CHS Worship Service Resources

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Church Service on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 Second Sunday in Lent


   

 Welcome to the CHS Vientiane Worship Service Resources

We invite you to take time this Sunday, in families or very small groups of friends, to responsibly share space to worship God together.

If you are on your own, please be assured we are together in the Spirit and if you have needs, or just want to share concerns, please don't be afraid to reach out and share these with the CHS community.  Contact details can be found on our church website at:  http://www.thechs.org/

~ Pastor Tony
 







Scripture Sentence
"When Christ appears we shall be like
him, because we shall see him as he is."
                                                   (1 John 3: 2)


 
The Collect

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy
but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory
before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we,
walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other
than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  
Amen  

Call to worship

Leader: From You comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will pay before those who fear Him.


All: The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

 those who seek Him shall praise the Lord.


Leader: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;


All: and all the families of the nations

 shall worship before Him.


                             (Based on Psalm 22:25-27)


Opening Hymn of Praise 

 
Holy, holy, holy (MP 237)
 

1  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
    early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
    Holy, holy, holy! – merciful and mighty,
    God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

2  Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    which wert, and art, and evermore shall be.

3  Holy, holy, holy! – though the darkness hide Thee,
    though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
    only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee,
    perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
    all Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea:
    Holy, holy, holy! – merciful and mighty,
    God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!   

Confession

Our heavenly Father
thank you that you love us 
and care for us all the time.
We know that this week 
we have not always lived the way you tell us.
We have done wrong things 
and not done all the good things we should have done.
Only you can save us,
so please forgive us
and help us to live as your friends.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Silence 

Merciful God,
You have made it known that “If we confess our sins,
He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

Help us to receive the forgiveness You promise
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

And we dare to believe that You have plans for us, plans for our welfare and not for harm,
to give us a future with hope.

Reminded of Your promises,
may we live this day in the joy You bring,
may we worship You with all that is within us
and may we serve You as You deserve.

Help us Holy Spirit, so to do and be,
that many may know the God
who, in Jesus, came among us
full of grace and truth.

Amen




Creed
 
We believe in God the Father,                 
Maker of all things.
We believe in his Son Jesus Christ,
Lord and Saviour of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
giver of life and light.    
We belong to the Church,
God’s family everywhere.
Amen


Bible Readings
Psalm:  Psalm 22:23-31
First Reading:  Genesis 17:1-7
Second Reading:  Romans 4:13-25
Gospel:  Mark 8:31-38



Song

Strength will arise (MP 1222)



Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
we will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
we will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
Our God, You reign forever.
Our hope, our strong deliverer.

    You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God.
You do not faint, You won’t grow weary.
You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need,
You lift us up on wings like eagles.

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
we will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord,
we will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.

Our God, You reign forever.
Our hope, our strong deliverer.
You are the everlasting God . . .
Our God, You reign forever.
Our hope, our strong deliverer.
You are the everlasting God . . .






Prayer with and for the children

God of grace,
You come along side and make us promises,
the kind of promises that touch our hearts and very being,
that offer hope and renewal in our lives.
Glad we are,
because You have given us strength and hope.
Surprised we are,
because this was Your idea and not ours.
Relieved we are,
because we see grace sufficient for all that the days bring.
Risen Jesus,
You promise to be with Your disciples until the fulfilment of all things.
Thank You that there is nowhere we could be
where You are not.
Thank You
that wherever two or three gather in Your name
there You are among them;
we celebrate fellowship shared in Your company,
wherever we may be.
Jesus,
You invite all that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
promising that with You we would find rest.
Jesus,
You promised to all who are thirsty
water that would become in them a spring
gushing up to eternal life.
In Your presence our souls are refreshed
and we are given renewed purpose. 
Amen



Song

Lord I give you my heart (MP 1013)



VERSE

This is my desire to honour You

Lord with all my heart I worship You

All I have within me

I give You praise

And all that I adore is in You

 

CHORUS
Lord I give You my heart
I give You my soul
I live for You alone
Every breath that I 
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me   

 

VERSE

CHORUS



 Offering
(Please do bear in mind that as long as we are still able to, 
CHS is continuing to support various projects and people in need
and needs will likely increase during this time. 
You may want to set aside some money in an envelope
every Sunday and bring these to church when we next meet back at ARDA.)


Dedication of our Offering

God of all goodness and grace,
give us such confidence,
such peace, such happiness in you,
that your will
may always be dearer to us
than our will,
and your pleasure than our pleasure.
All that you give is your free gift to us,
all that you take away is your grace to us.
May you be thanked for all,
praised for all,
loved for all;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
 
Amen

    

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

During the prayers of intercession there will be times of silence when we can each pray for people in the situations described, imagining what it might be like for those whom we remember.


Faithful God,

we thank You because You are true,

You are light and in You there is no darkness at all,

You are ever to be trusted, and constant is Your love.

As we remember how the path Jesus took

brought Him into conflict with those who were set on following other ways,

we are thankful that He never gave up,

nor allowed Himself to be diverted from His purpose.

Jesus remained true to His mission, proclaiming Your kingdom had come,

with good news for the poor, release for the captives,

recovery of sight for the blind and freedom for the oppressed.


From our hearts we thank You

for the height and depth,

the length and breadth of Christ’s love,

when on a cross with outstretched arms

He embraced us all.


Thank You for the great hope we have

that because Christ is risen,

that one day there will be no more death, or crying or pain,

that nations shall beat their swords into ploughshares

and not learn war any more.


God of grace,

trusting in Your promises, confident of Your love,

we bring our prayers for others to You today.

Crucified, Risen and Ascended Lord Jesus,

You bring before the throne of God our prayers and concerns.

There You are our advocate and that of our sisters and brothers.

Let us think about people in various situations

and in the silence that follows pray for them:


People who are hungry,

remembering the increased use of food banks and the rise of food poverty in many countries,

giving thanks for initiatives that ensure meals are provided for children.


Silence


Some people are homeless,

without shelter or adequate clothing.

We think of how varied their circumstances have been during this time of Coronavirus.

We remember the work of all who help people out of homelessness.


Silence


Many people face times of hardship in these days:

people whose jobs have gone, businesses facing collapse,

families worried about paying the rent or mortgage.

We think of initiatives designed to offer support

and remember those in government, local, national and those in international organisations whose decisions affect the lives of many.


Silence


People are unwell or mentally distressed at this time

because of coronavirus or other illnesses,

whether at home or in hospital.

Let us also remember all who care giving thanks for their dedication and skills,

thankful for the work of scientists

and those in charge of the logistics as they make vaccines available,

remembering especially people in poorer nations.


Silence


Let us also take some moments to bring the private prayers of our hearts,

letting our cry come to God,

knowing that God is listening.


Silence


These prayers we offer to You,

God of Grace, God of Promises kept.

By the strength Your Spirit gives, may we journey with Jesus into life in all its fulness,

that Your Kingdom of love and justice may be known all the more

among us and in Your world,

and many may see Jesus in all His glory.

Amen



Lord’s Prayer
 
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, 
your 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.
Lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Amen

Closing Song

My Jesus, my Saviour (MP 1003)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqSQvoinDE4


My Jesus, my Saviour
Lord, there is none like You.
All of my days I want to praise
the wonders of Your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter,
tower of refuge and strength,
let every breath, all that I am,
never cease to worship You.

    Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing,
power and majesty, praise to the King.
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
for ever I’ll love You, for ever I’ll stand.
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

Prayer of Sending and Blessing

O Christ, the Master Carpenter,
who at the last through wood and nails purchased our whole salvation;
wield well your tools in the workshop of your world,
so that we who come rough-hewn to your work
bench may be fashioned to a truer beauty by your hand.
                                    (The Iona Community)
We go from here
walking the Way of Christ,
sharing the Messiah’s good news,
prepared to take up our crosses,
and to be God’s people.
We go to serve,
to live in love,
and to act with grace.
Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
in the name of Christ.
Amen