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Welcome to the 9:30 Church At Home

A Service of the Word
Remembrance Sunday

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.

Welcome

We say together

God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46.1

We meet in the presence of God.
We commit ourselves to work
In penitence and faith
For reconciliation between the nations,
That all peoples may, together,
Live in freedom, justice and peace.

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain, continue to suffer the consequences of Fighting and terror.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow
Those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.

First Hymn

SB19 Purify My Heart
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Confession

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of this world;
Its pride, its selfishness, its greed;
Its evil divisions and hatreds.
Let us confess our share in what is wrong,
And our failure to seek and establish that peace which God wills for his children.

We say together:

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We confess that we have sinned
In thought and word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy Forgive what we have been,
Help us to amend what we are,
And direct what we shall be;
That we may do justly, Love mercy,
And walk humbly with you, our God. Amen

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

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.

Many peoples will come and say,

‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.’
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war any more.

Isaiah 2:2-4 (NIVUK)

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

Second Reading

Love for enemies

43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48 (NIVUK)

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

Teaching

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?

Remembering

Almighty God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, by death or by life;
Hear our prayers and thanksgivings
For those whom we remember this day.
Fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
And bring us, with them, to your eternal joy;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts, the men and women of our country who suffered or died for the liberties that we now enjoy.

Help us to recognise anew the debt we owe them, so that we may strive in our own time to maintain true freedom in our own land and to safeguard the peace won for us at so great a cost. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

Collect For The Day

We say together:
God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Prayers

Ever-living God,
We remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Heavenly Father as we come together today both in our homes and online, we bring you thanks for all that you have done for us.
This year has been strange, long, hard, different, difficult.

Many of us have experienced thoughts, feelings and situations that we previously could never have imagined.
As everything around us has changed, we thank you that you remain the same. Your promise to us remains true.
We place our hope in you, we know that hope is far bigger than a wish, it is the patient waiting for a promise to be fulfilled.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

God of justice, we give you thanks for the efforts that have been made around this country, to feed children and families who are struggling. We remember especially the work of our Long Loaf team who, each Wednesday, prepare, cook and deliver food to over seventy people in the town.
We know that the issue runs deeper and needs a bigger fix than simply providing food where it is needed. We lift before you the government, the influencers, the decision makers, help them to address the issues of rising living costs, low incomes, provide better support for those living with poor mental health and domestic abuse.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

As our world continues to be gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, be with each of us, help us to make decisions that will be for the good of all, be with the NHS, the scientists, the government as they all try to navigate the way through this season we find ourselves in. We pray with hope for a time when this virus will no longer have the hold over the world that it does right now.
In a moment of silence we pray for all those known to us who are ill…………………………

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, following Your example and command, we pray for our enemies today.
We ask first that You would fill our lives with the Holy Spirit’s power and might.
Send Your love flowing through us, forgive us for holding on to anything that could hinder our prayers. Release us from unforgiveness, thoughts of revenge, or hateful emotions. We ask that you give us wisdom as we seek how to love our enemies.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

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

SB20 Father We Love You
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Conclusion

God grant to the living grace,
to the departed rest,
to the Church, the Queen, the
Commonwealth and all people,
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants,
life everlasting.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all
and remain with us always.
Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ
Amen

Isaiah 2:4

He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.