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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

CONFESSION

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’

INTERCESSION

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:

Gold
May we share material resources justly; practise fair trade; and exercise mutual deference.

Frankincense
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.

Myrrh
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.

‘Be’ attitudes | Resolutions for Living in a Covid World

Blessed are the Merciful | Lauraine Everitt

Song: Everyone Needs Compassion (Mighty to Save)

Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan CCLI: 4591782

EPIPHANY BLESSING

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.
Amen.

 

GIVING

FAITH, ACTION & FINANCE

Our Christian faith is not just a matter of hearing and thinking but action. One way we can demonstrate this trust in Jesus’ is to bring all that we are and all that we have under his guidance and care. This includes our wallet! However, if you are a guest or visitor, please feel under no obligation to give. This call to respond generously is for those that consider GRBC to be their spiritual family and home. We would like those who have joined together in our covenant to consider regular giving thorough standing order or bank transfer. If you are a UK Taxpayer, by providing the relevant information, the Church and the community work we do is given the ability to access gift aid.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

E17 BOXES OF HOPE

E17 Boxes of Hope During the Coronavirus Pandemic GRBC have partnered with the Red Balloon Foundation. Together with our brothers and sister’s at St. Peter in the Forest, St. Mary’s and St. John’s Walthamstow, we are pleased to contribute into this fabulous project. ‘Boxes of Hope’ are being delivered direct to the doors of families living in the E17 postcode area during the COVID 19 outbreak.If you would like to find out more, refer people you know or offer sponsorship, click the button below.

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