Watchword for the Week
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2018)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP (from Psalm 139 – New International Version Bible)
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O LORD. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Hymn 97 * O God, you search me
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of APPROACH
You invite us, O God, to live in your ways, and you give us to each other to know and to love as we journey in this life. Show us your will for all creation. Help us to listen to your urgings with prayerful hearts so that we may honour and rejoice in all that you have made.
Holy God, you see into each of us and know us fully as creatures in need of your constant care. We confess that we have neither heard your word nor followed your will. We have failed our nation, neighbour, families, friends, and ourselves.
Give us ears to hear your wisdom. Lead us so that we may begin again with renewed strength; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
DECLARATION of FORGIVENESS
God knows the hearts of those who seek forgiveness, and by grace you have been saved. In Jesus’ name you are forgiven. Your sins are no more. You have been made clean. God strengthens you with freedom through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God! Amen.
Hymn 135 O laughing Light
(Hymn of the Month, January 2018)
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
SCRIPTURE READINGS &
1 Samuel 3:1-10 OT p. 267
St. John 1:43-51 NT p. 118
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 533 * Will you come and follow me?
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 502 * Take my life, Lord, let it be
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
As the offerings are gathered, you are also invited, if you wish, to fill out one of the “COVENANTING for 2018” forms and place it in the basket.
Bless in every way, O Lord, the gifts of your people given here. Enrich the ministries of all your people and make us grateful for every opportunity you offer us to share with others and to celebrate your living presence among us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS
Response: God of grace, hear our prayer.
The LORD’S PRAYER (Igbo, Nigeria)
English words: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
Nna anyi, no n‘ eli igwe Ka ototo diri aha gi Ka ochichi gi bia Ka emee uche gi n‘uwaa Dika esi emeya n’eli igwe Nye anyitaata, nri nke ubochi anyi Gbaghara anyi mmehie anyi Dika anyi siri gbaghara ndi mehieye anyi Ekwele ka anyi daba na onwunwa My zoputa anyi na ajo ihe. Amen.
Hymn 251 * I, the Lord of sea and sky
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)