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Welcome to the 9:30 Church At Home

Ordinary Time // Trinity 4

Although we can’t be together this Sunday as one big family, we’re still connected by God’s love for us and our love for him and each other! Below is a suggested structure for you to spend time worshipping God and receiving from him today. Please don’t feel like you have to stick to 9:30am on a Sunday – find a time that will work for you and your family without other distractions.

An introduction to Ordinary Time

In the current climate, this may seem a very odd title, but in the church calendar we are in Ordinary Time.

The period between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent is called ordinary time.

We celebrate what God does to empower us to live out the Gospel day to day and week to week in the context of our ordinary lives.

Ordinary time provides a perfect canvas on which to portray how God works through us in daily life in our families, our work, our relationships with our neighbours, in our communities and in the world, in our care for creation, in our recreation and leisure activities.

Suggestion: If you are worshiping on your own, please read the normal black print in your mind, then read aloud the bold black print.

If you are with someone else why not take turns in ‘leading’ saying the normal black print, then saying together the bold print

Welcome

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

The Lord be with you
And also with you

This is the day that the Lord has made
Let us rejoice and be glad in it

Opening Prayer

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.
Amen.

First Hymn

SB11 – Shout To The Lord
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Saying Sorry To God

Lord God, our maker, and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people:
come among us and save us.

We have wilfully misused your gifts of creation; Lord, be merciful:
Forgive us our sin.

We have seen the ill-treatment of others
and have not gone to their aid.
Lord, be merciful:
Forgive us our sin.

We have condoned evil and dishonesty
and failed to strive for justice.
Lord, be merciful:
Forgive us our sin.

We have heard the good news of Christ,
but have failed to share it with others.
Lord, be merciful:
Forgive us our sin.

We have not loved you with all our heart,
nor our neighbours as ourselves.
Lord, be merciful:
Forgive us our sin.

Absolution

May the God of love and power
Forgive us and free us from our sins,
Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.
Amen

First Reading

One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 (NIVUK)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John 1:17-18 (NIVUK)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Teaching

Watch this week’s talk below.

Reflection

Firstly, if you have become a follower of Jesus for the first time, we’d love to know and support you on your new journey! Please drop us an email: hello@transformwidnes.church or find us on social media.

Suggestion: For the discussion parts of this, you could do this by setting up a WhatsApp video call/ Skype/ phone call, or by chatting it through with any members of your family who are with you in your home.

  1. What most struck you from today’s teaching?
  2. What questions do you still have?
  3. What’s one thing (big or small) that you think God might be saying to you?
  4. Who could you tell this to so they can pray and discuss it with you?
  5. What do you think you could do about what God is saying?

Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father
And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.
Amen

Collect For The Day

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Prayers

As we come to our time of prayer, we are encouraged to pray by these words from the Bible:

“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
(1 Timothy 2: 1-2)

The following prayers are suggested words that have a space for you to add any people or specific situations you want to include.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Amen

Servant King,
You taught us that all who would seek to be first should be last.
And all who would lead should serve
But we often redefine leadership on our own terms and for our own gain.

We lift to you today all who have the responsibility of leadership, influence, and power.

We ask for your strengthening where decisions are tough,
Your wisdom to discern the best way forward,
Your softening towards those they lead
And your courage to balance risk and safety.

Bless every selfless act of leadership they display.
For all that is good comes from you – and every servant leader reflects your best plan.
Amen

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
We think of………………………………..
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Amen

We pray for peace throughout the world
and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love,
so that we can all live together in harmony,
whatever our differences are.
We pray especially for refugees and asylum seekers everywhere, that they will be welcomed into their new communities and not treated cruelly.
We continue to pray for the time when everyone will have food, water, shelter, medical supplies, and the chance to sleep without fear of tomorrow.
God of Love

Hear our prayer

God of life, we ask for your healing power
on those who are enduring pain and illness.
We especially think of ………………………
We share the grief of people close to us, who have recently lost loved ones.
We especially think of …………………………………………………
We remember that as we weep with the grieving,
We know your everlasting light shines with us,
in moments of great sadness and great joy.
Within our darkest night.

Let your light shine

God of mercy,
you know us and love us
and hear our prayer:
keep us in the eternal fellowship of
Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

The Lord's 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 forever.
Amen

Second Hymn

SB14 – Be Thou My Vision
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.