Watchword for the Week
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
(Moravian Daily Texts 2018)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Verses from Psalm 147 – New International Version)
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make music to our God on the harp.
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
He heals the broken-hearted
and binds up their wounds.
The LORD sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.
He supplies the earth with rain
and makes the grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of a man;
the LORD delights in those who fear him,
who put their hop in his unfailing love.
Hymn 103 * Fill your hearts with joy
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
PRAYER of APPROACH
When the voice of God sounds…
When the voice of God speaks….
…among people who have new possibilities.
you give strength to the powerless
and power to the faint;
you raise up the sick
and cast out demons.
Make us agents of healing and wholeness,
that your good news may be made known
to the ends of your creation. Amen.
Hymn 357 * This is my will, my new command
(Hymn of the Month, February 2018)
DECLARATION of FORGIVENESS
Praise the Lord!
Our God heals the broken-hearted
and binds up our wounds.
God takes pleasure in those
who place their trust in divine grace.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
Isaiah 40:21-31 OT p. 703 (702)
Hymn Those who wait on the Lord
Those who wait on the Lord
shall renew their strength,
they shall rise up on wings as eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint:
help us Lord, help us Lord in your way.
Those who serve the suffering world…
Those who live the risen life…
Those who love the Mystery…
Those who die on the march…
Those who wait on the Lord…
St. Mark 1:29-39 NT p. 46
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 720 * There is a longing in our hearts
SERMON Rev. James Brown
The APOSTLES’ CREED (Hymn 628)
PRAYERS for OTHERS
Response: Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
The LORD’S PRAYER
(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 665 * One bread, one body, one Lord
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
The Lord be with you, and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is right to praise you… with all who love Jesus
and honour his name we praise you, singing the
hymn of your everlasting glory:
Hymn 769 * Holy, holy, holy
BREAKING the BREAD
INVITATION and COMMUNION
(Please come forward to share)
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
NOTICES and DISMISSAL
Hymn 175 * Praise, I will praise you, Lord
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)