Welcome & Announcements
Welcome to our ‘Church at Home’ service for Sunday 7th February 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. Today we continue our sermon series looking at the Parables of Jesus.
Call to Worship – Psalm 147:1-11
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens that cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Praise the Lord!
Opening Praise – Bless the Lord O My Soul (10,000 Reasons)
Worthy are you, O God,
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength,
and honour, and glory, and blessing!
Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb, for ever and ever.
We bless you, O Lord our God,
that nothing can ever separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus;
that in tribulation and distress and in all that may afflict us
we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Praise and glory to be given to you by all your creatures.
God of grace,
you have searched us and known us,
and are acquainted with all our ways;
you know our foolishness,
and our sins are not hidden from you.
If you, O Lord, should count our iniquities,
who would be able to stand?
But you are gracious, patient,
and overflowing in mercy,
forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin.
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
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.
Children’s Story – The Parable of the Two Builders
Children’s Praise – Great Big God
Reading Luke 13:10-21
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.’ 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, ‘There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.’
15 The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?’
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
18 Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.’
20 Again he asked, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about thirty kilograms of flour until it worked all through the dough.’
Sermon – The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
Hymn 634 – Go Forth and Tell
May the God of hope,
fill us with all joy and peace,
as we trust in him,
so that we might overflow with hope,
by the power of the Holy Spirit.