Watchword for the Week

Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

so that you may discern what is the will of God –

what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

(Romans 12:2)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)



(from the Iona Abbey Justice and Peace Service)

O God, who called all life into being,

the earth, sea and sky are yours.

Your presence is all around us;

every atom is full of your energy.

Your Spirit enlivens all who walk the earth.

With her, we yearn for justice to be done,

for creation to be free from threat,

for the hungry to be fed,

for captives to be released,

for your kingdom of peace to come on earth.

Hymn 160 1-3* Praise, my soul, the King

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)


(from the Iona Abbey Justice and Peace Service)

Let us pray … … …

Yet we see that good news denied by apathy,

mocked by prejudice, hatred and refusal to

forgive, and we feel helpless in the face of

suffering. Where are you, God?

You are present where women and men of

good will still choose to live in your way,

caring for creation and for each other,

courageously speaking truth to power.

You are there when elderly people

share their wisdom. You are there when

street children dance in the rain.

You are present wherever, in this

broken world, hope is alive.

Thank you, God,

for being present with us now. Amen.

Hymn 160 4-5* Frail as summer’s flowers



As Pharaoh’s daughter raised Moses up from

the river and rescued him, so God rescues us.

God is saving all of us by divine mercy, no

exceptions. We are saved in spite of ourselves,

good and bad alike. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Hymn 178 God is good, we sing and shout it

(Hymn of the Month, August 2017)


(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)


Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 OT p. 56

Hymn 779 * Listen now for the Gospel

St. Matthew 16:13-20 NT p. 24

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Choruses *

(Please bring your offerings forward to the steps)

Dependable, reliable God (2x)

I will do as you say,

you are worthy to be praised,

dependable, reliable God.

The most Excellency is Jesus;

shout Hallelujah, Amen! (2x)

He’s a miracle working God. (2x)

He’s the Alpha and the Omega,

He’s a miracle working God.


(from the Iona Abbey Justice and Peace Service)

We believe in God

in whom is power and compassion.

We believe in the Creator

who gave birth to the universe,

set solar systems dancing in space,

shaped molecules and mountains,

and conceived beauty beyond our imagining.

God’s power topples tyrants,

and brings down walls of separation;

God’s love embodies the tenderness

of a mother and father,

encouraging and caring for each of us.

We believe in Jesus,

born in obscurity in an occupied land;

a human being, vulnerable to hunger, thirst,

persecution and grief.

He understood the power of love

and confronted the powers of evil,

spoke the truth with courage and clarity,

forgave his enemies and changed lives.

In his living, dying and rising again

he showed love strong enough

to save the world.

We believe in the Holy Spirit

who sustains, comforts and empowers us,

opens the scriptures, opens our minds,

and illuminates earth’s darkness. Amen.


Sung response (Hymn 805 *):

Your kingdom come:

your will be done on earth, O Lord.


(Please pray in your own preferred language / version.)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be

thy name; thy kingdom come; thy 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 thine is the

kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever

and ever. Amen.

Hymn 622 * We sing a love…

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)