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Worship for the week beginning 13th June 2021

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Sunday 13th June

Rev Phil Snelson has prepared this week’s message

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Please use this service whenever you like during the week.

Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

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Call to Worship(from Psalm 92)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night…

How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!”


StF 41 - “Blessèd be your name”

Sing or make this a prayer…

Blessèd be your name
In the land that is plentiful,
Where Your streams of abundance flow,
Blessèd be Your name.
And blessèd be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness,
Blessèd be Your name.

Every blessing You pour out I’ll
Turn back to praise.
When the darkness closes in, Lord,
Still I will say:

Blessèd be the name of the Lord,
èd be Your name.
èd be the name of the Lord,
èd be Your glorious name.

Blessèd be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me,
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’,
Blessèd be Your name.
And blessèd be Your name
On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering,
Blessèd be Your name.

You give and take away,
You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say:
Lord, blessèd be Your name.

Matt & Beth Redman Copyright © 2002 Thankyou Music

Opening Prayers

Lord, I come with thanksgiving and praises in my heart for your love and faithfulness.
You are worthy of my heartfelt worship today.

Lord, thank you for sending your Son Jesus who inaugurated your kingdom on earth and for the continuing power of the Holy Spirit, who helps the kingdom to grow.

Forgive us Lord when we fail to see your will in our lives and in others.

Forgive us when we are overcome with anxiety, when we become impatient and when we lose heart in times of suffering and prevailing evil in our world.

Help us to be confident in your faithfulness even when things seem bleak and to know that you are in control of all things.

Bible Readings


11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

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

Time to Reflect…

I remember travelling on a train to London to a meeting, catching up on my daily reading, which was the Ephesians 4 reading we’re looking at today.  As I read the words in verse 13 about being ‘mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ’ God whispered to me, “That’s my plan for you.”  Wow!  To think that one day the Father will make me fully and completely like Jesus in character. Perfect! (not yet!  But one day).

I truly believe that this is His plan for all believers in Christ to measure up to his character – your destiny!  Think about that!

More recently, I have been brought back to the same passage again, this time with a different line of thought about the church as a whole.  Paul talks about five roles in leadership, gifts given by Christ: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and the teachers.  He says that these have been given ‘to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.’  Clearly this is something we all do together and that is vital to building up the church, encouraging and helping people grow in faith. 

It’s also come to me that in our search for a positive way forward that will have a future, we should take very seriously all of these five gift roles.  Looking at them I strongly suspect that Methodism heavily favours and values pastors and teachers in our local churches, and there is a distinct lack of apostles, prophets and evangelists.  What do you think?

What I’m thinking Paul is saying is that you need all five for the church to be healthy and grow.  Wouldn’t it make sense if part of the reason the church is not growing is due to a lack of evangelistic gifts, or at least a lack of valuing, encouraging and using of the gift of evangelism – people who have the gift and the expertise to help equip the church as a whole to share faith, draw new people in and nurture them into mature faith.

Some might say “Well we do it as a body ministering together” – maybe? Certainly that’s actually what Paul says too, but he is also saying that we need the gift of evangelists to train and equip the body to minister together in an evangelistic way.

Apostles are about strategy and vision, the mission, ensuring that the church stays on vision, with strong Christian purpose and values; and Prophets champion the cause of God’s justice and truth, bringing God’s challenge to injustice.  (that’s a very, very potted summary!!)

Picking up Jesus parable, we see that some people suffer from hardness of heart (path), and many more struggle with shallow faith that doesn’t stand up to the test and with too many wrong priorities letting all sorts of other things get in the way of living out faith in Jesus.  Thankfully there are also some who go deep enough to be fruitful and multiply their faith.

We need a whole series of sermons to tackle each of these points but hopefully I’ve given you some food for thought and as you think you’ll begin to see how each of these five leadership roles is vital to keep Christians and the Church from getting stuck in the different scenarios in Jesus’ parable.

How might we incorporate using these important gifts of leadership in our vision for Northampton Methodism for the months and years to come?

Take a time to sit quietly and reflect…

Time to Pray…

Lord God,
We pray for leaders with gifts in each of these five areas that your church may be better equipped for our mission.  Help us to value and encourage people with these gifts.

We pray for the persecuted Christians in our world, for whom following Christ may mean much suffering.

We pray for those who have been overcome with struggles of life, doubt and fear and for whom faith means nothing.

We pray for those who have been bereaved, those who are in physical, mental or emotional pain.

Faithful God,
Be with us as we seek to serve you so that we may reflect kingdom values rather than worldly values. We ask these prayers through the powerful name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. 


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.


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.


“Lord Thy Church on earth is seeking”

Lord, Thy Church on Earth is Seeking
Thy renewal from above;
Teach us all the art of speaking
With the accent of Thy love.
We would heed Thy great commission;
“Go ye into every place;
Preach, baptize, fulfil My mission,
Serve with love and share My grace.”

Freedom give to those in bondage,
Lift the burdens caused by sin;
Give new hope, new strength and courage, Grant release from fears within.
Light for darkness, joy for sorrow;
Love for hatred, peace for strife.
These and countless blessings follow
As the Spirit gives new life.

In the streets of every city
Where the bruised and lonely dwell,
Let us show the Saviour’s pity,
Let us of His mercy tell.
In all lands and with all races
Let us serve and seek to bring
All the world to render praises,
Christ, to Thee, Redeemer, King.

Hugh Sherlock (1905 1998) Music: Cyril Vincent Taylor (1907-1991)
sung by Northallerton Methodist Church Choir


Final Prayer of Blessing

Generous God,
touch us again with the fire of your Spirit
and renew in us all the grace of our Baptism;
that we may profess the one true faith,
and live in love and unity
with all who are baptized into Christ. 


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