Junior Church

Michael and Margaret Sawyer

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 19th July worship

Gathering

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Introductions and Welcome (for the text, see below)

Good morning! and welcome to the Oxford Circuit service, my name is Michael Sawyer and I am a retired minister living in the Oxford circuit and my name is Margaret Sawyer and I am a local preacher in the same circuit of churches.

We welcome you whether you are circuit members or visiting us today on-line from farther afield. All are welcome!

Our theme for today is God with us, and we shall be exploring, through prayers and reflections music and song what the readings for today tell us about a sense of place and finding God with us wherever we may be. If there are any younger people joining us today perhaps you may like to draw or write about places that are important to you, the places you are missing and the places you remember but can’t go to right now. Afterwards, if it is appropriate, you may like to share them with the adults with you or store them in a memory bank as part of what this time of lockdown has meant for you. 

Whatever each one does during this time; we hope you will know that God is with you.

Prayers of Approach

Following the bidding …..and Christ has said, please respond with, “Behold I am with you to the end of the age. “

We gather together for worship, where all that we offer, no matter how humble, Is accepted, cherished and multiplied.

Come! let us walk with Christ on our journey with God’s blessing and gift, these companions God has given us upon the way.

God, be with us on our journey, give us strength and support when we are tired, help us to recognise the unexpected gift, of places and people who offer us rest.

We are wayfarers, following roads to the ends of the earth, pilgrims on our way to the end of the age and Christ has said, ‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

We’ll travel lightly, we’ll travel together, we’ll learn as we go; we are disciples, our mission is love, the journey is long and Christ has said, ‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

We’ll travel with humility, no task is too small; we are servants, the cross is our compass love is our sign and Christ has said,‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’

When the way is uncertain, shadows are sinister, and dangers threaten, we’ll not be afraid, but take heart because Christ has said, ‘Behold, I am with you to the end of the age.’ 

 Bread of Tomorrow. Ed: J. Morley SPCK

Hymn

StF 728 O God, you search me and you know me

Reading

Genesis 28: 10–19a

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

19th-july-reflectionDownload

Prayer (for the text, see below)

To the bidding, “God hears our prayer”, please respond with, “Thanks be to God”.

Generous God, who has given us a world of great beauty, rich in its diversity and filled with plenty to meet the needs of the world, we offer You our thanks for all that we enjoy. For country lanes and undulating hills, for bird song, the sound of animals and the wildlife we have discovered in our gardens and on our walks, and for the life in us which is Your gift to us. 

We thank you for our national Health service, its staff and all the work that goes on in hospitals and places of care recognising how fortunate we are to have such a national system. So we recall places where health care is far from adequate, where poverty and hardship is the norm, where people struggle every day to live.

God hears our prayer:
Thanks be to God

We thank you for the place called church which we have enjoyed gathering in, for other places that have been significant to us in our lives and for the memories that these places remind us of.

In our new places of worship may we find You afresh at our dining tables and in our homes. May we seek You afresh in the faces of those who suffer and protest. May we know You are with us wherever we are and rejoice in Your presence with us. 

God hears our prayer:
Thanks be to God

But these are troubling times! Fear and uncertainty govern our decisions. Our human instinct to reach out, welcome and comfort is restricted, too many suffer where we could help and cannot. So we pray to You, Creator, Son and Spirit to hear our longings for Your world. Wind of God blow round us, the gentle breeze of the son of God, caress us, life giving spirit of God, hear our prayer.

We hold before You, O God, all those whose lives are disfigured through prejudice and ignorance, praying that one day we will be able to say, “Lives Matter” because those with power and authority have taken inclusion very seriously and put the needs of all people before any other consideration. 

God hears our prayer
Thanks be to God

We hold before You, O God, communities, families, and individuals who have become ill with the Corona Virus. We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones and have not been able to say goodbye as they would have wished. We pray for those who have been on their own, may they know we are thinking of them and that through our prayers for them they may know You are with them also.

God hears our prayer
Thanks be to God

We hold before God all those affected in other ways by this present pandemic. We thank God for those who take risks with their own wellbeing to help us, shop assistants and pub and restaurant staff, bus and taxi drivers, train operators and delivery people.. For children and young people whose regular pattern of daily life has been disrupted, for those whose livelihood has disappeared and do not have any sense of what the future may bring, for those who have been abused and are being abused by the people with whom they live. We hold them all before You, O God, in concern. 

God hears our prayer
Thanks be to God

We hold before God the Church in its need to provide for Your people, that wisdom will guide its decisions and actions, that the new ways of meeting will be valued and utilised, that the mission of the church to reach out with the good news will not be lost in the fear of taking risks. We pray for all those who had been expecting to be ordained within the Church at this time, may they know Your blessing upon them. Within this Methodist Oxford Circuit of churches we pray for Martin and Fiona as they prepare to move to London and for Peter Powers who is coming to be our next superintendent and Miriam Moul who will serve Cowley Road and will be chaplain at Oxford Brookes University and give thanks for our circuit stewards who will prepare the way for these changes.

God hears our prayer
Thanks be to God

Wind of God blow round us, the gentle breeze of the son of God, caress us, life giving spirit of God, hear our prayers today and every day, 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. Save us from a time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours, now and for ever. Amen

Hymn

StF 639 Through the love of God my saviour

Blessing (for the text, see below)

The peace of the earth be with you, the peace of the heavens too; 
the peace of the rivers be with you, the peace of the oceans too. 
Deep peace falling over you. God’s peace, God’s peace growing in you. Amen

Organ Voluntary

Toccata, by Eugène Gigout
Jonathan Scott plays the organ of Bridgewater Hall, Manchester