25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
19th September 2021


With our communal worship services currently "on hold", due to the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows is a worship service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty five (45) minutes.

I pray that you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.

The text that is in reguar typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Opening Hymn:


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, as you listen to a God-given voice offering praise with "As The Deer ...".

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The Pewsheet:

Call to Worship:

We meet in the name of God,

Creator of the universe,

source of true humanity,

mother and father of all. Amen.


We meet in the name of Jesus,

Word made flesh,
saviour of fallen humanity, lover of all. Amen.


We meet in the name of the Holy Spirit,

Lord and giver of life,
midwife of new humanity,
inspirer of all. Amen.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day


Happy are those whose helper is the God of Jacob; whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, who keeps a promise for ever.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

Holy God, in your economy the last will be first and the first will be last; help us to step aside, and grant us such humility that we may recognise and welcome all your children with open hands, warm hearts and generous minds, with your hospitality and grace. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

A reading from The Psalms

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A reading from The New Testament

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James_3:13-4:3 and 7-8a
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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with the deeply meaningful "The Servant Song".

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The Gospel Reading, Mark 9:30-37 (Who is the greatest ?)

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Mark 9:30-37
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Listen to the sermon:
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sermon_SO YOU WANT TO BE GREAT!_210919
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or, if you prefer, you can read to the sermon, below:

Pause and Reflect


Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.

Reflect upon how, in our lives, there have been times when, in out human-ness, our hearts and minds have struggled to understand the world in which we live and how the story of Jesus, life, His death, and His rising again lifted us above and beyond our frailty.

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
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apostles creed AD
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 ... and now ... let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness.

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The Lord's Prayer


Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:

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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.


Let us conclude our prayers by praying together and aloud:


God of mercy,
you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice,
and have promised to hear the prayers
of two or three who agree in your name,
fulfil now, we pray,
the prayers and longings of your people
as may be best for us and for your kingdom.
Grant us in this world to know your truth,
and in the world to come to see your glory. Amen.

The Blessing


The blessing of Almighty God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

be with you and all of those whom you love,

on this day and forever more.

A Closing Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with the words of the great hymn "O Worship The King, All Glorious Above".

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.

Are you missing Holy Communion? Click here.


To find out how one man strives for greatness when a drunken beggar enters God's church and asks to sing ... watch this video

For when we overcome fear, tear down walls and make room for the one who is different, vulnerable, in need, THEN we are GREAT ...

and the rewards of the voices we receive lift us above anything we can ever imagine.