17th May 2020, Order of Service

Sunday 17th 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 –All creatures of our God and King (R&S 39)

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing,
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam:

O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn in praise rejoice;
ye lights of evening, find a voice:

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire, so masterful and bright,
that givest us both warmth and light:

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show:

Let all things their creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness;
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:
W. H. Drape

Hymn – Morning has broken (R&S 45)

Morning has broken
like the first morning,
blackbird has spoken
like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning,
praise for them, springing
fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall
sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall
on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness
where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight;
mine is the morning,
born of the one light
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
praise every morning,
God’s re-creation
of the new day!
Eleanor Farjeon


Family Time

Hymn – Everywhere around me (Tell me who made all of creation)

Tell me who made all of creation,
Who designed the wonders of nature?
Whose idea was pattern and colour,
Wonderful to see?

Everywhere around me
I can see the hand of God,
The evidence surrounds me,
In the greatness of his world.

Tell me who made music and laughter,
Who designed our bodies to start with?
Whose idea was thinking and feeling,
Who gave life to me?


Don’t stop looking, don’t stop believing,
God is to be found when you seek Him.
All creation tells of His glory,
For eternity.


Helen Johnson, Mark Johnson

Bible Readings

Psalm 31
John 14 v1-14

Hymn – God who spoke in the beginning (R&S 60,  tune R&S 344 Rhuddlan)

God who spoke in the beginning
forming rock and shaping spar,
set all life and growth in motion,
earthly world and distant star;
he who calls the earth to order
is the ground of what we are.

God who spoke through people, nations,
and events long past and gone,
showing still today his purpose,
speaks supremely through his Son;
he who calls the earth to order
gives his word and it is done.

God whose speech becomes incarnate
Christ is servant, Christ is Lord!
calls us to a life of service,
heart and will to action stirred;
he who uses our obedience
has the first and final word.
Fred Kaan


Hymn – So Will I

God of creation
There at the start
Before the beginning of time
With no point of reference
You spoke to the dark
And fleshed out the wonder of light

And as You speak
A hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapor of Your breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
Every burning star
A signal fire of grace
If creation sings Your praises so will I

God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice

And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You so will I

If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I

Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind

Joel Houston / Benjamin Hastings / Michael Fatkin

Prayers for Others

Hymn – Teach me to dance

Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart
Teach me to move in the power of your Spirit
Teach me to walk in the light of your presence
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart

Teach me to love with your heart of compassion
Teach me to trust in the word of your promise
Teach me to hope in the day of your coming
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart

You wrote the rhythm of life
Created heaven and earth
In You is joy without measure
So, like a child in your sight
I dance to see your delight
For I was made for your pleasure


Let all my movements express
A heart that loves to say ‘yes’
A will that leaps to obey you
Let all my energy blaze
To see the joy in your face
Let my whole being praise you
Praise you

Graham Kendrick  and Steve Thompson

Blessing & The Grace

All hymns printed in accordance with Church Copyright Licence 125991

After the Service today –  Justin Brierley’s sponsored head shave for Christian Aid.
Please donate by using – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/justin-brierley
The after Service chat session via Zoom will not take place today – stay tuned in and watch the above!

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

The Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade are meeting via Zoom every Monday
6 pm – Anchor Boys & Explorer Girls (for about 20 minutes)
6.30 pm – Junior Section Girls (for about 30 minutes)
7 pm- Junior Section Boys (for about 30 minutes)
7.30 pm – Senior & Brigades’ Girls (for about 40 minutes)
8.15 pm – Company & Senior Boys (for about 40 minutes)
There is an invitation to all children and young people to share in this. Parents – just send an email to:  girlsbrigade@wokingurc.org.uk or boysbrigade@wokingurc.org.uk and you will be sent a pro forma consent email to complete and return. On returning this you will be sent the ZOOM meeting room information for the relevant group together with some guidelines for the meeting.

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 21st 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:
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.

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.

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Current paper copy subscribers will still receive their copies at home.

Next live stream Worship occasions:
Wednesday 20th May –
7 pm Pause for Prayer
Sunday 24th May – 10.30 am Morning Worship  Beginning the Journey through Acts