Sunday Worship April 25th 2021

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Welcome to our Sunday worship, which today is being led by Scott Wheeler, both in church and on-line.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I
have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will
know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:34-35

We bring our prayers to God:

Our gospel reading is John 10:11-18

Introduction:

We sing now a version of Psalm 23 – The Lord’s my shepherd ….

Our second reading is 1 John 3:16-24

Listen now to the words of “Babel’s Tower” by Olov Hartman, translated by Caryl and Ruth Micklem.

  1. See them building Babel’s tower: slaves the stones are carrying.
    Here no man cares for brother man. Kyrie eleison! (Lord, have mercy!)
  2. Far astray that upward road. Man, become a stranger, Goes hungry at
    his brother’s board – Kyrie eleison!
  3. “Brotherhood” – forgotten word down the grassy hillside rejected
    from that building lies. Kyrie eleison!
  4. Men one day will find it there and will recognise it as keystone of
    God’s hill and house. Hallelujah!
  5. Then their cry will rise, and we each in his own language shall
    hear of brotherhood once more. Hallelujah!
  6. Mighty wind of heaven’s rule, storming every barrier, will blow for
    ever where it wills. Hallelujah!
  7. So shall Babel come to nought: where it stood shall flourish the
    harvest of God’s brotherhood. Hallelujah!

Now we sing “God of freedom, God of Justice …”

We bring to God our prayers for the church and the world …

Our closing song: “I cannot tell …”

Now let’s ask God’s blessing and guidance on each other:

Lord, give us the courage and strength to meet the challenges of life
as we go back out into the world.
Now May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.
Amen