Watchword for the Week
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the
glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.
(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Verses from Psalm 66)
Praise God with shouts of joy, all people!
Sing to the glory of his name; offer him
glorious praise! Say to God,
How wonderful are the things you do!
Your power is so great that your enemies
bow down in fear before you.
Everyone on earth worships you;
they sing praises to your name.
Come and see what God has done,
his wonderful acts for all people.
He changed the sea into dry land;
our ancestors crossed the river on foot.
There we rejoiced because of what he did.
Praise God, all nations;
let your praise be heard!
Hymn 153 * Great is thy faithfulness
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of APPROACH
All: Eternal and loving God, we come
before you in awe, for you have
promised never to leave us. Even
when we feel most lost and alone,
still you are with us, as comforter,
advocate, and friend. Always help us
to know and celebrate your presence.
Leader: Forgiving God, unseen yet known, we
hear the world speak in power and
greed. Yet we hear you speak to us in
love and grace. May our lives be the
echo of your voice.
All: When we are persuaded by the want
that leads to hurt, the hankering that
leads to greed, the yearning that
leads to selfishness:
Right: forgive us for following the wrong way;
may we turn again and follow you.
All: When we are persuaded by the spin
that becomes truth, the belief that
becomes dogma, the fears that
Left: forgive us for following the wrong way;
may we turn again and follow you.
Leader: Our God, seeing and forgiving, knowing
All: we turn from following the wrong way
and face you with our confessions.
Hear us. Forgive us. Amen.
WORDS of ASSURANCE
No one has seen God.
Yet Jesus has shown us God. Jesus is the
assurance of God’s forgiveness. So know,
friends, that through faith in Jesus all our sins
are forgiven. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Chorus * Lord of the dance
Refrain: Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
and I’ll lead you all, wherever you
may be, and I’ll lead you all
in the Dance, said he.
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
Epistle: 1 Peter 3:13-22 NT p. 297 (295)
Gospel: St. John 14:15-21 NT p. 138
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 443 * He is Lord! He is Lord!
SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Haworth
Hymn 414 Come, you faithful, raise the strain
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
(Hymn of the Month, May 2017)
DEDICATION PRAYER (in unison)
Eternal God, whose children we are, receive
these gifts we offer. May they help to bring
others closer to you and work for love,
justice, and peace in our world. Amen
ANNOUNCEMENTS (See Notices overleaf)
PRAYERS for OTHERS
(sung response: Hymn 805)
Lord, our God:
Your will be done on earth, O Lord.
The LORD’S PRAYER (Lithuanian)
(Please use your preferred language for praying.)
English words at: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
Téve musu esi danguje’.
Teesie šventas tavo Vardas.
Teateinie tavo karalysté.
Teesie tavo valia, kaip danguje,
taip ir ant `z´emés. Kasdienés musu duonos
duok mums šiandien. Ir atleisk mums musu
kaltes, kaip ir mes atleid`z´iame savo
kaltininkams. Ir nevesk mus i pagunda, bet
gelbék mus nuo pikto. Amen.
Hymn 516 * We are marching in the light…
1) We are marching in the light of God
2) Siyahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkos
3) We are singing… 4) We are dancing…
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)