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Sunday 23rd January 2022


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SONG

Holy holy holy, Lord God almighty
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty.
God in three persons, blesséd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns
around the glassy sea.
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who was and is and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see.
Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee.
Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name,
in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty.
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 

WELCOME by Josh Milsom

 

 

SONGS

Come and stand before your maker
Full of wonder, full of fear;
Come behold his power and glory
Yet with confidence draw near,
For the one who holds the heavens
And commands the stars above
Is the God who bends to bless us
With an unrelenting love.

Rejoice!
Come and lift your hands and raise your voice;
He is worthy of all praise, Rejoice!
Sing the mercies of your King
And with trembling, rejoice.

We are children of the promise,
The beloved of the Lord.
Won with everlasting kindness,
Bought with sacrificial blood.
Bringing reconciliation
To a world that longs to know
The affections of a father
Who will never let them go.

All our sickness, all our sorrows
Jesus carried up the hill.
He has walked this path before us,
He is walking with us still;
Turning tragedy to triumph,
Turning agony to praise,
There is blessing in the battle
So take heart and stand amazed.

 


 

The splendour of the King clothed in majesty;
let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.
He wraps Himself in light and darkness tries to hide
and trembles at His voice, and trembles at His voice.

How great is our God!
Sing with me – how great is our God!
And all will see how great, how great is our God!

And age to age He stands and time is in His hands;
Beginning and the End, Beginning and the End.
The Godhead, three in one; Father, Spirit, Son.
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb.

Name above all names! Worthy of all praise!
My heart will sing: how great is our God!

 

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS!

 

Our children and young people go out to their groups

 

PRAYERS led by Cate Ross-Waddell

 

SONG

Strength will rise
as we wait upon the Lord,
we will wait upon the Lord,
we will wait upon the Lord. (repeat)

Our God, you reign forever.
Our hope, our strong deliverer.

You are the everlasting God,
the everlasting God.
You do not faint, you won’t grow weary.
You’re the defender of the weak,
you comfort those in need,
you lift us up on wings like eagles.

 

BIBLE READING read by Becca Milsom

1 Kings 18:1-40

18 After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.” 2 So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 3 And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly, 4 and when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.) 5 And Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys. Perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.” 6 So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself.

7 And as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. And Obadiah recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” 8 And he answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here.’” 9 And he said, “How have I sinned, that you would give your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me? 10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they would say, ‘He is not here’, he would take an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. 11 And now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here.”’ 12 And as soon as I have gone from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where. And so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth. 13 Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water? 14 And now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here”’; and he will kill me.” 15 And Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him. And Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. 19 Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. 23 Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. 24 And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26 And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped round the altar that they had made. 27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name”, 32 and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” 34 And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. 35 And the water ran round the altar and filled the trench also with water.

36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” 40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there.

 

BIBLE TALK by Richard Hopkins

 

CONFESSION

Our loving heavenly father,
you have made great promises to us.
But in our everyday lives,
we often forget about them.
Lord, please forgive us
and help us to trust you.

You have promised to provide for us,
but we still worry,
as if you had made no promises at all.
Lord, please forgive us
and help us to trust you.

You have told us to worship you alone
But in our lives we turn to other gods
Which are really no gods at all.
Lord, please forgive us
and help us to trust you.

You have promised that to follow you
is the best way to live.
But we go our own way instead.
Lord, please forgive us
and help us to trust you.

You have promised us a home forever with you
and yet we tend to live as if this world
is where we belong.
Lord, please forgive us
and help us to trust you.

Thank you that you sent the Lord Jesus Christ
to die for all our sins and rise again
to bring us new life.
You promise that all who believe in him
will be forgiven and welcomed home.
Thank you Father,
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 

SONG

In Christ alone my hope is found,
he is my light, my strength, my song;
this cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all.
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone who took on flesh,
fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones he came to save:
till on that cross as Jesus died,
the wrath of God was satisfied –
for every sin on him was laid;
here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground his body lay,
light of the world by darkness slain:
then bursting forth in glorious day
up from the grave He rose again!
And as he stands in victory
sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
for I am His and he is mine –
bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from his hand;
till He returns or calls me home
here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!

 

CLOSING PRAYER

 

 

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday 16th January 2022


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SONG

Lift high the name of Jesus
of Jesus our King.
Make known the power of His grace,
the beauty of His peace.
Remember how His mercy reached
and we cried out to Him.
He lifted us to solid ground,
to freedom from our sin.

Oh sing my soul, and tell all He’s done,
till the earth and heavens are filled with His glory!

Lift high the name of Jesus,
of Jesus our Lord.
His power in us is greater than,
is greater than this world.
To share the reason for our hope,
to serve with love and grace,
that all who see Him shine through us
might bring the Father praise.

Lift high the name of Jesus,
of Jesus our Light.
No other name on earth can save,
can raise a soul to life.
He opens up our eyes to see
the harvest He has grown.
We labour in His fields of grace
as He leads sinners home.

 

WELCOME by Alex Slowey

 

BITESIZE

We hear from Richard about Passion for life

 

SONGS

Grace unmeasured vast and free
that knew me from eternity;
that called me out before my birth
to bring you glory on this earth.

Grace amazing, pure and deep
that saw me in my misery;
that took my curse and owned my blame
so I could bear your righteous name.

Grace (grace, grace)
paid for my sins and brought me to life.
Grace (grace, grace)
clothes me with power to do what is right.
Grace (grace, grace)
will lead me to heaven where I’ll see your face,
and never cease to thank You for your grace.

Grace abounding, strong and true
that makes me long to be like you;
that turns me from my selfish pride
to love the cross on which you died.

Grace unending all my days,
you’ll give me strength to run this race.
And when my years on earth are through,
the praise will all belong to you.

 


 

How deep the Father’s love for us
how vast beyond all measure,
that he should give his only Son
to make a wretch his treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
the Father turns his face away,
as wounds which mar the Chosen One
bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon the cross,
my sin upon his shoulders;
ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held him there
until it was accomplished;
his dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
no gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom;
but I will boast in Jesus Christ,
his death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer;
but this I know with all my heart,
his wounds have paid my ransom.

 

PRAYERS led by Jilly Tan

 

SONG

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast, He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so, He will hold me fast.

Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in His holy sight, He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.

For my life He bled and died, Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight When He comes at last!

 

BIBLE READING read by Lynda Carter

1 Kings 17

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.

15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

20 And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

22 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.

 

BIBLE TALK by Richard Hopkins

 

SONG

Oh for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise, my great Redeemer’s praise.
The glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of His grace, (the triumphs of His grace)
the triumphs of His grace, (the triumphs of His grace)
the triumphs of His grace.

Jesus! The name that calms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease, that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears;
’tis life, and health, and peace, (’tis life, and health, and peace),
’tis life, and health, and peace, (’tis life, and health, and peace),
’tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
he sets the prisoner free, he sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me, (His blood availed for me)
His blood availed for me, (His blood availed for me)
His blood availed for me.

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
new life the dead receive, new life the dead receive.
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe, (the humble poor believe)
the humble poor believe, (the humble poor believe)
the humble poor believe.

Hear Him, you deaf; His praise you dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ,
Your loosened tongues employ;
You blind, behold your saviour come;
and leap, you lame for joy, (and leap, you lame for joy)
and leap, you lame for joy, (and leap, you lame for joy)
and leap, you lame for joy.

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim, assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of your name, (the honours of your name)
the honours of your name, (the honours of your name)
the honours of your name.

 

CLOSING PRAYER by Alex Slowey

 

 

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday 9th January 2022


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SONG

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God

What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God

Come and behold Him the One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God

Come and behold Him…

Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God!

Come and behold Him…

Come and behold Him the One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

 

WELCOME by Brian Kruger

 

SONG

Blessed be your name
in the land that is plentiful.
Where your streams of abundance flow,
blessed be your name.

Blessed be your name
when I’m found in the desert place.
Though I walk through the wilderness,
blessed be your name.

Every blessing you pour out I’ll
turn back to praise.
When the darkness closes in, Lord,
still I will say…

Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be your name.
Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be your glorious name.

Blessed be your name when the sun’s shining down on me.
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’, blessed be your name.

Blessed be your name on the road marked with suffering.
Though there’s pain in the offering, blessed be your name.

Every blessing…

You give and take away. You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say, “Lord, blessed be Your name.”

 

PRAYERS by Abi Jenkins

 

SONG

From the breaking of the dawn
to the setting of the sun,
I will stand on every promise of your word.
Words of power, strong to save,
that will never pass away;
I will stand on every promise of your word.
For your covenant is sure,
and on this I am secure:
I can stand on every promise of your word.

When I stumble and I sin,
condemnation pressing in,
I will stand on every promise of your word.
You are faithful to forgive,
that in freedom I might live,
so I stand on every promise of your word.
Guilt to innocence restored;
you remember sins no more.
So I’ll stand on every promise of your word.

When I’m faced with anguished choice,
I will listen to your voice,
and I’ll stand on every promise of your word.
Through this dark and troubled land,
you will guide me with your hand
as I stand on every promise of your word.
And you’ve promised to complete
every work begun in me
so I’ll stand on every promise of your word.

Hope that lifts me from despair;
love that casts out every fear
as I stand on every promise of your word.
Not forsaken, not alone,
for the Comforter has come.
And I stand on every promise of your word.
Grace sufficient, grace for me,
grace for all who will believe.
We will stand on every promise of your word.

 

BIBLE READING read by Charlie Salter

1 Kings 16:29-17:6

16:29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. 30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. 31 He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.

34 In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun.

17:1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

 

BIBLE TALK by Richard Hopkins

The God of the Bible is the one true God

  • Worship Him alone
  • Obey Him
  • Pray fervently to Him

 

SONG

There is no other name in heaven can be found
Through whom we are redeemed
Through whom your grace abounds
No other name can save but Jesus Christ our Lord

My joy in sorrowʼs tears
My strength to cast out fears
No other name but Jesus, Jesus
My hope in darkest night
My broken soulʼs delight
No other name but Jesus, Jesus

There is no victory but Jesus crucified
No other cure for sin but that our Saviour died
No other hope we have but that he rose again

No other throne endures, no other song remains
But ʻWorthy is the Lamb, Who was for sinners slainʼ
When every knee shall bow
And tongue confess you are Lord, You are Lord

 

CONFESSION

Ezra 8 tells us that “the hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So let us seek God and his grace and mercy.

Heavenly Father, we praise you for adopting us
as your children and making us heirs of eternal life
in your Son Jesus Christ,
who has freed us from our sins by his blood.
Yet we still fail to love you with all our heart,
or serve you as we ought.
Pardon our offences, we pray, and make us clean,
that we may continue as members of Christ,
in whom alone is salvation.

Amen

 

SONG

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless stand before the throne

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all

 

RECEIVING THE LORD’S SUPPER
Our Lord Jesus Christ in his time on earth lived a perfect, sinless life. So on the night he was betrayed, he was able to take bread and when he had given thanks, he could break it and say:

‘This is my body, given for you;
do this to remember me.’

We eat this bread:
to share in the body of Christ.

In the same way, after supper,
he could take the cup and say:
‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, to remember me.’

We drink this cup:
to share in the blood of Christ.

Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes:
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

 

SONG

Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart.
Nought be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word.
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father and I thy true heir.
Thou in me dwelling and I in thy care.

Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my armour, and be thou my might.
Thou my soul’s shelter and thou my high tower.
Raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not nor all the world’s praise.
Thou my inheritance through all my days.
Thou, and thou only, the first in my heart.
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art!

High King of heaven, when battle is done,
grant heaven’s joys to me, bright heaven’s sun.
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

 

CLOSING PRAYER by Brian Kruger

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday 2nd January 2022


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WELCOME

 

SONG

Come and join the celebration, it’s a very special day!
Come and share our jubilation: there’s a new King born today!

See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem;
Gaze in wonder at the Son of God who lay before them.

Wise men journey, led to worship by a star;
kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar, so

‘God is with us’ – round the world the message bring;
he is with us: ‘Welcome!’ all the bells on earth are ringing.

 

LOOK AND SEE

 

BIBLE READING read by Emily Robertson

Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2  and 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.’ 3  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4  When 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.”’

7  Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8  He 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.’ 9  After 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. 10  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11  On 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. 12  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

 

BIBLE TALK part 1                                    from Paul Jenkins

    Look for King Jesus…

 

SONG

Joy Has dawned upon the world, promised from creation.
God’s salvation now unfurled, hope for every nation.
Not with fanfares from above, not with scenes of glory,
but a humble gift of love – Jesus born of Mary.

Sounds of wonder fill the sky with the songs of angels
as the mighty Prince of Life shelters in a stable.
Hands that set each star in place, shaped the earth in darkness,
cling now to a mother’s breast, vulnerable and helpless.

Shepherds bow before the Lamb, gazing at the glory.
Gifts of men from distant lands prophesy the story.
Gold – a King is born today, Incense – God is with us,
Myrrh – His death will make a way and by His blood He’ll win us.

Son of Adam, Son of heaven, given as a ransom.
Reconciling God and man, Christ our mighty champion!
What a Saviour! What a Friend! What a glorious mystery!
Once a babe in Bethlehem, now the Lord of history.

 

BIBLE TALK part 2

     …and worship him

 

SONG

All creatures of our God and King, come to his cradle now and sing.
O praise Him, Hallelujah!
Thou angel host with golden beam, Thou Christmas star with silver gleam.
O praise Him! O praise Him! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Our heav’nly king with royal crown with grace and mercy has come down
O praise Him, Hallelujah!
Praise praise the one come to redeem, not stopped by Herod’s evil scheme
O praise Him! O praise Him! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

All wayward souls who art condemned, look to the star in Bethlehem
O praise Him, Hallelujah!
Come all ye shepherds come wise men Christ born that ye be born again
O praise Him! O praise Him! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

We here the church with joyful cheer,
welcome the king who has come near
O praise Him, Hallelujah!
Bring gifts of incense gifts of gold, see all God’s promises unfold.
O praise Him! O praise Him! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

 

PRAYERS
During the prayers please join in with the words in bold if you are able
‘Jesus help us look for you…Help us worship you as King.

 

SONG

As with gladness, men of old did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped to that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before Him Whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet ever seek Thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare at that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy, pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past, bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide, where no clouds Thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright, need they no created light;
Thou its light, its joy, its crown, thou its sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing alleluias to our King!

 

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Saturday 25th December 2021


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WELCOME by Richard Hopkins

 

CAROL

O come all you faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come now, oh come now, to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the king of angels:

O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

God from God, Light from light,
He who abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God, begotten not created:

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation!
sing, all you citizens of heaven above,
‘Glory to God in the highest!’

Yes Lord, we greet you, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to you be glory given!
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing.

 

LOTS TO CELEBRATE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING

 

CAROL

O little town of Bethlehem how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;
yet in your dark streets shining is everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight.

O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth!
and praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silent the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him – still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell –
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel

 

PRAYERS    

 

BIBLE READING Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

 

CAROL

Silent Night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round the virgin and her child:
holy infant, so gentle and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace;
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight;
glory streams from heaven afar:
heavenly hosts sing ‘Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.’

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light:
radiant beams your holy face
with the dawn of saving grace.
Jesus, Lord, at your birth,
Jesus, Lord at your birth.

 

BIBLE TALK                                           from Rich Adam

 

CAROL

Joy to the world the Lord has come:
let earth receive her king!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth – the Saviour reigns!
Your sweetest songs employ,
while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
the wonders of his love, the wonders of his love,
the wonders, wonders of his love.

 

CAROL

Hark! The herald angels sing ‘Glory to the new-born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’
Joyful, all you nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’

Hark! The herald-angels sing, ‘Glory to the new-born King.’

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come, offspring of a Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see. Hail, the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace.
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness;
light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild, he lays his glory by. Born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.