Welcome to Worship this week

For Sunday 17 May until Saturday 23 May

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 Rev’d Janice Vickers: Click here.

Material for older children and youth

by Patrick Coad: Click here.


Opening prayer

Faithful one, whose word is life:
come with saving power
to free our praise,
inspire our prayer
and shape our lives
for the kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen


Opening music for this week

Feel free to select from the songs offered, or to use them all if you’d like to. You can sing out loud or listen to the music, whichever helps you worship.

Hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness
Yesterday, Today and Forever – Vicky Beeching
Great Is Your Fathfulness – Martin Smith

We say sorry to God

We come to God knowing that only he sees our hearts completely,
let’s take moment of time 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 of love and mercy,
we recognise that none of us are perfect.
We turn from the wrong things
we have thought and said and done.

We are aware of the good things that we have failed to do.
For the sake of Jesus, who died for us,
forgive us for all that is past,
and help us to live each day
in the light of Jesus our risen Lord.
Amen.

We receive God’s forgiveness:

May the God of love and mercy
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Jesus Christ.
Amen.


Bible reading from John 21: 1-11 read by Ruth Kirtley
and Sermon by Rob Rattee

Song suggestion for after the sermon

Faithful God


Prayers by Richard Harris

The Blessing

We end by saying a Blessing:

May the risen Lord Jesus bless us.
May He watch over us and renew us
as He renews the whole of creation.
May our hearts and lives echo His love
And the blessing of God Almighty; Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us and everyone we love,
now and always
Amen.


Closing song

My hope is built on nothing less (Cornerstone)


Prayer Ministry

For prayer requests to the prayer ministry team please email prayer@standrewsgwp.org. 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.


Notices

Join us for on-line Church Coffee on Sunday 17 May at the slightly later time of 11.45am, to allow Fusion parents to attend. You will find the link in this week’s Mailchimp email message from our vicar, Kate. See you there!


Ascension Day, May 21: BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a celebration for Ascension Day led by Revd Dr Sam Wells & Revd Marie-Elsa Bragg, with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Daily Service Singers and St Martin’s Voices. You can be a part of the choir: click here for details

Ascension Day Service on Zoom with St Andrew’s at 7 pm: See Mailchimp email from Kate for details.


Christian Aid Week ends today in Woking with Justin Brierley of Woking URC shaving his head to raise funds at around 12 noon. Watch live on Facebook and please give generously.
Live link:
www.facebook.com/wokingurc 
Donation link: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/justin-brierley


Rainbow Challenge: Don’t forget to join in with our Rainbow Challenge. We’ve had some lovely rainbows, but we need more! Get creative everyone and email yours to Kate on kate@standrewsgwp.org by Friday 22 May.  There’s more about the challenge in her video:


Malcolm’s Spring Musical Calendar provides an uplifting message and a piece of music for you to listen to every day: go to www.goldsworthpark.org.uk/spring


Be Encouraged: Please keep sending your messages of encouragement  to be-encouraged@standrewsgwp.org and visit our Be Encouraged page at www.standrewsgwp.org/be-encouraged


See the Worship this Week Facebook page for all other notices, or Kate’s weekly email.