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Worship for 27th December 2020

Jesus Presented in the Temple

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Sunday 27th December 10:30 AM

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This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Francis M’Itiiri.

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

Opening welcome

As the restrictions on our ability to meet in groups continue, and regulations around access to church buildings may be subject to further change, We invite you to spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.

Let us Pray:

Gentle and nurturing God,
as we are not able to gather in same buildings, and as we need each other so much during these strange times,
we come to worship you, from where we are, knowing that God you can hear us all
and blend even our distant voices
into one song of worship.

Enfold us now in your loving embracing arms. And as we share in this, may your Holy Spirit draw us into your holy fellowship,
in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray.

Amen.

STF 57 Let all the World in every Corner Sing

Sing/Read/Pray/Proclaim the words or listen:

1   Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
“My God and King!”
The heav’ns are not too high,
God’s praise may thither fly;
the earth is not too low,
God’s praises there may grow.
Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
“My God and King!”

2   Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
“My God and King!”
The church with psalms must shout:
no door can keep them out.
But, more than all, the heart
must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in ev’ery corner sing,
“My God and King!”

Hymn by George Herbert (1633)

Bible Reading

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Time to Reflect

This Sunday, between Christmas and Epiphany, gives us space to slow down and to reflect. As we have watched and waited over the weeks of advent, we have recalled God’s work over thousands of years as we awaited the arrival of the anointed Messiah sent by God to us.

Time has slowed to give us the opportunity to take in the majesty, the hope, and the transformation brought by the miraculous arrival of Christ the messiah.

We see that in the account’s experiences by Simeon and Anna while waiting for long in the temple of God. Each has waited a long, long time in the promise of Messiah, and here the encounters are with them.

Like us, they have watched and waited in anticipation. As Luke tells us, their hope has not been in vain, but this is not the powerful speaker, or charismatic leader they encounter.  The Jesus they see, and in whom they recognise God’s presence, is just a child. The long-prophesied acts of the scriptures and those that Anna foretold are yet to come to be. This infant cannot undertake the world-altering ministry that will come… yet…

Once again, we find ourselves waiting, watching, hoping, praying…We know what is to come. We live in the light and hope of the transformation Jesus’s ministry and life, death and resurrection made possible for all of us. In this period of waiting let us not lose hope, Let us again trust God and his life-giving transforming spirit amongst us.

And, like Simeon, we can take a moment to pause and give thanks to God, the Emmanuel who is amongst us here and now.

Prayers of Intercessions:

Take a time to sit quietly

Let us pray together

God of life and light
we praise your holy name.

God of forgiveness and grace,
we give thanks that you forgive our sins
and we trust in your unchanging promise:

God of time and patience
whose eternal spirit reaches out to us, reveal your kingdom in this time and this place.

Enduring, eternal God, of Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Joseph,
who left all behind them to follow you.
We ask for your strength and guidance to follow in their footsteps. 
Demonstrate your powerful words and actions in places of need today.

Creating, unsettling God, of John the Baptist,
who prepared the way for your arrival.
help us to continue to prepare your way
and equip us in your service.

Parenting, nurturing, God. of Mary and Joseph, we think of our families, those we choose and those chosen for us.

We call them to mind:
bring us with them into your warm embrace
so that no matter how near or far
we know your love reaches out to us all.

We pray for your church,
trusting that as we watch and wait,
work and pray,
we can bear witness to the love of God,
the light of Christ and the wisdom of the Spirit.

Patient, hope-filled God, of Simeon and Anna we give thanks for their testimony,
that crosses to generations.

As your children, your church, we  continue to trust, to be watchful and wait, to work and to pray, and to bear witness to the love of God with Us, the light of Christ and the wisdom of the Spirit.

Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Please use the version that you prefer

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.

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 the 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 443 Come, let us sing of a wonderful love

Hymn: Christ alone Cornerstone

Read/Pray/Reflect on the words or sing a verse of a hymn that comes to mind.

Come let us sing of a wonderful love,
tender and true;
out of the heart of the Father above,
streaming to me and to you:
wonderful love
dwells in the heart of the Father above.

Jesus, the Saviour, this gospel to tell,
joyfully came.
came with the helpless and hopeless
to dwell,
sharing their sorrow and shame.
seeking the lost,
saving, redeeming at measureless cost.

Jesus is seeking the wanderers yet.
why do they roam?
Love only waits to forgive and forget.
home! weary wanderer, home!
Wonderful love
dwells in the heart of the Father above.

Come to my heart, O thou wonderful love,
come and abide,
lifting my life till it rises above
envy and falsehood and pride:
seeking to be
lowly and humble, a learner of thee.

A prayer of blessing

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of every people;

A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever.

Amen.

During this season the Methodist Church is proclaiming “God is with us”. God is with us is more than a statement. It’s a reminder that God is always with us. We are encouraged to share our story (and other people’s stories) of walking with God in this extraordinary year. How might you share how God has been with you this week?

If time allows…
please watch this 2 minutes video:

Worship sheet materials based on Singing the Faith resources
were prepared today by Revd. Francis M’Itiiri

Presbyter, Northampton Methodist Circuit.

Webpage: Paul Deakin