Sunday service

Sunday service
10:00 am 3 April 2011
St Martins Church, 43 St Martins Road

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP:
Christ calls us here –  to be open to God’s love.
We cannot see God’s reign –  even if our eyes have sight.
We cannot hear God’s reign – even if our ears can hear.
We cannot sense God’s reign – unless we are honestly and completely  open to God.
Christ calls us here –  to be open to God’s love.
Christ calls us here and we come.

HYMN: 25 Sing Praise and Thanksgiving

OPENING PRAYER

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

INTRODUCTION TO THE  READINGS

READINGS: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13            Allison
From John 9: 1-25            Tony

HYMN: 563 Lord, We Are Blind  (Tune: Fulda  WOV  137)
Repeat the last line in each verse.

SERMON:  Seeing and not seeing

A TIME OF QUIET

OFFERING:

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

THE PEACE

HYMN: Great and Deep the Spirit’s Purpose  (Tune: Hyfrydol WOV 148(ii))
©Marnie Barrell (AA)

A GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR LENT
May God be with you and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to our Redeemer.
It is right to give our thanks and praise…
Therefore, we join together in saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and  might;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Hosanna in the highest.

We turn our hearts to you, God, in this season of repentance and renewal.
As Jesus took time to be with you during his ministry and then  before he was taken to his trial and death,
we take time now to come in confession before you, praying to experience your transforming grace.
[silent prayer]

THE LORD’S PRAYER …

Jesus, Lamb of God,  have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.

COMMUNION

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

HYMN:  Christ be our Light
© Bernadette Farrell (CH4)

THE BLESSING

A very warm welcome to you all as you worship with us this morning. Please stay for a cup of tea or coffee after the service.