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Sunday 31 January – All Age
Before you join zoom and switch the camera on, you might want to have a go at dancing along to this video. It’s pretty much guaranteed to get you in the mood for worship!
Welcome and Introduction (Gloria)
Good morning and welcome in the name of Jesus. I’m Gloria Johnstone and I’m leading this All Age service today.
Despite the current circumstances – self-isolating etc, I pray you are all well. It’s good to learn that several of our church family have received the vaccine and pray many more will in the very near future. Throughout this difficult time we must remember our reliance and hope is with Father God.
We look with expectant hearts to what will be revealed during our time together this morning whether you have joined us on zoom or the web. We remember those who only have access to the service via a paper copy – we pray they may be blessed as they read the scripture and Tom’s message.
Our focus today – Candlemas – The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple is an early episode in the life of Jesus, describing his presentation at the Temple in Jerusalem in order to officially induct him into Judaism, that is celebrated by many Christian Churches on the day of Candlemas. Ann Stowe will read later in the service from chapter 2 of the Gospel of Luke. Luke’s narration of the Presentation in the Temple combines the purification rite with the Jewish ceremony of the redemption of the firstborn. We will learn more about this later from Tom.
We carefully light our candle or tea light as a reminder of Candlemas.
Lord Jesus, you are the true light of the world, the light that enlightens all people. Jesus we pray that you will help us to walk in the light, sharing our love for you with those whom we meet.
The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with us all.
Let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord as we worship, sing, dance, clap, praise. Our opening praise song is My Lighthouse.
Let us now take a moment of quiet and gather our thoughts as we come to this time of confession.
Children, this is a very important time because we can come to our loving Lord Jesus to tell him we are sorry for the things we have done which we know were wrong, perhaps our behaviour, maybe not doing the things when first requested.
Adults, as we know, our own sins need to be forgiven by our amazing God. Forgiveness freely available to all who come in repentance, with faith in the saving blood of Jesus. Forgiveness won for us by Jesus. Forgiveness when we bring our sin to the foot of the cross. Let’s take this opportunity now to lay down any wrong doings, things said, done or thought and say we are truly sorry and humbly repent.
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.
Sermon part 1 – quick quiz (Gloria / Tom)
Let’s take a moment to pray for Tom before we listen to the words God has laid on his heart to share with us. Tom we give thanks for you, for the blessing you are to the parish and your work as Area Dean. We look forward to what you are going to share with us now. God Bless.
May the Lord bless our hearts to receive.
(If you are not using zoom, see the complete sermon later on.)
Epiphany Video (Gloria)
You will recall over a period of weeks prior to Christmas we watched the Nativity as portrayed by the children. Today we will see the final part – Searching for the King – the visit of the Magi.
Their journey was neither simple nor easy. They encountered difficulties, doubts and dangers. Yet in spite of these they persevered in their quest and they were rewarded when they finally found Jesus.
Their story has such relevance for us. Like them we too are on a journey encountering similar difficulties. The Magi can serve as models for us on our faith journey – they refused to be put off by difficulties in order to find Jesus. As we find Jesus, hear the ‘Good News’, we will have different attitudes, values, goals. It is impossible to encounter Jesus without it affecting the way we live our lives.
I am sure you will agree the children have been marvellous in their portrayal. A huge thank you to the Sunday Club children and leaders for the production.
Before we continue with our service let’s celebrate any Birthdays.
Today is Dawn’s birthday and if anyone else is celebrating a birthday this week (Frank to check anyone indicating) then we include you too in sending our good wishes for a wonderful day and every blessing for your continued walk with Jesus. We thank you Dawn for your special gifting heading up the Prayer Ministry Team. 0n behalf of all Greenside Parish church family we wish you a very Happy Birthday, may you continue to enjoy God’s blessing.
Sermon part 2 – other things in Epiphany season (Tom)
Guess the Bible scene:
Sermon part 3 – thinking about Simeon and Anna (Tom)
(Another illustration: Facebook link for local teacher Mr Saddington’s sunrise photo.)
Let us reflect for a moment on the aspects and challenges raised by Tom during his talk.
We pray that we may be people who care about those around us, and so imitate the love of Jesus – the Light of the World. To hear his voice and heed his teachings.
Light of the World
Intercessions are led by Sandra. Thank you Sandra. (Transcript).
Collect and Lord’s Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel:
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God.
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.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Let’s unmute and offer a sign of peace by waving to one another.
Shine Jesus Shine
Thank you to all who have participated this morning. Bless you Frank coping with the technology.
Children we will see you at Sunday Club this afternoon when you will be making an edible candle to commemorate Candlemas.
Conclusion and blessing (Tom / Rosemary)
May God the Father,
who led the wise men by the shining of a star
to find the Christ, the Light from light,
lead you also in your pilgrimage to find the Lord.
May God the Son,
who turned water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana,
transform your lives and make glad your hearts.
May God the Holy Spirit,
who came upon the beloved Son
at his baptism in the river Jordan,
pour out his gifts on you
who have come to the waters of new birth.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Thank you all for joining us, pop the kettle on and return to catch up any news.
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