Acting in love – the ripple effect
25 April 2021
9:40 fellowship — 10:30 worshi
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89190316526
Or call in from your telephone: 02034815237 or 0131 460 1196
(Zoom Meeting ID: 891 9031 6526)
Andover & Salisbury United Reformed Churches – united in worship on Zoom
No matter the distance between us, the uncertainty of the times or how isolated we might feel, we are never alone.
Thanks to hosts & co-hosts: Godlove, Joan, Izabella, Ron, Elaine, Anne, Tahira, Adam, Fiona. We are looking for additional volunteers. Contact Ana, Joan or Godlove if you would like to learn how to help. There’s a job for every level of IT knowledge (or lack thereof).
- Small fellowship groups will be available after the service. Everyone is welcome to stay.
- If you would like to view the Jr Church Palm Sunday Video Drama again, it will be shown after the service in Breakout Room 1. If you end up in another breakout room, just click on the blue option to return to the main room, and the IT Team will help you get to the correct place.
Order of Service
Welcome Duty Elder – Diane Coles
Reminder to iPad users — switch to ‘Screen share’ in order to see the lyrics on your screen.
Prelude One Voice, MyCool singers featuring Kerry Ellis – watch for Valerie Noble singing!
Church Notices Duty Elder
Opening Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (RS 74)
Gathering Prayer & the Lord’s Prayer Adapted from Prayers for Marking a Year of COVID-19, Illustrated Ministry
Scripture 1 John 3:16-24 Read by Roger Harrison
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
Children’s Message In truth & action — ripples in a pond
Collection & Dedication of Offering Duty Elder
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Bank details: Salisbury United Reformed Church; Sort Code : 40-52-40; Acct No: 00016092.
Bank details: Andover United Reformed Church, Sort Code 40-08-28; Acct No. 51652362;
Prayers for our world led by Joan Smith
Scripture John 10:11-16 Read by Sylwek Hanc
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away–and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Creator knows me and I know the Creator. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.’
Hymn Good shepherd, by George Stuart; a re-telling of John 10:11-18 Good shepherd – george007site (google.com)
Sermon Ripples in a pond; The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – an interview with Izabella Hanc, Elaine Harrison & Nicky Hanc
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was started, by the Duke, in 1956, as a scheme for young boys. It was so successful that girls were admitted to the scheme in 1958. Now it is available in schools, youth groups and also for individuals. The scheme must be completed between the ages of 14 and 25 years. The Award has 3 stages – Bronze, Silver & Gold taking approximately 6 months, 12 months and 18 months respectively. Each stage develops the young person and allows them to grow by giving them new skills, increasing their confidence through achievements, grounding them in volunteerism and environmental awareness, whilst also having fun.
Closing Hymn O Breath of Life (RS 302)
Sending forth & the Grace You are invited to go to Gallery View and to lift your hands so your fingertips touch the screens on either side, creating a ‘circle of faith’.
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 As always, thanks to Peter & Anne Eve for generously sharing their musical talents.
Fellowship Groups — You don’t have to do anything. Just relax and join in a group for friendship, fellowship and conversation.
Can you find Elaine Harrison in this photo? It was taken at Buckingham Palace when she received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award? (Hint: she’s wearing spectacles, is in the front row, and her white collar and the stripe on her hat stand out.)