Watchword for the Week
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one
that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 3:11)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Psalm 119:33-40) … the 5th letter = ה (He)
Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding, and I will keep
your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart towards your statutes
and not towards selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
renew my life according to your word.
Fulfil your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts!
Renew my life in your righteousness.
Hymn 212 * Morning has broken
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of CONFESSION
Journeying God, you give us a map for our
journey with a road over the mountains
and a path beside the cool waters.
You give us a map
with a road that leads to life.
Forgive us when we turn aside from your way
when we prefer to take shortcuts,
when our eyes deceive us, and we are
taken in by the vanities of the world.
Turn our hearts to you, we pray,
and away from temptation.
Fill us with compassion
for our companions on the way.
Come to our aid
when we are weak,
when we are weary,
when we lose our way.
Wherever we walk, guide us;
wherever we walk, guard us,
for our heart’s longing is for you,
and in your righteousness we find life.
WORDS of ASSURANCE
God loves us and teaches us to love even
imperfect people like ourselves. May we
therefore seek to love all those around us.
God teaches us to deny ourselves, even walking
the extra mile with us. May we therefore seek
to give ourselves to others as generously as
Jesus has been given to us. Amen.
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
Leviticus 19:1-2 + 9-18 OT p. 118
Chorus * Dependable, reliable God
Dependable, reliable God. (2x)
I will do as you say; you are worthy to be
praised, dependable, reliable God.
St. Matthew 5:38-48 NT p. 8
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 97 * O God, you search me
(Hymn of the Month, February 2017)
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 528 * Make me a channel of your peace
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
In a world where many leave their homes to
seek a place of safety, give us a spirit of
welcome and generosity. In a world where
many suffer from violence, give us the hearts
of peacemakers. In a world where many live in
poverty, open our hands to share. Open our
hearts to love friends and strangers, the
loving and the unkind, the angry and the
hurt, the suffering and the good. In Jesus’
NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS
Sung response (Hymn 805)
Lord of Creation, let your kingdom come!
Your will be done on earth, O Lord.
The LORD’S PRAYER (French)
(Please use your preferred language for praying.)
English words at: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
Notre Père qui es aux cieux, que ton nom
soit sanctifié, que ton règne vienne, que ta
volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce
jour. Pardonne-nous nos offenses, comme
nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont
offensés. Et ne nous soumets pas à la
tentation, mais délivre-nous du mal.
Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne, la
puissance et la gloire pour les siècles des
siècles. Ainsi soit-il.
Hymn 739 * The Church’s one foundation
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)