Sunday 6 September
Before we start…
We invite you to join the live zoom service at 10am. 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.
Morning everyone! Welcome to our service today. It’s so great to see you on Zoom if you’re here… Hi! And if you’re reading this transcript, then hello to you too. It’s such a shame we can’t all be together in a building yet but we are together in spirit and in the Holy Spirit.
When we read the Bible together later on, we’ll hear how God brought his people together in the past with some very specific (and slightly weird!) instructions, and also how He brings us together then and now with a very special command… ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’. I think that’s actually two commands – to love your neighbour and to love yourself. Both can be tough at times. Let’s ask God for help:
Hi God, thank you so much that you love me (say this, out loud if you like, about yourself now) thank you so much that you love me, and that I’m not an accident but that you made me in your image. When I look in the mirror I see a part of you and your wonderful creation. You made me because you love me. Please help me to see myself through your eyes and know that I am loved. Please help me also to know that you feel the same way about my family, friends and neighbours – even the annoying ones! Thank you that you love us even when we make mistakes – please help me to do the same. Thank you that you are perfect and that we can praise and thank you together today for who you are. Amen.
Paul, thanks for hosting our Zoom meeting today. Please would you introduce our first song?
Song (Paul / Kirsty)
Yes Lord, we pray that you will have your way in our lives and we come before you now and confess the times where that has not been the case:
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.
In a moment of quiet we’ll bring those sins to God our Father.
Almighty God, we confess that we have sinned against you in though, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our hearts; we have not loved our neighbours or sometimes, ourselves. Have mercy upon us, cleanse us from our sins and help us to overcome our faults through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
I know there are a few birthdays this week – Paul and Tricia on Tuesday, and Jackie on Thursday. Have I missed anyone? – Wave now if so… Happy birthday all of you and may God bless you in the coming year.
Paul, over to you for our next songs, thank you.
Medley (Paul / Kirsty)
Frank has recorded our Bible readings for today so let’s listen now. You might also like to grab your Bible and follow along. The readings are Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20.
Thanks Frank. I’m going to pray now, before we hear our sermon from Simon (transcript).
Lord, thank you so much for being with Simon (transcript) as he’s prepared this talk amidst the many demands of his busy life. I thank you for the heart he has to help others know you better and I pray that you will fill him up ten-fold for all the time and energy he spends on others. Holy Spirit, please open our hearts and minds now to hear from You. Amen.
Thank you, Simon. Paul has our next song…
Song (Paul / Kirsty)
Do you ever think how amazing it is that we can talk to God? We can’t just chat away to the Queen, or the Prime Minister but we can talk with God anytime – and He’s so much more important! Beth is going to lead us in our prayers now (transcript).
Let’s say together the collect for today:
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And the prayer Jesus taught us:
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.
The Peace (Everyone)
Now let’s share the Peace with one another…
The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.
Paul, please will you introduce our final song?
Song (Paul / Kirsty)
Conclusion and blessing (Kirsty)
I love that song! Thanks Paul. We’ll close our service by saying The Grace to one another:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
If you’re heading off now – lovely to see you and thanks for joining us! If you’re staying for a chat, now’s a good time to go and get a cuppa and we’ll see you in a few minutes… Thanks Paul.
If you’re joining us real-time but were not on the zoom call, do consider joining us for coffee via zoom breakout rooms. Click here.
Some music taken from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.