Watchword for the Week

God is faithful; by him you were called into the

fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

(1 Corinthians 1:9)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)



(Verses from Psalm 40)

I waited patiently for the LORD’s help;

then he listened to me and heard my cry.

He pulled me out of a dangerous pit. He set

me safely on a rock and made me secure.

He taught me to sing a new song,

a song of praise to our God.

Many who see this will take heed

and will put their trust in the LORD.

You have done many things for us, O LORD

our God; there is no one like you!

You have made many wonderful plans for us.

I could never speak of them all –

their number is so great!

In the assembly of your people, LORD, I told the

good news that you save us.

In the assembly of your people I will not be

silent about your loyalty and constant love.

Hymn 113 * God the Father of Creation

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


We give thanks

for callings of leadership, callings of service,

callings of insight, callings of challenge.

God, you have called us by our names.

We give thanks for the gift

of difficult conversations,

knowing that we are called into deeper fellowship

and friendship with each other.

God, you have called us by our names.

We give thanks for those who have the courage

to call others into their own deepest name

God, you have called us by our names.

We give thanks for those who know how to rest,

knowing that we are more than what we do.

God, you have called us by our names.

We give thanks for the gift of being known.

To be known is to be loved.

God, you have called us by our names.

May we turn with love

towards all those we meet,

to offer the gift of naming, knowing and loving.

God, you have called us by our names.

In the life of John, we witness the power of

vocation and the power of humility.

We each have capacities and incapacities,

callings and limitations.

Often, we respond to each other with

comparison, jealousy and pain. Help us

change from the chaos of comparison,

and more toward the vocation of life.

In the life of two cousins, Jesus and John, we

witness people who knew their purpose and

identity. Our deepest purpose is love.

Make us people who live in our purpose.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, the one who

invites us to join him where he is. Amen.

Hymn 251 * Here I am, Lord

WORDS of ASSURANCE (Psalm 40:11)

LORD, I know you will never stop being merciful

to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me

safe. Thanks be to God. Amen.



(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)


Isaiah 49:1-7 OT p. 713 (714)

Chorus * I have a Father

I have a Father who will never fail me;

I have a Father who will never fail me.

Jesus is my Saviour; he will never fail me.

Rock of Ages never ever fails me.

St. John 1:29-42 NT p. 117

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 334 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Hymn 336 Christ is our light!

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)

(Hymn of the Month, January 2017)


We could wait here for God to warm us with

stories of love and hope, but we will go to be

with those in the bleak midwinter of their

lives. We could wait in the security of this

sacred space for Jesus, but we will go to see

where he wants us to serve in faith. We could

wait in stillness with the Spirit, but we will go to

light a way for all hidden in the shadows of

life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS See Notices overleaf

Chorus * He’s a miracle-working God

He’s a miracle-working God. (2x)

He’s the Alpha and Omega.

He’s a miracle-working God.


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 248 For my sake and the gospel’s, go

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)