Sunday 14th Feb

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Introduction

Welcome to our online worship on Sunday 14th Feb, we are continuing to reflect on Faith. 

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
Join Zoom Meeting:
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Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121
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).

Join Zoom Meeting:
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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

Welcome To Worship

image Gerd Altmann (from pixabay)Welcome to our online worship on this the 14th February. Today we continue our three week series reflecting on our faith. In what or who do we trust? Can we have confidence in God, and place our feet on solid ground? And how about the Local Church. We will discover that the Local church is really important in God’s purposes: a place for travelling together, for learning, and for serving.

Today we are joined by Laurien: Laurien and Marion discuss Love and Loving your local church.

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


Music: “Before the throne of God above" by Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook; played by Nikki Wild

Before the throne of God above

A welcome prayer

Welcome in the name of Christ,
God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.
And also with you.

Words of praise from today’s Psalm 50

sunThe Lord, the most mighty God has spoken
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth,
our God comes and will not keep silence.
Let the heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.
The Lord, the most mighty God has spoken
let us praise his name together.

Hymn

O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Praying for each other

LoveWe pray for each other:
God, be with us this day,
and surround us with your love and protection.
Keep us close to you and to one another.
Show us, Lord, where we can reach out with a helping hand,
soften our hearts,
open our eyes,
strengthen our wills. 
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Collect

Holy God,
you know the disorder of our sinful lives:
set straight our crooked hearts and bend our wills
to love your goodness and your glory,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we prepare to journey together through Lent this coming week, let us still our minds and hearts and seek to honour the Lord in all we think and say and do.

a moment of quiet reflection

Confession

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
Lord, have mercy.               Lord, have mercy.

Remember not the sins of my youth
or my transgressions, but think on me in your goodness O Lord,
according to your steadfast love.
Christ, have mercy.             Christ, have mercy.

O keep my soul and deliver me;
Let me not be put to shame, for I have put my trust in you.
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

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Readings

New Testament Reading

Today’s reading comes from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. It was written in about AD55, and Paul reveals his passion for this local church, and that these people would come to know faith in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.6For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Mark 9:2-9

2After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ 6(He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’
8Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Talk from Marion

Laurien & Marion: Love your local church!

SJC Church outside at SJC Messy

Scroll down, for more pictures of our local Churches...

Hymn

Brother, sister, let me serve you

A Prayer of Declaration

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on 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

As we gather in God's presence, let us pray

A Prayer for Faith

Heavenly Father,
there are times when it is easy to trust in you, easy to have faith in you,
and there are times when it is really difficult.
We pray now, asking that you will give us an awareness of your presence,
and the ability to see you at work.
Thank you for every answer to our prayers,
those spoken and those unspoken.
Thank you for the support of others who have prayed for us.
We ask you to help us to respond to your invitation, that you come into our lives, and share with us, that we may then go forward into the challenges and joys of our lives with peace and thankfulness.
Through Jesus Christ who has given his life that we might know life in all its richness.
Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

The response to Lord of love is: Hear our prayer.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

We thank you Lord, for the light that you shine into our hearts that enables us to have transformed lives of purpose and hope. We pray for those who are in a fog, or in despair, who are struggling for whatever reason. We pray that you will send help, and bring light into their lives, and a new relationship with you. May they come to understand your saving grace, your power and a totally new perspective on life.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

We pray for nations around the world that are not living in freedom at this time. We pray particularly for Myanmar, for Archbishop Stephen and his family, for Rev’d Canon Paul and his family, for Holy Cross Theological college and for all Christians serving you in that land. We pray for peace and justice. In a moment of quiet prayer we name places and people around the world that we are concerned for. Send your Holy Spirit to help them and give them strength and courage.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

We continue to pray for schools and colleges. Young people, families, friends and teachers are finding it tough right now, Lord. Please would you give them help and encouragement to keep on going. Please would you give creativity and energy for the tasks, hope for the future. Help them to join up with others and find strength in community.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

WinchesterWe pray for people on the front line. Thank you so much for all the people who are making massive effort and even risking their own lives to help others. We pray for medical teams, vaccination centres, food shops and their supply lines, funeral directors, nursing homes, delivery drivers.  In a moment of quiet prayer, we hold before you those in our mind today.

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 recovering, 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. In a moment of quiet prayer we name those we know. Send your Holy Spirit upon them and surround them with your healing love.

Lord of love: Hear our prayer.

A prayer for myself. Make me resilient, Lord. Give me a faith that lasts, that survives the knocks. When things go wrong, or don’t work out, may I know you still. Place in me a quiet and undeniable knowledge of you, so that, whatever comes, I will always say: My God endures.

Lord of love: Hear my prayer.

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

The Peace

We are all one in Christ Jesus. We belong to him through faith,
heirs of the promise of the Spirit of peace.  
The peace of the Lord be always with you. Amen

Offertory

Please let us consider our calling as God’s church in this location, and during this season of fog and uncertainty. We are so grateful for your gifts and donations that enable us to serve our local communities and support other churches in Winchester Diocese. 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

Hymn

Be thou my vision, O lord of my heart
Link to Be thou my vision (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

 

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.

Heckfield Rotherwick Mattingley

 

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.
Prayer resources also from Martin Saunders, ‘500 prayers for young people’ © 2011. Monarch Books.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Images:
The image of Winchester Cathedral is a photo of part of the Winchester Panel Embroidery at the RHCH
The images of light shining (fog & trees) are public domain - NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
The image of hands (Faith, Hope, Love & Cross) is public domain, by Gerd Altmann
Music:
Opening Music: Sing we the song of Emmanuel" by Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook; played by Nikki Wild, CCLI Song 2306412, © 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (Admin by Capitol CMG Publishing (IMI))
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, and from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
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