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Sunday 17th May 2020

 

 

ST. THOMAS & ST. ANDREWíS CHURCH, DOXEY, ST16 1EQ

and

St. Paulís Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4Lj.†††††††††††††††††

Anne Winnington leads us and brings us our story, helping us to think through what it means for us.

Our thanks to her.

A key verse today is - Matthew 13 v 44 Ė The Kingdom of Heaven

Letís pray as we draw near to God

We are not once a week friends

We are the family of God

We are not a cosy club

We are the body of Christ

We are not just strangers meeting

We are temples of the Holy Spirit

We are not here by accident

Our Father has called us to worship

We are not just filling up an hour

Jesus wants to get to know us better

We are not just going through the motions

The Holy Spirit has some special words for us

So come; draw near to our God

As our God draws near to us

Amen

 

10,000 Reasons

Chorus:

Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul, worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name

 

Verse 1

The sun comes up it's a new day dawning

It's time to sing Your song again

Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me

Let me be singing when the evening comes

 

Chorus

Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul, worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name

 

Verse 2

You're rich in love and You're slow to anger

Your name is great and Your heart is kind

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

 

Chorus

Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul, worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name

 

Verse 3

And on that day when my strength is failing

The end draws near and my time has come

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending

Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Repeat verse 3

Chorus x3

Ending

I will worship Your holy name

I will worship Your holy name

 


How deep the Fatherís love

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

 


Confession

 

Make a fist Ė Dear Lord, we are sorry for when we get angry with other people.

Point away from yourself with your index finger - We are sorry when we blame other people without seeing that we too may be at fault.

Close up your hand and hold it close to your chest - We are sorry when we selfishly keep things to ourself when we could help other people.

Put your hand over your mouth - We are sorry when we say hurtful words to people.

Put your hand over your eyes - We are sorry when we see things that we might do to help people but we donít do them.

Jesus says, 'If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest'.

So we bring all that we are to Jesus - all our sins and our failure to love. Thank-you that you died for us so that we might be forgiven and start a new life in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen

 

Statement of Faith

We believe in God who loves us and wants us to love each other,
This is our God.

We believe in Jesus who cared about children and held them in his arms. He wanted a world where everyone could live together in peace.
This is Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who keeps working with us until everything is good and true.
This is the Holy Spirit.

We can be the Church which reminds people of God because we love each other.
This we believe. Amen

Lordís prayer

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.


 

Lord of all hopefulness

 

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,

Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares can destroy,

Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,

Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

 

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,

Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,

Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,

Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

 

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,

Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,

Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,

Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

 

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,

Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,

Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,

 

 
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.