Sunday 22nd November Service from the URC

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Led by Revd. Michael Hodgson

 

Call to Worship

The wisdom of God calls to us, from the heights, along the paths, and at

the crossroads. Come into God’s presence to worship, sing, and pray.

From our scattered places we come. Let us worship God.

 

 

 

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus; His the scepter, His the throne.

Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood;

“Jesus out of ev’ry nation hath redeemed us by His blood.

 

Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow now.

Alleluia! He is near us; faith believes, nor questions how.

Though the cloud from sight received Him when the forty days were o’er,

shall our hearts forget His promise, “I am with you evermore”?

 

Alleluia! Bread of Angels, Here on earth our food, our stay!

Alleluia! here the sinful Flee to thee from day to day:

Intercessor, friend of sinners, Earth’s redeemer, plead for me,

Where the songs of all the sinless Sweep across the crystal sea.

 

Alleluia! King eternal, Ye the Lord of lords we own;

Alleluia! Born of Mary, Earth thy footstool, heav’n thy throne:

Thou within the veil hast entered, Robed in flesh, our great high priest;

Thou on earth both priest and victim In thy Eucharistic feast.

 

 

 

Opening Prayer, Confession and Assurance and Pardon

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

 

Reading: St Matthew 25 : 31 – 46

 

 

 

There is a land of pure delight Where saints, immortal reign

Infinite day excludes the night and pleasures banish pain.

There everlasting spring abides And never withering flowers:

Death, like a narrow sea, divides this heav’nly land from ours.

 

Could we but climb where Moses stood

And view the landscape o’er

Not Jordan’s streams nor death’s cold flood

Should fright us from this shore

 

O could we make our doubts remove Those gloomy thoughts that rise

and see the Canaan that we love with unbeclouded eyes!

 

Could we but climb ….

(sung twice)

 

 

 

 

Sermon

 

 

 

Christ, of God unseen the image,

born before creation’s birth;

through whom all things were  created,

all that live in heaven and earth –

realms and rulers, thrones, dominions,

powers great and forces small

through and for Him made and fashioned –

He is in and over all.

 

Christ the firstborn of creation,

Christ in whom all things cohere,

all things’ Maker, seen and unseen,

low and lofty, far and near,

Christ the head of His dear body,

of His Church the living core,

risen from the dead before us –

Him we gladly now adore.

 

Christ in whom the very fullness

of the living God is found,

Christ who reconciles creation

turning earth to holy ground,

Christ the home of God’s good pleasure

through whose blood is made our peace,

in whose Cross, beyond all measure,

is our freedom and release.

 

 

Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe in the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who

gathers, protects, and cares for the Church through Word and Spirit. This God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.   We do

 

Do you believe that God is the One who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people.  We do.

 

Do you believe that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a

special way the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged?

We do.

 

This is the faith of the Church! We are proud to confess it in Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

 

Prayers of Intersession

 

 

Offertory Prayer

 

 

 

 

Christ triumphant, ever reigning,

Saviour, Master, King!

Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining,

hear us as we sing:

 

Yours the glory and the crown,

the high renown, the eternal name.

 

Word incarnate, truth revealing,

Son of Man on earth!

power and majesty concealing

by your humble birth:

Yours the glory…

 

Suffering servant, scorned, ill treated,

victim crucified!

death is through the cross defeated,

sinners justified:

Yours the glory…

 

Priestly king, enthroned for ever

high in heaven above!

sin and death and hell shall never

stifle hymns of love:

Yours the glory…

 

So, our hearts and voices raising

through the ages long,

ceaselessly upon you gazing,

this shall be our song:

Yours the glory…

 

 

 

Blessing