Circuit Worship 6th June 2021

Mike Trinder

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=PLc2KHyGgDaLubDJH5uDfbzr5cGZg-PcoG

Welcome and Call to Worship:

I would like to welcome everyone to worship.  My name is Mike Trinder, and I’m one of the Oxford Methodist Circuit’s Local Preachers.

The Lectionary Readings today are for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

We start with the Call to Worship.

Loving, Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wonderful world in which we live.  We thank you for your word that we will be thinking about today. We would ask you to open our eyes and ears to your message of love that we hear today.

Amen

We continue our worship with the first song:

Hymn: Love divine all love excelling

Opening Prayers:

Creator God

We praise you for the intensity of your love. The Love that brought the universe to life, the love that designed and ordered our world.  The love that breathed life into humankind.

Creator God, we thank for the immensity of your Love.

Saving God,

We praise you for the endurance of your love, the love that came to share our  Human Life. The love that died for us upon the cross, and brough us the Holy Spirit. The Love that triumphed over hatred and death

Saving God, we thank you for the endurance of your love.

Strengthening God, we praise you for the power of your love, the love that brought your church to life, the love that transforms hearts and minds, the love that dares and cares and unites.

Strengthening God, we praise you for the power of your love.In the name of Christ, Amen.

We join together in the Prayer that Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be your name;

Your Kingdom Come,

Your 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 yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen

Reading 1:  Mark 3: 20-36

Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebub,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.

 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

Reading 2: 2 Corinthians 4: 13-5: 1

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

We thank God for the reading of His Word.

Address

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Song: Lord of all hopefulness

Prayers of Intercession and Blessing

Loving God, your Kingdom is a Kingdom of justice and mercy. We pray for the Leaders of the Nations, particularly at this time of Pandemic, and war in the middle east and food shortages throughout parts of our world. We pray that the rights and needs of all people will be met, by promoting peace and harmony.

Your Kingdom Come, your will be done.

Loving God, your Kingdom is a Kingdom of hope and joy. We pray for all those in sorrow or need. We remember the homeless, the bereaved, the anxious and the ill. We pray for those we know who are in need at this time.

Your Kingdom Come, your will be done.

Loving God, your Kingdom is a kingdom of light and life. We pray for ourselves, that you will guide us safely on our journey through life so that we will might become to be with you in your eternal kingdom.

Your Kingdom Come, your will be done.

Amen.

Organ Voluntary

Organ voluntary: Tuba Tune (Norman Cocker)

Daniel Cook plays the organ of Westminster Abbey

https://youtu.be/lMzDXp8U1Qs

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