Junior Church

Led by Revd Dr Stephen Maunder

If you would like to join this service of worship using just the videos playing one after another, you can visit our playlist on YouTube by following the link below:

YouTube playlist for 16th August worship

Welcome and Opening Prayers (for the text, see below)

God of all grace, and goodness and love, we rejoice that wherever we are you are close to us. When we cry out you hear us, when we listen in the quiet your voice speaks into our hearts. In our worship today help us to know that presence with us now.

We thank you for your overflowing and abundant love for us. A love which has placed us in a world of beauty, and given to us skills and talents to work for good in this world. We praise you for the love shown to the world through Jesus. For his ministry which continues to inspire us, for this death and resurrection bringing us hope of life light in a time of darkness. We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit uniting us wherever we are, inspiring us and renewing us day by day.

Forgive us we pray when we ignore your gifts, hurt your creation, seek our selfish ends rather than the good of all. Renew us that we may renew the earth. Renew us that we may work in harmony with one another. Renew us that we may praise you in all that we do.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Reading: Genesis 45:1-15

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

Reflection for 16th August 2020Download

Hymn ‘Christ is alive!’ StF297 / HP190

Prayers of intercession (for the text, see below)

In our prayers we firstly remember places and people where there is conflict and division.

Reconciling God, we hold before you those who are excluded within our world, Women and men and children who have lost their homes through warfare, persecution, famine, disease. Those who are seen as statistics in the crises of this age. We pray for those whose history has been one of facing oppression and prejudice. Help us we pray in word and action to show the embrace of Christ so that your Kingdom may come. Amen

We pray for those known to us in need today.

Faithful God, we name before you those whom we know and love whose lives are not as they would wish them to be. For those who are worrying about a loved one, or who face illness themselves. We hold before you all for whom this coming week will be one of challenge and change, and we pray for the awareness of your presence in all things. Amen

We pray for our churches wherever we may be, and for the Oxford Circuit

Sustaining God, as we continue to seek to worship inn these times at home and in church, help us to be faithful in our discipleship. We pray for congregations who are facing particular challenges through financial worry and loss of income. We pray for this Circuit, for Martin and Fiona as they move from here to London, and for Peter and for Miriam as they move here. For all who are at a time of transition we pray. Amen.

And we pray in quiet for ourselves as we bring our worries, our concerns before God……

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Amen

Final prayer and blessing

Organ Voluntary

Litanies by Jehan Alain, played by Marie-Claire Alain