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Sunday 25 April
Welcome and Introduction (Val)
Good morning and a very warm welcome to everyone joining us on zoom or the website; those who are using the written transcript or anyone joining us later. We pray that together, as members of the church family, we will all experience God’s blessing, as we come to worship Him this morning. My name is Val and I will be leading the service today; Berni is preaching; Doreen, and some of the Sunday Club children, will bring our Bible readings; Helen will lead the intercessions; Kirsty has chosen the music and Frank will be dealing with all the complicated technical requirements.
When I began to prepare for this service, on Monday, some words from a hymn which we sang at Tynemouth High School, every Monday morning came immediately to mind. I still think the music is tedious but, as I have grown older, I can remember all the words and I now realise how theologically sound they are. There is also another strange twist to the inclusion of words from this particular hymn, but I will refer to this after Berni’s talk:
New every morning is the love; our waking and uprising prove
Through sleep and darkness safely brought; restored to life and power and thought.
This has been a very strange week, in many respects. We have had some beautiful Spring weather, to lighten our hearts, after what has been a difficult year for everyone and a particularly sad year for families who have lost loved ones. Many of us have now received at least one Covid vaccination, and this also gives us hope for better times to come. We also experienced, as a Nation, something of the grief felt by the Queen and her family, as The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest, after a lifetime of service to the country. We have learned many facts about Prince Philip’s life and faith, during the past two weeks, and I would like to begin our service this morning with a prayer he wrote for publication in 1998. This gives us an insight into Prince Philip’s feelings about our relationship with our Creator God and the world we have been given to enjoy. Let us pray:
“Oh Lord, the creator of the universe and author of the laws of nature, inspire in us, thy servants, the will to ensure the survival of all the species of animals and plants, which you have given to share this planet with us. Help us to understand that we have a responsibility for them and that “having dominion” does not mean that you have given us the right to exploit the living world without thought for the consequences. Through him who taught us that Solomon could not compare with the beauty of the flowers in the field. Amen.
Kirsty has chosen the music for us this morning. She is not able to be with us in person today, but has asked me to describe her thoughts, as she selected the songs. Kirsty wants us to praise God for who He is. She wants us to focus on God’s attributes and how we describe Him when our hearts are inspired by love – marvellous, wonderful but, ultimately, indescribable. So let us now sing Kirsty’s first choice “The Lion and the Lamb.”
Song (Val / Kirsty)
The Lion and the Lamb
I have not been told about anyone who is celebrating a birthday this week so, if you have a birthday, or any other special celebration, could you please wave your hand. It was, of course, the 95th birthday oh Her Majesty the Queen this week and I am sure that we will all be thinking of her at this difficult time.
We now come to a time of confession, when we are able to speak to God about our wrong thoughts and actions and those things we may have promised to do, but have failed to do. Let us take a moment to bring these situations before our loving God and Father.
we confess that we have sinned against You,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved You with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbour as ourselves.
Have mercy upon us;
cleanse us from our sins and help us to overcome our faults,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We now continue to praise God in song.
Medley (Val / Kirsty)
The Heart of Worship
Let us now say together the Collect for today:
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep,
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
so that all your people may be gathered in one flock.
To the Glory of God the Father. Amen.
Glen, and some of the Sunday Club children, will bring us our Bible readings. Genesis 7:1-5,11-18,8:6-18,9:9-13; Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24.
Berni will now bring us the thoughts which God has put on his heart to share with us today. We started this morning’s service with the first verse of the hymn “New every morning,” and you will find that Berni will use another verse, from the same hymn, during his talk. We had not discussed this hymn at all so it was certainly a “Godincidence” to discover that we were both quoting from the same text. We pray now that The Holy Spirit will give Berni a fresh anointing, as he brings God’s word to us this morning (transcript).
Our next song is “I stand amazed in the Presence.”
Song (Val / Kirsty)
I Stand Amazed in the Presence
The Peace (Val)
We have come to the time to share the peace with each other. I would like Frank to put us on to gallery view for two minutes and then Cath will sing one of her own compositions, which has become a favourite with those of us who meet during the week, “My peace I leave with you.” Let us just sit and meditate, as Cath sings this song for us.
Helen will now lead us in the Intercessions (transcript) and The Lord’s Prayer.
And we gather all our prayers together as one:
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.
Our closing hymn is so appropriate for the current situation, “Jesus, Hope of the Nations.”
Song (Val / Kirsty)
Hope of the Nations
Blessing and dismissal (Randy / Rosemary)
May the love of our Lord Jesus draw us to Himself.
May the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in His service.
May the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls.
May the blessing of God almighty
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be amongst you and remain with you always.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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