Sunday 16 January Service

Sunday Service for 16 January 2022

2nd Sunday of Epiphany

 

Opening Sentences and Prayer

God in Christ has revealed his glory.

Come let us worship.

From the rising of the sun to its setting

the Lord’s name is greatly to be praised.

Give him praise, you servants of the Lord.

O praise the name of the Lord!

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.

 

Hymn: Lord Jesus Christ

 

Confession

The grace of God has dawned upon the world through our Saviour Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own. Let us confess our sins.

God of mercy, we acknowledge that we are all sinners. We turn from the wrong that we have thought and said and done, and are mindful of all 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 Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness

May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins, and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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

 

Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5

 

Hymn: Heaven shall not wait 

 

Reading: John 2: 1-11

 

Reflection - Rev. Colin Hudspith or Listen to Colin

 

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Hymn: How precious, O Lord, is your unfailing love

 

Intercessions: Jennie Glover

Lord Jesus Christ

You are the Light of the world and your light shines in the darkness and cannot be overcome.

Thank you for the mystery of your saving grace which you have poured out into our lives and not ours only but all over the world, where your Holy Spirit is moving in acts of compassion, love and faithfulness.

Thank you that You know each of our hearts and You hear our prayers whether they are spoken aloud or without words and You answer according to your heavenly riches.

 Lord Jesus: Send your messengers of light and truth

 

So we pray that every type of darkness may be defeated by the light of truth, faith and love.

Where we live in this North Devon, we pray specifically that upright and good decisions may be made by the local authorities. 

Lord Jesus: Send your messengers of light and truth

 

So we pray….

For North Devon District council as it grapples with poverty, homelessness and staff shortages in the wake of the pandemic,

For the Hospital desperate for new doctors, nurses and medical staff, amid the local shortage of accommodation

For all the staff at Medical Centres, the Pharmacies and the Hospice. Oh Lord you know how weary people are of this pandemic and the confusing messages that exist

For each school and member of staff as they faithfully work for the good of the children in their care

Lord Jesus: Send your messengers of light and truth

 

For our lives to be steadily peaceful and able to overcome the harm that fear does, in spite of the inconveniences and hardships which the pandemic has brought, help us to overcome this harm with good.

For the congregations of the North Taw Mission community churches that each may have unfailing faith in our journey of life, Your own comfort in sorrow (thinking particularly of Barbara and her family), healing in sickness, perseverance under pressure and a wise plan for all in the days ahead especially for Steve, Caroline, Margaret, Colin, Pam and Derek.

Lord Jesus: Send your messengers of light and truth

 

For refugees fleeing the destruction of war and every agency which tries to aid them. Let us in a moment of silence bring a specific place or country before God.

Lord Jesus: Send your messengers of light and truth

 

Father your word says the Lord Jesus ever lives to make intercession for your people accept these prayers for the sake of your son our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen

 

Believing the promises of God, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Hymn: Water you turned into wine 

 

Closing Prayer

Eternal God, our beginning and our end, accompany us in this day’s journey.

Dawn on our darkness, open our eyes to praise you for your creation and to see the work you set before us today.

Take us and use us to bring to others the new life you give in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

May Christ, who sends us to the nations,
give us the power of his Spirit. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005

Song Choices: Georgis Yates Needham

 

In our Churches this week

Services Next Sunday 23rd January

09:30 Holy Communion West Down

11:00 Morning Worship Heanton

16:00 Evening Prayer (BCP) Marwood

 

Sunday 30th January

10:30 United Benefice Holy Communion West Down

 

Churches open for Private Prayer

Heanton: Wednesdays 10.00am - 4.00pm

Marwood: Thursdays 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sundays (excluding times for services) 11.00am - 4.00pm

 

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