Junior Church

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 2nd August worship

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer (for the text, see below)

Call to Worship

God says: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’

Let us worship God.

Please join with me in the prayer of approach:

Living God,
you know us as we are, and you love us for ourselves.
Sometimes every part of that statement is hard for us to take in and to believe.
Things that happen challenge our sense of self-worth.
Our thoughts, words and deeds rise up to accuse us.
We question your wisdom, your compassion, even your existence.
Assure us of your loving acceptance and renewing grace.
And strengthen us to respond to you with love, as we worship and serve you, and reflect your love to other people.
For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Hymn

StF 134: Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Reading

Genesis 32: 22–32

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

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Prayer (for the text, see below)

God of life and love, as we come before you now, may your Spirit guide our thoughts and our words, and may your love be expressed in our prayers. In the name of Jesus. 

We pray first today for people who are struggling in dark places. We pray for all who are anxious or afraid, for whatever reason. We pray for those who live with pain, or who watch while loved ones suffer. We pray for the lonely and the despairing. We pray for the bereaved. Loving God, may your light and hope reach all for whom we pray.

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the struggle for justice in our society. We pray for Black Lives Matter and for other initiatives to raise awareness, disturb complacency and change things for the better. We pray for courage to speak and for a willingness to listen. We pray for the growing among us of your reign of love, reaching each and every person.

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for the Church, and for the churches we ourselves know best. We pray for people who have discovered Christian community afresh or for the first time in recent months, and for those who have felt disconnected and disengaged. We pray for sensitivity and wisdom as we navigate the next phase of our common life. We pray for all who bear responsibility for leadership in your Church.

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for ourselves, offering to God particular people or places or situations on our hearts today, and naming before God our own personal needs and concerns.

[Silence]

B: Lord, hear us:
R: Lord, graciously hear us.

We gather all our prayers in the words that Jesus gave his friends.

The Lord’s Prayer (traditional form).

Hymn

Come, O thou traveller unknown

Final Prayers (for the text, see below)

We affirm our enduring community in Christ as we say the Grace together:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Organ Voluntary

Trio Sonata No 1, by J.S. Bach
William Fox plays the organ of the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral, London