SOUTH TYNESIDE JOINT PASTORATE
ST ANDREW’S, ST MARGARET’S AND ST PAUL & ST JOHN’S URC
Prepared by Angela Cooper on behalf of St Paul & St John’s Elders for 22/11/20
As we approach this first week of Advent, thank you for the opportunity to prepare this worship sheet and share with you all some reflection. In this difficult time we have to find another way to communicate and we hope this finds you all well and not feeling too isolated.
PRAYER OF APPROACH: Taken from Roots
God of all time,
You made time and You entered time to be with us.
We move from ordinary time to extraordinary time,
And in all this, we wait for You.
Keep our hearts aflame with the things that please You:
Mercy, humility, justice.
And as we turn to worship You,
We worship You in time, in spirit and in truth.
HYMNS: Morning has broken: R&S 45
Praise my soul, the King of Heaven: R&S 104
In loving wholeness – taken from the URC Prayer Handbook
When all in this world seems lost,
When dreams are shattered,
And promises broken,
When we are tempted to despair –
Draw us closer to You.
When our minds, careworn
With a thousand things ahead of us,
Seem to eclipse mid-thought,
Far from our control –
Draw us closer to You.
And as we are drawn close,
As You soothe our furrowed brow,
And steady and smooth our paths,
Help us to know that
Earthly things are far smaller in Your eyes
Than the joy that is to come
So, let Your youthfulness pour in
And love us into wholeness.
HYMN: Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising: R&S 523
Lectionary Readings: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
Matthew 25: 31-46
Ephesians 1: 15-23
A personal reflection:
Nature is an amazing way to find space to reflect and heal. My partner Alex and I were fortunate to have a holiday with our dog Pixie between Covid restrictions. We had a lodge just outside of Thirsk, quite rural and peaceful with lots of green space to explore.
I had the chance to stop and watch the birds in the morning and the changing colours of the trees, it was a wonderful experience. It made me realise that nature does not conform to any restrictions that we have had to live with this year and as nature moves on, all things will pass.
It has been such a difficult year to say the least for all of us, we remember that God is always there to love and protect us and keep us in His care.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
HYMN: One more step along the world I go: R&S 549
May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care always.