Worship at Home

Worship for 24th January 2021

The Calling of the Disciples

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Sunday 24th January 10:30 AM

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This week’s message has been prepared by Angela McNally.

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.

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Opening Prayer

Loving God,
You are always closer than we know,
always more involved and in control.
We will trust our lives to you –
the One who was and is and is to come.
Amen.

StF 333 - Majesty, worship his majesty.

Majesty, worship His majesty,
Unto Jesus be glory, honour and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority,
Flow from His throne unto His own,
His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high
the name of Jesus,
Magnify, come glorify
Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all kings.

Jack W. Hayford.
Copyright © 1976 Rocksmith Music/
Leosong Copyright Service.

Bible Reading

Mark 1, verses 14-20

A Reflection…

John the Baptist had been arrested and imprisoned.  Jesus knew the time had come for him to begin his ministry & here we find him walking along by the sea of Galilee.  This story of how he found his first disciples has always intrigued me.  Was it planned?  Did he know who he was looking for, or was his find by chance?   The answer really is not important, what is though is that when Jesus saw those young men he knew he had found the first of his disciples.

When these young fishermen began their day they did know what lie ahead.  They did not know that by the end of the day they would have left not just their families, but also the family business they would have been expected to continue, and follow Jesus…
But follow him they did.

For us all now living through this pandemic, each morning we wake we do not know what that day will bring.  The future for us all is uncertain.  We long for the day when we can greet family and friends with a hug.  When we can go out  – shopping with ease, travel, go to work, to school, to church.  A day when people we meet can see us smile because we are not wearing a mask that covers half our face.   We are having to adapt to change.  Changes that are effecting all aspects of our lives and how we do things – whether that be in our personal or professional lives.  Be it the education of our children and young people, how and when we can shop, attend doctors and hospital appointments,   how, when & where we can exercise, and how we worship.     We know that some changes we are experiencing now may, in the future,  be what will have to become the normal,  BUT – that lovely word in the English language, but what is unchanging is our God and His love for us. 

This morning’s reading shows the trust those first disciples had when they followed Jesus.  It also reminds us of the stories in the Bible of those who left their livelihoods and the security they knew,  and in faith did what God was asking of them.    We can learn from their experiences, even in this troubling time,  to be open to our God in whom we can have complete trust. 
When we pray we know we do so to an ever present and ever LISTENING God.   Let us likewise –   LISTEN     TRUST      OBEY.
I hope the words of this familiar hymn will help. 

When we walk with the Lord,
in the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey!

Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey.

(John H. Sammis, 1846-1919)

Dear Lord,
heavenly Father, gracious God,
let us never neglect
the wisdom of your counsel. 
Let us continue in faith and trust
to look to you for help and guidance,
and the purpose you have for us all.
In the name of him, who listened,
trusted and obeyed, your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of intercession:-

God of love we bring to you our prayers for all people everywhere.

God of mercy we hold before you those for whom today is a dark day.  Those who fear tomorrow because of loss.  Loss of security, stability, safety, mental & physical health, employment, loved ones, and those who feel their faith is shaken.  We ask that they may know peace, contentment, reassurance, security, safety, healing and love.  
We name to You now any known to us who especially need our prayers at this time …

These prayers we offer in the name of him who taught us when we pray to say…

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.

Prayers for Unity (by Lynne Chitty)

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, light the fire of your love in us so that suspicions and misunderstanding cease in the Church.
May the walls that separate us fall.

Holy Spirit, Consoler of all, open our hearts to forgiveness and reconciliation and bring us back to you when we lose our way.

Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, give us poverty of spirit so that we may be open to your grace.

Holy Spirit, you create and re-create the Church in all places. Come and whisper in our hearts the prayer which Jesus addressed to his Father on the eve of his passion: “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe”.

Loving God, thank you that you hear our prayers, Amen.

(from ROOTS for Churches Ltd)

StF 504 - May the mind of Christ my Saviour

May the mind of Christ my Saviour
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the word  of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me,
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus,
As I onward go.

Kate B. Wilkinson (1859-1928)

The Grace

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

Amen.

Reimagining Northampton Circuit

The Northampton Methodist Circuit is currently undergoing a ‘reimagining’ process. Please visit this page to download the booklet “Casting the Net on the Other Side” and other materials to help you reflect on this important subject.

Service prepared by Angel McNally, Local Preacher
Format by Rev Phil Snelson

Webpage: Paul Deakin