January 24th 2021

Bible, lights and mug of coffee

 

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Sunday 24th January 2021                                           Epiphany 3

Stream Code: https://youtu.be/9xcmV2VE55E

 

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

Reopening of churches for services – details are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

Please remember, if you are entering a church building it is now mandatory to wear a face covering.

Online services will continue

Foodbank – give food donations at local collection points or online donations. To find out how to donate please go to our Foodbank page

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 until Lent we will be looking at Everyday Faith. PLEASE note there is NO Meeting on Thursday Jan 28th as we have a Flourish team meeting. Sorry.

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.

                   Amen.

Collect Prayer:

 

                   God of all mercy

                   Your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,

                   Release to the captives,

                   And freedom to the oppressed:

                   Anoint us with your Holy Spirit

                   And set all your people free

                   To praise you in Christ our Lord

                   Amen.

 

 

Reading :            

                   Exodus 19: 3-6

                   Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.

 

                   Isaiah 61: 1-4      © NRSV

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
    they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
    the devastations of many generations.

 

 

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 11: 25-30     © The Message

25-26 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 

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      (Prayers led by Pepita Walker)

We pray using these words written by George Appleton.

O Spirit of God set at rest the crowded hurrying anxious thoughts within our minds and our hearts. Let the peace and quiet of your presence take possession of us. Help us to relax, to become open and receptive to you. You know our inmost spirits, our hidden unconscious life within us, the frustrated desires, the unresolved tensions and dilemmas. Lord we lie open before you, waiting for your peace, your healing and your word.                                               

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.                           

Father God, we come to you this morning, feeling insecure, not knowing what to expect as the weeks of this pandemic progress; worried about our families, our friends, our communities, ourselves. Thinking about the many working to protect and care for those who are vulnerable or already have the virus not just in our country but across the world. We give thanks for the many who are working so hard to relieve the pain and suffering of others and who are prepared to put themselves at risk in order to care for us. Help us to relax and put our trust in you for we know that whatever may happen you will be there to hold our hand and guide us.                                                                                                                                                       Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We pray for all effected by the terrible flooding around the country. We pray that people may find a place of rest where they feel safe and secure. We have seen the chaos caused to people’s property before, and the misery this causes. We pray that homes may soon be free of water and that it will not be too long before their owners can return. We give thanks for those who are caring for all – fireman, police, neighbours and many more.                                                  Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.            

We pray for our world and in particular for America. We pray for the new president and vice president as they face the problems in their country. We pray that there may be a uniting of all people and an acceptance of the new regime.                                                                                Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the wonders of creation; for the colours in the sky and flowers for the great diversity of the animal kingdom. We thank you for the joy found in hearing the birds sing. We thank you for the warmth of the sun and for the night sky bedecked by the moon and the stars. In this difficult time these wonders have helped sustain us. We thank you, Lord.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

And our final prayer is adapted from a Jewish blessing;                                                                  God of might, light of the world, bless us with a perfect blessing in your presence. Enlighten our eyes with your light and your truth. Give us a spirit of trust and love, dwell with us. Guide us with the light of your presence for in your light we see the light. Send your blessing on every home in our world and set peace and eternal blessing upon us all.                             

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

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.

 

Ending:

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.

         

 

Blessing:

                   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.

                   Amen.

 

                   May God who has brought us out of darkness

                   Give us a place with the saints in light

                   In the kingdom of his Son.

                   Amen.

 

                   May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

                   Shine in your hearts and transform your lives,

                   To bring light to others.

                   Amen.

                                                                                                                                                               

                   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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