"And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” (Mark 2: 21-22)
Welcome & Call to Worship
n a world dominated by pandemic and political division, we gather to declare our hope in Jesus - who is the light of the world.
The invitation is given to every person by Jesus Christ:
"Come to me! Follow me!
We come to this place, to this time,
at the invitation of Jesus Christ.
In the name of Christ,
we accept the invitation to be the people of God.
In the name of Christ,
as his people, we worship and praise God.
In the midst of a world where cruelty abounds,
we proclaim the God of Compassion.
In the midst of despair that threatens to swallow up whole lives, whole peoples,
we proclaim the God of Hope.
In the midst of indifference and apathy,
we proclaim the God of Love.
Come, let us worship together, and share our witness of God's living presence in the world.
Hymn 543 Christ be our light.
Prayers of Approach & The Lord’s prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
you 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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever.
John 2:1-11 ‘Jesus Changes Water Into Wine’
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Mark 2: 20-22 ‘New wineskins’
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
Sermon ‘How to mess up Christianity!’
Prayers of Intercession
Hymn The Lord’s my shepherd
Stuart Townend Copyright © 1996 Thankyou Music
Dismissal & Blessing
As we go forth from this time of worship
Keep my commandments, abide in my love.
We will go forth in peace and justice!
Love one another, go forth to serve:
We will go forth in love!
Share in my mission, bear fruit that will last:
We will go forth as your friends, rejoicing!
Let us go forth in peace to witness to our community and world,
that Christ is alive!
A Holy Land Blessing
May the babe of Bethlehem bring you peace;
May the child of Nazareth bring you joy;
May the man of Galilee bring you strength;
May the Christ of Calvary bring you courage;
May the risen Jesus bring you hope;
And the ascended Christ a foretaste of his glory.
Time for coffee…
Due to the latest lockdown caused by Covid-19 the church is closed for Sunday Worship until further notice. Our Sunday morning services will now be broadcast live via Zoom at 10.00 am every Sunday morning. For a copy of the link please contact Robert or Sean. (07791 755976)
Recording of Services
As we are now using Zoom the service can no longer be relayed live via Facebook. However, from this Sunday onwards, we will be recording the service which will be made available via the church website. If you do not wish your name or face displayed on the recording, please switch off your camera or change the name you use to login into Zoom.
Please advise the minister if you know of anybody would appreciate a pastoral phone call. Sean can be contacted on 07791 755976 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee & Chat
takes place at the end of the service. Please stay online if you wish to participate.