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6th June 2021 - Finding Peace in Community


Welcome to our service today. We continue our series on finding peace as we walk through the roadmap out of lockdown and today Claire reflects on John 17:20-26


Join us for coffee and cake on zoom after the service at 12.30pm (please note the later time). The link is here.


We also have an in person family service at 11am at the church building. Continuing our journey through the Big Story of God as we find out what happened in Genesis 3. All are welcome - normal social distancing rules apply. Please wear a mask.


Next Sunday:


We have an in person service with sermon at 11am. This will be similar to the online service. All are welcome.


We will be sharing communion during the service. There will be words for communion on the online service if you want to follow along at the same time but are not able to make it in person.


Coming up:

Sunday 13th June - In person service at 11am replicated online.

Sunday 20th June - In person service at 11am replicated online

Sunday 27th June - In person family service - how this works depends on the roadmap! An online sermon and songs will continue to be available.


Bible Study:

Our Bible Study series on zoom at 8pm continues tomorrow, Monday 7th June. "Together for good" - Growing happiness and wellbeing in our community.


Re-opening mid week:

We are now reopen mid week. For more details of activities see the website here . You would be very welcome to drop in to the cafe on Tuesdays. During June we will be open 10am-12.30pm, but in July we will be expanding our opening hours again.


Worship


Call to worship


Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.


As we come to worship today let us pray for our church family and wider community - that God will hold us and unite us as we seek to follow him.


Songs for Today


Here are the songs for today. You might want to save the last two for before and after the sermon and prayers



Unity


Today we are thinking about finding peace in community, particularly about how we are united in Christ, and how when we are united, we make for a healthier church. What does a united church look like? How can we be united when we're still scattered in the community? What role do you have to play?


Watch this video as you think about those questions. Which cartoon are we more like as a church?



If you are feeling creative you might want to draw a picture of our church. Who is able to belong? What do they look like? How might we be better at welcoming others into our church family?


Prayers


Prayer for Unity

God of all creation who called every being into life who is mindful of humankind in all its diversity who embodies us with dignity, granting different gifts and talents to shape life in this world we ask for your Spirit to unite us where we face lack of understanding and disunity in our churches, in our communities, in our countries. And in silence we lay before you the burdens of our hearts.

(Silence)

We ask for your Spirit to unite us in the face of the conflicts, hatred and violation of life experienced in so many regions of the earth and in silence we bring to you the pain of the victims.

(Silence)

We ask for your Spirit to unite us wherever fear prevents us from caring for our neighbour, from meeting people of different ethnicities, cultures

and faith communities with respect and in silence we bring to you the brokenness of human relationships.

(Silence)

God of all creation, in Christ we are reconciled, and so we ask for your uniting Spirit to help us to overcome all our divisions that we may live in peace.


Amen



Sermon


Our Sermon today is based on John 17:20-26. You can read it here


Here is Claire with our sermon








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