Sunday 25th October – Bible Sunday

Welcome to our family service for Bible Sunday.

If you are watching this service during the week, welcome and we hope you enjoy it.

If you are watching on Sunday we invite you to Zoom Coffee at 11.30. Contact Revd Liz for details of how to join.

You can either scroll down the page and play each video in turn or you can just hit play on the playlist immediately underneath this paragraph.

Click here for Bible Sunday worksheets.

YouTube Playlist

Service written out

During the last corona virus lockdown, like many of you I’m sure, I arranged my bookcases. I had an awful lot of Bibles, different sizes, colours and versions. it made me think about adults and children who don’t have a Bible in their homes. It is in the Bible that we have readings like the New Testament reading we have today, that teaches us how much God loves us and shows us how we should teach each other. Like our song, which is sung by people all over the world, the Bible unites us all as christians.

So let us begin our worship.

Welcome in the name of Christ
Gods grace, mercy and peace be with us all. Amen.

Hymn – Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning

Opening Prayer

Loving God, we have come to worship you.
Help us to pray to you in faith,
to sing your praise with gratitude,
and to listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Day (Collect) for 20th Sunday after Trinity

God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
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.

Confession

We confess to you our selfishness and lack
of love:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

We confess to you our fear and failure in
sharing our faith:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

We confess to you our stubbornness and
lack of trust:
fill us with your spirit
Lord have mercy & fit us for your Kingdom.

Assurance 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.

Hymn – Jesus put this song into our hearts

Reading based on Psalm 100

The whole world is singing a song, have you heard it?
The wind is whispering it in the trees.
The rain is dancing it on the rooftops.
The whole of creation is singing it out together:
“God loves us. He made us. He’s very pleased with us!”
It’s the song that’s been sung since the beginning;
the song God created everything in the world to sing.
It’s the song without words.
It’s the song you were created to sing too.
We forgot our song long ago when we turned and ran away from God, but Jesus has come to bring us home to God – and give us back our song.
So go on – sing your song!

Reading from Colossians 3 12-17 (The Message Bible)

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.

Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Talk

I loved the Colossians from “The Message Bible”, but I did get a little “nudge” when the word Wardrobe was mentioned! My lockdown clearing out and sorting has not included my wardrobe, or, should I say wardrobes.

My Mum was the same and I think it was her reaction to her childhood life,where money was scarce, and clothes few. My Grandma, her mother, wouldn’t go to Church as she had no smart clothes to wear. My Grandfather played the organ in Church and my Mum went Church with him, three or four times on a Sunday. Mum had to change her clothes from smart clothes to play clothes each time she came home! Thank goodness we are more relaxed about clothes these days.

One thing my Grandma was insistent upon was that all her grandchildren should wear a vest!(no matter what time of year)

Here is one of my old teddies, Clementine, who is wearing her vest. Lets see what she has in her wardrobe.

A Jacket, that will keep her warm, lets call it the jacket of COMPASSION, reminding all to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

A hat, ah! the hat of KINDNESS, actually being friendly and considerate to people.

A pair of gloves, the gloves of HUMILITY , not always thinking that we should be first, or best, but listening to others.

Clementines socks- QUIET STRENGTH? I think that means being firm in our Christian Faith and being strong in the knowledge God is with us, helping us to be the best that we can be.

DISCIPLINE is the next item in the wardrobe. I think Clementine can have a cape of DISCIPLINE, learning to follow Gods rules as best as we can, not doing just what we like.

The passage also talks about FORGIVENESS and being EVEN TEMPERED. FORGIVENESS is at the heart of our Christian Faith. As God has forgiven us when we say sorry to him, we must forgive others, too.

The short reading, five verses long, is teaching us how to be Christian people. And, the best thing we can wear from the wardrobe, is LOVE

(And a vest of course Grandma )

Our Affirmation of faith, this is what we believe

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Hymn – How deep the Father’s love for us

Offertory Prayer

Gracious God, accept our gifts
and with them our lives
to be used in your service
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer time – Five finger prayers

Let us pray:

Our thumb prayer:
Dear God, we give thanks and pray for those we love the most, for our families and friends on whom we rely so much.

Help us to be better at showing them that we love them and may they be confident in your love, knowing that you will always be by their side.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our Pointer finger prayer:
Dear God, we pray for our teachers and all who work in our schools. We give thanks for the extra care and effort they are putting in at the moment. May their wisdom and their support for their pupils be grounded in love.

We give thanks for doctors, nurses, carers and all key workers. Be with them Lord; support, strengthen and uphold them in your boundless love.

We pray for Revd Liz and her family as they prepare to move to their new parishes. On this Bible Sunday, we give thanks for all Liz has done to share your Word and your love with us.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our index finger prayer:
Dear God, give wisdom we pray to leaders in government around the world. As they strive to find a path for us through the pandemic, may their thoughts, words and actions be based on good common sense and be done in the name and with the grace of Jesus.

May your peace Lord, keep us all in step and in tune with one each other.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our ring finger prayer:
Dear God, we lift to you anyone we are worried about; those who are ill, afraid, alone or bereaved. And we remember those who have died.

We pray for those who have turned and run away from you or who do not yet know you. Meet them, we pray, and bring them home to your comforting love.

God of love
Hear our prayer

Our little finger prayer:
Dear God, we pray for ourselves, that we will never forget that you love us. Encourage us to keep singing your song and to wear the garment of love always.

We pray that your kindness, compassion, humility and love will shine brightly through us.

God of love
Hear our prayer

We say together:
Your Word is the light we see,
a guide for our footsteps
to where you are found.

Your Word is the strength we find
when darkness threatens
to overwhelm.

Your Word is the power we need
to become servants
of a Heavenly King.

Your Word is the reason we live
in the sure knowledge
you are everything. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer:

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.

Sending Out

God give us your love
Give us your joy
Give us your peace
That we may live life to the full
And in awareness of you and your love for us

God give us your guidance
Give us your protection
Give us your power
That we may travel in hope
And in awareness of you and your love for us

God give us your aid
Give us your strength
Give us your presence

That we may grow in faith
And in awareness of you and your love for us. Amen

Our last song is sung by people from all over the world and in different languages.
United by faith on Bible Sunday we sing Amazing Grace.

Hymn – Amazing Grace

Dismissal

Let us go in the light & peace of Christ
And shine with the light of his love.
Amen.

Click here for Bible Sunday worksheets.

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.