Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – he remains faithful for ever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
Version, International. NIV Bible (p. 470). Hodder & Stoughton.
You are great and wonderful, a mystery beyond our understanding, yet you bend down to us with your love and care.
For your grace and for the amazing gift of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, we praise your holy name.
Thank you that you never lose faith in us even though at times we fail to trust in you.
Forgive us when we forget to place our life decisions before you, when we push away your gentle wisdom and substitute our own misguided judgments.
Forgive us when we listen to others instead of you and fail to open our hearts to your loving guidance.
When we bring our honest regrets to God and seek his forgiveness, we are blessed with God’s gracious word of mercy and pardon that breathes new life into us, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father ...........
StF 25 God is Here as we his people - Words:F Pratt Green (1903-2000)
Music:W P Rowlands (1860-1937)
Reading 1 Mark 12 38-44
Question from the above video:
Who are the modern day scribes who Jesus might warn us against ?
Who are the people in our society, who, were He here today, He'd say 'Don't be like those people?'.
Take some time to think about your answers to the above.
Hymn 2 - StF 243 - A rich young man came seeking, Words: Marjorie Dobson (b 1940) Music: Dave Lee (b 1956). Recorded remotely by members of Victoria Methodist Church.
Reading 2 - 1 Kings 17: 8-16
Question from the above video:
How can we be more generous without actually doing more jobs or more generous giving from our wallets from our bank accounts ?
What's the things we can do?
How can we show a generosity of spirit that Jesus would be proud of?
StF 518 Father hear the prayer we offer. Written by Love Maria Willis & Ralph Vaughan Williams Arranged and Performed by Alastair and Kathryn Johnson Southport Baptist Church.
We pray for the church, for the world and for ourselves.
Lord, we pray for a strengthening of integrity, wisdom and faith for all Christian leaders; for resilience and courage for Christians who are persecuted, and for the fresh inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on all believers so that through their witness all the world will come to know the saving love of Jesus Christ.
Hear our prayers for national leaders, politicians and community leaders and all those who have any power or influence over the lives of others. May they act with compassion, justice and honesty, always putting the needs of the most vulnerable first.
Where there is conflict or war, we pray for the Holy Spirit to turn hard hearts towards peace and dialogue instead of violence. Hear our prayers for hope and restoration for the people of Afghanistan, Yemen, Lebanon and other areas around the world where there is economic breakdown, food poverty and lack of education provision.
We pray for comfort and courage for all who suffer injury, loss and hardship, for those who are displaced from their homes, and for those who are so desperate they risk their lives on dangerous journeys to reach safety. May God protect and guide them. We give thanks for aid workers who struggle in difficult situations to bring food, shelter and medicines to those in most need.
We ask for the healing touch of Jesus on the lives of people who are ill, in pain, anxious or trapped in addiction. We name in our hearts those known to us and to Jesus who are in need of our prayers and God’s love at this time. May they know the peace of mind and heart that only Jesus can give.
Loving God, thank you that you know us through and through, our hopes and dreams, our joys and sorrows. May we continue to know your loving acceptance and blessing in our lives, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
StF - 411 May the God of hope go with us every day. Sung, played and recorded by the singers and musicians of St Michael's Church, Solihull. Words: Alvin Schutmaat, Ann Mitchell Music: Trad Argentinian arr. Emily Brink
Follow Jesus in all that you do and say, showing kindness and respect to all and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit remain with you and those whom you love, today and forever more. Amen.
*Original Materials by Claire Hargreaves
from the Methodist Church Worship at Home Service for Sunday 7 November
These are the Worship at Home Services, led by our Minister :-