Order of Service at St Stephen’s 30 July 2017

30 July 2017: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Our worship this morning is led by
our Pastoral Assistant, Rev Arthur Sinclair
Please say together the words in bold
Approach to God
Welcome and Announcements
Choir Introit
Call to Worship (please stand if you are able)
The Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
The Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good
for those who love God.
If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8
Therefore, In faith and confidence, let us worship God.
Hymn 173 Sing to God new songs of worship
Call to Prayer
Prayers of Approach and Confession                   Rev Peter W Nimmo
Prayer of the Day (said together)
Treasures lose their lustre, and riches are easily spent, but your kingdom endures forever. We approach you, God, trusting your will for our lives. Assure us of your abiding presence, and give us confidence as we follow Christ’s call. Amen.
adapted from ‘When we Gather’ by James G Kirk
Hymn 71 Give thanks unto the Lord our God (Tune Ellacombe 247)
The Word of God
Epistle Reading: Romans 8:26-39
Paul assures the Christians of Rome that in our times of weakness the Spirit will help us to pray. We are comforted in knowing that nothing will ever separate from the love of God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Jesus tells the disciples, and us, what God’s coming kingdom will be like.
Hymn 343 The reign of God, like farmer’s field
Sermon: ‘Your Kingdom come’- but be careful for what you ask!
Response to the Word of God
Hymn 588 Praise the Spirit in creation (Tune Regent Square 110)
Offering with music from the Choir
Prayers of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Dedication
The Lord’s Prayer (said 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen.
Hymn 465 Be Thou my vision
Dismissal and Blessing and Threefold Amen
Organist: Ross Fairfield                  Choir Director: Pam McCulloch