Sunday 5th July 2020





St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD

Our Service of Morning Worship

Led by Paul Pooley

Live on ZOOM videoconference facility –

10am “doors open” for 10.30am start.

The service will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

To connect with this service:

·        On a landline phone or mobile: Phone 0131 460 1196

o       Meeting I.D. is: 851 0990 3523: Password: 350443

o       If asked for a “participant I.D.” “just press # to continue”.

·        From a computer, laptop, tablet, i-pad, smart phone, etc

o       In the browser go to - and then “join a meeting” – meeting number and password as above


After the Service

If worshipping live on ZOOM – you are invited to stay “on the line” after the service to chat. I would encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and bring your cake and biscuits.

As we do this, I will probably ask the computer to split us into groups of 7 or 8 – an easier way to chat. I will be thinking of it like being around a table and sharing refreshments in the Parish Room or Hall.

As we start the service, Please “mute” your phone, i-pad, tablet, laptop or computer

We suggest, if online, you use “Speaker view” {This is the view with one large picture and several small ones - “click” with curser or finger on “Speaker view”} 

For all the Church Family

We say together the words printed in bold.

Gathering to worship God


Let us worship God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All   Amen.

The Lord be with you

All   and also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

All   We will rejoice and be glad in it.


Words of introduction about today’s service with thanks to the Reverend Alison Thomas for the Pilgrim Group’s study of the Beatitudes

 Opening Prayer

All   Lord, direct our thoughts, and teach us to pray.

Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and in truth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



All our music today has been provided by Tony Murley, Geoff Moore and Jim Marsden.  Thank you for your ministry to us during these long months of lockdown.


The kingdom of God


The kingdom of God is justice and joy;

for Jesus restores

what sin would destroy.

God's power and glory

in Jesus we know

and here and hereafter

the kingdom shall grow.



The kingdom of God

is mercy and grace;

the captives are freed,

the sinners find place,

the outcast are welcomed

God's banquet to share;

and hope is awakened

in place of despair.


The kingdom of God

is challenge and choice:

believe the good news,

repent and rejoice!

His love for us sinners

brought Christ to his cross:

our crisis of judgement

for gain or for loss.


God's kingdom is come,

the gift and the goal;

in Jesus begun,

in heaven made whole.

The heirs of the kingdom

shall answer his call

and all things cry 'Glory!'

to God all in all.


 Silence is kept and the Collect, the prayer of the day, is said.

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.



 Saying sorry to God


God our Father,

we come to you in sorrow for our sins.

For turning away from you,

and ignoring your will for our lives;

Father, forgive us:

All   save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish,

without thinking of you;

Father, forgive us:

All   save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do

and think and say;

Father, forgive us:

All   save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you

by temptations in the world about us;

Father, forgive us:  

All   save us and help us.


 For living as if we were ashamed to belong to your Son;

Father, forgive us:

All   save us and help us.


God’s forgiveness.

Almighty God,

who in Jesus Christ has given us

a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,

forgive us our sins,

open our eyes to God’s truth,

strengthen us to do God’s will

and give us the joy of his kingdom,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




And now we give you thanks

because you call us to live in your city

while we look for the city which is to come,

designed and built by you,

with eternal foundations,

to which we journey as citizens of heaven.

Hebrews 13.14; 11.10

 Blessed is the Lord

All   for he has heard the voice of our prayer;

therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

All   and in our song we will praise our God.



Seek ye first the Kingdom of God


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.


 Hearing and responding to the Word of God

Isaiah 61:1-3  Read for us by Geoff Mackenzie

The Year of the Lord’s Favour

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendour.


Romans 12:9-21 Read for us by Jane Whitney Cooper

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Two versions of the Beatitudes read to us by Carole and Gerry Robinson

Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in church. They are my best workers.

Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked. I can use them.

Blessed are the touchy, with a bit of luck they may stop going to church. They are my missionaries.

Blessed are those who are very religious but get on everyone's nerves. They are mine forever.

Blessed are the troublemakers. They shall be called my children.

Blessed are those who have no time to pray. They are easy prey for me.

Blessed are the gossips for they are my secret agents.

Blessed are those critical of church leadership, for they shall inherit a place with me in my fate.

Blessed are the complainers. I'm all ears for them.

Blessed are you when you read this and think it is about other people and not yourself... I've got you.

You’re Blessed from Matthew Chapter 5 (The Message)

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

 Response – Flying Upside Down

Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life,

the one for whom we exist?

All   We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature,

died for us and rose again?

All   We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God

and makes Christ known in the world?

All   We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

All   This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen



Lord I come to you


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
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

 Prayers of Intercession

Thank you to Ian Perry for leading us in our prayers today

At the end of each prayer

Lord, hear your people

All   and answer our prayers.


Merciful Father,

All   accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.



The Lord’s Prayer

All   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.


 Going out to serve God


Go tell it on the mountain



Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain 
That Jesus is His name.


He possessed no riches, 
No home to lay his head; 
He saw the needs of others 
And cared for them instead



He reached out and touched them, 
The blind, the deaf, the lame; 
He spoke and listened gladly 
To anyone who came.





Some turned away in anger, 
With hatred in the eye; 
They tried him and condemned him, 
Then led Him out to die.



'Father, now forgive them' 
Those were the words He said. 
In three more days He was alive 
And risen from the dead.



He still comes to people, 
His life moves through the lands;
He uses us for speaking, 
He touches with our hands.




 Blessing from the Rev’d Martin Strang


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All   In the name of Christ. Amen.