Welcome to Worship this week
For Sunday 21 June until Saturday 27 June

Introduction

Have a look at the resources below, and decide what you would like to use for your worship. There is a variety to suit all ages. 
Set aside a time and a place (kitchen table, sofa) for God that works well for you. Try to keep Sunday special, but feel free to dip in to any of the resources at any time throughout the week. 
If you are able to, you might like to print children’s or all age resources before you begin. 
Then simply worship just where you are, knowing that you are still connecting with your St Andrew’s family.


Worship Suggestions for families with younger children. Includes Bible story cartoon, song, activities and prayer, by Janice:  click here.
For older children and teens. Something to think about from Patrick: click here.


Opening prayer: 

God of all time
for whom eternity is but a moment;
we worship you.

God who lived among us
and knew life with all its suffering and all its beauty;
we worship you.

God who is the wisdom of the ages
Spirit of all truth, healer and comforter
we worship you and give thanks for your presence with us today.
Amen


Opening music for this week 

Feel free to select from the songs offered, or to use them all in if you’d like to. You can sing out loud or listen to the music, whichever helps you worship. The songs this week have been selected by Ed Butler.

Hymn: O Lord my God (How great thou art)
This is a great hymn which reminds us that creation shows us some of God’s amazing handiwork.  During these past difficult weeks, many have said that their spirits have been lifted as they’ve enjoyed the world of nature around them.   

Worship song: Beneath the waters (I will rise)
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are forgiven and restored to new life in him.

Worship song:  The Lord’s my Shepherd
We have a loving Shepherd who cares for us and who we can trust even in the darkest times. 


We say sorry to God:  Confession

As we come to God knowing that only he sees our hearts completely,
let’s take a moment to ask for his forgiveness and peace.
You may like to pause after each sentence and tell God anything specific that is on your mind.

Say these words of the confession out loud:

God our loving heavenly Father
we admit that we have sinned against you
through our own fault,
in thought, and word and deed,
and in those good things we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry
and turn away from all the wrong we have done.
Forgive us all that is in the past
and help us to serve you in newness of life
and to the glory of your name.
Amen.

We receive God’s forgiveness
May God who loved the world so much
that he sent his Son to be our Saviour
forgive us our sins
and strengthen us by his Spirit
to serve him in the world.
Amen.


Bible reading of Job 1.1-12 read by Kae Laxton
and sermon by Revd Kate Wyles

Worship song:  When I look at the blood by Godfrey Birtill


Prayers by Rev John Cossins

The Blessing

We end by saying a Blessing:

We are called and loved by God the Father
and kept safe by Jesus Christ.
Mercy, peace and love be ours in abundance through his Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with us and everyone we love now and evermore. 
Amen. 


Closing song:  Yesterday, today and forever

This song reminds us that, even when circumstances seem to overwhelm us, we worship an unchanging and faithful God and we are safe in his hands.


Notices

Church coffee on-line: each Sunday at 11.45am.
You will find the link in this week’s Mailchimp message sent via email from our vicar, Kate. All the instructions you need are in the email and it’s free. Don’t forget your coffee, tea or squash! See you there.

If you’d like to be added to the distribution list for the weekly email, send an email to Helen in the church office (but working at her home):  office@standrewsgwp.org

Let’s talk about racism: resources
Our vicar, Kate, mentioned two resources in her sermon today (Sunday 21 June). They are listed (along with others) in a document you can download here: Race awareness resources

Prayer Ministry
Please contact our prayer ministry team in confidence via email
prayer@standrewsgwp.org if you would like them to pray for you.

Prayer Squares
If you’ve made a Prayer Square, please let Val Spratley have it when possible.  It can be put through her door or she can collect it if that’s easier.  There is still time to do one if you haven’t already done so:  see the St Andrew’s website
 www.standrewsgwp.org/prayer-squares to see what’s been done so far.  Val’s email is val_spratley@yahoo.co.uk or phone her on 01483 757048. 

Prayer for our Mission Partners
Please check our Mission Far & Near web site
www.goldsworthpark.org.uk/mission to see the latest news from our Mission Partners. They are all facing new and extensive challenges at this time and need our prayers.