Welcome to everyone from near and far tuning in to listen this Sunday morning, the first in this new year. We are glad you are here. Leading the service today is John Hodge, our Session Clerk, whilst Peter is on leave. The reading is from John 1:9-18.
Lord, for the years Your love has kept and guided,
urged and inspired us, cheered us on our way,
sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided:
Lord of the years, we bring our thanks today.
Lord, for that word, the word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our souls ablaze,
teaches and trains, rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, receive Your people’s praise.
Lord, for our land in this our generation,
spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth and care:
for young and old, for commonwealth and nation,
Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.
Lord, for our world when we disown and doubt You,
loveless in strength, and comfortless in pain,
hungry and helpless, lost indeed without You:
Lord of the world, we pray that Christ may reign.
Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us –
self on the cross and Christ upon the throne,
past put behind us, for the future take us:
Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.
Words: 1976 Dudley-Smith, Timothy (admin. by Oxford University Press)
Music: 1976 Michael Baughen – The Jubilate Group
Just as I am, without one plea,But that Thy blood was shed for me,And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!Just as I am, though tossed aboutWith many a conflict, many a doubt;Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;Sight, riches, healing of the mind;Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!Just as I am, Thy love unknownHas broken every barrier down;Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Words by Charlotte Elliott, 1835
Music by William B. Bradbury
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