Sunday 3rd May, Order of Service

Sunday 3rd May 2020
Live stream Communion Service
led by the Revd Lucy Brierley.  

This Service, broadcast live, can be found via Facebook – – or the front page of the Church’s website –   The Service will be available to see during the week as well.  If you would like some help to access either of them please email – .
This order of Service has been prepared so that you may fully participate at home and the sound of praise may ring across the town and many other parts of the country!

Welcome and Notices 

Call to Worship

We’ve come to worship God,
who loved us before we were yet born,
who knows us even better than we know ourselves,
whose presence never leaves us,
and whose love for us never ceases.
This is our God.
Let’s worship together!

Hymn – Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.
We will wait upon the Lord,
We will wait upon the Lord.

Our God, You reign forever;
Our hope, our strong deliverer.

You are the everlasting God,
The everlasting God.
You do not faint,
You won’t grow weary.
You’re the defender of the weak,
You comfort those in need.
You lift us up on wings like eagles.

                                                       Brenton Brown & Ken Riley

Hymn— Everlasting God (Yesterday, today and forever)

Everlasting God
The years go by but You’re unchanging
In this fragile world
You are the only firm foundation

Always loving, always true
Always merciful and good, so good

Yesterday, today and forever
You are the same, You never change
Yesterday, today and forever
You are faithful and we will trust in You

Uncreated One
You have no end and no beginning
Earthly power fades
But there is no end to Your kingdom

Yahweh, God unchanging
Yahweh, firm foundation
Yahweh, God unchanging
Yahweh, firm foundation

                                                                                                            Vicky Beeching

Prayers & The Lord’s Prayer

Family Time

Hymn – If I were a Butterfly

If I were a butterfly,
I’d thank you, Lord, for giving me wings.
And if I were a robin in a tree,
I’d thank you, Lord, that I could sing.
And if I were a fish in the sea,
I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee;
But I just thank you, Father,
For making me ‘me’.

For you gave me a heart
And you gave me a smile,
You gave me Jesus
And you made me your child,
And I just thank you, Father,
For making me ‘me’.

If I were an elephant,
I’d thank you, Lord, by raising my trunk,
And if I were a kangaroo,
You know I’d hop right up to you.
And if I were an octopus,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fine looks;
But I just thank you, Father,
For making me ‘me’.


If I were a wiggly worm,
I’d thank you, Lord, that I could squirm.
And if I were a billy goat,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my strong throat.
And if I were a fuzzy-wuzzy bear,
I’d thank you, Lord, for my fuzzy-wuzzy hair;
But I just thank you, Father,
For making me ‘me’.


Brian Howard

Bible Readings –
Psalm 23
John 10 v1-18


Hymn – The King of love my shepherd is (R&S 552)

The King of love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight,
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever.                                                        

H. W. Bayer

Prayers for Others

Hymn – I come with joy to meet my Lord (R&S 447, tune St Botolph)
I come with joy to meet my Lord,
forgiven, loved, and free,
in awe and wonder to recall
his life laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread and bids us share
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

And thus with joy we meet our Lord,
his presence, always near,
is in such friendship better known:
we see, and praise him here.

Together met, together bound,
we’ll go our different ways,
and as his people in the world
we’ll live and speak his praise.                                                                                                    

Brian Wren


Hymn – The Lord’s My Shepherd (I will trust)

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in You alone.
(I will trust, I will trust in You.)
And I will trust in You alone,
(I will trust, I will trust in You.)
For Your endless mercy follows me,
(Endless mercy follows me,)
Your goodness will lead me home.
(Goodness will lead me home.)

He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.

And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know.

Stuart Townend

Blessing & The Grace

Join us for Pause for Prayer every Wednesday at 7pm on and

All hymns printed in accordance with Church Copyright Licence 125991

News And Notices

After the Service this morning… share in ‘virtual’ conversations, may be while you have your tea or coffee.  There will be a Zoom link on the Church website or Facebook (where you have found this Service) to enable you to do this.

Every Thursday at 11.30 am – Chat via Zoom.  An invitation from David Tuson, Church & Community Worker to share in a social time together.  To join in this time together please click on the following link  Note that It may prompt you to download a piece of software. But It’s fairly simple to use and doesn’t require you registering an account or anything like that.

Continuing to support the York Road Project.  Please bring items to the Church (for non-contact handing over) each Wednesday from 10 am to 12 noon.  Items required: Hand sanitizer, individual coffee & sugar  sachets, small boxes of cereal (e.g. variety packs),   individual UHT  sachets, Pot  Noodles (or similar), cereal bars,  shampoo, conditioner, deodorant. Due to generous gifts, no more clothing is required at the moment. If you would like anything collected please ask David Tuson. 

Prayers are very important, particularly at this time of isolation.  If you would like to request a prayer please contact the Church and Community Worker, Dave Tuson on 07817 007780 or email If you would like to volunteer to commit to praying regularly at home, and receive a prayer list, please email Morwenna at

 If you would like to listen to another Service…the URC is sending one out at 10 am each Sunday morning which can be accessed at any time afterwards.  Just go to –  – and you can also be signed up for the daily email which gives a Bible reading, a commentary and a prayer.

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