Watchword for the Week
Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2016)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Verses from Psalm 98)
Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth;
Praise him with songs and shouts of joy!
Sing praises to the Lord! Play music on the harps! Blow trumpets and horns, and shout for joy to the Lord, our king.
Roar, sea, and every creature in you;
sing, earth, and all who live on you!
Clap your hands, you rivers; you hills,
sing together with joy before the Lord,
because he comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the peoples of the world
with justice and fairness.
Hymn 157 * Sing of the Lord’s goodness
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of APPROACH
God, you have promised us a new creation,
but we live amidst the old and, everywhere,
scenes of destruction fill our lives.
God, you are creating a world of equity, plenty,
justice, and peace right now, but where can we
glimpse it, your new realm?
God, the seeds of your realm lie within us;
you nurture them to life. God, we will trust in
your promise and look now for its fulfillment.
We will be people of hope;
we will be people of joy.
We thank you, our great God, for your steady
love, for your creation, and all you are doing
now to heal, build and sustain it in goodness
and beauty. May the vision of what you are
doing connect us to you in profound ways.
We pray and work for your realm,
within and among us,
singing your praise, now and always.
WORDS of ASSURANCE
As we have the courage to meet God humbly
and with hope, we can be part of God’s new
creation. Receive God’s forgiveness and love,
and share new life in God’s realm.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
Hymn 561 * Blessed assurance
CHILDREN’S TIME with the Kids’ Church team
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
Isaiah 65:17-25 OT p. 728 (729)
Isaiah 12 NT p. 681 (680)
Hymn 241 * Isaiah the prophet has written
(Hymn of the Month, November 2016)
St. Luke 21:5-19 NT p. 108
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Haworth
Hymn 720 * There is a longing in our hearts
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
DEDICATION PRAYER (responsive)
Eternal, loving God, keep us in hope and
attuned to your presence and working. Then
may these and all our gifts, be used for your
vision of a just and peaceable creation. May
they bring your realm to fruition among us
and in all your world, to your glory. In the
Spirit of Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS See Notices overleaf
PRAYERS for OTHERS
Response: Cleanse us, O God:
and renew us.
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 530 * One more step along the world
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)
Hymn 804 * (2 x) You shall go out with joy