ONLINE CHURCH: Let's worship together

 

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For those who enjoy 'Messy Church', there are activities, storytime and even some ideas for cooking now available online - click here for topical ideas.


 

Today's

theme:

Responding

to God's

generosity

 

 

 

The collect for the second Sunday after Trinity: 

Faithful Creator,
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

Our introduction is by the Rev Debra Blair:  

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We begin with a song that reminds us of God's amazing goodness to us:

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Today's first reading is Galatians 5:1 and 13-25

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

 

Today's Gospel is Luke 9: 51-end

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’ But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

 

Today's Message is from the Rev Graham Smallman:

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And here's a song on the theme of Jesus's call and our response:

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Please click below for our prayers:

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THE LORD'S PRAYER

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 forever. Amen.     

 

And finally a song to remind us how the Spirit of God can change us all:

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Please click below for the conclusion to our worship:        

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You may find these resources are useful to provide online worship, teaching, study materials and encouragement generally:

  • A 9am Sunday service from the Church of England livestreamed on YouTube: click here.
  • Holy Trinity Platt is livestreaming on Sundays at 11am - click here
  • The Bible Project offers a whole series of animated videos on different books and themes of the Bible, plus a regular podcast - click here 
  • 'The Message' stream videos aimed at younger people under the title of 'Message Live' Click here to find the introduction page.
  • The 'Christianity Explored' course - an introduction to the Christian faith by Rico Tice of All Souls' Church, Langham Place (the one next to the BBC), with hours of thought-provoking films and talks, is now available totally free of charge - click here - or start watching them on YouTube - click here
  • There's also a series called 'Life Explored' (click here) and one called 'Discipleship Explored' (click here)
  • Try the videos available from 'Christian Vision' - click here - you will have to register, but it's pretty easy. 
  • How to get the Church of England 'Daily Prayer' app on your phone - click here
  •  A Christian-based website, 'Loss and Hope' has been developed to help us all to be able to support those who are bereaved. To find it, click here