Sunday Worship 7th February 2021

Welcome and Call to worship – Rev’d Joy Ventom
Welcome to Worship wherever and whenever you are
reading, listening or watching this service.
May you know God presence with you now and in the weeks
to come.
Lift your eyes to gaze on God.
Hear God’s word and receive God’s peace.
With all that you have been, all that you are, and all that you
hope to be, offer yourself now to God in Worship and praise.
Amen

Prayer – Rev’d Christine Legge
Lord, we praise you for the way you made yourself and your
love known to us in Jesus;
For the gentleness of Christ
Which still brings us your mercy;
For the way his readiness to reach out and touch the lives of
others reassures us of your presence and power.
We praise you for your commitment to work for our good
which we witnessed in his utter determination to make
people’s lives whole.
Father, we praise you for your free grace which found its
echo in Christ’s acceptance of every person who turned to
him for forgiveness and healing;
For your anger with everything that spoils life and robs us of
the joy you meant the gift of life to be.
Lord, we praise you for your undiluted purpose for your
people, your never-ending grace for all humanity; for your
triumphant love which was given its fullest demonstration in
Christ’s dying and rising for us.
We praise you for that love which still flows from the empty
cross and the empty tomb to bring us hope and healing and
wholeness today.
In the name of Christ who makes us whole. Amen.
(from 500 prayers for all occasions, David Clowes p. 54-55)

Hymn:
1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
beside the Syrian sea
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee.

3 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

4 Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm!

Bible reading – Mark 1:29-39 (NIV) read by Mrs Sheila Heap
Jesus heals many
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James
and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.
30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they
immediately told Jesus about her.
31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The
fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all
who were ill and demon-possessed.
33 The whole town gathered at the door,
34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also
drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons
speak because they knew who he was.
Jesus prays in a solitary place
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got
up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he
prayed.
36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,
37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is
looking for you!’
38 Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby
villages – so that I can preach there also. That is why I have
come.’
39 So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their
synagogues and driving out demons.

Worship song:
You give rest to the weary
You bring strength to weak
As they wait in Your presence
There is grace for their need
So I’ll wait, I’ll wait
Yes I’ll wait for You

I will say of the Lord ‘He is my refuge’
I will say of the Lord ‘He is my strength’
I will say of the Lord “He is my shelter, my hiding place’
I will come to the source of all creation
I will drink from the well that never dries
I will draw from the one who won’t grow tired, the Lord
of all

You can come in the silence
You can come in the noise
Bringing peace in a moment
Bringing comfort and joy

Lou Fellingham

Reflection by Mrs Sheila Heap
– Local Preacher & Local Preachers’ Secretary
JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE

Over the past ten months, I wonder if you, like me, have had
the television on a lot more than usual?
It’s not that I’ve become a TV addict, but rather just seeing
another face and hearing another voice to ease the sense of
isolation, knowing that life still goes on despite all its
restrictions.
I will admit though that I have become rather addicted to a
tea time quiz programme called The Chase.
A team of amateur quizzers answer questions to build up as
big a cash fund as they can to challenge one of a team
professional quizzers – hence the name, The Chase.
If they win, they get to share their combined winnings
between them. Of the Chasers, who the majority of
contestants hope to face is the same Chaser – nicknamed The
Dark Destroyer – and he certainly lives up to his name, mean,
mocking and fierce.
But whether he outwits his opponents or they outwit him, he
always ends with the same comment. ‘It’s just another day at
the office!’
Just another day – I wonder how many times we say that –
an ordinary day, nothing exciting or exceptional.
In today’s Gospel reading, Mark tells us about just another
day in the early ministry of Jesus – or was it?
We have heard of that wonderful affirmation at His Baptism
when His true identity as God’s Son is revealed, soon followed
by the choosing of a group of men going about just another
day. Mark tells us in v28 that the news of this new preacher
had spread throughout Galilee.
Two weeks ago, we saw the inauguration of a new American
President. His first 100 days in The White House is regarded
as the time when priorities for that term of office are set out.
Mark’s first chapter is often taken as Jesus setting out His
priorities for His ministry, publicly and privately.
Having preached in the synagogue in Capernaum, He goes on
to visit Simon Peter’s home. Being quite a large family home,
Jesus may well have used it as a base, a retreat from the
crowds.
It was a great cause of embarrassment for the hostess,
Simon’s mother-in-law, Joanna, who was unwell and there
was no-one to provide the customary hospitality to a visitor –
and worse still – it was Jesus Himself.
But then, something miraculous happens, which transforms
the situation. Jesus takes control. The power of His touch has
an instantaneous effect, and immediately Joanna feels strong
enough to attend to Jesus’ needs. The news spread like
wildfire. By evening, crowds who were troubled in body, mind
and spirit gathered throughout the town. A touch, a few
words were all they were seeking. It would have gone viral on
Facebook.
From just another day, Jesus was exhausted. It wasn’t just
physical hospitality and rest He needed. Mark tells us that
very early next morning, Jesus went out alone to a place of
quietness to pray. He needed privacy and solitude – time with
God in prayer, so that He may experience God’s hospitality, to
seek God’s direction and to be spiritually equipped to sustain
His ministry for just another day.
For before too long, His disciples were searching Him out, for
the crowds had already started to gather, looking for
spectacular miracles rather than the gospel truth.
Even in these uncertain times that we are living through there
is good news. You and I are on Jesus’ priority list. Our homes,
Church buildings, places of learning, jobs, relationships,
friendships and social activities may be in lockdown, but Jesus
isn’t. There is no need for social distance between Jesus and
us. A day with Jesus is never just another day.
He is seeking our hearts, minds and spirits to welcome Him
into every aspect of our lives. Privacy and solitude have a
place in our spiritual lives to enable us to receive God’s
hospitality, even if sometimes it feels an uncomfortable and
isolating place.
He is relying on you and I to use the gifts and opportunities
God gives us to serve others, as we are enabled, as part of
our priorities if God’s Kingdom is to grow. Don’t let today be
just another day – make today – and every day – a day spent
with Jesus.

Hymn:
1 We have a gospel to proclaim,
good news for all throughout the earth;
the gospel of a Saviour’s name:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

2 Tell of his birth at Bethlehem —
not in a royal house or hall,
but in a stable dark and dim,
the Word made flesh, a light for all.

3 Tell of his death at Calvary:
hated by those he came to save,
in lonely suffering on the cross,
for all he loved his life he gave.

4 Tell of that glorious Easter morn:
empty the tomb, for he was free.
He broke the power of death and hell
that we might share his victory.

5 Now we rejoice to name him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
This gospel-message we proclaim:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.
Edward Joseph Burns (b. 1938)

Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer – Rev’d John Taylor

Hello everyone.
Let’s have a time of prayer together:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
to God. —Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Listening, understanding compassionate God, hear us now as
we bring to you our concerns for the world, the Church, our
communities and ourselves.
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power
and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life
from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now
to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19
and other illnesses.
May they feel Your power of healing through the care of
doctors and nurses.
Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from
people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a
sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others
from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and
friends and bring peace to all who love them.
God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first
responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and
with more risk of contracting the new Coronavirus
themselves.
Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring
Your protection upon them as they work with patients.
Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items
needed to stay safe on the job.
Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better
tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and
identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread.
Good and gracious God, we ask for healing for our
wounded Church and a way forward through this time of
anxiety and distress.
May Jesus, the compassion of God, draw us to himself in
Word and Sacrament and send us forth strengthened in faith
to share his love with the world.
Lord we pray now in silence for ourselves and our own
communities…
Silence
May Christ bring you wholeness
of body, mind and spirit,
deliver you from every evil,
and give you his peace.
Amen.

We say together the prayer that Jesus gave us…
“Our Father who art in heaven….)

Our next song is Worship song:
“King of Kings majesty God of heaven living in me”

King of kings, Majesty
God of Heaven living in me
Gentle Saviour, closest friend
Strong Deliverer, beginning and end
All within me falls at Your throne

Your Majesty, I can but bow
I lay my all before You now
In royal robes I don’t deserve
I live to serve Your Majesty

Earth and Heaven worship You
Love eternal, Faithful and True
Who bought the nations, ransomed souls
Brought this sinner near to Your throne
All within me cries out in praise.
(Jarrod Cooper)

Closing Prayer – Rev’d John Palmer
God, who calls us to follow,
enlarge our vision of You.
Let your Spirit move through us, filling us with light and life.
Make us clear channels of your love and grace
that we might serve you in serving others.
Jesus, the light of the world, goes with us. Amen.

A Celtic Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.

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