Order of Service & Notices, 29 August

29 August 2021 – Pentecost 14

Salisbury United Reformed Church on Zoom

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89190316526

9:45 Fellowship – 10:30 Worship  

The order of service and zoom link are also posted on the Salisbury church website each week:

Salisbury United Reformed Church URC (salisburyurc.co.uk)

No matter the distance between us, the uncertainty of the times or how isolated we might feel, we are never alone.

Church Notices

  • We welcome Robyn Golden-Hann who will bringing the message this morning. Robyn is a member of St Michael’s church here in Salisbury and she is studying for the ministry.
  • Saturday 4 September – 2 events
    • Our church bookstall will be up and running. Please speak to Anne or Fiona to offer your help.
    • It’s Salisbury Pride Day and our church will be actively present at the Salisbury LGBT+ Christians stall.   Be sure to stop by and say hello. Speak to Ana or Lisa if you would like to be involved.
  • Next Sunday we will worship in-person, and the service will also be on Zoom.
  • Fellowship groups will be available on Zoom after today’s service. Everyone is welcome to stay.

Order of Service

Welcome      Duty Elder – Tamsin

Prelude

Church Notices    Duty Elder – Tamsin

Sharing Christ’s Peace 

May the peace of Christ be with you.  And also with you.

We will greet one another in peace, with a smile, a wave or a thumbs up.

Song     Happy Birthday to You!  Happy birthday to you!

God bless you and keep you in all that you do!

Gathering words    Psalm 15

Prayers for Haiti & Afghanistan

Opening Hymn   RS 488    Awake, our souls

Gathering Prayer & Lord’s Prayer  

Scripture    James 1:17-27

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Creator of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of God’s own purpose God gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of God’s creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore, rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act–they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Creator, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Children’s Message    Keep a clean heart and a clean mouth!

If any of our Junior Church members make any of the heart activities that are on the Jr Church sheet this week, please take a photo of them and send them to Fiona and Ana so they can be shared.  Thank you.

Collection & Dedication of Offering  

There are many ways to give to our church: Volunteer your time and talents. Give online or with a cheque. Be present. Our Church Benevolence Fund is available to assist anyone in need, members and non-members. Any requests for assistance will be treated confidentially and should be directed to our Ministers.        Options for payment: See the lefthand column

Prayers for our world     Joan

Scripture     Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

7:1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,
7:2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.
7:3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders;
7:4 and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)
7:5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?
7:6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
7:7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
7:8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
7:14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand:
7:15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
7:21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,
7:22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly.
7:23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.

Sermon Hymn  RS 483  v. 1-4, 6    We are your people

Sermon  Wash! Wash! Wash!       Robyn Golden-Hann

Closing Hymn    RS 72  Now thank we all our God

Sending forth & the Grace     

Let us go into the world renewed to be:

    • doers of the Word,
    • speakers of goodness and truth,
    • faithful in word and deed
    • and good washers of hands and hearts.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all now and forever.  Amen.

Postlude

Zoom Fellowship Groups    Everyone is welcome to stay on line and join a small group for fellowship and conversation.

 

Salisbury United Reformed Church

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