Sunday 3rd Jan

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Introduction

Welcome to our online worship, this Sunday we celebrate Epiphany or the coming of the wise men. Welcome to our worship as we are gathered in heart and spirit if not in physical proximity with one another.  It is a reminder that the church is not the building but rather it is the people of God who are the church. 

We cannot meet physically in church, but we can still celebrate the life of God, and pray for one another.  There will also be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

 

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85134349834?pwd=M1l1RVpBSjlPSWM4YlB2dmR6bWczQT09
Meeting ID: 851 3434 9834 & Passcode:760169

No Junior Church this week
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94581937074?pwd=SmxRTXUzNDhQcmszZHVvUXltcXdNZz09
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169


If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode

candle - Photo by Paul Zoetemeijer on Unsplash

You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness

Welcome To Worship

Music: “Yesterday, Today and Forever” by Vicky Beeching, played by Caroline Bushman

Yesterday, Today and Forever

A new year has begun.
Let us leave behind all that is past,
and walk together into the future.
Let us trust in the God of new beginnings,
and worship the God of fresh hopes.

Opening Prayer

Lord of our journeys,
help us this day to have
eyes to see your leading,
ears to hear your guidance,
and a heart of courage,
that we may journey faithfully and find your way –
even when the path may seem difficult and dark.
Amen.

Hymn

How Great Is Our God

Prayer of Praise

Father God, full of wisdom and power,
whose mighty arm stretches over all the earth:
we bow down in humble adoration.

Holy Saviour, full of grace, lighting up our world:
we bow down in humble adoration.

Spirit of the living God,
full of the boundless riches available to us in Christ:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three in one:
we bow down in humble adoration,
open to your direction.

Amen.

Confession

Father God, the wise men travelled far to worship Jesus.
Forgive us for all the times we can’t be bothers to make the effort to worship your Son.
Father, forgive us

God of all nations, so many people in this world are marginalised and excluded.
Forgive us for when we have not made the effort to reach out to others in love.
Father, forgive us

Father of all, so many people do not yet know Jesus as their friend and Saviour.
Forgive us for not sharing the good news of his birth with people we meet.
Father, forgive us

Father God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ
to be born in a lowly manger;
a heavenly king worshipped by earthly kings,
yet destined to walk to the cross.
Through his blood shed on the cross:
we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Collect

Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child: guide us and sustain us, that we may find our journey’s end in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Bible Readings

Matthew 2:1-12

1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’

3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:

6‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.”’

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Open the Book video

shared at Hook Infants School on the story of the Wise men:

Hymn

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Puppet Sketch

Talk

A Prayer of Declaration

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen

 

Prayers

Who you say I am
Link to Who you say I am (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayers of Intercession

Lord of all our journeys,
we pray for those searching for warmth and safety,
for those fleeing persecution and violence,
for those in temporary accommodation because their homes have been flooded or damaged –
remembering particularly those affected by the earthquake in Croatia, continued violence in the Yemen and folks in this country affected by flooding over the holiday period.

Jesus child of the crib;
bless them with the gifts of hope and courage
and may they find security in you.

Lord of all our ups and downs,
we pray for those searching for peace of mind,
for those struggling with depression, eating disorders, addictions especially as much of the country goes into strict lockdown.
We pray for those facing the new year with sadness of heart, or little sense of purpose,
for those who face it alone.

Jesus child of the crib;
bless them with the gifts of hope and courage
and may they find comfort in you.

Lord of all wisdom,
we pray for those searching for clarity and stability,
for businesses adapting to new trade agreements.,
for farmers and fishermen,
for teachers and students amid uncertain term times and new ways of learning,
for those in industries unsure when they can re-open and struggling with new regulations,
for scientists challenged by new variants of the Covid-19 virus,
for those desperate to see their families again.

Jesus child of the crib;
bless them with the gifts of hope and courage
and may they find reassurance in you.

Lord of love,
we pray for those searching for work,
for those whose work is exhausting –
remembering especially those in the NHS and the emergency services,
for carers and those administering the new vaccines and for those who will receive it,
for those searching for ways to feed their families and pay their bills,
and for those charities and organisations trying to help them.

Jesus child of the crib;
bless them with the gifts of hope and courage
and may they find strength in you.

Lord of us all,
we pray for those searching for faith amid anxiety and loss,
for your church as she reaches out to those who are isolated, grieving, or battling with big questions,
and we pray for one another as we seek to offer our time and resources to our communities and those most in need.

Jesus child of the crib;
bless us all with the gifts of hope and courage
and may we find peace in you. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

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.
Amen

Offertory

Lord God as we look forward to a new year, help us to keep our hearts open to you and to keep searching for ways in which we can serve you. We offer now these our gifts so that your love may shine out like a bright star from your church. Amen

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Hymn

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Link to Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

 

Blessing

Lord, as we continue our journey with you this week,
as we seek to live out our faith every day,
be with us, surprise with your love,
nudge us when you want us
to see or do something new –
for Jesus’ sake.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Epiphany ©Lambsong / FreeBibleimages.org.

Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Liturgy and Prayers from Times and Seasons, Church of England Services and Prayers. Archbishops Council.
Readings taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Resources taken from rootsontheweb.com and is copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permission
Image © www.lambsongs.co.nz/FreeBibleimages.org
Music:“Yesterday, Today and Forever” by Vicky Beeching, played by Caroline Bushman
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213


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