Tuesday 13th October 2020

7.30pm – Doxey.

 

ST. THOMAS & ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, DOXEY, ST16 1EQ

and

St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4Lj.

 

As we re-enter our Churches

and

As we approach our Annual Meetings

“Be Holy, for I am Holy”

Text Box: Autumn Reflections `Welcome and Introduction

 

Sung Worship: As the deer pants for the water.

Our thanks to Anne Winnington for this recording.

As the deer pants for the water,

So my soul longs after You.

You alone are my heart's desire

And I long to worship You.

Chorus: You alone are my strength, my shield.

To You alone may my spirit yield.

You alone are my heart's desire

And I long to worship You.

You're my friend and you are my brother,

Even though You are a King.

I love you more than any other,

So much more than anything.

Chorus:……..

I want You more than gold or silver,

Only You can satisfy.

You alone are the real joy-giver

And the apple of my eye.

Chorus:……..

 

Holiness – some comments

 

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,
    let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
    let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name –
    he is holy.

The King is mighty, he loves justice –
    you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
    what is just and right.
Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his footstool;
    he is holy.

 

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
    and he answered them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
    they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

Lord our God,
    you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,
    though you punished their misdeeds.[
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Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his holy mountain,
    for the Lord our God is holy.

 

Collect

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

Our Invitation to the Holy Spirit

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his spirit.

A moment of silence

Come, Holy Spirit. Restore the lives which without you are dead.

All: Come, Holy Spirit

Leader: Kindle the hearts which without you are dull and cold.

All: Come, Holy Spirit.

Leader: Enlighten the minds which without you are dark and blind.

All: Come, Holy Spirit.

Leader: Fill the church which without you is an empty shrine.

All: Come, Holy Spirit.

Leader: And teach us how to listen and pray.

All: Come, Holy Spirit.

“Be Holy, for I am Holy”

A selection of Bible verses.

Hymn: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God

Our thanks to Jim Marsden for this recording.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And his righteousness;
And all these things shall be added unto you,
Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

You shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of the Lord,
Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

 

Ask, and it shall be given unto you,
Seek, and ye shall find.
Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you,
Allelu, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

 

 

A time of Reflection

You are invited to reflect (using the sheet provided, if you find it helpful) & everyone is encouraged to write (or draw) a prayer.

[At the end of the session you are invited to hand the sheet in or to email your comments to mstrang12@btinternet.com.]

 

During this time, also available for you are the following options:

Confession – on the table in the hall there are some stones and a bowl of water. At the table you are invited to pause and reflect, to pray (there are two prayers which you might find helpful) and then to drop your stone into the bowl of water. {Please observe the 2m distancing.}

 

 

Transformation – using the coloured heart-shape you received with your order of service, you are invited to write on this how you would be like to be transformed by

God’s love. Then place your coloured heart-shape into the bowl provided at the front of Church.

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

             2 Corinthians 3 v 18

Prayer of praise, confession and commitment

Father, who is like you in the universe? You are:

Awesome in holiness,

Pristine in purity,

Radiant in righteousness,

Majestic in glory,

        Drenched in splendour.

We confess that we have not lived up to your image which we bear. By comparison all our righteousness is as filthy rags. Forgive us for lowering our standards and being content to be less holy than you are.

Father, we thank you that in Jesus Christ that image can be renewed. We praise you that by your matchless grace we can be recreated into your image be receiving the righteousness of Jesus Christ anew through Calvary.

 

Open our eyes today to see our lives as you see them, to see the contamination in our words and deeds and attitudes. Sanctify us through and through. Imbue us with your glory and splendour in Christ Jesus that your name may be magnified through our lives today.

Amen

 

Hymn – Lord, I come to you

Our thanks to geoff Moore for this recording.

Lord, I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace that I've found in You
Lord I've come to know the weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away by the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I'll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
In the power of Your love

Lord, unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face

The knowledge of Your love as You live in me.
Lord, renew my mind as Your will unfolds in my life
In living every day by the power of Your love

Hold me close……

Prayer and/ or Feedback

 

Closing Comments

 

 

Trust in the Lord – Response

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

and be not wise in your own sight.

All Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

and be not wise in your own sight.

In all your ways acknowledge him

and he will make straight your paths.

All Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

and be not wise in your own sight.

 

Blessing

 

The Father, whose glory fills the heavens,

cleanse you by his holiness

and send you to proclaim his word.

Amen.

The Son, who has ascended to the heights,

pour upon you the riches of his grace.

Amen.

The Holy Spirit, the Comforter,

equip you and strengthen you in your ministry.

Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Be with you and with all whom you love,

Now and for evermore, Amen