Junior Church

Sue Barratt and Paul Spray

Gathering Song, selected by John Winterbottom

For our gathering song this week, I have chosen an acoustic version from the authors own lips. A stripped back arrangement, that I feel reflects our situation in ‘isolation’ and accords with Psalm 31 as we understand that even as we are, ‘our time is in His hands (v15)’ and that we meet to offer our praise and thankfulness, as we dwell in Christ – our refuge and fortress. Download lyrics.

Welcome (for a recording, see below)

Welcome to our worship.

Today is the beginning of Christian Aid Week. Christian Aid links us with neighbours near and far who are going through this pandemic together. May our shared experience unite us in praise and prayer as one human family – separate, but together in the home that is God’s world.

Song

StF 20/CSB 10 Be still, for the presence of the Lord

(recorded live at the NBA Big Sing, Middlesborough Baptist Church)

Prayer (for a recording, see below)

God of all the Earth, 
we don’t need church buildings to know your presence.
You are with us wherever we are.
Be with us now, in each of our homes, as we come together to worship you. 
Help us to experience your glory and your power.
Help us to know your love and to hear your word for us, whether that be comfort or challenge or both.

Join us with all who worship around the world, 
as we seek to learn and live your way, 
treating each and every human being as our neighbour.

Forgive us for our failure to follow your way and to live lives shaped by your truth.
Forgive us for the times when we have ignored or denied your living presence and turned our back on the potential you offer.
In the name of Jesus, the way, the truth and the life, we ask for forgiveness for all we regret and all we are ashamed of, as we reflect on the ways we have let you down in a moment of quiet.

[silence]

God of mercy and of love,
you forgive us and welcome us.
Together we seek the ‘Jesus way’, secure in your love and knowing that you are with us in every step we take. Amen.

Reading

John 14: 2–9

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

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Prayers (for a recording, see below)

On this Christian Aid Week Sunday, we pray with communities across the world who are
most vulnerable to coronavirus. 

We pray for people living in refugee camps and city slums,
with limited sanitation facilities,
who are unable to wash their hands regularly, 
and have little opportunity to isolate from others. 

We pray for Christian Aid partners
working to provide soap and buckets, 
communicating clear information, 
raising the voices of the most vulnerable
and ensuring they are kept as safe as possible. 

We bring our own concerns to God…

And we pray with the hope that the first shoots
of another possible world are coming into view. 

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.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Song

StF 689 Summoned by the God who made us

Blessing (for a recording, see below)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 If you wish to make a donation to Christian Aid, you can do so online at caweek.org/payin, or phone 020 7523 2269.

Voluntary

Elegy, by George Thalben-Ball
Simon Johnson, Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, plays Jörg Glebe’s Hauptwerk organ using the sampled sounds of Hereford Cathedral.