Circuit Worship: Sunday, 5th July

Rachel Blainey

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

YouTube playlist for 5th July worship

Gathering Song

Lord, I come to you

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer (for a recording, see below)

The Psalmist says:

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.

And so we join with the faithful all over the world and throughout history as we worship God today. 

Let us pray:

Loving God,

In our different places and at different times, we come together to worship you. We remember that you are not a God who is confined by buildings and times but who is always ready and waiting to meet us wherever we are. Whether we are excited to worship you once again or feel weary of another online job to do, you are there, waiting to be with us, glad to spend time with each one of your children. We thank you that you welcome us into your house, regardless of how we feel, or what we have done in the week. We rejoice that there is nothing that we can do that can separate us from your steadfast love, even whilst we are separated from each other. 

We worship you the more because even through the most challenging of times, there is always some wonderful part of your creation for us to see. The beauty of a sunset, the sound of a friend calling our phone, a tv programme to make us laugh, you created each and every one and you sustain us and them through every passing day.

You do this, even though we have done nothing to do deserve it, and often act against your will. Like unruly children, we deny your blessings, ignore your children in need and seek only to fulfil our own needs. We are thoughtless and careless, quick to anger and slow to forgive. But it is your nature always to be forgiving, whenever we come to you with penitent hearts and open hands, you forgive us and help us to start afresh to put your world to rights. For this and so much more we give you thanks today. Amen.

Hymn

CSB 107: May our worship be acceptable

Reading

Matthew 11: 16–19, 25–30

Hymn

When the tears fall

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

Prayers of Intercession and Lord’s Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Loving Lord we bring to you our prayers for your world

We pray for the Church throughout the world. We ask that you help us all to remember that the we are the church, not the building. Help us all to find new ways to serve and worship you. Be with our leaders, whether lay or ordained, especially our new President and Vice President, may they know your wisdom as they try to guide the church in uncharted waters.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for your people throughout the world. For those who are struggling with the fight against coronavirus and those who have other concerns. We remember that your world is beautiful and diverse and that you love all your children. Help us to support those of your family who are far from us but still in great need.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for our local community, our neighbours and friends. We ask that the new connections and friendships forged in this time will be lasting, and that we may be good neighbours to all those around us. We pray for our colleagues, friends and family. Those that we see only via the internet and never in real life. We ask that they will know your love and your comfort in this time.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for those who are sick, in body or in mind. We ask that you be with those who are afraid to seek hospital treatment and those who feel they have only bad choices. Be with those who are grieving. May they know your comfort and steadfast love. 

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

In a moment of silence, we bring our own prayers to God.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn

Great is thy faithfulness

Blessing (for a recording, see below)

May we know the steadfast strength of God, the gentle love of Jesus Christ and the peace of the Holy Spirit. May we dare to cast our burdens on to Jesus and to do our best to live as disciples, today and every day.

Amen 

Organ Voluntary

Introduction, from ‘Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue’, by Healey Willan
Rachel Mahon plays the organ of Coventry Cathedral

Lectionary: Sunday, 5th July

Lectionary readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Zechariah 9: 9–12 (option for a week by week continuous lectionary: Genesis 24: 34–38, 42–49, 58–67)

Psalm 145: 8–14 (option for a week by week continuous lectionary: Psalm 45: 10–17 or Song of Solomon 2: 8–13)

Romans 7: 15–25a

Matthew 11: 16–19, 25–30

Circuit Worship: Sunday, 28th June

Martin Wellings

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

YouTube playlist for 28th June worship

Gathering Song

Cornerstone — this song was used as part of the Reception into Full Connexion at Conference yesterday.

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Jesus said: ‘Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? If God clothes the grass of the field … will he not much more clothe you?’

Let us worship God.

Please join with me in the prayer of approach:

God of life and love,
in so many ways you are our provider.
In creating and sustaining life;
in the love we share;
In the Good News of Jesus;
in the community and connection enabled by the Holy Spirit.
Receive our praise;
forgive our sins;
assure us of your constant love;
and help us to worship you:
in our hearts, in our words, and in our lives,
for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Hymn

StF 53: How shall I sing that majesty

Reading

Genesis 22: 1–14

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

Prayers of Intercession and Lord’s Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Living God, we come with our prayers, prompted by our own needs and circumstances and by the needs of others. We ask that you will guide our thoughts and shape our prayers. And in our praying and our living, may we see your provision and your kingdom.

B: Lord, in your mercy;
R: Hear our prayer.

We pray for people who are really struggling at the moment: for all who are frustrated, all who are fearful; for those who are under pressure in work and for those whose working lives have been put on hold, with all the consequent strains and anxieties. We pray for households where lockdown means loneliness, or stress, or low spirits. We pray for those who are ill and those who are recuperating. And we pray for the bereaved. We pray for help, for strength, for hope.

B: Lord, in your mercy;
R: Hear our prayer.

We pray for the world. We pray for leaders and governments, in this country and worldwide. We pray for those who offer an alternative point of view, for loyal and constructive opposition. We pray for those who voice or shape public opinion. We pray for justice and fairness in our public life. We pray for a willingness to listen and to understand. We pray for compassion and kindness, from all and for all.

B: Lord, in your mercy;
R: Hear our prayer.

We pray for the Church, for the People of God across the world; for our own Connexion; for our Circuit; and for the churches we ourselves know best. Living God, we thank you for creative ways of worship and pastoral care, discovered or deepened over these months. We pray that good lessons will be remembered. We pray too that we may soon be able to be together again, for worship and witness and service.

B: Lord, in your mercy;
R: Hear our prayer.

(Quiet time for our own prayers).

B: Lord, in your mercy;
R: Hear our prayer.

We draw all our prayers together in the words that Jesus gave his friends.

The Lord’s Prayer (traditional form).

Hymn

King of glory, king of peace

Blessing (for a recording, see below)

We affirm our enduring community in Christ as we say the Grace together:

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

Organ Voluntary

Toccata in G, by Théodore Dubois
Roger Sayer plays the organ of the Temple Church, London

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