Watchword for the Week
”I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me”
(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Verses from Psalm 31)
I come to you, LORD, for protection;
never let me be defeated.
You are a righteous God; save me, I pray!
Hear me! Save me now!
Be my refuge to protect me;
my defence to save me.
You are my refuge and defence; guide me
and lead me as you have promised.
Keep me safe from the trap that has
been set for me; shelter me from danger.
I place myself in your care.
You will save me, Lord;
you are a faithful God.
I am always in your care;
save me from my enemies,
from those who persecute me.
Look on your servant with kindness;
save me in your constant love!
Hymn 200 * Christ is made the sure foundation
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of APPROACH
Gracious God, as we gather now in this place at
this time, may our senses be alive to your
presence among us. We bring our sight
and our sense of smell, our hearing,
our sense of taste and our touch.
We bring our hearts and minds and spirits.
Open us up to your presence here we pray.
We remember and claim the promise of Jesus
that where two or three gather in his name, he is
there with them, and we believe that through the
Holy Spirit, that promise is fulfilled for us now.
Our worship reminds us of who you are, the
creator God, who made heaven and earth, who
came to us in the person of Jesus, your son to
reveal your mercy and love.
And our worship reminds us of we are –
your children, forgiven, cared for,
and given our purpose in you.
Great giver of life, we confess that when we try
to find our purpose in the things we accomplish,
or the possessions we own or in the labels
others give us, we are disappointed.
So we return to you again and ask you to renew
in us the sense of what you have created us to
- In the great stories of the Bible and in the
presence of the living Jesus, help us to rediscover
our deepest calling so that we may
live as your people in a needy world. Amen.
WORDS of ASSURANCE
Jesus said, “Do not be troubled. Trust in God.
Trust also in me.” We can trust in Jesus always,
for he offers mercy and forgiveness to us over
and over again. We are forgiven, and loved by
God. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Hymn 204 v. 1+2+5* I am the Church!
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
1 Peter 2:2-10 NT p. 295 (293)
St. John 14:1-14 NT p. 137
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 259 v. 1+2+5 Beauty for brokenness
(Hymn of the Month, March 2017)
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 414 Come, you faithful, raise the strain
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
(Hymn of the Month, May 2017)
DEDICATION PRAYER (in unison)
We bring ourselves, Creator God: living
stones that you can build into vessels of
healing and transformation for our world.
Use us, and the gifts we bring, to make a
difference in the lives of others.
We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS
Response: You are my strong rock,
my strong rock and my shelter.
The LORD’S PRAYER (Portuguese)
(Please use your preferred language for praying.)
English words at: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
Pai nosso, que estais no céu, santificado seja o
Vosso nome; venha a nós o Vosso reino; seja
feita a Vossa vontade, assim na terra como no
céu. O pão nosso de cada dia nos dai hoje;
perdoai-nos as nossas offensas, assim como nós
perdoamos a quuem nos tem ofendido; e não nos
deixeis cair em tentação; mas livrai-nos do mal.
Vosso é o Reino e o Poder e a Glória para
Hymn 739 * The Church’s one foundation
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)