Rachel Blainey

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 5th July worship

Gathering Song chosen by John Winterbottom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL1POv2eY04

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer (for a recording, see below)

The Psalmist says:

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.

And so we join with the faithful all over the world and throughout history as we worship God today. 

Let us pray:

Loving God,

In our different places and at different times, we come together to worship you. We remember that you are not a God who is confined by buildings and times but who is always ready and waiting to meet us wherever we are. Whether we are excited to worship you once again or feel weary of another online job to do, you are there, waiting to be with us, glad to spend time with each one of your children. We thank you that you welcome us into your house, regardless of how we feel, or what we have done in the week. We rejoice that there is nothing that we can do that can separate us from your steadfast love, even whilst we are separated from each other. 

We worship you the more because even through the most challenging of times, there is always some wonderful part of your creation for us to see. The beauty of a sunset, the sound of a friend calling our phone, a tv programme to make us laugh, you created each and every one and you sustain us and them through every passing day.

You do this, even though we have done nothing to do deserve it, and often act against your will. Like unruly children, we deny your blessings, ignore your children in need and seek only to fulfil our own needs. We are thoughtless and careless, quick to anger and slow to forgive. But it is your nature always to be forgiving, whenever we come to you with penitent hearts and open hands, you forgive us and help us to start afresh to put your world to rights. For this and so much more we give you thanks today. Amen.

Hymn

CSB 107: May our worship be acceptable

Reading

Matthew 11: 16–19, 25–30

Hymn

When the tears fall

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

online-service-reflection-5th-july-2020Download

Prayers of Intercession and Lord’s Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Loving Lord we bring to you our prayers for your world

We pray for the Church throughout the world. We ask that you help us all to remember that the we are the church, not the building. Help us all to find new ways to serve and worship you. Be with our leaders, whether lay or ordained, especially our new President and Vice President, may they know your wisdom as they try to guide the church in uncharted waters.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for your people throughout the world. For those who are struggling with the fight against coronavirus and those who have other concerns. We remember that your world is beautiful and diverse and that you love all your children. Help us to support those of your family who are far from us but still in great need.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for our local community, our neighbours and friends. We ask that the new connections and friendships forged in this time will be lasting, and that we may be good neighbours to all those around us. We pray for our colleagues, friends and family. Those that we see only via the internet and never in real life. We ask that they will know your love and your comfort in this time.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for those who are sick, in body or in mind. We ask that you be with those who are afraid to seek hospital treatment and those who feel they have only bad choices. Be with those who are grieving. May they know your comfort and steadfast love. 

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

In a moment of silence, we bring our own prayers to God.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn

Great is thy faithfulness

Blessing (for a recording, see below)

May we know the steadfast strength of God, the gentle love of Jesus Christ and the peace of the Holy Spirit. May we dare to cast our burdens on to Jesus and to do our best to live as disciples, today and every day.

Amen 

Organ Voluntary

Introduction, from ‘Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue’, by Healey Willan
Rachel Mahon plays the organ of Coventry Cathedral