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Due to the Coronavirus, we are so sorry to advise everyone that St Andrew's is closed until further notice and all services, events and lettings have had to be cancelled. 

There is an on-line service every Sunday at 10:30. To join you will need to download Zoom. select https://zoom.us/download 

The services at 10:30 all have the same  meeting number 959 7943 5144 and password  321257. All are welcome.

The Bede Circuit are joining in prayer on Wednesday mornings at 10 am, meeting number 98349085707, password 479972. All are welcome.



I have just watched the attached youtube clip, The UK Blessing and found it emotional and brilliant, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U  

 Enjoy.

Welcome to St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Washington. 


Our church is open to God, to life, to the world and to you. Please come in when we reopen and find out more about the activities for everyone within our building and our wider Church.

Sunday 3 January 2021 (or on the day your church would hold its covenant service)

This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use whilst we are unable to use Methodist Church premises.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.  It will be helpful to have a copy of the Methodist Way of Life Commitment card to hand, as you begin.  If you do not have one, go to: www.methodist.org.uk/mwol/ where you can see and download a copy.

Call to Worship

This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

StF 443 Come let us sing of a wonderful love

Sing/read /pray /the words or listen to it here www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCSx7ZZ3-2I

 

Come, let us sing of a wonderful love,

tender and true;

out of the heart of the Father above,

streaming to me and to you:

wonderful love

dwells in the heart of the Father above.

 

Jesus, the Saviour, this gospel to tell,

joyfully came;

came with the helpless and hopeless to dwell,

sharing their sorrow and shame;

seeking the lost,

saving, redeeming at measureless cost.

 

Jesus is seeking the wanderers yet;

why do they roam?

Love only waits to forgive and forget;

home, weary wanderer, home!

Wonderful love

dwells in the heart of the Father above.

 

Come to my heart, O thou wonderful love,

come and abide,

lifting my life, till it rises above

envy and falsehood and pride;

seeking to be

lowly and humble, a learner of thee.

Robert Walmsley (1831-1905)

Let us pray together

Gracious God,

on this day, I and many others seek to renew our covenant with You. Your love is strong and faithful. You never stop loving us. Our love for You is weak and fickle and we often fall short of what we have committed ourselves to be and do. Forgive us for our reluctance to follow Christ, our half-hearted worship, our failures in caring, service and witness, and our unwillingness to challenge injustice.

Have mercy on us, O God, and renew in us both the desire and the ability to be people of love.

Thank you for your gracious words:

 ‘Your sins are forgiven’.  Amen.

 

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 15.1-9

Time to Reflect

The image of the vine is an organic picture.  The branches are growing in the vine. They are connected to every other branch through the vine and fruit grows naturally on the branches. The branches have no choice. They

are part of the Vine. But Jesus’ use of this image to speak of our relationship with him offers choice and invites our participation. We are asked to abide in the vine and so grow and be fruitful.

Today, we choose again to trust God, to walk with Jesus and to live in the ways of the kingdom.

Take the Methodist Way of Life Card.  Before you say the covenant prayer, read through the commitments on the card and reflect on which of these you want to grow in during the coming year.

 

As far as we are able, with God’s help:

 

Worship

We will pray daily.

We will worship with others regularly.

We will look and listen for God in Scripture, and the world.

 

Learning and Caring

We will care for ourselves and those around us.

We will learn more about our faith.

We will practise hospitality and generosity.

 

Service

We will help people in our communities and beyond.

We will care for creation and all God’s gifts.

We will challenge injustice.

 

Evangelism

We will speak of the love of God.

We will live in a way that draws others to Jesus.

We will share our faith with others.

 

A time of prayer

Take time to sit quietly. Then say the Covenant Prayer aloud:

I am no longer my own but yours.

Your will, not mine, be done in all things,

wherever you may place me,

in all that I do and in all that I may endure;

when there is work for me and when there is none;

when I am troubled and when I am at peace. Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded;

when I find fulfilment and when it is lacking;

when I have all things, and when I have nothing

I willingly offer all I have and am

to serve you, as and where you choose.

Glorious and blessd God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours.

May it be so for ever.

Let this covenant now made on earth

be fulfilled in heaven. Amen

 

Prayers of intercession

Pray for your church … that it may be a faithful witness to God’s love.

Pray for the church worldwide …that in word and action it may help people to see God’s glory

Pray for the leaders of nations… that they act justly and guide wisely.

Pray for those pushed to the margins of society …that they and their gifts may be made welcome.

Pray for those in need…especially people we known

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

 StF 489 All I once held dear.

You can listen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r8XfE_VNb0. Alternatively, read the words or sing a verse of a hymn that comes to mind

All I once held dear,

built my life upon,

all this world reveres,

and wars to own,

all I once thought gain

I have counted loss;

spent and worthless now,

compared to this.

      Knowing you, Jesus,

      knowing you, 


      there is no greater thing.

      You're my all, you're the best,

      you're my joy, my righteousness,

      and I love you, Lord.

 

Now my heart's desire

is to know you more,

to be found in you

and known as yours.

To possess by faith

what I could not earn,

all-surpassing gift

of righteousness.

 

Oh, to know the power

of your risen life,

and to know you in

your sufferings.

To become like you

in your death, my Lord,

so with you to live

and never die.

Graham Kendrick (b. 1950)

A prayer of blessing

May the God of heaven and earth bless us and keep us; may his face shine upon us that we might know God’s peace and live in ways that reflect his love, now and always.  Amen

Original Materials by Roger L Walton

All Hymns reproduced under CCLi 1144191. 

Local Churches please insert CCCLi No here

We are grateful to all the Ministers and Local Preachers from around the Connexion who have contributed to Worship at Home. This resource is administrated by Ministries: Vocations and Worship in the Connexional Team. We aim to continue to provide these resources until the end of August 2021.

 

Copies of Bible Reading (NRSV)

Jeremiah 31.33-34

This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

 

John 15.1-9

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.

 





After my prayer time today, I was led to this old chorus father I place into your hands which I remember from my youth.

I offer the words of this short song with some prayers interspersing the words.

Please read the words slowly and let the wash over you. Then use the prayers after each verse or add your own.


Father, I place into your hands the things I cannot do,
Father, I place into your hands the things that I've been through.
Father, I place into your hands
The way that I should go, For I know I always can trust you. 

We come before you and ask you to be with us as we are in isolation or lock down.

We give you thanks for the ways in which you have sustained us on the journey thus far, and we place ourselves, and that of our future into your hands. Help us when we struggle to look to you. trusting in you in every circumstance of our lives.

Father, I place into your hands My friends and family.
Father, I place into your hands the things that trouble me.
Father, I place into your hands the person I would be,
For I know I always can trust you. 

Compassionate God, we offer into your hands our families who we cannot see at the moment, for those from whom we long for a hug, or the touch of a hand. We thank you that with the aide of the internet or the telephone we can stay in touch, but we know this is not the same as been able to meet face to face.

We offer into your hands, those family members who are key workers, for all those taking a risk to help others and to keep the country healthy, on the move, supplied with food, educated. May you draw close to these people, and may they know your peace and protection at this time.

We offer into your hands, all those who are ill, whether that be a family member, a friend, a member of our church or community, the Prime Minister,

We bring these people before you now and ask for your peace your healing and your love to surround them.

Father, we love to see your face, we love to hear your voice.
Father, we love to sing your praise and in your name rejoice.
Father, we love to walk with you and in your presence rest,
For we know we always can trust you. 

Loving God, we long for your presence in this time in which we currently live, We ask and pray that you will help us to seek your face a fresh each day, help us to hear your voice and help us to sing your praise through all that we do each and every day of our lives. Father, we ask that you walk with us and be our light in the darkness. When we are in those times of deep darkness, of loneliness, anxiety, stress, ill health, my you be our true light that will be our hope. With a light and hope that will never be extinguished.

Father, I want to be with you and do the things you do. Father I want to speak the words That you are speaking too. Father, I want to love the ones That you will draw to you,
For I know that I am one with you

Amazing God, We ask that you would help us always to turn to your word for comfort and peace and strength, and then in turn be inspired to share with others about who you are and how you have loved us and inspired us in our lives. We pray that as we cannot meet in our church buildings, that you will help us to be your church in the many and different ways which you now call us to be. Help us to always be intertwined with you and one with you.

In the name of Christ

Amen


The Cacophony of Gods Silence

Have you heard the silence on the streets, the echo of emptiness as the bird’s echo with their song?

Life has stopped from its normality for a while and the echo of silence reverberates around the streets, avenues, flats and town centres.

The silence may cause us to pause and think, it may cause us to become anxious, it may mean that for days and weeks we do not speak to another, causing us to miss the normality of a hug, a handshake, simple hello.

Yet in amongst the echoes of silence, there is a cacophony of noise, that reverberates loud and clear. It is not the usual bang and crash of life, but in the calling of the still small voice of God to our hearts and lives, My peace I give you my peace I leave with you, do not let your hearts be troubled. Be still and know that I am God. So, as quiet as the dew falling on the grass to welcome the dawn of a new day, so God gives to us Gods voice in the quietness of the cacophony of the stillness of silence.

So rather than filling every part of that echoing silence that each of us face, can we turn the volume up of Gods cacophony of that still small voice, hearing it loud and clear amongst the echoing silence of the world and the beautiful sound of bird song echoing again through our streets. For as the sun rises and the sun sets, and the days and weeks start and finish, God does not finish with us and is speaking in the company of Gods silence. Be still and know that I am God and I am with you to the very end of the age. Come and rest a while, hit pause on the busyness of the world and turn up the cacophony of Gods stillness and silence, stay safe and be refreshed, as we meet with God.

Rev Matt Sheard 2020



We will let you know when the Church activities resume, in the meantime stay safe and God bless.

All are welcome to our Sunday Morning worship at 10:30, followed by tea and coffee in the hall.  

Mainly Music for babies and toddlers is on every Monday term time at 10am. in the Church Hall. Date of next Mainly Music to be announced..

Our Open the Book team are available to lead school assemblies and are at present taking assemblies at Barmston Primary and Junior School. 

We have a fortnightly Bible study group which meets on a Monday evening. Our next meeting to be announced.

Coffee mornings are held on the last Saturday morning monthly at 10am. The proceeds go to  nominated charities.  

Our coffee mornings will resume when possible, date to be announced.