Lighting of the candle – Judy Beaumont
Opening Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn MP1094 – Men of faith (Shout to the north)
OT Bible Reading read by John Makin
Operation Christmas Child video
NT Bible Reading read by Chris Makin
Prayers for the World (Chris and John Pasmore)
Hymn MP 806 – Beauty for brokenness (God of the poor)
Men of faith, rise up and sing of the great and glorious King;
you are strong when you feel weak, in your brokenness complete.
Chorus: Shout to the north and the south, sing to the east and the west: Jesus is Saviour to all, Lord of heaven and earth.
Rise up women of the truth, stand and sing to broken hearts,
who can know the healing power of our glorious King of love. Shout to the north . . .
We’ve been through fire, we’ve been through rain;
we’ve been refined by the power of His name.
We’ve fallen deeper in love with You,
You’ve burned the truth on our lips. Shout to the north . . .
Rise up church with broken wings; fill this place with songs again,
of our God who reigns on high: by His grace again we’ll fly. Shout to the north . . .
Lord of heaven and earth. (3 times)
Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair,
Lord, in Your suffering world this is our prayer.
Bread for the children, justice, joy, peace,
sunrise to sunset, Your kingdom increase!
Shelter for fragile lives, cures for their ills,
work for the craftsmen, trade for their skills;
land for the dispossessed, rights for the weak,
voices to plead the cause of those who can’t speak.
Chorus: God of the poor, friend of the weak, give us compassion we pray: melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain; come, change our love from a spark to a flame.
Refuge from cruel wars, havens from fear,
cities for sanctuary, freedoms to share.
Peace to the killing-fields, scorched earth to green,
Christ for the bitterness, His cross for the pain.
Rest for the ravaged earth, oceans and streams
plundered and poisoned – our future, our dreams.
Lord, end our madness, carelessness, greed;
make us content with the things that we need. God of the poor . . .
Lighten our darkness, breathe on this flame
until Your justice burns brightly again;
until the nations learn of Your ways,
seek Your salvation and bring You their praise. God of the poor . . .