Videos recorded by the Monday Housegroup during the time when we could not gather together.

Introduction

Opening Prayer

The world belongs to God,
the earth and all its people.
How good it is, how wonderful,
to live together in unity.
Love and faith come together,
justice and peace join hands.
Open our lips, O God,
and our mouths shall proclaim your praise
Amen.


Hymn: I will Worship


Confession and Absolution

Saving God, we are your people
yet the world cannot see this.
We are your children, and fail to live in peace.
We are your voices and choose to be silent.
We are your hands and feet
and walk a different road.
Forgive us, for ignoring your love, for brushing aside your hand and trusting our own wisdom.
Enable us to worship you in spirit and in truth,
to bring to you our joyful songs
in the everyday moments of our lives;
that your name might be glorified
through our words and lives.
Amen
We listen to the words of Jesus,
words that we can trust:
“Don’t be afraid, your sins are forgiven.
I love you. Come and follow me”


Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5


Reading: Romans 9:1-5


Reading: Matthew 14:13-21



Hymn: As the Deer


We declare our faith in God

We believe in God above us,
maker and sustainer of all life,
of sun and moon, of water and earth,
of male and female.
We believe in God beside us,
Jesus Christ, the word made flesh,
born of a woman, servant of the poor,
tortured and nailed to a tree.
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,
he died alone and forsaken.
He descended into the earth to the place of death.
On the third day he rose from the tomb.
He ascended into heaven,
to be everywhere present throughout all ages,
and His kingdom will come on earth.
We believe in God within us,
the Holy Spirit burning with Pentecostal fire,
life-giving breath of the Church,
Spirit of healing and forgiveness,
source of all resurrection and of eternal life.
Amen


We bring our requests to God

Please be quiet for your own prayers;
perhaps asking that you might know and understand God, who is
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen

Some verses from Psalm 90
Teach us, dear Lord, to number our days;
That we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Oh, satisfy us early with Thy mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all of our days.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;
And establish Thou the work of our hands, dear Lord.

Lord, we thank you that you are our dwelling place, our place of refuge, when things around us are so uncertain.  We praise you for your constant care of us and our loved ones.  We thank you for each new day and for your provision of our needs.  We thank you for the beauty of the natural world, and that we have been able to slow down and appreciate it more fully.

We pray for those people who are able to get away this summer for a break, that they will be safe and return refreshed.    
We pray for those who are suffering anxiety and strain at work as they try to balance children at home and demanding work schedules.
We pray for continuing protection for those who are keeping our services and goods supplies running.
We pray for the many who are speaking out against injustice in all its forms, for your wisdom and protection.

We thank you for Neil’s work and considerations for the Stantonbury Partnership.  We pray for healthy and open discussions regarding the future of the six churches included and their involvement in the corporate life of the whole.  Please help us in our thoughts and reflections.
Amen.

We end with the Prayer that Jesus taught us, known as The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.


Hymn: Jehovah Jireh, my provider and You shall go out with joy


Closing Prayer

May the blessing of the God of life be ours,
the blessing of the loving Christ be ours,
the blessing of the Holy Spirit be ours,
to cherish us, to help us, to make us holy.

Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!