Morning Worship on 24 January

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship, led by the Revd Charles Sargent with a talk by the Revd Nicholas Calver. The music was all recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Teach me, my God and King’ is sung

Teach me, my God and King,
in all things thee to see,
and what I do in anything
to do it as for thee.

A man that looks on glass,
on it may stay his eye;
or if he pleaseth, through it pass,
and then the heaven espy.

All may of thee partake;
nothing can be so mean,
which with this tincture, ‘for thy sake’,
will not grow bright and clean.

A servant with this clause
makes drudgery divine:
who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
makes that and the action fine.

This is the famous stone
that turneth all to gold;
for that which God doth touch and own
cannot for less be told.

The Greeting, Confession and Gloria

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

The light of Christ has come into the world.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We come together in this season of Epiphany to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.  

Therefore, let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you

in newness of life to the glory of your name.
Amen.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The Gloria is sung
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

The Collect and readings

Collect for the third Sunday of Epiphany
Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

A reading from Revelation 19: 6-10
by Lauma Kazusa

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel reading from John 2: 1-11
by Sarah Hayes

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Talk
by the Rev Nicholas Calver

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

The Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. 
Amen.

The Intercessions
led by Helen Longhurst

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

and

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
Amen.

The Peace
In the tender mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high has broken upon us, to give light to those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

The anthem is ‘He came singing love’
(Colin Gibson, arranged by Geoff Weaver)
Sung by the choir of St Mary’s, Horne on 12 January 2020; soloist: Elizabeth Barrett  

He came singing love and he lived singing love
He died singing love
He arose in silence.
For the love to go on we must make it our song:
You and I be the singers

He came singing faith and he lived singing faith
He died singing faith.
He arose in silence.
For the faith to go on we must make it our song:
You and I be the singers

He came singing hope and he lived singing hope              
He died singing hope
He arose in silence.
For the hope to go on we must make it our song:
You and I be the singers

He came singing peace and he lived singing peace
He died singing peace
He arose in silence.
For the peace to go on we must make it our song:
You and I be the singers, the singers, the singers.

Closing prayers and blessing

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Eternal God, the light of minds that know you, the joy of hearts that love you, and the strength of wills that serve you: grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips, and your love in our hearts.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
Amen.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The hymn ‘God is working his purpose out’ is sung

God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year.
God is working his purpose out, and the time is drawing near.
Nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

From the east to the utmost west wherever foot has trod,
Through the mouths of his messengers echoes forth the voice of God:
‘Listen to me, ye continents, ye islands, give ear to me,
That the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

How can we do the work of God, how prosper and increase
Harmony in the human race and the reign of perfect peace?
What can we do to urge the time, the time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea?

March we forth in the strength of God, his banner is unfurled;
Let the light of the gospel shine in the darkness of the world:
Strengthen the weary, heal the sick and set ev’ry captive free,
That the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

All our efforts are nothing worth unless God bless the deed;
Vain our hopes for the harvest tide till he brings to life the seed.
Yet ever nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

Organist: Peter Nye

Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.