Junior Church

Susan Barratt

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 23rd August worship

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

Call to Worship

Welcome to the Oxford Methodist Church’s weekly service.  I’m Sue Barratt one of the Circuit’s local preachers and I’m delighted to welcome both regular worshippers and any who have found these links for the first time.  We start with a question

Jesus asked his disciples – “Who do you say I am?”

As we come to worship today, let’s take a moment to think about how we would answer that question – “Who do we say Jesus is?”

There are a number of possible answers in our first hymn:

Hymn

StF322; H&P257: How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WnWtrFMdzc

Prayer of Approach (for a copy of the text, see below)

Living Lord,

The words of the hymn we’ve just shared make us realise how we struggle to capture fully the immensity of who you are and what you mean to us.

We come today to worship you and to learn more about your way and your truth.

We come burdened by our worries, distracted by our plans and rejoicing in the gifts we have received.

We come with varied expectations, with faith, hope or doubt or maybe a mixture of all three.

We come to meet with you, to hear your word for each one of us.

Be with us as we worship and help us to understand better who you are, what you stand for and how you are at work in our world.

We pray for a very real sense of your living presence with us, wherever we are and whoever we are with, as we join together in the traditional form of the Lord’s prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name;
thy Kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Readings

Romans 12: 1-8

Matthew 16: 13-20

Address – What’s in a place? (for a copy of the text, see below)

Download text of the address (pdf)

Prayers of confession, thanksgiving and intercession (for the text, see below)

Loving Lord,

We confess that all too often we fail to notice you at work in our world or to understand what it is you want us to do.

We place more emphasis on seeking security, wealth, power or knowledge than on knowing you and your ways.

We’re all too quick to conclude that there is nothing we can do rather than turning to you and allowing your power to work in us.

Forgive us Lord and help us to let you and your ways into every part of our lives.

We thank you Lord for your assurance of forgiveness and we thank you, because you call us, not to drudgery, but to cheerful service.

We thank you for the joy and peace you offer and for the chance to bring all our anger, concerns, confusion and gratitude to you in prayer.

Some of us find it hard even to watch or listen to the news at the moment but you know where love is needed.  Pour your love into the darkest places in our troubled world, bringing healing, comfort, reconciliation and justice.

Be with all who have recently received disappointing results or frightening news.  Guide them in their decisions and help them to know how much they are valued and loved.

Be with those known to us who are in any need at this time – in a moment of quiet, we name them now.

[silence]

Surround all in need with your love and support. Energise those who care for them and, in the darkest times, surprise those who suffer with your joy and your hope.

And finally, Lord, we ask our prayers for ourselves, bringing to you our worries, disappointments and fears.  Be with us, support and sustain us and inspire us to go out and tell of who you are and what you mean to us.

We ask our prayers in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Hymn – CSB 100 –

Lord Jesus may my words

Blessing and dismissal (for the text, see below)

Go out in the knowledge that what God offers is indeed an eager, laughing love of life

Go out confident of God’s love and enthused to share it

Go out with God’s blessing

Amen

Organ Voluntary

Tuba Tune, by Norman Cocker

Simon Johnson, Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, plays Jörg Glebe’s Hauptwerk organ using the sampled sounds of Hereford cathedral