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Worship for the Week Beginning 19th September 2021

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Sunday 18th May

Rev David Spiers 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.

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Opening Prayer:

Gracious and loving God,
creator of all things,
giver and sustainer of life.
We give you praise and thanks for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord & Saviour.
In his life and teaching Jesus showed us true humility, giving up his own life on the cross so that we might live.
Help us, by your Holy Spirit, become more like Jesus in love, humility and service. And unite us with him in the resurrection to new life.
In Christ’s name we pray.


StF 335 – Rejoice the Lord is King

Rejoice the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart! Lift up your voice!
Rejoice! again I say, rejoice!

Jesus, the Saviour reigns,
the God of truth and love:
when he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above.

Lift up your heart… (Refrain)

His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules o’er earth and heaven;
the keys of death and hell
are to our Jesus given.

Lift up your heart… (Refrain)

He sits at God’s right hand
till all his foes submit,
and bow to his command,
and fall beneath his feet:

Lift up your heart… (Refrain)

Rejoice in glorious hope!
Jesus the Judge shall come
and take his servants up
to their eternal home:

We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice,
The trump of God shall sound:

Lift up your heart… (Refrain)

By Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Bible Reading


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StF 249 – Jesu, Jesu, Fill us with your love

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,show us how to serve the neighbours we have from you.

Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them.

Jesu, Jesu… (Refrain).

Neighbours are rich folk and poor,
neighbours are black folk and white
neighbours are near us and far away.

Jesu, Jesu… (Refrain).

These are the ones we should serve,
these are the ones we should love,
all these are neighbours to us and you.

Jesu, Jesu… (Refrain).

Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them.

Jesu, Jesu… (Refrain).

Time to Reflect

Like many people this summer I was excitedly following the England football team’s journey through Euro 2021. I was impressed by how well the team were playing and it really seemed like they might win the competition. Yet England’s hopes were dashed in a nail-biting final in which they lost on penalties. However, despite not taking home the cup the competition was not seen as a failure for England. Instead, the players were widely complimented on their teamwork, energy, and positive spirit.

In a world that is obsessed with greatness and success we can be led into thinking that all that matters is ‘winning’. In the reading that we have this Sunday the disciples have adopted that attitude, arguing amongst themselves which one of them was the ‘greatest’. Jesus responds to their argument reminding them that the first among them must become the servant of all. He uses the example of a child to help him explain. In their own culture a child had very little status, being at the command of adults and entirely dependent on their parents.

Jesus reminds his disciples that to serve, without expectation of return, is what the kingdom asks of us.

Jesus, of course, does this himself. He lowers himself to become the servant of all and he dies a death upon the cross for the salvation of all humankind. Jesus, in self sacrificial love, gives up everything for others. so that they too can share in his death and resurrection.

What does this mean for us? In my previous circuit we established a project called RE:Uniform which distributed school uniform to families in need in Hull. We did this because we loved and cared for the community and wanted to serve Jesus in the way that he serves us. Jesus calls us to serve in our communities, so that others might know the love of God in Christ and that we might encounter him ourselves!

In our Christian living we can occasionally make the mistake of taking on worldly notions of success or become concerned with our own power or status. We might do things only in the expectation of material reward. Yet this passage reminds us that God is concerned with what is in our hearts, and that humility and service is the way of Christ. I hope and pray that we as a church would hold to this as we follow the example of Jesus.

Time to Pray…
Holy and Gracious God,

We pray for the needs of the world…
We pray for the Church…
We pray for all in trouble or distress…
We pray for all who make a new beginning today…

Holy God, listen to our prayer and help us by your Holy Spirit to live according to your Word, in service and humility.

May what we ask in Jesus’ name be done according to his Word.


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.


StF 272 – From heaven you came

From heaven you came, helpless babe,
Entered our world, your glory veiled; 
Not to be served but to serve,
And give your life that we might live.

This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow him,
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King

There in the garden of tears,
My heavy load he chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
‘Yet not my will but yours,’ he said.

This is our God, the Servant King…

Come, see his hands and his feet,
The scars that speak of sacrifice,
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered.

This is our God, the Servant King…

So let us learn how to serve,
And in our lives enthrone him;
Each other’s needs to prefer,
For it is Christ we’re serving.

This is our God, the Servant King…

Words and music: Graham Kendrick (b. 1950) © 1983 Thankyou Music/Admin. by kingswaysongs.com www.kingswaysongs.com

Final Prayer of Blessing

We continue in the knowledge of God’s presence and love for every human being. May the blessing of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with those we love and those we ought to love. Now and forever. 


Service prepared by Rev David Spiers

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