Sunday, 10th July 10.30 am Order of Service

Today’s service is led by Rev Dr Adrian Varwell

(Due to holidays, we are unable to live stream this morning’s service)

Call to Worship

PRAISE:                               [CH4 200]           

Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone

chosen of the Lord and precious, binding all the Church in one;

holy Zion’s help for ever, and her confidence alone

We as living stones implore you: come among us, Lord, today!

With your gracious loving-kindness hear your children as we pray,

and the fullness of your blessing in our fellowship display

Here entrust to all your servants what we long from you to gain –

that on earth and in the heavens we one people shall remain,

till united in your glory evermore with you we reign

Praise and honour to the Father, praise and honour to the Son,

praise and honour to the Spirit, ever three and ever one:

one in power and one in glory, while eternal ages run                    

J M Neale/d1866/Jubilate Hymns

Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Welcome & Intimations

First Talk:            Anne Miller ~ Albania Report

PRAISE:                               [CH4 522]           

The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,

knowing they’re wanted and loved by their Lord

The Church is wherever Christ’s followers are trying

to live and to share out the good news of God

The Church is wherever God’s people are loving,

where all are forgiven and start once again,

where all are accepted, whatever their background,

whatever their past and whatever the pain

The Church is wherever God’s people are seeking

to reach out and touch folk wherever they are –

conveying the gospel, it’s joy and it’s comfort,

to challenge, refresh, and excite and inspire

The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,

knowing we’re wanted and loved by our Lord

The Church is where we as Christ’s followers are trying

to live and to share out the good news of God

C R Ikeler/1963/W L Jenkins/John Knox Press

Reading: Psalm 84

Intercessions

Reading: Ephesians 2:13 – 22

PRAISE:                               [CH4 198]           

Let us build a house where love can dwell, and all can safely live,

a place where saints and children tell how hearts can learn to forgive;

built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;

here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

               All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,

where all God’s children dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew

Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s grace;

here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

               All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where love is found in water, wine and wheat:

a banquet hall on holy ground, where peace and justice meet

Here the love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and space,

as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

               All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone

to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known

Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face;

let us bring an end to fear and danger:

               All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place

Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard

and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word

Built of tears and cries of laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,

let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

               All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place

M Haugen/GIA Publications

Second Talk

PRAISE:                               [CH4 543]           

Longing for light, we wait in darkness:  longing for truth we turn to you

Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see:

Christ be our light! 

Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness

Christ be our light!  Shine in your church gathered today

Longing for peace, our world is troubled:  longing for hope, many despair

Your word alone has power to save us; make us your living voice:

Christ be our light! 

Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness

Christ be our light!  Shine in your church gathered today

Longing for food, many are hungry: longing for water, many still thirst

Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all are fed:

Christ be our light! 

Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness

Christ be our light!  Shine in your church gathered today

Longing for shelter, many are homeless: longing for warmth, many are cold

Make us your building, sheltering others, walls made of living stone:

Christ be our light! 

Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness

Christ be our light!  Shine in your church gathered today

Many the gifts, many the people, many the hearts that yearn to belong

Let us be servants to one another, making your kingdom come: 

Christ be our light! 

Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness

Christ be our light!  Shine in your church gathered today

B Farrell/OCP/Calamus

Benediction                       [CMP 460]

May God’s blessing surround you each day

as you trust him and walk in his way

May his presence within guard and keep you from sin       

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love                                                                          

C Barrows

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