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Sunday, 22nd November 2020

Introductory Song: 'I have heard so many songs/The Father’s song' Matt Redman

Welcome:

We give you a very warm welcome as you share this service with us. Though we are curtailed by another lockdown our thoughts today will be centred on the reality of our ongoing pilgrimage towards our eternal home. May our desire for fellowship with God be our greatest ambition and may the prospect of spending eternity in His presence fill our lives with an overwhelming hope and joy.

Opening Prayer and Poem: by Eddie Askew

Help me find the courage, Lord
To launch out into space
Wherever You may lead.
To widen my horizons,
Soar with confidence,
Explore the possibilities
Of life and love with You
Take to the air on wings of faith
And fly.
Amen.

Lord, I hear the song, Your song.
Faint now and far away,
a whisper on the breeze
playing the leaves of my life,
hardly disturbing them.
But then it grows, Your song,
circles the edge of my hearing,
echoes in the empty caverns of my life, enticing,
inviting me to join the choir.
I want to sing Your song,
make it my own.
A pilgrim song
which takes me on my way.

I'll sing it when the road is clearly marked,
I'll sing it when my feet are sore
and when my knees begin to ache.
I'll sing it breathlessly
up in the mountains
where the path is full of rocks
and I'm not sure which path to take.
but there are times I hear Your voice
and we can sing together.
Sometimes I'll sing it loud and clear,
occasionally I'll whisper it.

I'll sing it when the clouds roll in
and visibility is nil.
A song of joy and hope and love.
I'll sing it solo if I must
but, Lord,
I'll go on singing
'til the day
I sing it in Your presence
loud and free,
the harmony complete.

Song: 'My hope is built on nothing less'(Cornerstone version)

Young People's Slot: (Provided by Anne)

Song: 'The wise man built his house'

Prayer:

Gracious Holy Spirit continue to make Your home in us and enable us to live holy and fruitful lives.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You have gone to prepare a home for us in heaven where Your Father dwells. In the meantime, thank you for the gift of earthly homes and may we build them on the solid rock of trust in You.
And, as we think of the warmth and security our homes provide, we pray for the homeless, especially during this winter period. We ask, Heavenly Father, that You might provide them with shelter and help through the efforts of public organisations, through the work of charities such as Porchlight and through the services our local Haven Project offers in Jesus’ Name.
We present these requests for the glory of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Communion:

We begin with a Reflection on Remembrance by Rev Nick Lear (a Regional Minister with the Eastern Baptist Association). Whilst this was originally produced for Remembrance Sunday a few weeks ago, it remains a very relevant and helpful consideration of the significance of the Lord’s Supper.
May this reflection focus our thoughts just now as we gather in spirit around the Lord’s Table –

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Let us share communion together:

As we gather we each examine our hearts, our minds, our behaviour and our speech. We confess our sins, repent and lay hold of God’s promised forgiveness. We hear His welcome. We respond to His loving overtures.

We come thoughtfully and thankfully recalling St Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 11 vs23-26.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

WE TAKE THE BREAD remembering Christ’s body broken for us.

25 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

WE TAKE THE WINE remembering Christ’s blood poured out for us.

Let’s give thanks for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are sharing this experience with us today.

We testify of Christ’s atoning sacrifice as together we also look forward to His return.

26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

We ponder afresh the depths of God’s love for us and the willingness of Jesus to lay down His life for us.

Let’s express our praise and reaffirm our faith as we sing along with the following song –

Song: 'Beautiful Lord, wonderful Saviour'

Main Bible Reading: Psalm 84
read by David Suchet

Song: 'Before the throne of God above'

Address: Rev Paul Wilson.

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Hymn: 'Be Thou my vision'

Benediction: Jude vs24 and 25

To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
Amen.


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