Sunday 3rd January 2021

Welcome

Happy New Year! Welcome to our ‘Church at Home’ service for Sunday 3rd of January 2021. On this page you will find prayers, readings, hymns, and a short video message to help you to worship God this morning wherever you are.

On Thursday we will have our first Zoom Prayer Time of 2021. Going into the next 12 months it is so important for us as a church to lay a foundation of prayer, so I encourage you join us at at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th January (Zoom details will be included in the weekly email sign up here). If there is anything you would like prayer for, please fill in our prayer request form.

Call to Worship – Psalm 60:1-3

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Hymn 125 – Lord, for the years

Prayer for the New Year

Father God, this new year,
We give you our thanks…
We give you our praise…
We give you our worship…
We receive your all-embracing love deep within our hearts…
We respond with love towards you.

God of new beginnings,
Help us in this new year to
love you with all of our heart,
love you with all of our soul,
love you with all of our strength,
love you with all of our mind.

Lord of time,
Increase our hunger for your word,
and help us to keep our eyes on you.
In our weakness Father, make us strong;
and guide our thoughts to be more like Yours

This year give us an attitude that is more like Christ:
to offer kindness;
to bring peace;
to spread joy;
and to share generously with everyone we meet.

We thank you for the gifts and abilities
you have given to the people of this church.
May we choose to use them in you service.

Lord Jesus,
may your light shine before us.
In your name we pray,
Amen

Reading Jeremiah 17:5-8

This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
    they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
    in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who 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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Children’s Story – Jesus in the temple

Children’s Praise – All through History

Reading John 15:1-17

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.

Sermon – ‘Starting 2021 with Confidence’

Hymn 89 – Great is Thy Faithfulness

Final Prayer

May the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ
shine in our hearts, transform our lives,
and brighten the world.

Amen


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