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Sunday 24th May


Theme: Ephesians 2:19-21

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow

citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the

foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the

chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to

become a holy temple in the Lord. (NIV)



PDF Version of service for 24th May 2020

Come, let us bow down in worship,

let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

for he is our God

and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.


Psalm 95:6-7, NIV



Glorious things of you are spoken,

Zion, city of our God;

he whose word cannot be broken

formed you for his own abode:

on the rock of ages founded,

what can shake your sure repose?

With salvation's walls surrounded,

you may smile at all your foes.


See, the streams of living waters

springing from eternal love!

Well supply your sons and daughters

and all fear of want remove:

who can faint, while such a river

ever flows their thirst to assuage?

Grace, which like the Lord the giver

never fails from age to age.


Round each habitation hovering

see the cloud and fire appear

for a glory and a covering,

showing that the Lord is near:

thus deriving from their banner,

light by night and shade by day;

safe they feed upon the manna

which he gives them when they pray.


J Newton



Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have

sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole

heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy

forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct

what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with

you, our God. Amen.


Reading: Philippians 4:21-23

21Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are

with me send greetings. 22All God’s people here send you greetings,

especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. NIV)


Click here to listen to today's Bible reading


Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with

God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of

a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he

humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on

a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that

is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should

confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord!



Church of God, elect and glorious,

holy nation, chosen race;

called as God's own special people,

royal priests and heirs of grace:

know the purpose of your calling,

show to all his mighty deeds;

tell of love which knows no limits,

grace which meets all human needs.


Church of God, elect and holy,

be the people he intends;

strong in faith and swift to answer

each command your master sends:

royal priests, fulfil your calling

through your sacrifice and prayer;

give your lives in joyful service-

sing his praise, his love declare.


James E. Seddon(1915-1983) from 1 Peter 2

©The Representatives of the late James Edward Seddon/Admin by the Jubilate Group




Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your

will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive

us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into

temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the

glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.




Amazing grace how sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

was blind, but now I see.


'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

and grace my fears relieved;

how precious did that grace appear

the hour I first believed!


Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come:

'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,

and grace will lead me home.


When we've been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun

We've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when we've first begun.


The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and

minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, our

Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy

Spirit, remain with you always. Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen

Next week we are starting our series on the book of Isaiah together! To help get to grips with the first thirty nine chapters the video from the Bible Project below is extremely useful. We would recommend you give it a watch in your own time. See you next week!


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