November 29th 2020

Autumn Hedgerow


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Sunday 29th November 2020                                          Advent Sunday



                             The Lord is my light,

                             my light and salvation

                             In him I trust

                             In him I trust


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:                  Be with us, Spirit of God;

All:                       nothing can separate us from your love.

                             Breathe on us, breath of God;

All:                       Fill us with your saving power.

                             Speak in us, Wisdom of God;

All:                       Bring strength, healing and peace.


                             The Lord is here.

All:                       His Spirit is with us.


All:    PS139          O Lord, you have examined my heart

                             and know everything about me.

                   2       You know when I sit down or stand up.

                             You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

                   3       You see me when I travel

                             and when I rest at home.

                             You know everything I do.

                   4       You know what I am going to say

                             even before I say it, Lord.


                   23     Search me, O God, and know my heart;

                             test me and know my anxious thoughts.

                   24     Point out anything in me that offends you,

                             and lead me along the path of everlasting 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.

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

Due to coronavirus regulations live services are cancelled until December 6th.

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

GDASS- Womens Refuge -We have managed to raise the amazing sum of £1145 for GDASS! please give thanks for the kindness and generosity of all involved 

This has far exceeded anything we imagined -

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – NO BIBLE STUDY until 3rd December when we will start an Advent course. 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:        Hear the words of the angel to Joseph;

                   ‘You shall call his name Jesus,

                   For he will save his people from their sins.’

                   Therefore let us seek the forgiveness of God

                   Through Jesus the saviour of the world.              

cf Matthew 1:21

Leader:        Heavenly Father,

                   You have created a universe of light:

                   Forgive us when we return to darkness.

                   Lord, have mercy.

All:             Lord, have mercy.


Leader:        Lord Jesus,

                   You are the light of the world:

                   Cleanse and heal our blinded sight.

                   Christ, have mercy.

All:             Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        Holy Spirit,

                   You give us light in our hearts:

                   Renew us in faith and love.

                   Lord, have mercy.

All:             Lord, have mercy.


Leader:        Almighty God,

                   Who in Jesus Christ has given us

                   A kingdom that cannot be destroyed,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   Open our eyes to God’s truth,

                   Strengthen us to do God’s will

                   And give us the joy of his Kingdom,

                   Through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Collect Prayer:


                   Almighty God,

                   as your kingdom dawns,

                   turn us from the darkness of sin to the

                   light of holiness,

                   that we may be ready to meet you

                   in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

                   For he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

                   One God, one glory. Amen.



Reading :  Genesis 28:10-22 (The Message)


‘God is in this place and I didn’t even know it’


10-12 Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground and it reached all the way to the sky; angels of God were going up and going down on it.

13-15 Then God was right before him, saying, “I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I’m giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they’ll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I’ll stay with you, I’ll protect you wherever you go, and I’ll bring you back to this very ground. I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you.”

16-17 Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s House. This is the Gate of Heaven.”

18-19 Jacob was up first thing in the morning. He took the stone he had used for his pillow and stood it up as a memorial pillar and poured oil over it. He christened the place Bethel (God’s House). The name of the town had been Luz until then.

20-22 Jacob vowed a vow: “If God stands by me and protects me on this journey on which I’m setting out, keeps me in food and clothing, and brings me back in one piece to my father’s house, this God will be my God. This stone that I have set up as a memorial pillar will mark this as a place where God lives. And everything you give me, I’ll return a tenth to you.”


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


Leader:        The Lord is my light and salvation.

All:             The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Leader:        The Lord is the strength of my life,

All:             The Lord is my light and my salvation.

                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son

                   And to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Reading: Psalm 27:1-14 Of David     Triumphant song of confidence


The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?


When evil doers assail me

to devour my flesh –

My adversaries and my foes-

they shall stumble and fall.


Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear:

Though war rise up against me,

yet will I be confident.


One thing have I asked of the Lord

that will I seek after:

To live in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the Lord

and to inquire in his temple.


For he will hide me in his shelter

in the day of trouble

He will conceal me under the covenant of

his tent;

He will set me high on a rock.


Now my head is lifted up

above my enemies all around me,

And I will offer in his tent,

sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the Lord.


Hear, O Lord when I cry aloud,

be gracious to me and answer me!

‘Come’, my heart says, ‘seek his face!’

Your face, Lord, do I seek.

Do not hide your face from me.


Do not turn your servant away in anger,

you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,,

O God of my salvation!

If my father and mother forsake me,

the Lord will take me up.


Teach me your way, O Lord,

and lead me on a level path

Because of my enemies. 

Do not give me up to the will of

my adversaries,

For false witnesses have risen against me,

and they are breathing out violence


I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord




View from the Vicarage  

Hide and Seek, Darkness and Light, Far and Near



Now let us pray together


Time to Pray      (Prayers led by )


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:        Father, we give you thanks and praise

                   Through Jesus Christ your son, our Lord.


                   Jesus is Lord of all creation.

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   Jesus made his home among us.

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He was born of the Virgin Mary

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He was cradled in a manger

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He is God in human flesh

All:             We worship and adore you                                                         

                   with angels and archangels

                   and all the company of heaven.



                   May God the Father,

                   Who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son

                   To come among us in great humility,

                   Open your eyes to look for his coming again.



                   May God the Son,

                   Give you grace to live in the light of his coming

                   as redeemer and judge.



                   May God the Holy Spirit

                   Free you from sin,

                   And make you holy,

                   And bring you to eternal life.



                   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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