Circuit Worship: 5th September, 2021

Led by Paul Carter

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 this link, or simply pressing play on the first video below.

Welcome and call to worship

Welcome in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m Paul Carter and I’m one of the ministers here in the Oxford Methodist Circuit. Whether you are joining us from one of the churches in our circuit, or from a church somewhere else, or from no church at all, you are welcome, to worship God.

Song: 

CSB 96 Living God, your word has called us

Prayers

With the breath of the Spirit, let us enter the holy place which is prayer.

God, give us eyes to see your presence,
ears to hear your word.

We come and lay all that is on our hearts at your feet,
knowing that, where we have missed the mark, you offer forgiveness,
knowing that, where we do not feel worthy, you offer acceptance and grace and love.

You are the water in the wilderness, the sea without a shore.

You sustain life; you quench our thirst.

We praise you for your Son, Jesus.
The water that he gives will become in us a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.

You are the sea without a shore, the water in our wilderness.

Amen.

Song: 

StF 53 How shall I sing that majesty

Readings

Isaiah 35: 4–7a

Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
   ‘Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
   He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
   He will come and save you.’

 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
   and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
   and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
   and streams in the desert; 
the burning sand shall become a pool,
   and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,*
   the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 

Mark 7: 24–37

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre.* He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir,* even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

Sermon

Song: 

StF 706 Longing for light — Christ be our light

Prayers 

With the breath of the Spirit
and in the name of Christ
we pray.

Gracious God,
whose Spirit helps us in our weakness
and guides us in our prayers,
we pray for the Church and for the world
in the name of Jesus Christ.

Renew the life and faith of the Church;
strengthen our witness;
and make us one in Christ.
Guide us at the beginning of this Methodist new year,
with new teams and new ways of doing things.
Grant that we and all who confess that Christ is Lord
may be faithful in your service
and filled with the Spirit,
that the world may be turned to you.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Guide the nations
in the ways of justice, liberty and peace;
and help them to seek
the unity and welfare of all people.
Give to all in authority
wisdom to know and strength to do what is right.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort those in sorrow;
heal the sick in body or in mind
and deliver the oppressed.
Grant us compassion for all who suffer,
and help us so to carry one another’s burdens
that we may fulfil the law of Christ.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Receive our thanks and praise
for all who have served you faithfully here on earth,
and especially those who have revealed to us
your grace in Christ.

May we and all your people
share the life and joy of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Blessing

And now may the blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit
be with you and those you love,
today and always.

Amen.

Organ Voluntary

Trumpet Tune (Philip Tordoff) https://youtu.be/XWy4Soyn24c

Alexander Binns plays the organ of Derby Cathedral

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