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Sunday Service 29/05/2022

Opening Prayer

Father God, you give us so much, and yet we long for more.
Help us to open ourselves to you today, and draw us closer to you.
Help us to be open to one another, and draw us closer together.

Amen.

Bible Reading - Psalm 97

Psalm 97

Song - I can only Imagine

Funky Followers talk - Sarah - How is Jesus the beginning and the end?

Funky Followers Song - Rend Collective - Plans

Bible Reading - John 17:13-26

John 17:13-26

Song - When the Man Comes Around

Prayers of intercession:

Loving God, we so long for the world to be at peace – but war rages on. So, we pray today for those who live in war zones, especially in Ukraine where the battles are intensifying and the casualties are rising, but also for those places that have slipped out of the news but where fighting continues. We pray for all who have been displaced from their homes as a consequence of war and oppression.
Lord Jesus, come into our world afresh
and turn longing and fear into belonging and peace.

Amen.

Compassionate God, we long for our children and schools to be safe and our hearts are breaking at the tragedy in Texas. We pray for those who have been killed and injured, for children and teachers traumatised by the shooting, for grieving families, for the emergency services and for those entrusted with the making of gun laws.
Lord Jesus, come into our world afresh
and turn longing and loss into belonging and comfort.

Amen.

Generous God, we so long for every child to be fed and for every community to thrive – but hunger and poverty blight the lives of so many. We pray for those turning to violence and crime to get what they need, for those protesting and campaigning and for the places where there is civil unrest due to the cost of living. We pray for a fair sharing of the earth’s resources, and for ethical farming practices and trade deals.
Lord Jesus, come into our world afresh
and turn longing and scarcity into belonging and plenty.

Amen.

Wise God, we pray for politicians and those in power, for our own government, for the newly elected government in Australia. We pray for those engaged in diplomacy across the family of nations, and for all those who abuse power. We pray for transparency and accountability for all those who hold public office.
Lord Jesus, come into our world afresh
and turn longing and power into belonging and servanthood.

Amen.

Living God, we pray for your church around the world and in this place. We long to see your kingdom come, and we ask that you will use us to be your hands and feet and voice, wherever there is need or isolation or grief. We pray you will help us to be good stewards of your creation, good listeners where people are struggling, and good companions where people are searching for you.
Lord Jesus, come into our world afresh
and turn longing and loneliness into belonging and fellowship.

Amen. Come Lord Jesus. Come soon.

Song - Are you washed in the blood?

Bible Reading - Revelation 22:7-22

Revelation 22:7-22

Sermon – (Coming Soon) Tim Skinner

Song - We want to see Jesus lifted high

Closing prayer

Lord, we have come together, and now you send us out with your blessing. As we go out,
come, Lord Jesus!
As we go home,
come, Lord Jesus!
As we go to work, school or college,
come, Lord Jesus!
Wherever we are,
be with us, Lord Jesus!

Amen.

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Sunday Service 22/05/2022

Bible Reading - Psalm 46

Psalm 46

Song - Blessing and honour

Bible Reading - Revelation 5.12-13

Revelation 5.12-13

Worthy O worthy are you Lord

Prayer

God of light and life,
you see all our problems and our pains:
help us to open our hearts and minds to you,
to receive your healing and forgiveness,
and to learn how we can bring hope and healing to others.

Amen

Funky Followers talk - Rosie

Funky Followers Song - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Bible Reading - John 5.1-9

John 5.1-9

Song - Great is the darkness

Song - Light of world you stepped down into darkness

Bible Reading - Revelation 21.10, 21.22-22.5

Revelation 21.10, 21.22-22.5

Sermon - Tom

Prayers of intercession

Lord, you give us life.
But there are times we don’t live life the way you wish us to.
When pain has us in its grip, we may give in to the gloom of pessimism.
Forgive us when we see only the gloomy downside of situations.
Forgive us when circumstances take over and moaning is easier than fighting.
Dark times sap our strength and courage and blind us to your light.
Renew our strength to fight our way into your healing light.
Forgive us and rekindle the light of hope in these times, Lord, that all shall be well.

Amen

Through the blood of the Lamb, we are forgiven and cleansed.
Let us praise God for his Son, the Lamb,
who through the cross paid the price for our sins.
Thanks be to the Lamb of God.

Amen

Over the huge boundaries between rich and poor:
we pray equality.
Over the powerful boundaries between justice and oppression:
we pray truth.
Over the cultural boundaries between church and community:
we pray connections.
Over the bitter boundaries between families:
we pray reconciliation.
Over all the boundaries that divide:
we pray trust and openness and new beginnings.
In Jesus’ name.

Amen

Song - Praise my soul the king of heaven

Glorious God, you shine your light
into the dark places of our lives and of our world.
Gentle God, you touch us with your healing love and make us whole.
We ask you to be with us and shine through us this week,
and use us to bring hope and healing to others.

Amen

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Sunday Service 15/05/2022

Call to worship

All around us new life is emerging,
though we may not see it yet.
All around us, God makes things new.
Let us open our eyes and see –
see the new things God is doing,
see God at work in and among us!

Song - Praise him you heavens

Song - The Goodness of God

A gathering prayer

God of our past, present and future,
help us to see you at work in your creation –
as flowers lift their heads to the sun,
or trees shake their leaves.
Help us to see you at work in our daily lives,
in our routines and choices,
in our growing and our changing.
Help us to see you at work in all things.
In Jesus’ name.

Amen

Funky Followers talk - Angela

Funky Followers Song -

Bible Reading -A cts 11.1-18

Acts 11.1-18

Prayers of intercession

God of the past, the present and the future, 'What next?' is such a big question – but we trust you for all that is it to come as we pray for countries in turmoil.

Those where entire cities have been destroyed and infrastructures paralyzed: in Syria, in Ukraine, in Yemen and in many more places.

May the old order of war pass away
and a new order of peace flourish:
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

We pray for countries and communities where crops have been decimated and livestock have perished.

May the old order of famine pass away
and a new order of abundance flourish:
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

'What next?' is such a big question for young people too.

We pray for those around the world thinking about careers, about next steps; for all – especially girls and young women in Afghanistan and elsewhere – who are denied an education; for those who struggle to see a future for themselves at all.

May the old orders of pressure and prejudice pass away
and a new order of confidence and opportunity flourish:
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

'What next?' is such a big question for those who feel at the end of their strength.

We pray for those caring for children with complex needs; for those caring for family with dementia or chronic illness; for those suffering from depression; for those worn out by grief.

May the old order of struggle pass away
and the new order of support flourish:
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

'What next?' is such a big question for our churches and for ourselves.

We pray for wisdom for those who guide and lead; for resilience for congregations amid indifference; and for ourselves as we navigate the challenges of living faithfully today, tomorrow and the next day.
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Song - A new commandment I give unto you

Bible Reading - Revelation 21.1-6

Revelation 21.1-6

Sermon - Rev Paul Lawlor

Song - O Perfect Love O Perfect Sacrifice

Communion

Song - The Lion and the Lamb

Benediction

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Sunday Service 08/05/2022

Call to worship

God, our shepherd,
you gather us into your kingdom,
and into your loving arms.
You seek us out when we are lost.
You rescue us when we are in trouble.
You welcome us when we return home.
Make us – your church, your people –
into a sanctuary for all who are fearful,
a place of healing for those who are broken,
and a welcoming home for all who seek it.

Amen

Bible Reading - Psalm 23

Psalm 23

Song - The Lord's my Shepherd Stuart Townend

Funky Followers talk - Jo Roland

Funky Followers Song -

RYFC update Joe Bevan

Bible Reading - Revelation 7 :9-17

Revelation 7 :9-17

A prayer of approach

Let us come before the God of our salvation,
offering him all praise and glory.
Let us join the angels standing around the throne,
as we offer ourselves in worship to God, saying:
Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks
and honour and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

Amen

Song - Before the throne

Song - Salvation belongs to our God

Sermon by Joe Bevan/strong>

Prayers of intercession From Roots on the Web

In this week of local elections,
we pray for the results
and for godly men and women who serve their communities.
May truth be tended and integrity fed
and the way of Christ be followed.

We pray for the people of France for their re-elected president
and the forthcoming National Assembly elections,
and indeed for all those across the world who are elected to power.
May truth be tended and integrity fed
and the way of Christ be followed.

We pray for those entrusted with the administration of justice
and implementation of policies that affect the lives of millions.
We pray for those whose abuse of power leads to the oppression
and even deaths of those who speak out.
May truth be tended and integrity fed
and the way of Christ be followed.

Amen

We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine.
For those hiding in basements,
for those living in trenches,
for those traumatised by all they have seen, heard and endured.
May they encounter your risen presence in the ruins of their lives
and in the rubble of their cities.

Amen

We pray for people who feel forgotten as the attention of the world’s media moves elsewhere:
in Afghanistan, in Syria, in Yemen, and all places of war and hunger.
May they encounter your risen presence in the ruins of their lives
and in the rubble of their cities.

Amen

Song - In Christ alone

A sending out prayer

God of all our coming in and our going out,
of our past, present and our future,
of all the ups and downs of life,
give us bright hope that all shall be well.
Help us to trust in your promises,
to find springs of the water of life,
and to share that with others,
that tears may be wiped from every eye.
Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever!

Amen

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Sunday Service 01/05/2022

Call to worship

Bless us as we meet together, dear Lord we pray.
Bless the singing of your praise, the reading of your Word,
the sharing of our fellowship, the prayers that will be heard.
Bless us as we meet together, dear Lord we pray.

Amen

Song - Give Thanks to The Lord (Forever)

Song - Praise is Rising

Prayers of Intercession

World - We thank You for the world You created, the world you gave us stewardship over, and the world that we share together. Thank You for the authority You have given us, and the privilege of drawing near to You as we bring the needs of creation to our Creator. Europe - We pray that Europe would stand together, not as individual countries, not by being defined by EU, but by a genuine consensus of sharing resources, offering protection and security in these troubled times.

Our hope is that NATO leaders can keep their cool and exercise restraint, to prevent the escalation of tension, and work together, to establish peace as soon as possible, and avoid inflicting a heavier price on Europe and the world.

Russia & Ukraine - As symbols of Russian and Ukrainian friendship were destroyed this week, may we remember that forgiveness together with a common desire to move forward, forging a future based upon trust which is symbolised by our relationship with God. A relationship that was reconciled through Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. May a solution for peace be found, one that brings to a halt both the rhetoric of leaders and the ruin of citizens lives. We also pray that NATO leaders would seek Your wisdom, in bringing a lasting peace to these countries and indeed Europe and the world.

UK - We pray for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that you would strengthen him in his time of leadership, that he would call upon You for discerning the way ahead for the UK. We think of the family who were killed in Bermondsey this week. May their families know your strength and peace at this difficult time. And as people turn to more cost-effective ways of living, may the cost of living be seen through the cross of Christ. For the UK, we ask for your mercy and forgiveness where we have been slow to meet these needs, and too quick, to make judgements upon others.

Church - We hope that here in Redditch and the wider community, that relationships between churches would be strengthened, that efforts to refocus on the collective ability to work together, would have a positive effect on many people as Jesus is revealed in and through our lives and indeed the communities in our neighbourhoods. Community - We pray that church would actively become the voice of conscience in the community, standing up for those marginalised by bureaucracy and speaking up for those whose voices are lost in the silence of indifference. May Your voice be clearly heard through the witness of the local church, through our actions, and our genuine desire to see lives won for Christ.

We ask these prayers, and indeed those in our hearts, upon our lips and those we have whispered, would be heard by You, and that we would see the fruition of all these prayers come to pass by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.

Amen

All age talk

Song - King of Kings, Majesty

Song - Great is The Lord and Most Worthy of Praise

Bible Reading - Joshua 3:1-17

Joshua 3:1-17

Bible Reading - Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1

Sermon - Everything

Song - Great is Thy Faithfulness

The Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore.

Amen

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