Ecumenical Service in Invermoriston Millennium Hall
9th January 2022, 3pm
HymnPraise my soul, the king of heaven,to his feet your tribute bring;ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,who like me his praise should sing?Praise him! Praise him!Praise him! Praise him!Praise the everlasting King.
2. Praise him for his grace and favourto our fathers in distress;praise him, still the same for ever,slow to anger, swift to bless.Praise him! Praise him!Praise him! Praise him!glorious in his faithfulness.
3. Father-like he tends and spares us,well our human frame he knows;in his hands he gently bears us,rescues us from all our foes.Praise him! Praise him!Praise him! Praise him!widely as his mercy flows.
Prayer of Approach
Mark chapter 1 – the Beginning of the Good News
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,who will prepare your way’ –‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,“Prepare the way for the Lord,make straight paths for him.”’
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’
HYMNCrown him with many crowns,the Lamb upon his throne,while heaven’s eternal anthem drownsall music but its own!Awake, my soul, and singof him who died to beyour Saviour and your matchless Kingthrough all eternity.2. Crown him the Son of Godbefore the worlds began:let all who tread where he has trodcrown him the Son of man,who every grief has knownby which we are oppressed,and takes and bears them for his ownthat all in him may rest.
3. Crown him the Lord of life,triumphant from the grave,who rose victorious from the strifefor those he came to save:his glories now we singwho died and rose on high;who died eternal life to bringand lives that death may die.
TALK – REV SEAN ANKERS
Prayers of Intercession
I cannot tell why he whom angels worshipshould set his love upon the sons of men,or why as shepherd he should seek the wanderers,to bring them back, they know not how nor when.But this I know, that he was born of Marywhen Bethlehem’s manger was his only home,and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured;and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, has come.
2. I cannot tell how silently he sufferedas with his peace he graced this place of tears,nor how his heart upon the cross was broken,the crown of pain to three and thirty years.But this I know, he heals the broken-heartedand stays our sin and calms our lurking fear,and lifts the burden from the heavy-laden;for still the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is here.
4. I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,when at his bidding every storm is stilled,or who can say how great the jubilationwhen all our hearts with love for him are filled.But this I know, the skies will sound his praises,ten thousand thousand human voices sing,and earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer,‘At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’