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Come to Worship
Read by Noah Copperwheat
We proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.
For the God who said, ‘Out of darkness light shall shine’, has caused his light to shine in our hearts, the light which is knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4: 5, 6
Song: As With Gladness Men Of Old
William C Dix (1837 – 1898) CCLI: 4772707
Read by Gomer Liongco
Journeying God, who beckons us to join you on the road, be with all your peoples as we set out into this new year.
Give us courage to be cautious, strength to the weary, vision to the short-sighted, hope to those who are broken in spirit.
When we are unsure of where you are leading and cannot chart our path or progress, give us a trust and toleration of not knowing.
When we are certain about the pattern of your mission, give us humility – and grace to listen and learn from each new situation.
Taken from ‘Gathering for Worship’
Read by Amele Dibaba
As the wise men brought gifts to the Christ-child, so may we bring gifts to one another in the world:
May we share material resources justly; practise fair trade; and exercise mutual deference.
May we promote freedom of thought, speech and worship; find opportunities for all to grow in grace and stature; take quietness with us wherever we go; and exercise mutual encouragement.
May we stand in solidarity with the oppressed and suffering; weep with those who weep; lament the atrocities of history; bring balm for tomorrow and exercise mutual love.
GOSPEL READING: LUKE 7:1-10
Read by Keith Everitt
7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
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Song: Everyone Needs Compassion (Mighty to Save)
Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan CCLI: 4591782
Benedicite cordibus et in domos
Visit, O Blessed Lord,
our hearts and homes with the gladness of your presence.
Bless all with the gift of your love;
and grant that we may manifest your love to each other
and to all whose lives we touch.
May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you;
guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace,
O Jesus Christ, now and forever.