Worship at Home for the Week Beginning 28th January 2024
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Revd Ian Forsyth has prepared this week's message.

This short act of worship is for use from home. Please use this service whenever you like during the week.

Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

A new teaching – and with authority!
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A call to worship:
As individuals, we have heard God’s call to be here today, to listen for God speaking to us through Scripture, through teaching, music, and all we experience together, and through each other.
As a community, we have gathered to help one another in discerning the word of God.


A gathering prayer
God, thank you that we do not have to seek you on our own. As the people who gathered in crowds and synagogues recognised together the authority of Jesus, so may we work together as a community to recognise your voice in our worship and our lives. Amen.

StF 348 He is Lord.

He is Lord, He is Lord!
He is risen from the dead, and he is Lord;
Ev’ry knee shall bow, ev’ry tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

He is King, he is King;
he will draw all nations to him, he is King;
and the time shall be when the world will sing
that Jesus Christ is King.

He is love, he is love;
he has shown us by his life that he is love;
all his people sing with one voice of joy
that Jesus Christ is love.

Bible Readings

The Lord's Prayer

Please use the version that you prefer

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.


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.


Time to reflect:

Have you ever been asked who or what has influenced you in a positive way? I recall being influenced by a good friend Harold Wakeford, who introduced me to close up nature photography and this helped shape my photography today. Sometimes people can impact us in a negative way as their message or actions trouble or concern us.

In this passage we read that Jesus goes to a place called Capernaum where he enters the synagogue and the people were amazed and astounded at his authority of teaching, which was not like the teachers of the law at the time. We do not know what he said but we know it made an impact. For me Jesus is the greatest influencer for good I have ever known. Jesus very often spoke to gathered crowds however we read in the Bible that He takes time to retreat and regain his strength and pray in the quiet places.

I am reminded of the verses in Proverbs 3 v 5-6, that offers us an invitation to follow Jesus today. It says ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take’.

There was a man in the synagogue who had an unclean spirit, and he shouts out and creates a disturbance, but Jesus says, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’. The onlookers were amazed that Jesus spoke with authority.  

Today in our world we have people who may disturb us and distract us from following Jesus. New influencers in media draw a following but at times this fame it has impacted their decisions and affected their wellbeing and relationships.

I recall asking a methodist minister a serious question, expecting him to give me the answer and he said, Ian, you must work it out for yourself. Sometimes we need to listen to the voice of God as in Micah 6 v 8

 ‘O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God’.

I sometimes recite the prayer of serenity Attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, Lutheran theologian (1892–1971),

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

StF 333 Majesty worship his majesty.

Majesty, worship His Majesty;
Unto Jesus be all glory, honour and praise!
Majesty, Kingdom Authority,
Flow from His throne, unto His own,
His anthem raise!

So, exalt, lift up on high the Name of Jesus!
Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His Majesty;
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings!
Repeat both verses

A sending out prayer:
Lord, like your first disciples you send us out as sheep among wolves. Teach us to be wise as serpents as well as innocent as doves.
Remind us that your peace comes with us, and your hand is there to guide and encourage.


Service prepared by Revd Ian Forsyth

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