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Welcome to the 9:30 Church At Home

Ordinary Time

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

The annual cycle of the Church’s year now ends with the Feast of Christ the King.

The year that begins with the hope of the coming Messiah ends with the proclamation of his universal sovereignty.

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

The Lord our God, the Almighty reigns

Let us rejoice and shout for joy,
Giving God the glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning is now
And shall be for ever.
Amen

First Hymn

Before the Throne
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Invitation to Confession

Jesus says,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”

So let us turn away from sin and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith. We sit or kneel

Kyrie Confession

The kingdom is yours,
but we turn away from your just rule:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The power is yours,
but we trust in our own power and strength:
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy.

The glory is yours,
but we fall short of the glory of God:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Absolution

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
Amen.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Glory to the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit
Amen

First Reading

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7b-10 (NIVUK)

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

Second Reading

28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 (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?

The 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

God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.

Prayers

Let us pray to our heavenly Father who created all things in heaven and on earth. He knows our needs and the needs of the world and reaches out with love and forgiveness to reconcile all things to himself.

We pray for the church throughout the world asking God to forgive us for the divisions that separate us and to heal the wounds that those divisions have caused. We pray that the church, Christ’s body, may be united and strengthened by Christ himself who holds all things together and has first place in everything.

Lord in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

We pray for all who hold the power and responsibility that comes with authority. We pray that the spirit of Christ the King will teach them humility and a willingness to stand alongside those who depend on them for leadership.

Lord in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

We pray for all who suffer pain and mental distress through illness or through the cruelty of others. We pray that God’s power and spirit will strengthen them and bring them the healing and peace that belong to Christ’s kingdom.

Lord in Your Mercy
Hear our Prayer

We pray for the saints who have gone before us and now live in God’s eternal light, giving thanks for their witness and encouragement and praying that we will share in their inheritance within the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

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

King of Kings Majesty
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Conclusion

Jesus, we welcome you as our King and Saviour.
Take our hearts and fill them with your love.
Take our minds and work through them.
Take our wills and act through them.
Take our lives and make them yours.
As you give yourself to us, we give ourselves to you,
Christ our King and our God.
Amen