Watchword for the Week
Declare God’s glory among the nations, his marvellous works among all the peoples. (Psalm 96:3)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2016)
Church Anniversary 1996-2016 “A Celebration of Faith”
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP (Verses from Psalm 96)
Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord; bless his name. Each day, proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
For great is the Lord! He is worthy of our praise!
Hymn 173 * Sing to God new songs People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
PRAYER of APPROACH
From before the world began and after the end of eternity, you are God.
From the sea bursting from its womb to the wind ceasing from its chase, you are God.
In the vastness of the universe and the forgotten corners of our heart, you are God. You are our God, and we bless you.
Because the world is beautiful, and beauty is a tender thing, and we are caretakers of creation, we need you, God. We need you, God.
Because human knowledge seems endless, the world is our oyster and we do not know what we do not know, we need you, God. We need you, God.
Because we can live without you and are free to go against you and could worship our wisdom alone, we need you, God. We need you, God.
Because you came among us and sat beside us, and heard us speak and saw us ignore you, and healed our pain and let us wound you, and loved us to the end and triumphed over all our hatred, we need you, God. We need you, God.
Because you, not we, are God, we need you, God. We need you, God.
Hymn 493 * It’s me, it’s me, O Lord
WORDS of ASSURANCE
Listen, for the God who created us says: “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. You are precious to me. I love you, I honour you, I am with you.” Thanks be to God! Amen!
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
Hymn 143 * Who put the colours in the rainbow?
SCRIPTURE READINGS &
Psalm 96 OT p. 596
St. Luke 7:1-10 NT p. 83
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 237 * Look forward in faith
Hymn 547 * What a friend we have in Jesus
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
Maker of all, we are your children, the creatures of your kindness, the bearers of your image. This day, we will walk by your light, follow your Son, and live by your Spirit. This day, we will not offer to you offerings that cost us nothing. For this is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.
NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS
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 516 * We are marching in the light of God
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)