January 17th 2021

Bible, Lights and Mug of coffee


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Sunday 17th January 2021                                           Epiphany 2


Leader:                  Grace mercy and peace be with you

All:                       and also with you.


Leader:                  We meet in the presence of God

All:                       Who knows our needs,

                             Who hears our cries,

                             Who feels our pain,

                             And heals our wounds.


Leader:                  All you who are thirsty,

                             This is the place for water.

                             All you who are hungry,

                             This is the place to be fed.


                             Why spend your earnings on what is not food?

                             Why pay for that which fails to satisfy?


                             Here, without money,

                             Here without price,

                             All may enjoy the bread of heaven.


                             God speaks,

                             And all who listen will have life.



Leader:                  Open our lips, O God,

All:                       And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.



Leader:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                       And also with you.


Leader:      A welcome to our You Tube service and notices


Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)


Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Rev Trevor Kemp for how to join or see our website.

Messy Church on Zoom 2:30 Sunday January 31st

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – Everyone Welcome. just join via our website link or speak to Rev Trev

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website.


A time for reflection and confession:


Leader:        The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;

                   A broken and contrite heart God will not despise.

                   Let us come to the Lord who is full of compassion,

                   And acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.            

c f Psalm51:17

All:             My God, for love of you

                   I desire to hate and forsake all sins

                   By which I have ever displeased you;

                   And I resolve by the help of your grace

                   To commit them no more;

                   And to avoid all opportunities for sin.

                   Help me to do this,

                   Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Leader:        May Almighty God,

                   Who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,

                   Bring you his pardon and peace, now and for ever.




Collect Prayer:


                   Eternal Lord,

                   Our beginning and our end:

                   Bring us with the whole creation

                   To your glory, hidden through past ages

                   And made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.




Reading :             Genesis 12: 1-4a          © The Living Bible

12 God had told Abram, “Leave your own country behind you, and your own people, and go to the land I will guide you to. 2 If you do, I will cause you to become the father of a great nation; I will bless you and make your name famous, and you will be a blessing to many others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and the entire world will be blessed because of you.”


4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed him,


                   Genesis 22: 7-8 + 15-18       © The Message

7 Isaac said to Abraham his father, “Father?”


“Yes, my son.”


“We have flint and wood, but where’s the sheep for the burnt offering?”


8 Abraham said, “Son, God will see to it that there’s a sheep for the burnt offering.” And they kept on walking together.


……..13 Abraham looked up. He saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.


14 Abraham named that place God-Yireh (God-Sees-to-It). That’s where we get the saying, “On the mountain of God, he sees to it.”


15-18 The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.”


PSALM 63: 1-8

1    O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;  

my soul is athirst for you.

2    My flesh also faints for you,  

as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

3    So would I gaze upon you in your holy place,  

that I might behold your power and your glory.

4    Your loving-kindness is better than life itself  

and so my lips shall praise you.

5    I will bless you as long as I live  

and lift up my hands in your name.

6    My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness,  

and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,

7    When I remember you upon my bed  

and meditate on you in the watches of the night.

8    For you have been my helper  

and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.


                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son

                   And to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Reading:    Matthew 3: 1-12         © The Message

1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”


3 John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy:


Thunder in the desert!

Prepare for God’s arrival!

Make the road smooth and straight!


4-6 John dressed in a camel-hair habit tied at the waist by a leather strap. He lived on a diet of locusts and wild field honey. People poured out of Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordanian countryside to hear and see him in action. There at the Jordan River those who came to confess their sins were baptized into a changed life.


7-10 When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptismal experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? It’s your life that must change, not your skin! And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being a descendant of Abraham is neither here nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a dime a dozen. What counts is your life. Is it green and flourishing? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire.


11-12 “I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”


Reflection from the Rectory


Affirmation of faith

Leader:        Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God

All:             Though he was divine,

                   He did not cling to equality with God,

                   But made himself nothing.

                   Taking the form of a slave,

                   He was born in human likeness.

                   He humbled himself

                   And was obedient to death,

                   Even the death of the cross.

                   Therefore God has raised him on high,

                   And given him the name above every name:

                   That at the name of Jesus

                   Every knee should bow,

                   And every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,

                   To the glory of God the Father.

                   Amen.                                                       cf Phil 2 : 6-11



Now let us pray together


Time to Pray     


We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.




Leader:        From where we are to where you need us,

All:             Christ be beside us


                   From what we are to what you can make of us,

All:             Christ be before us.


                   From the mouthing of generalities

                   To making signs of your kingdom,

All:             Christ be beneath us.


                   Through the streets of this world

                   To the gates of heaven,

All:             Christ be above us.


                   Surround us with your presence,

                   Inspire us with your purpose,

                   Confirm us in your love.

All:             Amen.



                   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 in your pilgrimage to find the Lord.



                   May God who has brought us out of darkness

                   Give us a place with the saints in light

                   In the kingdom of his Son.



                   May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

                   Shine in your hearts and transform your lives,

                   To bring light to others.



                   and the blessing of God almighty,

                   the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                   be among you and remain with you always. All     Amen.



All:    We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

          To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen.



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