Sunday 10th May 2020 Order of Service

Sunday 10th May 2020

Live stream Morning Worship
led by the Revd Lucy Brierley.  

This Service, broadcast live, can be found via Facebook – www.facebook.com/wokingurc – or the front page of the Church’s website – www.wokingurc.org.uk   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 – office@wokingurc.org.uk .

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!

Most of the Services while the Church building is closed will continue to be recorded.  If you would like an mp3 (audio) file sent by a Dropbox link by email every week please send a message to the Church office (as above).  CDs (Sermon and Readings only) and DVDs will also be available and can be delivered or posted to you. Please email office@wokingurc.org.uk or if you are unable to email telephone Dave Tuson on 07817 007780. 

Welcome and Notices 
Gathering prayer, said together

God of all the Earth,
be present with us now,
in each of our homes,
as we connect together.
Build us into a spiritual house,
a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you
through Jesus Christ,
our risen redeemer and healer.

 Amen.

Hymn – O Lord my God (How great Thou art) (R&S 117)

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Chorus
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Chorus

But when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die-I scarce can take it in.
That on the cross, our burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away our sin:

Chorus

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home-what joy shall fill my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim: My God, how great Thou art!

Stuart Wesley Keene Hine  

Hymn – Empty broken, here I stand (Kyrie eleison)

Empty, broken, here I stand,
Kyrie eleison.
Touch me with your healing hand,
Kyrie eleison.
Take my arrogance and pride,
Kyrie eleison.
Wash me in your mercy’s tide,
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

When my faith has all but gone,
Kyrie eleison,
give me strength to carry on,
Kyrie eleison.
When my dreams have turned to dust,
Kyrie eleison.
in you, O Lord, I put my trust,
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison

When my heart is cold as ice,
Kyrie eleison,
your love speaks of sacrifice,
Kyrie eleison,
love that sets the captives free,
Kyrie eleison.
O pour compassion down on me,
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

You’re the voice that calms my fears,
Kyrie eleison,
you’re the laughter, dries my tears,
Kyrie eleison,
you’re my music, my refrain,
Kyrie eleison,
help me sing your song again,
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Humble heart of holiness,
Kyrie eleison,
kiss me with your tenderness,
Kyrie eleison.
Jesus, faithful friend and true,
Kyrie eleison,
all I am I give to you.
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

  Nick & Anita Haigh

Prayers & The Lord’s Prayer

Family Time

Hymn – Peace is flowing like a river

Peace is flowing like a river,
Flowing out through you and me,
Spreading out into the desert,
Setting all the captives free.

Love is flowing like a river,
Flowing out through you and me,
Spreading out into the desert,
Setting all the captives free.

Joy is flowing like a river,
Flowing out through you and me,
Spreading out into the desert,
Setting all the captives free.

Faith is flowing like a river,
Flowing out through you and me,
Spreading out into the desert,
Setting all the captives free.

Hope is flowing like a river,
Flowing out through you and me,
Spreading out into the desert,
Setting all the captives free

                                                                                                               Andrew Moore

Bible Readings –

Psalm 31
John 14 v1-14

Hymn – If Christ has made no distinctions

If Christ has made no distinction,
Died for us all on the cross,
If we are all truly special,
All worth his pain and his loss,
Then we must each learn to value
Those we despise or ignore;
Risk being changed by this challenge –
Learning his love.

If Christ adopts Jew or Gentiles,
Welcomes the whole human race,
Finds deep delight in the beauty
Of each unique human face,
Then we must each dare to welcome
Strangers we once might have feared
Risk being changed by this challenge,
Learning his love.

If Christ rejects stark injustice
Where some are slave, some are free,
Died to release every captive,
So they may be who they’ll be,
Then we must each fight for fairness
Cease to enslave or exploit,
Risk being changed by this challenge –
Learning his love.

If Christ includes men and women,
Valueing each as they are,
That they may all be respected,
Find their esteem on a par,
Then we must all work to alter
What our forefathers assumed,
Risk being changed by this challenge –
Learning his love.
                                                                                                          John Campbell

Sermon

Hymn – With a prayer you fed the hungry

With a prayer You fed the hungry
With a cry You stilled the storm;
With a look You had compassion
On the desperate and forlorn.
With a touch You healed the leper,
With a shout You raised the dead;
With a word expelled the demons,
With a blessing broke the bread.

Chorus
Love incarnate, love divine,
Captivate this heart of mine
Till all I do speaks of You.

As a sheep before the shearer
You were silent in Your pain;
You endured humiliation
At the hands of those You’d made.
And as hell unleashed its fury
You were lifted on a tree,
Crying ‘Father God, forgive them,
Place their punishment on me.’

I will feed the poor and hungry,
I will stand up for the truth;
I will take my cross and follow
To the corners of the earth.
And I ask that You so fill me
With Your peace, Your power, Your breath,
That I never love my life so much
To shrink from facing death.

                                                                                                         Stuart Tonwnend

Prayers for Others – Teresa Bacon

Hymn – Beauty for brokenness

Beauty for brokenness,
Hope for despair,
Lord, in the suffering
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 craftsman,
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.

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.


Graham Kendrick

Blessing & The Grace


Join us for Pause for Prayer every Wednesday at 7pm on www.wokingurc.org.uk and www.facebook.com/wokingurc

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.

If you would like to give to the Church this can now be done through the link – https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/12916 – or via a click on the front page of the Church’s website.  Regular giving by standing order continues in the same way without interruption during this lockdown period.

Every Thursday at 11.30 am – Chat via Zoom. An invitation from David Tuson, Church & Community Worker to share in a social time together. On Thursday 14th May at 11.30am, I will be hosting another Zoom virtual coffee time catch-up, and you are invited to join us. It is a great opportunity to chat face to face (all be it virtually) with other members of the Church Family. To join the meeting on Thursday morning, please click on the link below:
https://zoom.us/j/95986431118
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. Should you need it, the meeting ID is 959-8643-1118.  If you need any assistance in advance, please get in touch.

York Road Project. 
Due to generous gifts for which grateful thanks, nothing more is needed at the moment.

This is Christian Aid Week 10th – 16th May
Today at 1 pm – Live streamed Service – Preacher: Dr Rowan Williams
All week, Monday to Saturday – short reflections

To join https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/daily-prayer-reflection
Wednesday at 7.30 pm – Virtual Quiz via Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/93171592559.  To donate for taking part in the quiz please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wokingurcquiz
Justin Brierley’s Sponsored Head Shaving (taking place after the Service on Sunday 17th May) – please donate via -https://justgiving.com/fundraising/justin-brierley  

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 churchcommunity@wokingurc.org.uk
If you would like to volunteer to commit to praying regularly at home, and receive a prayer list, please email Morwenna at  office@wokingurc.org.uk

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 –  https://devotions.urc.org.uk  – and you can also be signed up for the daily email which gives a Bible reading, a commentary and a prayer.

Get Reform free on line! During this time of Churches being closed and the need for more communication, there is a special offer for you to receive this URC magazine absolutely FREE. Just follow this link: http://ow.ly/lBUW50yT73A.
Current paper copy subscribers will still receive their copies at home.

Items for the next Newsletter—please send to Kate Gray—magazine@wokingurc.org.uk by this Friday, 15th May. 

Next live stream Worship occasions:
Wednesday 13th May –
7 pm Pause for Prayer
Sunday 17th May – 10.30 am  Morning Worship

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