Cambridge Road Methodist

Sunday 4th October 2020

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 5:1-7

Psalm 80:7-15

Philippians 3:4b-14

Matthew 21:33-46


Prayers

Sovereign God, you are our light and our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever. We thank you for the Cross and the wonder of Christ’s love for us: he is the light of the world. Anoint us with your Spirit as you call us into your marvellous light. May our lives bear witness to your truth and our lips proclaim your praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Steven Wild,

Loving God, present and near.
You are beyond our words and our understanding.
Help us to remember that You are at once infinite, boundless, timeless and eternal but, at the same time intimately entwined with our lives.
You are with us no matter where we find ourselves.

When we have forgotten You
Lord, have mercy.
When we have failed to speak words of love
Lord, have mercy.
When we have neglected the need of another
Lord, have mercy.


Loving God, present and near
help us to recognise Your presence and nearness with us as we worship You.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Thomas Sutcliffe


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

499 Great God your love has called us here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFrwAn_-zLY

353 Jesus is Lord! Creation's voice proclaims it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prEq8NOx3vs

489 All I once held dear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxJUT0vhBLc

351 In Christ alone my hope is found

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gax8GL7EViE


Sunday 27th September 2020

Lectionary Readings

Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32

Psalm 25:1-9

Philippians 2:1-13

Matthew 21:23-32


Prayers

Merciful God,

You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to show us a different way to live—

the way of deep humility and obedience.

You’ve called us to love one another,

and to work together with one heart and mind,

balancing our needs with the needs of those around us.

Give us courage to follow faithfully, and with integrity—

with actions that bear witness to the words we speak,

and worship that overflows into our daily tasks and relationships—

so that our lives will bring glory and honour to You,

our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Psalm 121:8


Heavenly Father, thank You for the women and men in our emergency services. We are thankful for their abilities, knowledge and expertise. We ask that You continue to cover and bless them because at times, their jobs can be very challenging, risky and demanding. So Father, we pray Psalm 121:8 over them; “the Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore”,

Amen.


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

362 Meekness and majesty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBonpqR7ay0

251 Jesus Christ is waiting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CSzEviUc_o

416 There's a wideness in God's mercy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJwfT3SY_PU

345 And can it be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQeIGbKqiw8


Sunday 20th September 2020

Lectionary Readings

Jonah 3:10-4.11

Psalm 145:1-8

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16


Prayers

Call all the labourers, O God,

Call your labourers who woke early,

Call your labourers who came late,

Call your labourers who feel wronged,

Call your labourers who feel overlooked,

Call your labourers who can't feed their children with this wage,

Call your labourers who know they are working in your fields,

Call your labourers who use their wage to increase your love,

Call all your labourers, O God,

Tell us to roll up our sleeves

For we know that we have work to do.

Let us find you in the work we share here and now,

in Christ's presence we pray.

Amen.

From the United Church of Christ webpage

Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

(based on Psalm 105)

God, we praise You

We come to worship You,

to remember the goodness and unfailing love

You have shown toward us, Your people.

Time after time, You have come to our rescue.

Your love has sustained us through good times and bad.

No matter what we faced —

whether accident, illness, disappointment or death —

You were there, encouraging, strengthening, and blessing.

Even when we turned our back on You,

You didn’t abandon us,

but waited patiently for us to return,

ready to welcome us with open arms.

Because we have known Your love in the past,

we look to the days ahead without fear.

No matter how uncertain the future may seem,

we will continue to trust in Your unfailing love,

confident that You will guide us in the days ahead

as You have guided us in the past.

Amen.


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

455 All my hope on God is founded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3LCGh02Vew

93 Though the fruit tree doesn't blossom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hnq-wOpy4Y

518 Father hear the prayer we offer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFoactKMJHQ

565 Only by grace can we enter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV6MJrFBkDo


Sunday 13th September 2020

Lectionary Readings

Genesis 50:15-21

Psalm 103:(1-7),8-13

Romans 14:1-12

Matthew 18:21-35


Prayers

Prayer based on Psalm 103

Come, bless the Lord with me!

For the Lord is like a father to his children

compassionate and merciful,

filled with endless love.

He forgives our sins,

and heals the sickness inside us;

he surrounds us with love and mercy

and fills our lives with good things!

Let’s worship God together!

Amen

Holy and Merciful God,

Seventy times seven, the amount we have to forgive others?

Really Lord is that so? It’s not possible.

However, your infinite capacity for forgiveness is immense.

We fail you, constantly and yet you still love us, unconditionally.

How then can we not try to forgive others. How can we not thank you?

You are our hope and salvation, our port in the storm and our shelter.

We will bless your name and follow your commandments, in the surety

Of your love for us.

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

24 Come, now is the time to worship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPWq8eM4lu8

416 There's a wideness in God's mercy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJwfT3SY_PU

499 Great God your love as called us here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFrwAn_-zLY

565 Only by grace can we enter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv72Q23lIp0


Sunday 6th September 2020

Lectionary Readings

Ezekiel 33:7-11

Psalm 119:33-40

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20


Prayers

God of justice, peace and righteousness

come into our midst today

Breathe your breath,
your Spirit of prophecy,
your energy,
your enlivening,
your imagination on us.
Wake us up
Open our eyes
Unplug our ears
That we might hear
That we might see
That we might grieve
That we might dream
That we might follow the ways of your extraordinary kingdom
Amen

Jonny Baker

Prayer of Intercession

(inspired by Romans 5:1-5; 13:11-14)

We thank you, O God, that you have given us an enduring hope—one which cannot disappoint us or mislead us. We thank you, that through our faith in you and in your Son Jesus Christ, you enter into every believing heart and make new lives that have been torn asunder by the darkness of this

world...

Lord, hear our prayer.....

We pray today O God that those believers who are asleep may awake and know that salvation is nearer now than when they first believed. Help them, and us, to lay aside the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light that you bestow upon those who actively seek you day by day. Grant that their faith and ours may be fully alive....

Lord, hear our prayer.....

We ask today, O God, for those who have lost hope and for those who have never had it. Grant to us and to those we lift before you in our hearts a new and abiding vision of what have you have done, and what you are doing, and what you will do, to save and redeem your people and indeed the creation itself. Grant, O God, that all might see and believe and discover their purpose and the purpose of all that is and all that is yet to be....

Lord, hear our prayer.....

We lift before you, O God, those persons and those places known to us

Lord, hear our prayer.....

We ask all this of you, O God, knowing that you are our hope and our salvation, a very present help in times of trouble, and the One whose purpose is to grant and new and abundant life to us and our world. Praise be to your name. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

28 Jesus calls us here to meet him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ModYoPReYYw

254 Seek ye first

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsBpM9IcBts

352 In Christ alone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gax8GL7EViE

503 Love divine all loves excelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw5ZCZeS32M


Sunday 30th August 2020

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 15:15-21

Psalm 26:1-8

Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28


Prayers

Loving God,

you call us to turn away from our own selfish interests,

to take up our cross, and to follow you.

To find our lives,

may we live them in service of your mission.

As we come to you this morning,

give us open hearts and open hands.

Make us eager to hear your voice

and seek your guidance.

Open our minds to your ever-present spirit

that is always moving within and around us

Open our spirits to your nudging

and open our lives to your love.

Amen

Minor Key blog

Abandon the illusion you're a self-contained individual.

Be a part of this wounded world,

and find yourself with Christ.

Set aside your own desires,

give yourself fully for others;

be the hands and heart of Jesus.

Renounce self-protection,

accept your brokenness,

and reach out for love.

Let go of your own plans.

Join in the healing of the world.

You will not be alone.

Follow your soul, not your ego.

Follow it right into people's suffering.

Follow it right into the heart of God.

Pour yourself out;

let the world pour in;

then you are one with the Beloved.

Amen

Steve Garnaas-Holmes


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

274 Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgzVGFXurgo

518 Father hear the prayer we offer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFoactKMJHQ

504 May the mind of Christ my saviour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRTLocMzTvs

545 Be thou my vision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AdBkEJurR4


Sunday 16th August 2020

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 56:1,6-8

Psalm 67

Romans 11:1-2a,29-32

Matthew 15:(10-20),21-28


Prayers

May God be gracious to us
And bless us
And make his face shine upon us

In the darkness that was
And the dawning that is
And the daylight that is to come

May we praise God today
And join the angels of heaven
And all of creation

In the name of the Father
And the Son
And the Spirit
Amen

Bill & Kristi Gaultiere, Based on Psalm 67

Prayer of Intercession

(inspired by Matthew 15:21-28)

O Christ our Lord,
as the Canaanite woman brought her daughter’s need to you,
overcoming stigma and rejection to do so,
confident of your healing in her life,
we bring the needs of others in prayer:

Those for whom pain is a constant companion
Those who daily live with chronic illness or ill-health
Those who struggle with the confusion and distress

of mental illness
Those who care for and treat people who are ill

and sometimes have agonizing decisions to face
Those for whom treatment is not available or affordable
And for ourselves in our own weakness

To all your children everywhere,
Lord Jesus Christ,

bring healing,

bring peace. Amen.

Christian Aid


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

451 Open the eyes of my heart Lord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnqb7Vn4AEE

320 Father of everlasting love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W15dLhtbBsM

277 My song is love unknown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv7OZSoA22w

705 It is God who holds the nations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhIpzkR204w


Sunday 9th August 2020

Lectionary Readings

1 Kings 19:9-18

Psalm 85:8-13

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33


Prayers

Gracious God,

You call us to let go of the things we cling to and step out in faith,

trusting in Your love and provision.

Give us courage to step out boldly, and sufficient faith to follow without fear.

Take our lives and our gifts.

Use them to accomplish more than we could possibly imagine,

so that, through us, Your kingdom might come and Your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Holy God, We offer our prayers for all who are in need today.

You are the God of love and grace and on you we rely.

We remember before you all the situations in the world where you

are needed especially,

Beirut, Kerala and Yemen

We pray for the world still fighting Covid 19 and ask for strong leadership to be found in all governmments.

Energy, strength and compassion for health care workers and hospital staff.

Justice and equality for all who are presently denied it.

We pray that those who mourn will be comforted.

We pray for ourselves, also. May we be your representatives wherever there is need, following your Kingdom path. Today and always.

Your will be done your Kingdom come

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

363 My Jesus my Saviour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhX-75PJjxQ

495 Dear Lord and Father

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4KnlQwzl3Y

250 Jesus calls us o'er the tumult

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idAoS7at3nQ

238 Lead us heavenly Father, lead us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGsvbqErM2A

610 Best of all God is with us

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/hymns/best-of-all-is-god-is-with-us-stf-610/


Sunday 2nd August 2020

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 55:1-5

Psalm 145:8-9,14-21

Romans 9:1-5

Matthew 14:13-21


Prayers

Holy God,

We give thanks for your infinite mercy.

We know that when we call out to you in prayer

You are there, listening and waiting to respond.

Thank you for your steadfast, tender care of us.

May we always praise you, righteous and loving Father

Now and forever

Amen

Merciful God

We praise you for feeding our hunger for bread and for “the bread of life.”
We praise you for taking our little basket of fish and barley loaves

and using it to feed others.

Lord we ask you for your care and healing touch for those who are sick.
We ask for your compassion on those who are suffering in our world.
We ask for you comfort for those who are grieving.

We call upon you Lord to empower us

as we declare who you are to a world who needs you.
We call upon you Lord to inspire us

as we seek to inspire others.
We call upon you Lord to strengthen us

in our own weakness.

We ask all this in your son’s name,
Amen.

Rev. Abi


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

455 All my hope on God is founded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3LCGh02Vew

443 Come let us sing of a wonderful love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCSx7ZZ3-2I

628 Faithful one, so unchanging

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqK-UnsRTFI

408 Let us build a house

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKJgcv8SdnQ


Sunday 26th July 2020

Lectionary Readings

1 Kings 3:5-12

Psalm 119:129-136

Romans 8:26-39

Matthew 13:31-33,44-52


Prayers

O God,

Jesus taught that where our treasure is,

there will our hearts be also.

In this hour, we come bringing our treasures—

all that we have and all that we are.

We come seeking your treasure—

treasure that does not fade, decay, or disappoint.

Share with us the treasure of heaven,

that we may boldly share it with others. Amen.

(Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl)

Holy God,

We are mustard seeds, small and inconspicuous,

compared to the whole of your creation. However,

when filled with your Holy Spirit, we can be activated and

together, grow into your church, bringing the grace of your Kingdom

to fruition. Support and encourage us Lord to live your gospel

and be a place where those, who seek spiritual shelter, love

and care, can rest.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

132 O God our help in ages past

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjdmLstpNGE

254 Seek ye first the kingdom of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9MTRPA0z-E

693 Beauty for brokenness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKAXTinhhq4

545 Be thou my vision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AdBkEJurR4 


Sunday 19th July 2020

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 44:6-8

Psalm 86:11-17

Romans 8:12-25

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43


Prayers

We worship the God who inhabits our world

and indwells our lives.

We need not look up to find God,

we need only to look around:

within ourselves,

beyond ourselves,

into the eyes of another.

We need not listen for a distant thunder to find God,

we need only listen to the music of life,

the words of children,

the questions of the curious,

the rhythm of a heartbeat.

We worship the God who inhabits our world

and who indwells our lives.

Amen

Presbyterian Church of USA

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Father, Creator and Sustainer,

who gives all good things

seen and unseen.

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Son, Saviour and Redeemer,

who died for our sins

and rose again.

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Spirit, Teacher and Comforter,

who moves us to sing

“Our God reigns!”

In you alone we put our hope.

Amen

John Birch


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

455 All my hope on God is founded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3LCGh02Vew

58 Lord I come before your throne of grace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fo1UV9pfrs

415 The Church of Christ in every age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wUvPH_gy1c

323 I will sing the wondrous story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAcpYr9I6Tk


Sunday 12th July 2020

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 55:10-13

Psalm 65:(1-8),9-13

Romans 8:1-11

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23


Prayers

Come and worship,

everyone on earth,

everywhere the sun shines,

let’s praise God together!

For listening when we call,

answering our prayers,

forgiving our mistakes,

and providing what we need:

let’s praise God together!

Come and worship,

everyone on earth,

everywhere the sun shines,

let’s praise God together!

~ Christine Longhurst,

In times of weakness and hour of need,
yours is the strength by which we carry on,
the shoulder we rest our head upon.
When our load is heavy and too much to bear,
yours are the arms stretched out to help us
the grace that we depend on.
In times of weakness and hour of need,
your voice is heard,
‘Come… find rest.’
This is grace divine,
the path we tread to wholeness
of body and spirit,
the path that leads to you,
and for which we make our offering of praise.

John Birch


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

175 Light of the world

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MmRGSEG2LM

615 Let love be real

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy9FfjBgWKU

451 Open the eyes of my heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViBNqNukgzE

408 How small a spark has lit a living fire

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/hymns/how-small-a-spark-has-lit-a-living-fire-stf-408/


Sunday 5th July 2020

Lectionary Readings

Zechariah 9:9-12

Psalm 145:8-14

Romans 7:15-25a

Matthew 11:16-19,25-30


Prayers

Holy God

In times of weakness and hour of need,
yours is the strength by which we carry on,
the shoulder we rest our head upon.
When our load is heavy and too much to bear,
yours are the arms stretched out to help us
the grace that we depend on.
In times of weakness and hour of need,
your voice is heard,
‘Come… find rest.’
This is grace divine,
the path we tread to wholeness
of body and spirit,
the path that leads to you,
and for which we offer our offering of praise.

John Birch.

Lord, Jesus Christ

who reached across the ethnic boundaries

between Samaritan, Roman and Jew

who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,

help us to break down the barriers in our community,

enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,

and free us to challenge and uproot it

from ourselves, our society and our world.

John Bucki.

Loving God, as we reflect on the words of Scripture

and learn from the wisdom of your Son,
so we pray in his name:

for the people of the USA as they mark the anniversary of their independence;
for discernment for those who will vote in the presidential election in November
and for integrity for those who are standing;
for healing where injustice and racism have caused great pain and division
and for courage and unity where changes are beginning to be made;
for the nation as a whole as the rate of unemployment and the death toll continue to rise.
To you, God of love, we entrust our prayers.

We pray for all entrusted with the gift of teaching children and young people;
for those who struggle to learn and for those denied an education;
we pray for more resources, more opportunities, more equality.
To you, God of love, we entrust our prayers.

We pray for all who care for those with serious mental health issues;
for those who work with patients who potentially pose a threat to others
and those who feel bowed down with their responsibilities,
who are struggling under the weight of the decisions they have to make;
for those with family or friends who are depressed,
and for all those engulfed by mental turmoil.
To you, God of love, we entrust our prayers.

We pray for the people of Hong Kong, of Tibet and for the Chinese Government;
for the people of Israel and Palestine and their governments;
for all places where in the past there has been violence,
where today there is unrest
and where the future is full of fear and mistrust.
To you, God of love, we entrust our prayers.

We pray for wisdom to learn from, and to act on, the mistakes of the past –
as a community and as individuals.
Where there have been disappointments may we learn courage.
Where there have been setbacks may we learn resilience.
Where there has been division may we learn generosity of spirit.
Where there has been self-centredness may we learn humility
To you, God of love, we entrust our prayers.

We pray for churches throughout the world,
that we may learn new ways of sharing the gospel.
We give thanks for the vision and compassion, the integrity and faithfulness
of our national and international church leaders.
We pray for all leaders and pastors in our local church families.
We pray too for those who have been damaged by religion,
for one another in our daily encounters,
and for those we hold in our hearts who we would love to see come to faith.
To you, God of love, we entrust our prayersin Jesus name.
Amen.

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

689 Summoned by God who made us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fM8ZoAKhPw

Down by the riverside

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ1gHm8v3ek

503 Love divine all loves excelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw5ZCZeS32M

410 Lord, your church on earth is seeking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iujyEnur7M4


Sunday 28th June 2020

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 28:5-9

Psalm 89:1-4,15-18

Romans 6:12-23

Matthew 10:40-42


Prayers

Eternal God,
deeply troubled by what is happening following George Floyd’s death,
and by too much other inhumanity that doesn’t reach the headlines,
we cry to you as the one
whose love was the victor at Easter and
who pours it into our hearts at Pentecost.

As we observe the pain of a fractured world,
use your love to drive us from sadness to compassion;
as we watch the pain of the bereaved,
use your love to move us from pity to companionship;
as we are faced with the pain of marginalised people,
use your love to point us from complacency to your commonwealth.

In our praying,
let us not just talk to you,
but yield to your love;
in our anger,
let us not just rail against injustice,
but manifest your love;
in our actions,
let us not just flail about aimlessly,
but build the civilisation of love.

Until none of us are disregarded for who we are
nor any diminished by what we fail to be,
we keep on praying in the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

(URC)

Be silent be still,

alone empty before your God.

Say nothing ask nothing

be silent be still

let God look upon you, that is all.

God knows, God understands.

God loves you with an enormous love

God only wants to look upon you with love.

quiet, still, be

Let your God love you

Amen

(Edwina Gately)

Holy God,

You call us to serve you and to serve one another. We are in different times, Lord and our service to you and others is different. However, within this is our abiding knowledge that you Love us and work for our good. May we be brave enough to love others with open hearts and minds. May we be free with our hospitality so that all may come to know you, as they see your love through us.

We ask this in Jesus name

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

24 Come, now is the time to worship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPWq8eM4lu8

15 The splendour of the King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBD18rsVJHk

658 A charge to keep I have

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M-64OwBK1E

340 Ye servants of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ9j3e8_yQc


Sunday 21st June 2020

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 20:7-13

Psalm 69:7-10,11-15,16-18

Romans 6:1b-11

Matthew 10:24-39


Prayers

Eternal God,
deeply troubled by what is happening following George Floyd’s death,
and by too much other inhumanity that doesn’t reach the headlines,
we cry to you as the one
whose love was the victor at Easter and
who pours it into our hearts at Pentecost.

As we observe the pain of a fractured world,
use your love to drive us from sadness to compassion;
as we watch the pain of the bereaved,
use your love to move us from pity to companionship;
as we are faced with the pain of marginalised people,
use your love to point us from complacency to your commonwealth.

In our praying,
let us not just talk to you,
but yield to your love;
in our anger,
let us not just rail against injustice,
but manifest your love;
in our actions,
let us not just flail about aimlessly,
but build the civilisation of love.

Until none of us are disregarded for who we are
nor any diminished by what we fail to be,
we keep on praying in the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

(URC)

Abba, Father, Mother, Creator

we call You by many names, but the names we choose show our relationship with You. We desire to draw closer to You, O God. We desire to hear Your voice above the chatter of the world, to know Your ways and to walk in them.

Spirit of Life, Wind and Breath among us, we feel You move through us, guiding us on our journey, inspiring us to share Your love with others.

Jesus, the Christ, the Saviour of us all, our Brother and Friend, we desire to walk in Your ways and to love one another as You have first loved us.

Triune God, we desire to relate to You and to each other more fully, so that we might draw into the depths of Your love, first glimpsed at creation, when Your voice called us and the earth forth out of darkness into Your light. Continue to call us, guide us and lead us into this world and beyond. Amen.

— posted on Rev Mindi’s Rev-o-lution blog.

Holy God,

You bring peace into our hearts Lord, the peace of reconciliation and relationship with you. Give us the courage and the grace to transform conflicts between persons, peoples, nations, systems; put us to work for reconciliation and real relationship at every level. We ask this in the name of Christ

Amen

Rev Bill Braviner


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

565 Only by grace can we enter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV6MJrFBkDo

248 I heard the voice of Jesus say

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo9eVf0P2Ec

409 Let us build a house

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKJgcv8SdnQ

706 Longing for Light

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y5N6oxIKH0


Sunday 14th June 2020

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 19:2-8a

Psalm 100

Romans 5:1-8

Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-23)


Prayers

Eternal God,
deeply troubled by what is happening following George Floyd’s death,
and by too much other inhumanity that doesn’t reach the headlines,
we cry to you as the one
whose love was the victor at Easter and
who pours it into our hearts at Pentecost.

As we observe the pain of a fractured world,
use your love to drive us from sadness to compassion;
as we watch the pain of the bereaved,
use your love to move us from pity to companionship;
as we are faced with the pain of marginalised people,
use your love to point us from complacency to your commonwealth.

In our praying,
let us not just talk to you,
but yield to your love;
in our anger,
let us not just rail against injustice,
but manifest your love;
in our actions,
let us not just flail about aimlessly,
but build the civilisation of love.

Until none of us are disregarded for who we are
nor any diminished by what we fail to be,
we keep on praying in the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

(URC)

Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.

We are eager to share your love, without expecting a reward.

We know we will not always be made welcome.

When that happens, help us to go on, in the understanding that there are many more places that need to receive your grace.

May your Spirit speak through us in truth.

Lord Jesus, equip us for the journey, we pray.

Amen.

(Rev. Pam Ekey)

Holy God

Long before the change of name,

before the first signs of new life

showed the beginnings of promises fulfilled,

You asked Abram to make his home among foreigners,

and share the blessing that was to come.

And now, O God, you ask the same faith of us:

The faith to count ourselves among the least,

to find our place alongside the poor and broken;

The faith to trust in your mercy and your promises,

and to share what we have received;

The faith to wait expectantly for your reign of justice and equity,

together with those who most need its gifts.

Teach us to be children of Abram, sharers of the blessings we enjoy:

The blessing of plenty shared with those who have need,

The blessing of healing shared with those who are sick and wounded,

The blessing of joy shared with those who celebrate

and of tears shared with those who grieve,

The blessing of friendship shared with those who are excluded,

and of solidarity with those who fight injustice,

The blessing of peace shared with those in conflict,

and of confrontation shared with those who bring harm;

And in some small way, may our faith and our sharing,

help to bring your promises into being

in our world.

Amen.

(John van de Laar)


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

65 Sing of the Lord’s goodness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5R9PmGf3aE

443 Come let us sing of a wonderful love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BZfXTCUbr8

563 O Jesus I have promised

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oti-K_VvyCI

550 Forth in thy name

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X-4HRj8llI


Sunday 7th June 2020


Message from Revd. Sue Shortman

Today is Trinity Sunday, a day in the Christian calendar when we celebrate the uniqueness of the doctrine of the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

John 16:12-15 NIV

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

The Trinity isn’t explicitly mentioned in the bible, however this reading from John does have some hints of a Trinitarian relationship between God the Father, God the Son and God The Holy Spirit if you look very carefully. This idea of one God as three-in-one is such a tricky concept or doctrine for us to get our heads round that we often skip over it, especially in preaching. However the reality is that in skipping over it and not really thinking about it we can get a very skewed version of God. The holistic image of God in relationship gives us a perfect model for community of today. As God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit relate to one another, as they demonstrate love for each other, and work together to accomplish the purpose of God in the world, we get the idea of community.

In these days community is more important than ever, as we care for each other, albeit from a distance, this dance that we recognise in the Trinity is our dance too in the way in which we relate to each other. The divine dance that takes place between the three-in-one; God the Father creating, God the Son redeeming, and God the Spirit equipping and empowering can be our dance too. As we live in community with each other using our God given talents to work together to help those who are in need, those who exist on the edge of society, those who are treated badly and those who are particularly struggling with life, we are in fact following the triune God.

Whatever work we do for the Kingdom we do in the light of our triune God who created us, redeemed us and empowers us for that work. As we follow Jesus our Master and Saviour, we are deeply loved by our Father God and inspired and led by the Holy Spirit.

As we continue to live in this new world in which we find ourselves, sometimes isolated, other times connected and at times disconnected may we find a new and deeper relationship with God in all God’s fullness; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In doing so may our horizons be broadened and our vision of the Kingdom become brighter and clearer resulting in a renewed passion and urgency for the work to which God calls us.

May God bless each of us as we continue to live through these difficult times fixing our eyes on Jesus and following his way.


Lectionary Readings

Genesis 1:1–2.4a

Psalm 8

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Matthew 28:16-20


Prayers

O God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in whose name we are baptized and into whose fellowship we have been received.

We cling in faith to you, the only God.

We praise you dear Father, for having loved us and sent your Son to die for our sins.

We praise you dear Jesus, for having redeemed us from our sins by sacrificing yourself for us.

We praise you, Holy Spirit, for having sanctified us for you gave us faith and through faith cleansed us from sin.

O Triune God, graciously enable us always to believe and obey, and to worship and confess you; Creator,

Redeemer and Sanctified, one God, eternal and all-glorious forever. Amen.

(Arnold Ruddat)

Exalted God,

you are the constant lover

who never forsakes us;

you are the mother

who cradles her children,

you are the teacher

patiently repeating your words for us.

We worship you.

Jesus Christ,

in you we are convinced God loves us;

through you, we are formed into your people;

with you, we serve those

the world has forgotten.

We follow you.

Holy Spirit,

you are the power that gives us peace;

you are the wisdom

that reveals the broken in our midst;

you are the spokesperson

to whom we are deaf.

We welcome you.

God in Community, Holy in One,

we lift our prayers to you

Amen

(Thom Shuman)


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

82 O Lord my God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdE_NKyY_o0

297 Christ is alive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRQoeitN5nA

405 Great is the darkness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ8qe3CggWo

15 The splendour of the King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDgmJFw6F64

410 Lord, your Church on earth is seeking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iujyEnur7M4


Sunday 31st May 2020

Lectionary Readings

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:24-34,35b

1 Corinthians 12.3b-13

John 7:37-39


Prayers

Breath of God,

Spirit who appeared like a driving wind,

blow away our prejudice

and teach us to value all people.

Spirit of God,

who appeared like tongues of flame,

burn in us as a passion for justice

and a commitment to change.

Spirit of life,

who caused the disciples to speak in tongues,

speak through us,

and fill us with the courage to proclaim your love.

Spirit of truth,

who fills us with wonder and awe,

inspire us to work for a better world

and a future where injustice is swept away.

Amen

(Catherine Gorman)

Living God who has gifted us with the Holy Spirit,

may we be awake to the promptings we receive.

May we be filled with the Love and Grace that

Comes from you.

May our hearts burn with the fire of your Gospel

And may our lives be witness to the blessings you

Freely pour out on us.

In Jesus’ name we pray

Amen

(GH)


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

372 Come down, O love divine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIvKDgktutI

398 There's a spirit in the air

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv3QzQt4zsc

385 Holy Spirit we welcome you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5_eGsD3gj0

397 The spirit lives to set us free

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzU9Dv7ZXVY


Sunday 24th May 2020

Lectionary Readings

Acts 1:6-14

Psalm 68:1-10,32-35

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5.6-11

John 17:1-11


Prayers

Risen and ascended Christ, we cannot see you but we know! We know that you are our Saviour, we know that you are everlasting.

We know your grace. We know of your presence with us through the Holy Spirit. We know that the love of the Father, embodied in you, is forever ours.

Accept our gift of praise as we seek your way in our daily life and keep us in your mercy.

Amen

(G.H.)

Almighty God

as we prepare to worship you we ask that you will stretch our imaginations to sense the majesty and mystery of your ascension.Help us perceive how Jesus' presence in heaven can give us confidence in our prayingand hope for the future.Through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

(Calvin Institute of Christian Worship)

Ascension

We saw his light break through the cloud of glory

Whilst we were rooted still in time and place

As earth became a part of Heaven's story

And heaven opened to his human face.

We saw him go and yet we were not parted

He took us with him to the heart of things

The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted

Is whole and Heaven-centred now, and sings,

Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,

Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,

Whilst we our selves become his clouds of witness

And sing the waning darkness into light, His light in us, and ours in him concealed,

Which all creation waits to see revealed .

Malcolm Guite from Sounding The Seasons (Canterbury Press)


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

331 King of kings, Majesty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnuRIdNwiwg

6 Father, we love you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo

460 Come, let us anew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keHM_4yjLuc

693 Beauty for brokenness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08utbDFP9AE

564 O thou who camest from above

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3UYybc7Xa0


Sunday 10th May 2020

Lectionary Readings

Acts 7:55-60

Psalm 31:1-5,15-16

1 Peter 2:2-10

John 14:1-14


Prayers

Praise the Lord,

who has shown us the wonders of his unfailing love;

and who, for the sake of his name,

leads us and guides us.

In you, O Lord, we put our trust.

You are our God,

and our lives are in your hands.

Lord, let the light of your face shine on us

as we celebrate in your presence. Amen

(Christine Longhurst)

Jesus Son and Saviour, knowing you, we know The Father, Creator and source of Love. Knowing you, we can be inhabited by the Holy Spirit, Inspirer and Comforter.

“I am The Way" the one pattern for us to follow. Faithful even to death upon the cross.

“I am the Truth" the evidence of the faithfulness and love of The Father who raised you from the dead.

“ I am the Life” the promise of life eternal where we can be at one with Father Son and Spirit, forever.

Keep us in your Way O Lord, open our eyes to the truth of your everlasting love. Help us to live our lives, ever mindful of your life in us, filled with grace and blessing. As we thank you for your presence, help us to share this message with others that they too may be blessed.

Amena job, but you are the good shepherd who sees His sheep as His children.

So today and every day we honour you because, you know your sheep and we know you, for you have claimed us as your own.

Thank You Lord

Amen


Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing at his love

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

20 Be still for the presence of the Lord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKfyudrhGK4

489 All I Once Held Dear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxJUT0vhBLc

706 Christ be our Light

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y5N6oxIKH0

503 Love Divine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw5ZCZeS32M

51 Great is thy faithfulness

https://youtu.be/dTKIqmdfHSk


Sunday 3rd May 2020

Lectionary Readings

Acts 2:42-47

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2:19-25

John 10:1-10


Prayers

Holy One, we thank You for being the door of your sheep.

Lord, we adore you because you hear us, and through you we are saved.

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but you have come that we may have life and have it more abundantly.

Thank you for being the good shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep.

You are not a hireling who sees His sheep as a job, but you are the good shepherd who sees His sheep as His children.

So today and every day we honour you because, you know your sheep and we know you, for you have claimed us as your own.

Thank You Lord

Amen


Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing at his love

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

479 The king of love my shepherd is

https://youtu.be/MwqahDvURsQ

58 Lord, I come before your throne of grace

https://youtu.be/4fo1UV9pfrs

109 In the darkness of the still night

https://youtu.be/aV9aLPco_Tg

736 In heavenly love abiding

https://youtu.be/oXc04P8d654

51 Great is thy faithfulness

https://youtu.be/dTKIqmdfHSk


Sunday 26th April 2020

Lectionary Readings

Acts 2:14a,36-41

Psalm 116:1-4,12-19

1 Peter 1:17-23

Luke 24:13-35


Prayers

Like the disciples at Emmaus,
we offer what we have.
They offered their company,
their table, their bread.
We invite you to be with us, Jesus,
as we offer you our love,
our devotion, our lives.


May our eyes be opened to your holy presence among us, now and always.

Amen.

(Carole Penner)

Holy God

You come to us

In unexpected places,

In a crowded room,

In a journey on a dusty road,

In conversation,

In the stillness.

You come in the midst of our doubt, our fear, our sorrow

You come in the power of the resurrection

No pain and suffering is unknown to you.

You bring us peace

And we pray for the places where there is no peace

Countries torn by war

Refugees seeking homes

Prisoners facing torture

You bring peace

Peace to the tensions and conflicts within us

To the regrets, the failure,

The broken relationships

The lost friendships

You bring peace

For you are a friend to us

When we are alone

When we are lonely

Unseen you are there

You bring us peace

And we pray that we too

may become peacemakers. Amen

(Susan Miller)


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

353 Jesus is Lord, creation's voice proclaims it

https://youtu.be/csjkP4X0Veo

565 Only by grace can we enter

https://youtu.be/sV6MJrFBkDo

594 Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

https://youtu.be/QA_g98O42Q4

418 We have a gospel to proclaim

https://youtu.be/E-SPYAgCtkw

548 Blessed Assurance

https://youtu.be/Sli0N4THnmE


Sunday 19th April 2020

Lectionary Readings

Acts 2:14a,22-32

Psalm 16

1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20:19-31


Prayers

Protecting God,

when we fall, you quietly pick us up;
when we fear, you gently hold on to us;
when the future looks bleak, you nudge us onwards,
until at last we find ourselves
in the place you would have us be.

Amen

(Bruce Thompson)

God of grace hear us as we open our hearts to you. We thank you that we are able to turn to you in our time of uncertainty. We thank you that in Thomas we have the knowledge that doubt is part of our faith journey. We thank you that your response is always one of, see and touch and believe.

In this time of lockdown and isolation, enter our dwelling place and bid us follow you. In faith, prayer and hope, may we echo Thomas cry "My Lord and my God" and in so doing believe that we have life in your name.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour

Amen


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

314 This joyful Eastertide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tipsbcfuB4

347 Crown Him with many crowns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7OCs0d_4vM

272 From Heaven you came

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VeQrWmvCms

550 Forth in thy name, O Lord I go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcS0QM8qamY

323 I will sing the wondrous story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAcpYr9I6Tk

Message from Revd. Sue Shortman 12th April 2020:

Happy Easter

He is risen…

Today we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection.

Luke 24:6-7: "He is not here; he has risen!”

When the women arrive at the tomb early in the morning they are astonished and afraid when they see the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb. Their initial reaction is not one of joy, not really understanding the true reason for the stone being rolled away. It is a little while later that they realise the real reason for the empty tomb.

This Easter morning many of us may not immediately be able to find those feelings of joy and thanksgiving, celebrating the resurrection. Many of us may be mourning loved ones, others bone tired from working on the front line, whilst others struggling with mental health isolating for so long. It may not be an immediate joy as we wake on this Easter Sunday morning, just as for the women on that first Easter morning who were fearful about what had happened to their Lord and Master.

As the women stood at the tomb truly afraid about the disappearance of their friend’s body they become even more afraid at the appearance of God’s messengers not realising they come with news of Jesus.

“He is not here; he has Risen!”

It is easy to forget in these difficult and dark days that God is in control, that he sent Jesus to live and die for us that we might have life eternal.

We will come through these days and although nothing will be the same again, that was true for the first Christians too, we have those giants that have gone before us to show us the way.

My prayer for us all on this Easter Day is that we will find ways of celebrating the resurrection of our precious Lord Jesus, even if they are different ways; the Love Feast shared with the wider district in the streamed service, precious time with those we love even if that is not in person, virtual Easter egg hunts and other such things. My prayer is that those who may be mourning, fearful and anxious may find something of the love of God, the extraordinary love that each one of us can know for ourselves on this special day. Further, that this extraordinary love will carry us all through the days and weeks ahead as we continue to love and support each other in ways we never imagined possible.

May God bless us all this Easter and always.

Rev Sue.


Sunday 12th April 2020

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 31:1-6

Matthew 28:1-10

Acts 10.34-43

Psalm 118:1-2,14-24


Prayers

Gracious and wonderful God,
the whole of life begins with you, is sustained by you, is renewed by you
– receive our praise;


the seasons and rhythms of your creation are a constant reminder of birth and death and new life
– accept our worship;


the story of Jesus personifies your eternal tale of life and death and resurrection
- hear our prayer.


We celebrate this Easter Day at a time of crisis,
so we pray that you will forgive us, restore us, renew us,
as we open ourselves to the deepest meaning of this day:
that risen life is realised in your presence, each and every day.

With Christians around the world,
we pray our prayer in the name of him who reveals Easter truth,
Jesus Christ, the Risen One.

Amen.


Rev.Dr Neil Johnson


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

298 Christ the Lord is risen today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15dmjnB8FZU

297 Christ is alive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-M3cuTAINo

293 All heaven declares

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gl70szjLDw

306 Now the green blade rises from the buried grain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bwVEIxKp-0

313 Thine be the glory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoV5w2Qfag



Message from Revd. Sue Shortman 5th April 2020:

Lent has certainly been a Lent of Lent’s this season. I don’t know about you but when Lent began nearly 6 weeks ago I made the promise that I always do at the Ash Wednesday service, to draw close to God and to refresh and renew my commitment to God. Due to circumstances beyond any of our control that has been possible more than ever before with an enforced period of time in isolation at home. As we arrive at Palm Sunday we are still unable to come together for Worship and to shout our Hosannas to welcome Jesus into town, however we can still engage with the season. One of the events that would have been happening this Sunday is a prayer walk with the Inclusive gathering Birmingham in the city centre, of course this cannot happen now but they have offered a virtual prayer walk on line for us to follow, either from the comfort of our homes if we are isolating, or to use it during our daily exercises tomorrow and pray for our local community as we walk. You can find it on line at https://bit.ly/2wKkxD9.

This coming week we enter with Christ the final, harrowing week of his earthly life, for some this may be quite close to home, those who are grieving the loss of loved one’s to this awful virus that seems to be unstoppable. We pray without ceasing for those affected by the tragedy of what we are going through as a nation and as a world at this time. As we enter into Holy Week this year, the final week of Christ’s journey to the cross it will seem so very different to previous years, however we are still invited, wherever we are, to ponder the events of this week; beginning with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his final goodbye’s to his friends, onto his death on the cross and the separation Jesus experiences from God, into the joyous celebration on Easter Sunday when we find the tomb empty. We are once again invited to meditate on the worst - and the best - of what our frail human nature is capable. Something that I suppose many of us have already been pondering during this last few weeks as we have witnessed the selfishness of some alongside the most extraordinary selflessness of others.

As we continue from Palm Sunday into Holy Week The Methodist Church has produced a resource based on the Methodist Art Collection and includes a art, prayers and poems and can be found on line at https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/16612/paintings-poemsandprayersforholyweek2020-mmac.pdf. I recommend this as a way of drawing close to God in this final week journeying with Jesus to the cross and beyond.

This is such a difficult time for many of us, especially those who are most affected by the Coronavirus, those who have become infected, our loved one’s and friends who have died, those who feel isolated and alone, those working on the frontline in the NHS, nursing homes and the emergency services. It is important to remember that Jesus walked this road too, he felt abandoned and alone, isolated and fearful, died a painful death so that we might have eternal life with God. It may feel like a platitude to say that Jesus knows what we are going through, but it’s true. Not only does he know what it feels like, he is walking it with us again, drawing us close and holding us tight. I do hope that we might all be able to hold onto that through these challenging days.

As this weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday, as we stand with Christ at the beginning of this last week of his earthly life, as we lay our palms at his feet, I pray that we may faithfully follow in his footsteps to the cross and all that lies beyond.

Amen

Rev Sue Shortman


29th March 2020

Message from Revd. Sue Shortman:

Dear Friends,

So we have spent another Sunday with physical distance between us all, however as last week together in spirit. We are beginning to find new ways of connecting in this new world in which we are inhabiting at present, not a bad thing is some ways. However let’s not forget those who are not online or have an online presence, including many of our congregations. I am trying to deliver service sheets to those without access to the internet, hoping that all without internet will have them in time for this coming Sunday

We don’t know how long this physical distancing will last so I think it is really important to pace ourselves, not trying to do everything in the early days. It is almost impossible not to feel as the people of God that we need to fix everything and everyone, however this is beyond our control and in the hands of those who know best, most importantly God, our creator and sustainer. However counter intuitive it is, we must remain in our homes as much as possible and take care of ourselves, caring for each other at a distance.

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Matthew 6:5-6

The one thing we can do at this time is pray, maybe like we never have before, for those who are going about their daily work to keep all of us safe, healthy, cared for, fed, rubbish free and all those things that are essential to our daily lives. For those most affected by this virus, those who have died, their families and friends, those who are sick and holding onto life and those who have mild symptoms. Pray in our homes, in our rooms, in those secret places that only we enter, that God may hear and answer our prayers, God who has got this, has got us, and is leading us through the difficulties we are all facing into his light and life.

The place we are at just now will end, we will get back to normal, what that normal will look like is probably going to be quite different to the normal we might remember, hopefully in a good way. We may walk more lightly on the earth, care for the stranger and neighbour just a little bit more and perhaps value the smaller things in life much more than the bigger things.

As we continue the journey through Lent, walking with Jesus to Jerusalem, may each of us draw closer to God and to each other despite the distancing we are experiencing, knowing that as Christians we are bound together through the love of God inextricably caught up in the life and death of Jesus. On this journey we look to Easter day, the dawning of a new day with the resurrected Jesus and the light of the world shining on this world once again.

God Bless,

Sue


Lectionary Readings

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130

Romans 8:6-11

John 11:1-45


Prayers

Holy God, Creator of Life,
you call us out of our dark places,

offering us the grace of new life.
When we see nothing but hopelessness,

you surprise us with the breath of your spirit.

Call us out of our complacency and routines,
set us free from our self-imposed bonds,
and fill us with your spirit of life, compassion, and peace,
In the name of Jesus, your anointed one, we pray. Amen.

~ written by Nancy Johnson

For those whose lives are broken by distress

May the God of healing restore them

For those whose lives are broken by fear

May the God of healing restore them

For those whose lives are broken by anger

May the God of healing restore them

For those whose lives are broken by pain

May the God of healing restore them

For those whose lives are broken by illness

May the God of healing restore them

For those whose lives are broken by sin

May the God of healing restore them

God of healing

gently touch these lives

with your Spirit

Bring warmth and comfort

Life, wholeness and

restoration

into fractured lives

and souls

~ written by John Birch


Hymns

(Numbers for Singing the Faith)

565 Only by grace can we enter

https://youtu.be/sV6MJrFBkDo

416 There's a wideness in God's mercy

https://youtu.be/vJwfT3SY_PU

252 Jesus the Lord said: 'I am the Bread'

https://youtu.be/yVy_9uVJLbk

397 The Spirit lives to set us free

https://youtu.be/dnt4ST8HGQA

51 Great is thy faithfulness

https://youtu.be/dTKIqmdfHSk


22nd March 2020

Message from Revd. Sue Shortman:

Dear Friends,

I do hope you are all keeping well at this time. We are living in practically unprecedented times and it's good to keep in touch. I am writing this from home where most of us are now spending our days, keeping ourselves safe from the virus. In our desire to keep our community safe The Methodist Church has suspended all non essential meetings including Sunday worship, therefore there will be no worship at Cambridge Road Methodist Church this Sunday.There are other ways we can stay connected as a community. In the first instance I am on the end of the telephone, please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any help whatsoever and we will try our best to help you. There will be a live-streamed service from the district this Sunday which you can find by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/Birminghammethodistdistrict/ and although it is through Facebook you do not need a Facebook account to access it. There are also acts of worship you can access for private use through various avenues: The Methodist Church's website, Singing the Faith website or via Roots on the web. If you do not have access to the internet and would like a copy putting through your letterbox or sending through the post do contact me and I will try to organise this for you.

The most important thing we can do for each other at this time is to pray, it is through our daily prayer that we will feel connected to each other, more importantly to God, and this may help with our anxieties and concerns for ourselves and for our families.

In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body

—1 Corinthians 12.13

Our social distancing is an illusion.
We are one. There is no distance. No gap.
Isolated in your apartment, you belong.

You breathe and it fills my lungs.
You weep and my heart is broken.
We are one body in many places.

In this time of separation we open our hearts,
we allow ourselves to flow out from our bodies
in Spirit to one another, to the strangers

who are part of us. Like the Italians
singing from their balconies with neighbors,
we are all notes of the same song.

Love flows where germs cannot. Meditate
on our amazing unity. Extend your spirit
to include all it includes: the whole world.

Breathe in this breath (so threatened!), a gift.
Breathe out this breath (so released!), a gift.
Let compassion for all beings flow with it,

in and out, refreshing your whole body,
the Body of Christ, the whole human family,
the whole Creation. Let love be our body.

Let your love take flesh. Make calls.
Write letters. And when you come back out
don't stop being one another's body. It's your life.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

May God bless the world with light and peace in these difficult days.

Blessings,

Sue.


Prayers

(inspired by Psalm 23) Keep silence after *

Gentle Shepherd:
Thank you for the way you have led us to green pastures and still water;
you’ve shown us beauty this week that has fed our souls.

Name something beautiful you have seen this week *

We have walked through dark valleys this week,
and all of us know someone in a dark valley,
valleys of sickness, grief, uncertainty, fear.
You meet us there in the darkness, you protect us.
Our enemies are present in our lives;
forces that would take us away from you.

Name those who needs God’s help *

Pride, envy, hatred, selfishness,

all played out on an individual and corporate level.
We need your help in our lives.
You have heard the concerns of our hearts
that were spoken
and you heard the concerns that were unspoken,
which weight too heavily for us to share them.
We call on you for help; you guide us carefully.

You have provided for our basic needs this week,
thank you for the food we’ve eaten,
for the luxury of variety in our diet,
for the joy of cooking,
for the clean water that comes out of our taps.

Name something you want to thank God for *

You anoint us with oil,
you gift us with grace,
providing unexpected blessings over and over,
encouragement and new strength when we falter
tender compassion when we are spent.
Goodness and mercy is following us
all the days of our lives.
We give thanks for this good life,
for life and breath this day,
a day to praise and thank you,
we want to stay in your Presence forever. Amen. *

Through the Week reflect on these 6 P’s which are contained in Psalm 23 and name some of these positive things to yourself and to God.

Psalm 23

Provision what God has given to us.

Peace how God gives us rest

Protection how God looks after us

Providence how God guides us

Presence when we feel God close to us

Paradise what God’s promise of heaven means to us