26th September 2021

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

A call to worship

Come, for all are invited.
Come, praise and worship the one who accepts us all.
Come, for all are welcome, all are valued, all are called.

Reading - Psalm 100

Psalm 100

Song – Let all the world

Funky Followers talk – based on James 3:5-6

James 3:5-6

Song – At the name of Jesus

Reading - Luke 9:1-6

Luke 9:1-6

Prayers of intercession

Loving Father, following the meeting of the UN this week, talking about their response to climate change and vaccines for the poor, we pray that the words they say will turn into concrete actions and interventions for our world. We pray for the poorest who need the help of the richest. May those who lead and hold power see the humanity in others, feel the pain and strife of those who are desperate, and act with integrity making meaningful promises they can keep.

May we see the shape of God in all of humanity.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Gracious God, the energy crisis will be worrying many people. As the weather gets colder, some will be wondering how they will afford to heat their homes and keep warm. We want to pray for everyone who is anxious about their future. We pray for people who are struggling financially and concerned for their family. We also pray for those working hard to being relief to people in need. Give them the energy and resilience they need to keep being supportive and bearers of hope. We pray for our foodbanks, debt advisors and mental health services, help us to give generously where we can.

May we see the imprint of the Holy Spirit in everyone we encounter.

Lord, hear our prayer.

God of all, even with the crisis in Afghanistan leaving the news cycle we continue to pray for this country. We pray for those who are fearful and for people who really don’t know what the future holds. Please help those who need to leave find ways out of Afghanistan and for those who have to stay please keep them safe.

May we see the outline of your grace even in the darkest places.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, help us to learn how to live our lives in your service. Help us to live our best life for you. Help us to learn more about your values and see them in our own lives. Help us not to be stumbling blocks for others but signposts towards you. Help us to bring peace and light into others’ lives. As we go through this week help us see God at work in the people we meet. May we see the pattern of your love in all we do.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Amen

Reading - Mark 9 38-50

Mark 9 38-50

Song – We have a gospel to proclaim

Sermon - by Peter Cook

A sending out prayer

Lord God, bless us and keep us.
And may we be a blessing to others
in all we think and say and do.

Amen

Song – Go Forth and Tell

Supporting Documents

Activity Sheet

Roots At Home

Order of service

19th September 2021

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

A call to worship

At this time, in this place, let us worship God –
with open ears ready to listen
and hearts ready to receive,
minds willing to be challenged
and attitudes given to God.
Come, we worship God as one.

Song – The Servant King

A prayer of approach

Lord God, you call us to live our best lives
– for you, with you, in you.
We may sometimes pause to smell the coffee or the roses,
but we are often too busy to take time to be aware of you
– that you are with us, in us, and in those around us.
Quieten our hearts now to recognise you in this place today.
Help us to reach out to one another with love,
care and compassion,
so that we can all live our best life for you.

Amen

A prayer of thanksgiving

Thank you, Lord, that we can always find our place in you.
Thank you that we belong to you,
and no one can take that away from us.
We are secure in your loving arms.
We need never be afraid to ask you anything.
Thank you for the people who give us a cup of water,
and much more, because we belong to you.
Thank you for the times we can meet blessing with blessing.

Amen

Children’s talk – Jo Roland

Children’s song – Great big God

Reading Mark 9 v 30 - 37 & James 3 v 13-4 v 3-8

Sermon - by Tom King

A prayer of confession and an Assurance of forgiveness

Let’s take a moment to think about what jostling for position
means to you. Where do you see yourself in relation to others?

Jesus said: ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be last.’ Lord,
for the times I’ve put myself first, or argued with people,
because I think I know better than them or that I am better than them…

Lord, please forgive me,
and teach me my rightful place in you.


For the times when I don’t want to be a servant because I think
I’m capable of greater things…

Lord, please forgive me,
and teach me my rightful place in you.


When I don’t recognise Christ in those around me because I’m
too busy looking out for myself…

Lord, please forgive me,
and teach me my rightful place in you.


When I don’t understand what people mean, perhaps not
understanding their feelings of fear or inadequacy…

Lord, please forgive me,
and teach me my rightful place in you.


When I jostle for position, rather than being happy where you put me…

Lord, please forgive me,
and teach me my rightful place in you.


Assurance of forgiveness

You challenge us, Lord, when we do wrong.
You get us to focus by using questions,
even though you know the answers.
Your image is present in each one of us.
When we confess our sins,
you are always there to forgive us.
We stand now, humbly in your presence. Forgiven.
Acknowledging that you are the greatest (keep silence).

Amen

A prayer of thanksgiving

Thank you, Lord, that we can always find our place in you.
Thank you that we belong to you,
and no one can take that away from us.
We are secure in your loving arms.
We need never be afraid to ask you anything.
Thank you for the people who give us a cup of water,
and much more, because we belong to you.
Thank you for the times we can meet blessing with blessing.

Amen

Song – The Communion Song

Communion

Prayers of intercession

Lord, we pray for all who have decisions to make today,
or who face difficulties or challenges in their lives.
We pray for those who are making decisions on behalf of others,
and those whose decisions affect lives other than their own.
We pray that they may have courage to do what is right,
and the vision to see what is important,
when there are so many other distractions.
We pray that they may all have the wisdom that comes from you –
pure, peace-loving, gentle and merciful.
We pray for your Church, in all her diversity,
that she may seek you above all,
that you may grant her discernment and compassion.
We pray that we may yield good fruit in our lives,
not ‘lording’ it over others or squabbling about what we deserve
but instead considering the needs of others first.
Let us receive as we have been received,
forgive as we have been forgiven,
and love as we have been loved.
For Jesus Christ’s sake.

Amen

Song – To God be the glory

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

Supporting Documents

Activity Sheet

Roots At Home

Order of service

12th September 2021

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

A call to worship

Come to worship,
to be comforted and disturbed,
challenged from our complacency,
but also offered forgiveness
and the hope of eternal life.
Come to Jesus, prophet, priest and king.

Reading Psalm 116.1-9

Psalm 116.1-9

Song – Bless the Lord O my soul

A gathering prayer

Creative God,
you called us into your kingdom,
and adopted us as your children.
Redeeming Saviour,
you showed us how to be servants,
denying ourselves to serve others.
Sustaining Spirit,
you give us strength to take up our cross
in the service of the kingdom of God.
Teach us to serve others,
and in doing so, to serve you.

Amen

Song – I want to walk with Jesus Christ

Prayers of intercession

Loving God,
we bring to you those who have been wounded by words.
They may be words from the past,
that have burrowed into their skin,
undermining their sense of worth.
They may be words in the present,
a constant reminder of conflict or dislike,
hampering the hearts of those who receive them.
They may be words not yet said but imagined,
fears about what labels may be pressed upon them,
when it becomes hard to believe in anything different.
We pray, too, for those who have particular authority,
whose words carry more weight, who have a wide audience.
Give them extraordinary wisdom,
knowing when to speak and when not to speak,
not rushing to appraise or condemn,
but always to consider and reflect
before making statements that can alter the lives of others.
In a world full of voices,
so ready to condemn or to adulate,
so willing to speak without thinking,
have mercy, O God, and help us
to use words to heal, not to harm.
In Jesus’ name.

Amen

Reading Mark 8.27-38

Mark 8.27-38

Song – And can it be

A prayer of approach

Lord, you walked with your disciples from village to village.
And on the way you talked to them about many things.
The whole package.
Some things were not easy to hear or to understand.
We meet you here today, Lord, to hear these things too.
The whole package.
You don’t call us to sit doing nothing.
You want us to be on the move:
taking risks to change our world and save our lives.
Help us, then, to draw close to you,
to be ready to listen. Then to act.
The whole package.

Amen

Sermon - by Les Noble

Song – Will you come and follow me

A sending out prayer

Loving God,
we commit to following you this week
into corners of the community
we usually prefer to ignore.
Help us to pray and speak and act for change.

Amen

Supporting Documents

Activity Sheet

Roots At Home

Order of service

5th September 2021

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

A call to worship

From Isaiah 35 and Psalm 146
Voice 1 -Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way
Response - Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Voice 2 -Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come……He will come to save you”
Response – I will praise the Lord all my life, I will sing praise to my God as long as I live
Voice 1 – Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped
Voice 2 – Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy
Response - Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Voice 1 – And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness
Voice 2 – Only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return
Response – I will praise the Lord all my life, I will sing praise to my God as long as I live
Voice 1 – They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads
Response - Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Voice 2 – Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away
Response – I will praise the Lord all my life, I will sing praise to my God as long as I live
And all the people said,

Amen

A gathering prayer

Welcoming God, you invite us
to worship you and to be together.
Sustain us with your presence,
nourish us with your word,
strengthen us in your service
and send us out to live
every day of our lives, in your name.

Amen

Song – Across the lands

Prayers of thanksgiving and confession

A prayer of confession and an Assurance of forgiveness

Forgive us, Lord, for all the times
we are too quick to form opinions,
too quick to judge others;
the times we don’t give people the benefit of the doubt;
or fail to consider what they might be going through.
Open our eyes to see and our ears to listen, as you do.

Amen

Assurance of forgiveness

The Gentile woman and the deaf man
opened their minds and hearts to Jesus.
When we open our minds,
God helps us to understand his ways.

We bless you, Lord.

When we open our hearts, God sees deep within.
He loves us and wants us to turn to him,
even when we’ve done wrong.

We bless you, Lord.

God comes to us now and listens to us,
loves us, and forgives us.
He makes us whole.

We bless you, Lord.

Amen

A prayer of thanksgiving

Lord God of healing,
we thank you for the different ways you answer our prayers.
The Gentile woman wasn’t frightened to answer you back –
and you knew she was right.
We thank you for the power of words.
The deaf man had the confidence in you,
to jump up and receive your healing.
We thank you for the power of actions
that speak louder than words.
Thank you that you are available
to each one of us who truly believes.

Amen

Song – Great is the darkness

Reading Mark 7 v 24 – 37

Mark 7 v 24 – 37

Funky Followers Talk

Funky Followers Song

Song – Jesus put this song into our hearts

Sermon - by Alison Overton

Song – Restore O Lord

Prayers of response and intercession

Prayers of intercession

God whose peace knows no borders, as we watch the aftermath of the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan and see the chaos at Kabul airport and bewilderment on the faces of people left behind, we pray urgently for your peace to descend. We pray for those who are fearful, for people whose circumstances have suddenly and radically changed. Help them work out what to do and find the ways and means to do what is necessary to stay safe. We pray for those now in charge of the country. May our anxieties about the way they will rule move us to pray with passion for Afghanistan.

Lord bring peace,
and may your love be known by all.

God whose comfort knows no borders,
hurricane Ida has left a trail of destruction in Mississippi and with a rising death toll we pray for the communities that have been deeply affected by the storm. Give the emergency services resilience and patience as they work to rescue people and restore their vital services. For those families who have suffered loss, please bring them support and kindness as they come to terms with what has happened. As communities rebuild we pray they would have the resources to regroup, restore and recover from this natural disaster and be able to move forwards.

Lord bring comfort,
and may your love be known by all.

God whose compassion knows no borders,
with the new school term just getting going for some and looming for others we pray for everyone moving on this September. Whether changing year groups, schools or heading off to university for the first time help our young people as things change this autumn. We are particularly mindful of those for whom last year was very difficult – with covid, disruption to routines, difficult times with home learning and personal loss. May all of the children who have had a hard time know compassion and care and may this year be calm and ordered, filled with fun and purpose.

Lord bring compassion,
and may your love be known by all.

God whose care and concern knows no borders,
Covid still dominates all of our news cycles. It feels like there are very big differences across our world with some places heading out of restrictions and people feeling life is getting back to normal, and others still struggling with the disease and a lack of vaccinations. Please give world leaders the motivation and determination to help everyone manage covid. Help those who make complex decisions about vaccinations work out how to provide jabs for the poor as well as the rich. We pray for wisdom and calm as we approach the winter, for timely and sensible decisions and for the health and safety of our friends, family and neighbours.

Lord bring care and concern,
and may your love be known by all.

God of joy,
we thank you for the joy the Paralympics has brought to us in the last couple of weeks. Watching fellow human beings overcoming adversity and triumphing in their sports is exhilarating and heartening. Thank you for all of the athletes who have competed. As they head home may they feel they have worked to the best of their ability and know how inspirational they are.

Lord bring more joy to this world,
and may your love be known by all.

Song Go forth and tell

A sending out prayer

God of salvation,
you open the way to life by offering us unconditional love.
We rejoice in our freedom,
our healing and our hope.
Teach us to be open to others,
to offer welcome, and practise inclusion.
In Jesus’ name.

Amen

Supporting Documents

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Roots At Home

Order of service

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

Sunday 20th September 2020

Today’s theme - I don’t know what to choose

Call to worship

The Lord our God is great and to be highly praised.
We come to worship.
The Lord our God is great beyond our understanding.
We come to worship.
The Lord our God is loving and full of mercy.
We come to worship.
Amen

Reading - Psalm 145

Psalm 145

Song - All hail the power of Jesus’ name

A prayer of praise

We praise you, Lord, for all that you are,
for the creation that is yours,
for its beauty and wonder, its diversity and richness.
We praise you for your presence and comfort
that swaddle us in your purity and enrich us with your abundance.
We praise you for your steadfastness
that perseveres with us, faltering disciples and failing followers.
We praise you that, day by day, you amaze and enrich us
and reveal yourself in new and unexpected ways.
We praise you that you are the same yesterday,
today and for ever – and yet forever new.
O Lord our God, you are indeed,
from the depth of our being,
highly to be praised.
Amen

Song - All I once held dear

Funky Followers Video Clip

Funky Followers Talk

Funky Followers song

Rock Solid Talk

Rock Solid Song

Reading - Matthew 20.1-16

Matthew 20.1-16

Prayers of intercession

Eternal, ever-living, ever-present God,
in the struggles and joys of this day, we pray:
for those who are overburdened, weighed down, demoralised,
fearful or desolate because of what life has thrown at them, God, be with them.
For those engulfed in pain and anguish, facing illness and death, God, be with them.
For those troubled in mind and spirit, who find no peace or calm, God, be with them.
For those alone and lonely, without friend or comfort, God, be with them.
For those frightened and bewildered, who see no direction
or purpose in their lives, God, be with them.
Eternal, ever-living God,
bless them all in this and every hour,
in this and every step of life’s journey.
Amen

A personal prayer

In trial and tribulation, God of comfort, be near me.
In loss and devastation, God of grief, grieve with me.
In uncertainty and confusion, God of the way, show me a path.
In want and in need, God of provision, provide for me.
In times of sluggishness and laziness, God of patience, wait for me.
In comfort and in joy, God of love, let me not forget you
Amen

Song - Jesus Christ I think upon your sacrifice

Reading - Philippians 1.21-30

Philippians 1.21-30

Sermon by Adrian Argile

Song - For me to live is Christ, to die is gain

Song - May the mind of Christ my Saviour

Closing prayer

Lord, give us a way to go,
a path to follow,
a purpose to fulfil and meaning to our deeds.
Amen

Supporting Documents

Children's Sheet

Colouring Sheet

Live your faith

Order of service

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

Sunday 13th September 2020

Call to worship

Come to the God who knows us,
to the God who created our being,
to the God who knows our frailty,
to the God who loves and cherishes us beyond measure.
Come as you are and worship God.

Song - Praise my soul the King of Heaven

A gathering prayer

Our desire, our need, our yearning
draws us together to worship God.
Unexplainable, unimaginable,
unbelievable, incomprehensible love,
pulls at our heart strings,
tugs at our emotions,
turns our eyes beyond the seeing.
All-encompassing God, just as we are, we come.
Amen

Bible Readings

Old Testament Joseph and his brothers

Genesis 50:15-21

New Testament Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 18:21-35

Bible reading video

Funky Followers talk

Funky Followers song - Jesus is my superhero

Rock Solid video The story of Jake

Rock Solid Talk

Rock Solid Song - Matthew West Forgiveness

Sermon by Les Noble

Songs of response

The power of your love

Make me a channel of your peace

A prayer of confession

Forgiving God,
more willing to forgive than often we are to confess,
help us to see our failings,
to see where we fall short,
to see where we deceive ourselves,
where we close our eyes and ears
to the ripples of our wrongdoing.
May we breathe in the reality of our actions,
the need to change, the depth of our unworthiness.
We come before you, seeking forgiveness. (keep silence)
Now let us breathe in the power of your forgiveness,
and breathe out the need to live and love
in the shadow of your forgiveness of us,
that we may forgive as you have forgiven us.
Amen

Songs

I’m accepted, I’m forgiven

His mercy is more

A prayer of adoration and thanksgiving

God of love and grace beyond our telling,
we bring our thankful hearts to you,
acknowledging that without you we are nothing
and with you we can be so much more…
thankful that you care for us, and love us beyond measure;
that you have endless patience with us;
that you teach us time and time again
what it is to be committed to you and your way…
thankful that you reveal yourself to us in myriad ways,
to inspire us and evoke within us a heartfelt response…
thankful that while all this is for everyone who will come to you and accept you,
it is for me – for me! – and may I know it deep within.
With overflowing hearts, hear our prayer.
Amen

Prayers of Intercession

Jesus’ parables inspire us to pray for those who forgive us,
for big things and small…
for those who do not forgive, no matter what…
for those who do not know how to forgive…
for those who do not want to forgive…
for those who have not been forgiven.
God of forgiveness, for them all, we pray.
Amen

Closing worship: Boldly I approach Rend Collective

A sending out prayer

Into a world of noise and confusion;
into a world that bewilders and even bemuses us at times;
into a world of delight and regret;
into a world of hope and fear;
into a world that is ever changing,
we go with the message of an unchanging God
who gave his all that we might live life to the best of our ability.
God of all, go with us and within us,
this and every day.
Amen

Supporting Documents

Children's Sheet

Colouring Sheet

Live your faith

Order of service

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

Sunday 6th September 2020

Call to worship

Do you have a desire, a deep desire
to worship and to know the Lord God,
and to understand the values of the kingdom?
Come, then, and worship – for Jesus says,
where two or three are gathered in my name,
I am there among them.
Amen

Song - Come, now is the time to worship

A gathering prayer

Together we come to worship,
individuals gathered as one
in the name of the Lord.
Amen

Bible Reading - Matthew

Reading - Matthew

Funky Followers talk

Funky Followers song

Rock Solid Talk

Bible Reading Ezekiel

Reading Ezekiel

A prayer of confession

In the higgledy-piggledy ways of life, Lord,
with challenges and changes pulling us this way and that,
we sometimes find it hard, in the heat of the moment,
to know what is right and what is wrong.
Forgive us for our failings and wrongdoings.
Forgive our insensitivities to the ways of others.
Forgive anything that cuts us off from each other or from you.
Amen

Song - He is exalted

Song - Be thou my vision

Sermon by Revd Kelly Wellman

Song - Wonderful, merciful Saviour

Prayers of Intercession

Eternal, ever-living God,
we pray for those who this day need our prayers:
those we see around us…
those we have left at home…
family and friends near and far…
strangers and communities we will never meet or know,
but whose peril we hear of and see on our screens…
those whose life is ebbing away
consumed by old age, frailty, illness or neglect…
those who grieve deeply for lives and loves lost…
those who cause grief and chaos in society
and who live seemingly with different values from ours,
for them and their victims and their families…
those who are forgotten, unnoticed, unloved, unmissed…
Lord God, in your abundance of mercy,
hear these and all our prayers.
Amen

A sending out prayer

Being Christian, O God, is not just about ‘me and you’,
not just about our conversations and our love.
Help us to see those we meet beyond these doors
in the way that you see them.
Help us to offer support from what we know of you.
Send us out from here to be a shining light for you,
a guiding light for those in confusion, aloneness and darkness.
Amen

Supporting Documents

Children's Sheet

Colouring Sheet

Live your faith

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