Call to worship
Song – God of Wonders
Prayer and theme
Song – Grace
Reading – Exodus 32:1-14
Song – TiS 262 When pain and terror strike
When we pray for the offering at church, we have a physical gathering of the envelopes and plate donations, and those who use direct debit sometimes put a card into the offering bowl. This may seem as if we are praying for money but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is also very different having an offering prayer during online worship when some of you have used direct debit and others are piling up envelopes of donations ready for when we can regather physically. Who wants to be on counting duty that first Sunday?!!
Here are some thoughts on the offering and the offering prayer which may help you focus on what we are doing at this time, even though we are not physically together.
The offering includes:
- our financial offering which keeps the church afloat – ministry and mission, building repairs and so on
- our God-given gifts that we have brought to worship this week, to the care of others, to enable the church congregation to be present where God is already working in the world
When we pray, we give thanks that we are able to make a financial offering and that God has given us gifts to share with others. We pray that these will be used to bring glory to God, not to ourselves, our church or our own agenda – this is all about God and what God does. Finally, we pray to be God’s hands and feet in the world, to join in where God is already working. When considering what you can do, never underestimate the power of the widow in the parable – a phone call or card to another church member can make a real difference, particularly at the moment. So let us be the widow and seek to shine the light on God rather than ourselves.
Song – Supernatural
Prayers for Others and Lord’s Prayer
Song – TiS 650 Brother, Sister
Zoom discussion groups called cuppa calls follow these services. Grab a cuppa and biscuit and join in to discuss the service or catch up with some friends.
11.30am on Sunday https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81358097170
Led by Claire