Rev Olwen Woolcock

Wellbeing Sunday 17th January 2021

Wellbeing Sunday 17th January 2021

Wellbeing Sunday 17th January 2021

Service Video


Order of Service

Introduction

Good morning everyone. In the Peterborough Diocese we have been asked to keep today as Wellbeing Sunday. We know that living through the pandemic has been a challenge for all of us and I don’t think that there is anyone whose sense of wellbeing hasn’t been impacted in some way and for many the effects of COVID have triggered or exacerbated a mental health problem.

Nevertheless, the Christian message is one of hope and the assurance of God’s presence with us through even the hardest times. The most important thing to grasp, as I said last week, is that each of us is beloved, a precious child of God.  Understanding that we are loved in that way can transform our sense of wellbeing. This service includes a reflection from Bishop Donald, an interview with Julia, our Pastoral Assistant and readings and prayers from Chris Barrett and Jenny Rogers.  Thank you to them all.

HYMN: Will you come and follow me

In the name of Christ, we welcome you.
We have been called out of darkness into God’s marvellous light.
Grace and peace be with you
and also with you.

Invitation to Worship
Jesus says, ‘Come to me all you who are troubled and I will give you rest’.
So come, you who are burdened by regrets and anxieties,
you who are broken in body and spirit’
you who are torn by relationships and by doubt,
you who feel deeply within yourselves the divisions and injustices of our world.
Come, for Jesus invites us to bring him our brokenness.

We confess our sins
The gospel calls us to turn away from sin
and be faithful to Christ.
As we offer ourselves to him in penitence and faith,
we renew our confidence and trust in his mercy.
Lord Jesus, you heal the sick:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you forgive sinners:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you give yourself to heal us
and bring us strength:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We are forgiven
May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.  
Amen

COLLECT
Heavenly Father,
you anointed your son Jesus Christ
with the Holy Spirit and with power
to bring us the blessings of his kingdom.
anoint your church with the same Holy spirit
that we who share in his sufferings and victory
may bear witness to the gospel of salvation;
through Jesus Christ, your son, our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
 one God, now and forever.
Amen

Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’[a] and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

HYMN: Be still for the presence of the Lord

Reading: Psalm 139  on video

Reflection – Bishop Donald

Interview with Julia Freeman, Pastoral Assistant.

We declare our faith in these words:

DECLARATION OF FAITH

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, 
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 Amen.

HYMN: we cannot measure how you heal

THE PEACE

God has made us one in Christ.
He has set his seal upon us
and, as a pledge of what is to come,
has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.
The peace of the Lord be always with you

We hold one another in the peace of Christ.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION  

We pray together…

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

The almighty Lord,
who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him,
whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth obey,
be now and evermore your defence.
May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven
given for health and salvation
is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

BLESSING
May God the holy and undivided Trinity
preserve you in body, mind and spirit,
and bring you safe to that heavenly country
where peace and harmony reign;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen

HYMN Great is thy faithfulness

DISMISSAL

Go in the joy and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.


Be Still | Music by Mary McDonald with Lyrics | SATB Choir Version | Be Still and Know

4 thoughts on “Wellbeing Sunday 17th January 2021

  1. Steve and Honor

    Very moving service, so thoughtfully prepared and sincerely delivered. Thank you to all who were involved. Amen Amen

  2. Christine

    Thank you to all for a really beautiful service with all its different aspects. So much that was helpful to reflect on.

  3. Keith and Janet

    Thank you Olwen, Julia,Chris and Jenny for your contributions to such an uplifting service at this difficult time.

  4. Chris & Sara Barrett

    Thank you for a very thoughtful service including the well chosen range of music and hymns. We particularly appreciated Julia’s involvement and the contributions by Jenny and Bishop Donald.

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