Circuit Worship: Sunday 18th October

The service this week is integrated into a single video. This is the easiest way to view the service without interruption:

If you would like to join this service of worship using just the videos playing one after another, you can visit our playlist on Youtube by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2KHyGgDaLsnN7YMKE4W07tidQWxV8b1

Welcome and call to worship

Song:

Praise the Lord to the sound of trumpet

Reading

Matthew 22, 15-22

Comment

Reading

1 Thessalonians 1, 1-10

Prayer for Black History Month

Address: The Thessalonians

Prayers of intercession and the Lord’s prayer

Intercessions

We now offer our prayers of intercession. To the bidding:

 ‘Your kingdom come’,

please feel free to join in the response:

 ‘Your will be done’.

Let us pray to the Lord

We pray for the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples. We pray for those caught up in terrible situations in the Middle East – in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. We pray for peacemakers everywhere.

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

We pray for all those who have been hard hit by COVID-19. For those in hospital, for those coping at home, for those suffering long-term effects, for those bereaved, for those whose mental health is undermined, for those locked into loneliness, and for those whose lifestyle, employment or finances are at risk.

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

We pray for our own society – especially as we face continuing uncertainties and political turmoil as Brexit looms. We pray for our politicians and those seeking a better society. We pray for our own parliament and its members, that politics may be conducted with grace, and power wielded with humility.

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

We pray for those near to us – let us call their names to mind…

For the ill, the infirm, the sad and the lonely. For those trapped by circumstances. For all those caught in the darkness of depression.

For those reliving the past, beset by guilt or abuse or grief or old resentments.

May we as your church find ways of sharing the gospel of hope which says that there can always be new beginnings – that no one and nothing lies beyond the reach of your transforming grace.

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

Help us, O God, to re-order our priorities and focus on your Kingdom. Help us to be cheerful and rejoice in all the wonder and beauty of the natural world and all the richness of family and friendship.

May our church communities and our homes be centred on the values of your kingdom so that they become characterised by generosity and joy.

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

Amen

Song:

Longing for light. StF 706

Prayers and Blessing

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

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

Organ Voluntary

Fugue in E flat, BWV 552 (J.S. Bach)

Roger Sayer plays the organ of the Temple Church, London

https://youtu.be/b1dPHhTKA1c

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