ALL AGE WORSHIP Rothersthorpe 24th January 2010
Celebrations Happy Birthday to you – God’s blessings on you
All heaven declares, the glory of the risen Lord; Who can compare, with the beauty of the Lord? For ever He will be, the Lamb upon the throne; I gladly bow the knee, and worship Him alone. I will proclaim, the glory of the risen Lord, Who once was slain, to reconcile man to God. For ever You will be, the Lamb upon the throne; I gladly bow the knee, and worship You alone.
Saying Sorry Let us spend a few moments in silence while we think about the time since our last confession and bring before God anything we have done which we should not have done and anything we have not done which we should have done… Dear God, we know that there are things about us that are not right. Please help us, Lord Sometimes we get angry when we shouldn’t. Please help us, Lord Sometimes we are unkind and tease others. Please help us, Lord Sometimes we are selfish and greedy. Please help us, Lord
We want to be more like Jesus Please help us, Lord Thank you that you can help us to change Please help us, Lord. Amen Now that we have confessed our sins we have to let them go and not dwell on them any more. As the blood of Christ washes away our sins, we come to… Forgiveness given May the Almighty and loving Father, forgive us for the sins we have now confessed to him, and help us to serve him better in the days to come. Amen
Prayer for the day Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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 for ever. Amen
Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair, Lord, in the suffering, this is our prayer. Bread for the children, justice, joy, peace, Sunrise to sunset your kingdom increase. Shelter for fragile lives, cures for their ills, Work for the craftsmen, trade for their skills, Land for the dispossessed, rights for the weak, Voices to plead the cause of those who can’t speak.
God of the poor, friend of the weak, Give us compassion, we pray Melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain. Come, change our love from a spark to a flame. Refuge from cruel wars, havens from fear, Cities for sanctu’ry, freedoms to share. Peace to the killing fields, scorched earth to green, Christ for the bitterness, his cross for the pain.
Rest for the ravaged earth, oceans and streams, Plundered and poisoned, our future, our dreams. Lord, end our madness, carelessness, greed; Make us content with the things that we need. God of the poor, friend of the weak, Give us compassion, we pray Melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain. Come, change our love from a spark to a flame.
Lighten our darkness, breathe on this flame, Until your justice burns brightly again; Until the nations learn of your ways, Seek your salvation and bring you their praise. God of the poor, friend of the weak, Give us compassion, we pray Melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain. Come, change our love from a spark to a flame.
Bible reading 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another.
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church - first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God Best Gifts
For I’m building a people of power And I’m making a people of praise That will move through this land by my Spirit And will glorify my precious name Build Your church, Lord, make us strong Lord Join our hearts, Lord, through Your Son, Make us one, Lord, in Your body, In the kingdom of Your Son. ( x2)
Statement of Faith We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named. We believe in God the Son who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with His love. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high. We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together With chords that cannot be broken; Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, O bind us together with love. There is only one God, there is only one King, There is only one Body, that is why we sing. (chorus) Fit for the glory of God, purchased by His precious Blood Born with the right to be free: Jesus the victory has won.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together With chords that cannot be broken; Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, O bind us together with love. We are the family of God, we are his promise divine, we are his chosen desire, we are the glorious new wine. (chorus)
Intercession prayers Let us still our bodies and our minds as we pray together. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you Lord God, as we call to mind that we are members of the worldwide Church, we pray for those who are insulted or persecuted for our shared faith. We stand alongside them now. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you We pray that all of us who inhabit planet Earth in this age may learn to hear you again and respond to your voice of love. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you We pray that wherever materialism or stress or sorrow or sin have deafened us to your will, we may be prompted to put things right. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you
We pray that our homes may be places where you are welcomed and recognised through the good and the troubled times. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you We bring to your love all our fellow members who are ill, injured or sad. Alert us to see how we can help, and give them a real sense of your comforting presence. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you We remember those who have travelled through life and now have gone through death into eternity. We thank you for their lives and commend them to your keeping. Prepare us all, through our living, for eternal life. Open our ears, Lord and teach us to listen to you Thank you, Lord God, for all you have shown us through Jesus, and through word and sacrament, week by week. Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
Blessing/Grace May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself, The power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in his service And the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our hearts. Let us join hands and say the Grace together May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. Amen
Make way, make way, for Christ the King in splendour arrives; fling wide the gates and welcome him into your lives. Make way (make way), make way (make way), for the King of kings (for the King of kings) make way (make way), make way (make way), and let his kingdom in! He comes the broken hearts to heal, the pris’ners to free; the deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance, the blind shall see. (chorus)
And those who mourn with heavy hearts, who weep and sigh, with laughter, joy and royal crown he’ll beautify. Make way (make way), make way (make way), for the King of kings (for the King of kings) make way (make way), make way (make way), and let his kingdom in! We call you now to worship him as Lord of all, to have no gods before him, their thrones must fall. (chorus)
Closing response Go in peace to love and serve the Lord In the name of Christ Amen Please stay for a drink and fellowship
ALL AGE WORSHIP Rothersthorpe 24th January 2010