Today's Service

Sunday 10th May 2020

A Musical Introduction

Piano piece by Janet Payne: ‘When morning gilds the skies’


As we cannot meet in our church sanctuary during the present lock-down,
we convene again today in our own homes in this virtual format.
Our hearts are joined in bonds of love for one another and our spirits
are united in an earnest desire to worship our great and holy God.
As we gather, we reflect on God’s character, His Kingdom and His works of power.

May the following reading and prayer inspire joyful praise –

Opening Reading: 145 vs8-21

Let us read together

  1. The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.
  2. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
  3. All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.
  4. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
  5. so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
  6. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
    The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
  7. The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
  8. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
  9. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
  10. The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
  11. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
  12. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
  13. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
  14. My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who is, who was and who is to come.
Let us praise and glorify him for ever.
You are worthy, Lord our God,
to receive praise and glory,
honour and blessing.
Let us praise and glorify him for ever.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive
divine power, wisdom and strength,
honour, glory and blessing.
Let us praise and glorify him for ever.
Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord.
Let us praise and glorify him for ever.
Praise our God all you his servants,
honour him, you who fear God, small and great.
Let us praise and glorify him for ever.
Let heaven and earth praise your glory:
all creatures in heaven, on earth and under the earth,
the sea and everything in it.
Let us praise and glorify him for ever.

Hymn: Praise to the Holiest.

Young People’s Talk by Anne Wilson:

“Bless you!”

We use these words almost without thinking when someone sneezes.
We may say ‘Bless!’ when thinking kindly of someone.
We may also have attended ‘Blessings’ of babies or of marriages.
What does it mean to bless?
It’s more than just wishing well or hoping for the best.

‘Blessing’ brings God into the situation.
It is asking God to bring His love and presence
to the person we’re thinking of or speaking to.
God gave Moses special words of blessing to be spoken to His people
and we still use these words as a blessing today.

Click here for a coded message and see if you can crack it!

Did you manage it?
(The answer is in Numbers 6 v24-26 – text slightly shortened)

These words are also the basis of a new music video
which has been made to be a blessing for our current situation.
Many singers and musicians from churches all over the UK take part –
how many can you count?

The UK Blessing.

Two Worship Songs:

We focus our thoughts on Jesus as we spend some moments
reflecting on what it means to honour and follow Him:

Hymn 1: Jesus be the centre.

Hymn 2: I will offer up my life.

Reading, Greeting and Prayer (Rev Paul Wilson)

First Bible Reading Luke 10 vs25-37 Remarks and Intercessory Prayer

Song: For the Joys and for the Sorrows.

A Time of Quiet Meditation

In the light of this weekend’s VE Day celebrations,
we pause to give thanks to God for His deliverance 75 years ago
and we seek His deliverance again as a nation as we continue
to look for a way through this present pandemic.
We think of all those who have lost loved ones
because the Covid virus and we remember all those who are in hospital.
We thank God for all who have recovered.
We are so grateful for our NHS
and for the selfless efforts of all key workers.

Second Bible Reading: James 2 vs1-13

  1. My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism.
  2. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes,
    and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.
  3. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,”
    but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”
  4. have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
  5. Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are
    poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
  6. But you have dishonoured the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you?
    Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?
  7. Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
  8. If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing right.
  9. But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
  10. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
  11. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder."
    If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
  12. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
  13. because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Hymn: Through all the changing scenes of life.

Address (Rev Sian Murray-Williams):

A Reflective Item from The Bible Society.

Hymn: Brother sister let me serve you.


Thank you, Father God, that you have shown us what is good.
Please help us, by the power of your Spirit, to pursue what you require of us
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with You.
We ask this in Jesus’ name and for Your glory and praise,


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