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Sunday Service 19/06/2022

Call to worship

Children of God, give praise to our God who loves you.
All who are broken and bruised,
glorify our God who will grant you peace.
All who are healed and restored,
stand in awe of our God who has and will transform your life.
Come now and worship.

Gather

Song - God of life, we come in worship

A prayer of adoration

Almighty, powerful God,
who is full of compassion,
who rescues us from danger,
who strengthens the weak,
who feeds the poor:
we bow down and honour your name.
Almighty, powerful God,
who brings hope and healing,
who hears our cry,
whose heart feels our pain,
who heals us inside and out:
we bow down and honour your name.

Amen.

Father’s Day (with powerpoint)

Songs

Father God (I am a child of God)

Song - All my days, I will sing this song of gladness

Bible Reading - John 11 17 - 27

John 11 17 - 27

Sermon –

Communion, to include (with powerpoint)

Song - Broken for me, broken for you

Prayers

Prayers of intercession

God of comfort,

in the week that marks five years since the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, we pray for those who are still grieving. As the nation is reminded of the disaster and remembers the night the tower burnt down we are aware that those caught up in the fire live with the memory every day. Help the survivors to find ways to work through their trauma, find justice and experience a measure of your deep and healing peace.

God of comfort,
hear our prayer.

God of compassion,

thank you for the sunshine this week. Thank you for the joy sunny days bring to lots of people. But as the sun shines and we enjoy the heat we are reminded of the many places in the world struggling to cope with the impact of climate change and rising temperatures. We think in particular of the brutal heat wave currently happening in India and the impact this is having on lives and livelihoods. As officials meet this week in Germany to talk about and prepare for the next UN climate conference, help the rich and powerful nations to see the damage wrought in the poorer countries of the world facing the most severe consequences of climate change. May those with power and influence listen seriously to their concerns and act swiftly.

God of compassion,
hear our prayer.

God of justice,

we read this week that the UN’s emergency food budgets are going to be drastically cut. The impact on places like South Sudan will be extremely serious. As difficult decisions are made around aid we pray for a spirit of justice; that everyone in need is seen and attended to. Even in our own country, we are aware that reliance on foodbanks is growing even as donations are reducing due to the complexities of the cost-of-living crisis faced by so many. Thank you for the work churches across our land are doing to relieve hunger. Help us, as your people, to be agents of justice for those at the margins of our society.

God of justice,
hear our prayer.

God of wholeness,

today’s Gospel reading is an amazing vision of a healed mind. With mental health issues on the rise following the pandemic we pray for those suffering. We think of people we know personally who are struggling with their mental health. In the next minute or so pray for any friends or family members you are concerned about. (Pause for minute for silent prayer.) We pray for healing and wholeness, for the right interventions and for the professionals working with people with mental illness.

God of wholeness,
hear our prayer.

God of transformation,

thank you that the healing of the man in the Gospel reading also brought about his complete transformation. Thank you that he leaves his encounter with Jesus ‘proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.’ As we encounter Jesus may we experience transformation. Help us to be open to your love, comfort, compassion and justice, and find wholeness in you.

God of transformation,
hear our prayer.

Amen.

Song - In Christ Alone

Blessing

A sending out prayer

Come with us, Lord, in our brokenness and bring healing.
Come with us, Lord, into our divided world and unite us.
Come with us, Lord, and cast from us that which is not of you,
that we may live as your children in your world,
today and always.

Amen.

Supporting Documents

Order Of Service

We welcome you all today as we gather together for online worship.

Sunday Service 12/06/2022

Call to worship

God calls us in this moment.
Jesus welcomes us to this moment.
The Spirit unites us in this moment.
Come and worship!

Bible Reading - Psalm 8

Psalm 8

Song - There is a Redeemer

Prayer

Father God, you are full of joy and love.
You delight in the world you created.
What love you have for us, all created in your image.
We love you and adore you.
What delight you have in the Son,
who is all that you are and who you sent in love
in order that we may be in relationship with you.
We adore you and glorify your name.
What joy and pleasure you had in sending your Holy Spirit
to guide us in all truth and make you known to us.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we give you all glory.

Amen.

Funky Followers talk - Jo

Funky Followers Song -

Funky Followers Song - Holy Spirit Fills Me Up

Song - Speak O Lord, as we come to you

Prayers of intercession

Loving Father, once again we pray for Ukraine.

The war is over 100 days old and it’s very hard to hear the relentless stories of broken lives and devastation. President Zelensky has talked this week about losing up to 100 troops a day. And so, we pray once again for everyone impacted by this war:

For those who have lost loved ones, for those who have lost their homes and for those who have been displaced. Please bring comfort, hope and peace.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
be with all of us today.

Loving Father, we pray that we would be people who welcome others.

We are all welcome in your kingdom. Thank you that you see us and know us and that your welcome is deep and personal. We pray particularly for all of the Ukrainian people who are being welcomed by families in the UK. May the people arriving find places of safety where they can rebuild their lives. Help these new households to grow together and learn from one another.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
be with all of us today.

Loving Father, we pray for our nation.

It’s been a turbulent week in Westminster. The political situation in our land is often divisive and can seem filled with strife and difficulties. We are aware that the impact of this week’s vote will play out over the next few months and so we pray for those who are in public service. As parliamentarians of all colours reflect on the past week may they have a renewed sense of purpose, duty and see once again the ways they can impact their communities for the good. As a church, help us to model a community where different people, with very different backgrounds and politics can come together and show love and appreciation for each other.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
be with all of us today.

Loving Father, we pray for our young people.

GCSE, A-level and university finals are in full swing at the moment and many young people will be feeling anxious as they approach long-awaited exams. We pray for their mental health, help them as they revise and prepare. Bring a sense of calm and perspective to all of our young people. We also pray for all of those supporting exam takers in this season. Help parents, carers and teachers as they look after the students who are finding it particularly hard. Please bring peace to troubled minds.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
be with all of us today.

Loving Father, thank you for the mystery of the Trinity.

On this Trinity Sunday we are reminded once again of the deep mystery of our faith. But we are also reminded of the simplicity of the invitation to join in the expression of love and unity represented by the Holy Trinity. As we reflect on today’s readings, renew all of us with your love, bind all of us together with your peace and help us to express to the world the joy and hope we find in your story.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
be with all of us today.

Amen.

Bible Reading - John 16.5-16

John 16.5-16

Song - Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

Sermon – Les Noble

Song - See what a morning

A prayer for all ages together

Thank you, God, that you have been with us
all the way through our lives.
Thank you for your promises for the future.
Thank you that you are with us now.
We rejoice in your presence.

Amen.

A sending out prayer

Be in our homes that we may know your peace.
Be in our hearts that we know your love.
Be in our lives that we may take the challenges you present, day by day.

Amen.

Supporting Documents

Order Of Service

Activity sheet

Roots at home

We welcome you all today as we gather together for online worship.

Sunday Service 05/06/2022

A gathering prayer

Generous God, as we gather in this place,
give us open hearts and minds to receive all you have for us.
Renew us with your life and warm us with your love,
fill us with the power and presence of your Spirit.

Amen.

Song - Praise, my soul the King of heaven

Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

Funky Followers talk - Angela

Funky Followers Video Story - The Holy Spirit

Funky Followers Song - Holy Spirit Fills Me Up

Song - Great is the darkness

Bible Reading - John 14:8-17, 25-27

John 14:8-17, 25-27

Sermon – Simon

Prayers of intercession:

God of love, we thank you for the Queen’s Jubilee.

As we reflect on the Platinum Jubilee celebrations across this country today and during the past week, we pray for the Queen. Thank you for her 70 years on the throne and for all she means to so many people across this nation and worldwide. Thank you for her love for you and her willingness to share her faith. As the celebrations come to their end, draw close to her. May she know the ongoing power of your Holy Spirit.

God of love, be with our Queen on this Jubilee weekend.

Holy Spirit, hear us.

God of love, we thank you for the half term holiday.

As children head back to school and many of us return to work after the extra bank holidays, we thank you for the time off. Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and to enjoy the change to usual routines. We pray for those who have used the half term holiday to continue revising for GCSEs and A Levels; be with them in their final exam weeks, help them to keep going, to remember what they’ve learnt, and to feel calm and confident.
God of love, be with us all as the holiday weekend comes to an end.

Holy Spirit, hear us.

God of love, we thank you for this Pentecost Sunday.

As we recall the events of that first Pentecost, may we be people who know the power of the Spirit in the everyday. As we remember the disciples in the upper room, may we be people who come together to pray and seek your will in this world. As we recall the Spirit falling in tongues of fire, giving the disciples new words and new languages, may we be people who communicate well with others, able to explain your love and compassion for them and those they love. As we read Peter’s sermon and hear again how he unpacks your Word, help us to read the Scriptures and learn more of its truth.

God of love, be with us this Pentecost Sunday.

Holy Spirit, hear us.

God of love, we thank you for the church.

Pentecost is a time to celebrate the birth of the church, and so today we pray for our own church community. We pray for our leaders and for all who are part of our church family.

Think for a few moments about anyone in our church family who needs our prayers today and in a moment of quiet pray for them...

We think also about the worldwide church, particularly where the church is struggling with persecution. Renew your people in their faith and refresh them with the power of your Spirit.

Think for a few moments about the world-wide church and anywhere that needs our prayers today and in a moment of quiet pray for that part of the world…

God of love, bless your church across the world.

Holy Spirit, hear us.

God of love, we thank you for our world.

There is so much going on in our world at the moment. We think in particular of the conflict in Ukraine, and once again ask for peace to come quickly. We also pray for the climate crisis, for those with power to effect change that they seize the moment and do what they have promised to do. Help all of us to seek and embrace solutions, even when it means we have to change what we do.

But on this Pentecost Sunday, we are also thankful for the world we live in as it is. At the start of June, and with the summer months ahead, we pray that your Spirit will bring hope; and that we, as your church and your people, would be bearers of the hope we have in you.

God of love, bring your Pentecost hope to our world.

Holy Spirit, hear us.

Song - Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

A sending out prayer

(with open hands)

Fill me, Lord; fulfil your purposes for me;

(with open arms)

fill us; fulfil your purposes for us;

(moving arms to create a circle horizontally)

fill all things; fulfil your purposes for all things –

(moving hands over the surface a large imaginary globe)

in all places, for all time.

Amen.

Supporting Documents

Order Of Service

Activity sheet

Roots at home