Watchword for the Week

Jesus says: “Those who find their life will lose it, and

those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

(Matthew 10:39)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)



(Verses from Psalm 86)

You are my God, so be merciful to me;

I pray to you all day long.

Make your servant glad, O Lord,

because my prayers go up to you.

You are good to us and forgiving, full of

constant love for all who pray to you.

Listen, LORD, to my prayer; hear my cries

for help. I call to you in times of trouble,

because you answer my prayers.

There is no god like you, O Lord, not one

has done what you have done.

All the nations that you have created

will come and bow down to you;

they will praise your greatness.

You are mighty and do wonderful things;

you alone are God.

Hymn 160 * Praise, my soul, the king

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


Living God, we enter this time of worship,

feeling you calling and urging us

to be part of your family.

We stand with all people, gathered here in hope,

choosing to be a place where your generosity

and kindness dwell.

God, giver of life, we come into this place

as we are, and without any pretense. We take

this time to look at ourselves as we truly are.

We come with our imperfections, our failures,

and limited by our fears.

We come grieving our losses and struggling

with our incapacities.

Hymn 776 * Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy)

We come with our blind spots and inflexibility,

our angers, selfishness, and hidden agendas.

We come with our conflicts and sadness,

we come because we have been wrong

and have been wronged against.

Hymn 776 * Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy)

We come wanting to be vital and authentic

and seeking wisdom. We come longing for

comfort and restoration and

to encounter your love and grace.

Abide with us as we seek strength in our

weakness, healing from our failings and

forgiveness for our wrongdoings. Amen.

Hymn 619 + 620 * Spirit of the living God


Hear these words of assurance from Father

Richard Rohr, SJ: “God is saving all of us, no

exceptions. We are all saved in spite of

ourselves, good and bad alike.” We can be sure

that there is no place and no circumstance that

will ever exclude us from the love of God.

Thanks be to God. Amen.


Including Hymn 137 *

All things bright and beautiful,

all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful,

the Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,

each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colours,

He made their tiny wings. (Refrain)


(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)


Genesis 21:8-21 OT p. 20

St. Matthew 10:24-39 NT p. 15

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 257 * Singing, we gladly worship

SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Haworth

Hymn 665 One bread, one body, one Lord

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)

(Hymn of the Month, June 2017)


All good gifts around us come from you,

O God. You give us the gift of life and new

life in Christ. In response to your gifts,

we offer our gifts to you. May we be gifts to

one another and respond to the needs of

your world. Amen.


Lord, hear our prayer: (Sung response, Hymn 801)

Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas, Deus ibi est.


(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 220 * The day you gave us, Lord

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)