Worship resources for 17th January

A frosty morning outside SJPC

Each Sunday we post online worship resources when Tier 3 restrictions only allow 50 people to attend church. However the church this week is completely closed for worship. So we provide these to stay in touch and stay safe. They are accessible after our live Zoom worship for those unable to access via this platform.

The links to the hymns can be accessed by clicking on “Click here” beside the hymn title. These take you to Youtube and we have no control over the adverts you see.

The prayers are taken from the Church of Scotland Weekly Worship.

There is a bonus track at the end of the worship to enjoy.

Opening prayer (If there is more than one in your household one person reads through the prayer with the others joining in with the response “We bless you”)

Approach to God/Call to worship

Leader: God of light,

light of light

true God of true God

ALL: We bless You

Leader: God of new beginnings,

hope of hope,

as we reach for this new year

ALL: We bless You

Leader: God of joy,

delight of delight,

as we give thanks for all that is good

ALL: We bless You

The First Hymn:

Be thou my vision Click here

Prayer of Reflective confession

Let us pray.

Approach to God
(Based on Psalm 139)
God of abiding love,
present in all our beginnings,
acquainted with all of our ways,
intricately woven into the depths of all things –
You understand our thoughts from far off,
and know our ways intimately.
As we gather to worship You,
nothing is hidden from You.
May we recognise Your voice in our midst.
As we gather to give You thanks and praise,
may we relish all of the days You have written for us.
As we sing, pray and tell our stories,
Grant that when we come to the end of ourselves
we would find You.

And so we pray the prayer Jesus called us to pray.

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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever.


Bible Reading: John 1:43-51 Click Here

The Reflection: Click Here

The Second Hymn: Search me O God Click here (this link has lyrics and melody but no vocals but you may wish to sing along in th eprivacy of your home. The tune is often sung Now is the hour.

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray.

Reconciling God,
We pray for Your World.
May all that is divided
by doctrine or politics,
class or nationality,
be united in Your praise.
We pray for a peaceful world,
where children grow up without fear,
where security rests on trust rather than threats,
and where nations fight against poverty
rather than against each other.
We pray for all in authority,
that those who lead us,
may establish right priorities,
and that by Your wisdom and their vision
the world may reflect Your kingdom.
Healing God,
We pray for those who are ill and suffering,
for all who are worried
for those who are grieving
or experiencing trauma
and for a world gripped by the repercussions of pandemic.
May we all know
the power of Christ to sustain us
and the love of friends near and distanced to support us.
You know our greatest fears, our longings and our hopes,
sometimes these are expressed in so many different ways,
so Lord, in Your mercy,
hear those prayers.

Eternal God,
Present among us.
You are with us in our gathering,
You are with us in our distancing.
Hear our prayers,
and blend our voices together,
unite us by Your Spirit


Closing Hymn: Follow him follow him Click here

Closing Blessing

Lead: God bless us today that we may be a blessing

All: in our seeing,

In our hearing,

In our speaking.

Lead: God bless to us today that we may be a blessing

All: In our reaching

In our holding

In our letting go

Lead: God bless to me today

All: in our thinking,

In our feeling

In our loving,

Bonus worship track from Chicago Church of Christ. My God is Awesome Click here (When you put the kettle on allow a different style into your life of worship)

Thank you for time in taking part by using these resources. If you have any messages you would like to share with us, please connect with us below.

Stay in touch and stay safe. This is why we provide the above.

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