Watchword for the Week

Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all”

(Mark 9:35) (Moravian Daily Texts 2015)



(Based on verses from Psalm 1)

Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God.

They are like trees that grow beside a

stream; they succeed in everything they do.

Happy are those who find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, who study it day and night.

They bear fruit at the right time, like wellwatered trees whose leaves do not dry up.

Hymn (Tune: DIX, Hymn 326)

(“Trees”, based on Psalms 1, 26, 52, 92)

Tree of Wisdom, fruitful, green,

flourishing beside the stream;

spread your knowledge day and night;

make your law my pure delight.

Fashion me, O Lord, to be

strong and splendid as a tree.

Tree of Justice, ever bless;

shade me with your righteousness.

Teach me how to live your ways,

and my lips shall sing your praise.

Fashion me, O Lord, to be

ever branching as a tree.

Tree of Plenty, feed my soul;

nurture me, and make me whole.

Give me strength, cast fear aside;

let me in your love abide.

Fashion me, O Lord, to be

firmly planted as a tree.

Tree of Promise, keep your vow:

with me then, and with me now.

Springtime blossoms, winter tears,

mark the seasons of my years.

Fashion me, O Lord, to be

always changing as a tree.

Like a forest all around,

so the gifts of grace abound:

flowing waters, fertile sod,

sunlit dawn, the Word of God.

Fashion me, O Lord, to be

living, giving as a tree.


We worship you, God, as the source of all life…

We worship you, God, as the renewer of life…

We come to grasp your mercy and acceptance, because Christ lived and died and rose again for

  1. We love, because you first loved us.

May our worship bring you delight, as your Spirit leads us. May our worship bring us healing, as your Son works among us. May our worship be an unseen force for good in the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


If you kept a record of ours sins, who could escape being condemned? But you forgive us, so that we should fear you. I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help, and in his word I trust.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

Chorus (Taizé Gesänge No. 5)

Bless the Lord, my soul

and bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord, my soul,

who leads me into life.


Hymn 757 Come, all you people

(Hymn of the Month, September 2015)


(Children may go to the halls next door for Kids’ Church)


James 3:13-18 NT p. 292 (289)

St. Mark 9:30-37 NT p. 58

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The Word of God. Thanks be to God!

Hymn 198 * Let us build a house…

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

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Hymn 502 * Take my life, Lord

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)


Lord our God, you give freely; teach us to give cheerfully to the cause of your kingdom. Let your blessing be upon our offerings andgrant us to know the joy of those who give with their whole heart; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS See also Notices overleaf


(Presbyterian Church in Cameroon)

Response: Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

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 500 Lord of creation

(Hymn of the Month, September 2014)

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)