Christian Aid Sunday 15 May – order of service

CHRISTIAN_AID_LOGO_red15 May Order of Worship

To mark the beginning of Christian Aid Week 15-21 May

And Nakba Day 15 May


Church Notices  

  • Church Meeting today directly following the service to consider those being nominated for Lay Presidency, for a 3-year term: Joan Smith & Peter White
  • Prayers for Peace this afternoon here at 3:00, for Ukraine and Palestine. (Next week they are at St Thomas’s Church.)
  • Today, the 15th of May, is Nakba Day, the Day of the Catastrophe, which commemorates the displacement of Palestinians that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed.  The key is a symbol of the Nakba, the Catastrophe, refering to the many Palestinians who still have keys to their homes from which they were expelled in 1948, expecting to return in a few days.
  • 5 June we will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee using the service prepared by Ana Gobledale for the URC.

Order of Service


Church Notices   Duty Elder: Harvey Baird

Gathering Words    

Lighting the Candle of Peace   

Opening Hymn   RS 39  All creatures of our God and King     

Call to worship    Psalm 148 – adapted by Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson 

Prayer of Gathering  from Christian Aid

The Lord’s Prayer

Introduction to Christian Aid Week    Meg Abel

Scripture   John 13:31-35 

Children’s Message       We have a voice!     Revd Gobledale

Hymn  I have a voice  … ‘Kingdom’   from Christian Aid

Prayers of Intercession   from Christian Aid UK, adapted       Joan Smith

    One:  We have a voice

All: and when we sing and pray together, a line is drawn and hope reborn. That is the song of Kingdom Come.

Remembering John Banks   

Today we remember John Banks and celebrate his life. The candle on the worship table burns in his memory. 

Hymn    SP 259  As the deer pants for the water

Collection & Dedication of Offering  

Scripture             Revelation 21 :1-6   

Hymn     SP 241  Extol the God of Justice

Sermon  The long view – a message from Commitment for Life & Christian Aid, Revd Gobledale

Closing Hymn   SP 171   Will you come and follow me  (tune: Kelvingrove)

Sending forth & The Grace     

One:  The call is to us to follow Jesus.

All:  Yes, we will go where his love and footsteps show.

One:  The task is ours, to change this world of hurt and pain into a world of love, justice and peace.

All:   We will step up to this task, to make the earth a place in which God’s peace reigns!



Church Meeting   Church members and any others who are interested are asked to please remain in your seats for the Church Meeting.

Agenda:  1) approve minutes from 10 October Church Meeting; 2) consider those being nominated for Lay Presidency, for a 3-year term:  Joan Smith & Peter White


Salisbury United Reformed Church

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