Welcome to Worship this week
For Sunday 5 July until Saturday 11 July

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. What do you REALLY need? Something to think about from Patrick: click here.


Opening prayer

Our opening prayer is a call to worship based on the words of the prophet Micah

God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you?
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? 

So let’s pray:

It is good to be together, God,
on our screens, with your people,
together listening for your voice,
united by your Spirit.
In this time of worship
tell us about your kingdom of kindness
so that we can seek it.
Show us your justice.
We want to walk with you,
humbly, closely, daily.
In the name of Jesus. 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 Andy Harrison.

Before the Throne of God above

Vagabonds

Let everything that has breath

Hallelujah


Confession

This is what love is … it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us, and gave his son to be the means by which we are forgiven.

So as God has come to us afresh in our worship and in the embrace of divine love and mercy we come to him and say sorry for our sins, our failures and shortcomings.

Lord of justice and mercy,
both strong and loving,
creator of the earth and humankind,
we praise you for your limitless power
and we thank you for your intimate presence in our lives.
Lord, we are sorry that we have not always loved our neighbour,
and fall short of Jesus.
Lord, we are sorry that we have not always had compassion for our  neighbours who may be different from us,
and fall short of Jesus.
Lord, we are sorry that we fail to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves,
and fall short of Jesus.
Lord we are sorry that we sometimes lack the courage to promote justice, and live faithfully,
and fall short of Jesus.
Lord, we are sorry and we seek your forgiveness
and a fresh start in the name of the one who sets us free.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lord, there is no one who can hold a candle to you when it comes to mercy and hope. So thank you for your forgiveness. Lift us to our feet so we may walk with you; fill us with your strength so we may serve your people; touch us with your healing so we may proclaim to everyone the Good News that has now come in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.


Our Bible readings are from the Old Testament Book of Job, in Chapter 7 vs 11-21; and Chapter 19 vs 25-27 read by Revd Chris Harrison, who will then deliver our sermon on the theme “Keeping it real with God: Job’s faith”.

(Click triangle on left to start)

Response song: There is a Redeemer

Response song: What a friend we have in Jesus


Prayers led by Julie May

The Blessing

Let’s end our time of worship  by saying a Blessing.

You may find it helpful to hold out your hands as a sign of receiving… and as we do remember and give thanks that many others are doing the same all over the world.

Come Lord Jesus.

Jesus, Lord of time, hold us in your eternity.
Jesus, image of God, travel with us the life of faith.
Jesus, friend of sinners, heal the brokenness of our world.
Jesus, Lord of tomorrow, draw us into your future. 

And the blessing of God Almighty
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be upon you and remain with you
Now and Always. Amen.


Closing hymn: In Christ Alone


Notices

Church coffee on-line: each Sunday at 11.45am.First Jesus, then coffee
Do join our Zoom coffee experience this morning, even if it’s just for a
moment. It’s good just to say “hi” and give each other the obligatory Zoom wave. We chat for a bit, have a 10 minute group time then all come together for Notices and The Grace .

You’ll find the link in this week’s Mailchimp email, sent on Friday. 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

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

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.