Sunday 24th Jan

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Introduction

Welcome to our online worship on the fourth Sunday in 2021, when we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

There will 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
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Junior Church
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).

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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

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Welcome To Worship

teapotsWelcome to our online worship on the fourth Sunday in 2021, when we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Many of us have been part of churches of all flavours and types and many of us are enthusiastic about our shared Christian witness. The photo on the right comes from the resources of this year. So much variety! So many useful teapots! Shall we be thankful for our different gifts and all that we bring to God in our shared love for him.

Many of our prayer resources today come from the sisters of the Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.

 

Music: “Living Hope (How Great the Chasm)" by Brian Johnson & Phil Wickham; played by Caroline Bushman

Living Hope

A prayer for this week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jesus Christ,
you seek us,
you wish to offer us your friendship
and lead us to a life that is ever more complete.
Grant us the confidence to answer your call
so that we may be transformed
and become witnesses
of your tenderness for the world.
Amen.

Prayer of Jesus

Jesus prayed: “My prayer is not for the disciples alone
but also for those who will believe in me through their message,
that all of them may be one, Father,
just as you are in me, and I am in you.”
John 17.20-21

Words of praise

You who call us to be praise in the midst of the earth: glory to you!
We sing your praise in the midst of the world and among all peoples,
We sing your praise in the midst of creation and among all creatures.

You who call us to be praise in the midst of the earth: glory to you!
We sing your praise among suffering and tears,
We sing your praise among promises and achievements.

You who call us to be praise in the midst of the earth: glory to you! 
We sing your praise in the places of conflict and misunderstanding;
We sing your praise in the places of encounter and reconciliation.

You who call us to be praise in the midst of the earth: glory to you! 
We sing your praise in the midst of rifts and divisions,
We sing your praise in the midst of life and death,
the birth of a new heaven and a new earth.
You who call us to be praise in the midst of the earth: glory to you!

Hymn

Celebration of God – Great is thy faithfulness

Preparation for Confession

Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ
to continue his work of reconciliation
and reveal you to the world.
Forgive us the sins that tear us apart;
give us the courage to overcome our fears
and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Confession

There is one Body and one Spirit and one hope of our calling.
Lord, have mercy.               Lord, have mercy.

There is one Lord, one faith one baptism.
Christ, have mercy.             Christ, have mercy.

There is one God and Father of us all,
above all and through all and in all.
Lord, have mercy.               Lord, have mercy.

Absolution

May the God of love bring us back to himself,
forgive us all our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Collect

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

Bible Readings

Revelation 19.6-10

6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come,  and his bride has made herself ready. 8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’ (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’  10At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.’

Gospel Reading

John 2.1-11

cana 1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ 4 ‘Woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from eighty to a hundred and twenty litres. 7Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim. 8Then he told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.’ They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.’ 11What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Talk from Jennie

Hymn

Brother, sister let me serve you

Shared faith from the Hook Church Leaders

The Apostles’ Creed

This is one of the professions of faith that the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Church share

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen

 

Prayers

Prayers of Intercession

The response to Lord of love is hear our prayer.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

Lord, you commanded us to love one another as I have loved you. God our Father, You reveal to us your love through Christ and through our brothers and sisters. Open our hearts so that we can welcome each other with our differences and live in forgiveness. Grant us to live united in one body, so that the gift that is each person comes to light. May all of us together be a reflection of the living Christ.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

Lord, we thank you for all those who serve you in a variety of ways. We are all different and we all have different gifts to offer. We pray for all ministers and lay people who lead us and teach us and all who serve with their various and different talents.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for all those involved with the roll out and delivery of the Covid vaccinations and for all health workers who are administering them. Sustain them with your love and give them the strength to carry on.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

We pray for all those in government who are dealing with the many situations caused by Corona virus. May they be guided by you and be given the vision to see their way through these current difficulties.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

Lord, we give you thanks for our families and friends and for all those who are supporting people at this time. Thank you that we can be there for each other in many different ways, using the many different gifts you gave us.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

We remember all those who are ill at this time: for those in hospital and at home and for all those convalescing, especially if they are missing the support and companionship of loved ones. We also pray for those suffering in other ways: those with mental health issues, money or work problems, the lonely and the grieving. Send your Holy Spirit upon them and surround them with your healing love.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

God of the one vineyard, you call us to abide in your love in all we do and say. Touched by your goodness, grant us to be a reflection of that love in our homes and workplaces. May we bridge rivalries and overcome tensions.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 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

Hymn

Make me a channel of your peace
Link to Make me a channel of your peace (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

The Peace

We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.

Offertory

Please let us consider our calling to be the ‘light on the hill’ during this season of ongoing challenge and isolation for so many. If you are able to donate online as one off, or regularly, your gifts will be gratefully received. Please do ask if you would like further information about how your giving is being spent by the churches.

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

We are not able to offer Communion in church at this renewed time of lockdown. However you may still like to take time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.

1 Corinthians 11: 23 - 26

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen

Blessing

The Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
teach us to walk in his way more trustfully,
to accept his truth more faithfully,
and to share his love more lovingly;
that by the power of the Holy Spirit
you may come as one family to the kingdom of the Father.

And the blessing of God almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

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

Hymn

Lord, I lift your name on high
Link to Lord, I lift your name on high (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

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Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing. Liturgy and photographs from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer
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.
Images:
Teapot Photograph Churches Together in Britain and Ireland used with permission.
Wedding in Cana from craft tiles from Jerusalem Pottery, Via Delorosa, Jerusalem (early 1980s)
Music:
opening music: Living Hope (How Great the Chasm) by Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham, Played by Caroline Bushman, CCLI Song 7106807, © 2017 Phil Wickham Music (Admin by Small Stone Media BV, Holland (Admin in the UK/Eire by Song Solutions www.songsolutions.org))
Hymns: A Church near you (ACNY): CC: Church of England/Videos and music Copyright Church of England. Licensed under Creative Commons. Recorded by singers from St Martin’s in the Fields. Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 Inter national License  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by - nc - nd/4.0, and from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
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Children's Activities for Sunday 24th Jan
Children's Activities for Sunday 24th Jan - Jesus turning water into wine
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