24th May 2020 – Order of Service

Sunday 24th 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 

Call to Worship

Hymn –Praise my soul the King of Heaven (R&S 104)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! praise him!
Praise him! praise him!
Praise the ever-lasting King!

Praise him for his grace and favour
To his people in distress;
Praise him still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless
Praise him! praise him!
Praise him! praise him!
Glorious in his faithfulness!

Father like he tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his hands he gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes:
Praise him! praise him!
Praise him! praise him!
Widely as his mercy flows!

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish
Blows the wind and it is gone,
But while mortals rise and perish
God endures unchanging on.
Praise him! praise him!
Praise him! praise him!
Praise the high Eternal One!

Angels, help us to adore him,
Ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
Dwellers all in time and space:
Praise him! praise him!
Praise him! praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace! 
R F Lyte

Hymn – All heaven declares
All heaven declares
The glory of the risen Lord.
Who can compare
With the beauty of the Lord?

Chorus
Forever He will be
the Lamb upon the throne.
I gladly bow the knee
and worship Him alone.

I will proclaim
The glory of the risen Lord,
Who once was slain
To reconcile man to God.
Noel and Tricia Richards

Prayers

Family Time – Acts 1

Hymn – Our God is a great big God

Our God is a great big God,
our God is a great big God,
our God is a great big God
and he holds us in his hands.

He’s higher than a skyscraper
and he’s deeper than a submarine.
He’s wider than the universe
and beyond my wildest dreams.
And he’s known me and he’s loved me
since before the world began.
How wonderful to be a part
of God’s amazing plan.
Jo and Nigel Hemming

Bible Readings –
Acts 1

Hymn – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (R&S 492)

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.
Rise up and follow Thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!
Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.
As fell Thy manna down.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
O still, small voice of calm.

J G Whittier

Sermon

Hymn – Hungry I come to You

Hungry, I Come To You,
For I know You satisfy.
I am empty, but I know
Your love does not run dry.
So I wait for You,
So I wait for You.

I’m falling on my knees,
Offering all of me.
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for.

Broken, I run to You,
For Your arms are open wide;
I am weary, but I know
Your touch restores my life.
So I wait for You,
So I wait for You.
Kathryn Scott

Prayers for Others

Hymn – Lord, the light of your love is shining

Lord, the light of Your love is shining,
in the midst of the darkness, shining:
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us;
set us free by the truth You now bring us –
shine on me, shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine,
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze,
Set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
Flood the nations with grace and mercy;
Send forth Your word,
Lord, and let there be light!

Lord, I come to Your awesome presence,
from the shadows into Your radiance;
by Your blood I may enter Your brightness:
search me, try me, consume all my darkness –
shine on me, shine on me.

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
so our faces display Your likeness,
ever changing from glory to glory:
mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story –
shine on me, shine on me.
Graham Kendrick

Blessing & The Grace

All hymns printed in accordance with Church Copyright Licence 125991

After the Service today – 
…an opportunity to ‘meet’ each other via Zoom while you have your refreshments.  There is now a permanent link which may be used every Sunday—https://zoom.us/j/96575503401 and there will still be a place to click on the Church website to join in the conversation.

…and something new after the Service – a message from David Tuson, Church & Community Worker: 
an opportunity for Prayer Ministry to take place via Zoom call. David will be hosting and will lead the prayers and you will have the opportunity to pray out loud or silently if you would like to for anything that is on your heart.  If you would like to join in this time of Prayer Ministry, please use the login details below:  https://zoom.us/j/93577271257

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 link 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.

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

Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade Zoom ‘meeting’ will not be taking place tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday.  Back again on Monday 1st June

Every Thursday at 11.30 am – Chat via Zoom. An invitation from David Tuson, Church & Community Worker to share in a social time together and virtual coffee time catch-up.  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 please click on or use the link below:

https://zoom.us/j/95986431118

Any problems or questions about this ring Dave on 07817007780

Items for the next Newsletter—
please send to Kate Gray—magazine@wokingurc.org.uk by this Friday, 29th May. 

Wednesday 3rd June at 8 pm – Ask NT (Tom) Wright anything. 
See details in newsletter.  If you have a question you’d like to put to Tom, please email
 justinbrierley@yahoo.co.uk.  To watch live go to www.wokingurc.org.uk or www.facebook.com/wokingurc

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.

Next live stream Worship occasions:
Wednesday 27th May –
7 pm Pause for Prayer
Sunday 31st May – 10.30 am – Morning Worship – Don’t forget to wear the red, yellow, or orange Pentecost colours… or all three!

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