to the Lord. Thank you.

Joy!

Conclusion (Tom )

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Dismissal (Rosemary)

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


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