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Let’s light a candle to symbolise Christ’s presence with us as we begin our worship

Call to worship

Sing to the Lord, and praise him,
proclaim his glory to all the world,
for the Lord is great and highly to be praised.
Sing to the Lord, sing a new song to the Lord.

May the grace of God be with me,
and the peace of God be on my heart.

Hymn 55

1   Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2   Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might —
thy justice like mountains high

soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3   To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

4   Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

5   Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
Walter Chalmers Smith (1824–1908)

APPROACHING GOD     

Holy Spirit, be with me as I worship You,
as I sing and as I read your word,
as I listen and as I speak,
as I hear and come to know You,
as I learn and begin to understand.
Holy Spirit, be with me.
Amen.

I CONFESS MY SIN

Silence
I confess before you, O God, that I have not always been a good example of what it is to be a Christian.
I don’t feel worthy that others should follow me.
And yet, Lord, you encourage me to share your love and reveal your truth and lead others to you.
I confess that I fail, and I’m sorry.
I confess my inadequacies and carelessness in standing up for what is right against what is wrong. Forgive me, Lord, and guide me in the ways of truth and justice. I want to be a good example, a shining example of what it means to be a Christian,
a follower of Jesus, in Your name I pray.
Amen.   

 Hear God’s word of forgiveness                                                

 “Your sins are forgiven”

BIBLE READING:

1 Thessalonians 1.1-10

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.                                                                        We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Introduction to 1st Thessalonians chapter 1   

Imagine! You are a new Christian living in Thessalonica in the late forties of the first century. You heard Paul preach during his brief visit, and believed his message about Jesus – crucified for our sins and yet alive from the grave. What does it mean to trust and follow this Jesus? How does it affect my daily conduct? How can my faith grow and strengthen? You didn’t grow up in Sunday school, because they didn’t exist. You weren’t taught the story, because Paul was the first to bring it. The letter which has just arrived is the first bit of the New Testament to have been written (the gospels won’t be around for another 15-20 years). Eagerly you read it, and what do you find?

Paul is still praying for you, and thanking God for the fruits of Christian character he has seen in you. He remembers your faith, your hope, your love (we’ve met those before!); but also how they had turned away from idols to serve the living God.
How would he begin a letter to your church?

By the Rev. Godfrey Nicholson
Supernumerary living in Mirfield

Hymn 658 

1 A charge to keep I have:
a God to glorify;
a never-dying soul to save,
and fit it for the sky;

2 To serve the present age,
my calling to fulfil;
O may it all my powers engage
to do my Master’s will!

3 Arm me with jealous care,
as in your sight to live;
and O your servant, Lord, prepare
a strict account to give!

4 Help me to watch and pray,
and on yourself rely,
so shall I not my trust betray,
nor love within me die.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

PERSONAL PRAYER:

Lord Jesus, in my quiet moments, may I offer my innermost desires and yearnings to you, that I may more and more walk my path in life conscious of you being at my side. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

Lord God, in our corner of the world it isn’t easy to really feel the pain of persecution for our faith, but we know that it happens.                                                                   I pray for those who are persecuted and punished, violated and scarred because of their faith.
We pray for those who despite these things speak out and speak up, and witness to you, the living God.
I pray for the families of these people that they may be given strength and support in their own faith and discipleship.
I pray for those who teach us of you, who unpack your truths,
who explain what living a Christian life is
and how to follow you.

I pray for those who guide us in times of struggles with our faith, those who stand by us in times of denial and bewilderment.
I pray for those who are dying in the faith,
and those who are struggling to find their faith before they die.
I pray those bereaved and dying………….
I pray for the sick……..
I pray for my family and love ones ………..
I pray for myself……………

For these and all your witnesses, Lord, I pray.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Into a world of confusion and disbelief,
into a world of welcome and rejection,
I take the grace of God that has been among us,
and the peace of God that has been on my heart.
Amen

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with me and all my love ones. Amen.