Welcome to Worship this week
For Sunday 2 August until Saturday 8 August
Welcome to anyone joining us for the first time. If you would like to get in touch with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our welcome team will be in touch with you.
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:
Summer series for Skids (Sunday Kids) on the book of Daniel. Use either one per week or as a “Holiday at Home” club. This Sunday we’ll be looking at asking God for help, and trusting God, as God communicates with Daniel through a dream about a huge statue: click here.
Material for older children and youth. During the summer our Sunday youth group, Fusion, with the supporting youth material on this web page, is taking a break. If you are a young person, or worshipping with a young person, you are invited to use the materials below, and the video services on August 9 and 30.
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.
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. Our worship songs this week have been chosen by Annie Hunt, and our vicar Kate has added a couple of traditional pieces with a sea theme, at the beginning and end of the service, for those who enjoy a hymn.
The Naval Hymn: Eternal Father song to save
One thing remains: Jesus Culture
The Victory is Yours; You’re riding on the storm: Bethel Live
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.
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.
Mark 4.35-41 read by Amanda Smith
Sermon: “Son shine after rain” by Patrick Coad
Leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus/Praise the Mighty name of Jesus by Jocelyn Brown
Echoing the sermon, you might like to use the response: May each know the Peace of your Presence, Lord.
We pray to the Father for:
The world and its needs
The week ahead and its tasks
The Church and her life
Those who are sick in body, mind or spirit
Please remember Sandra Macey and family as they grieve the loss of Gordon, and prepare for his funeral, and Hywel Williams and family as they grieve the loss of Pamela, and prepare for her funeral.
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.
How deep the Father’s love by Kelly Minter
We have an anchor firm and strong
Zoom Church coffee on-line takes a break during August.
Open for Sunday worship
St Andrew’s will open for a short service of Holy Communion from Sunday September 6, at 10 am. There will be limited numbers, according to Government regulations, and, sadly, no singing. Face masks will be required. If you are among the group of people most vulnerable to Covid-19, Government and Church of England suggestion is that you avoid gathering in church, for now.
August Sermon Series: Surviving Storms
We begin with Jesus stilling the storm, and then journey by sea with St Paul, who is under guard on the way to Rome – involving a dramatic ship-wreck. Mostly we would like the storms we face in our lives to be stilled completely – but life isn’t always like that. We’ll look at how we can grow our trust of God within the storm conditions that we face.
St Andrew’s 2020 Summer Series for children on Daniel
6 sessions for Skids (Sunday Kids) on the book of Daniel. Use either one per week or as a “Holiday at Home” club. Every child in the Bubbles and Xstream groups have been sent a folder full of ideas and activities to do at home as a family. For more details, please contact Karin Rayner at email@example.com
Find this week’s material here: https://goldsworthpark.org.uk/wtw/daniel2/
Andy’s Community Cafe re-opening
Mary and Amanda, our Andy’s Cafe managers, are planning to re-open on September 7. This will enable the Food-hub, currently running from the Cafe to continue through August. The first week of September will see a busy period of deep cleaning, re-stocking, baking and re-organising ready for the re-opening. Please let Patrick know if you can help with any of the cleaning or furniture moving in the cafe area.
Mailchimp – weekly church news email
If you’d like to be added to the distribution list for the weekly church email, send an email to Helen in the church office (but working at her home): firstname.lastname@example.org
During Augustwe will be pausing many of our activities to give our wonderful leaders a summer break, so there will be no Fusion, Andy’s Natter or Wednesday Prayer in the Morning, or Zoom during August. Thank you to everyone who has tuned in – we will be back!
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.
For prayer requests to the prayer ministry team please email email@example.com. The requests are prayed for by St Andrew’s clergy and the prayer ministry team on duty this week; they are kept confidential to this group.