Sunday 30th August

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Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 30th August -  this the 12th Sunday after Trinity.  

There will also be a live worship service using zoom, which will be open from 9.45 a.m. for technical sound checks, we will begin our worship at 10.00 a.m:  Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 9643 0736

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        +44 203 901 7895 United Kingdom

Junior Church
11am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to noon for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074

If you are unable to join the zoom using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196
and use the appropriate meeting ID

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets


You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness.

Music: Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht by J S Bach, played by Richard Joyce

Welcome To Worship

Welcome to our worship as we are gathered in heart and spirit if not in physical proximity with one another. It is a reminder that the church is not the building but rather it is the people of God who are the church.

The Greeting

Faithful One, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives. For the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Lord for the years
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St Paul says
‘Be imitators of God;
love as Christ loved;
do not grieve the Holy Spirit;
put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice.’

So let us confess our sins to God,
who forgives us in Christ.

For turning away from you,
and ignoring your will for our lives;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish,
without thinking of you;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do,
and think and say;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
by temptations in the world about us;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed
to belong to your Son;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.


The almighty and merciful Lord
grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins,
time for amendment of life,
and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.


God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel Reading - Matthew 16:21-end

21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’

23Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28‘Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’



I will offer up my life in spirit and truth
Link to I will offer up my life in spirit and truth (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.
We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen



Prayers of Intercession

Father God, we come before you this morning asking for the Holy Spirit to really speak to us.

When Jesus spoke to his disciples ‘if anyone wants to follow me, he must say no to himself.  He must pick up his cross and follow me.’

Lord we pray for the whole world, we pray that we and world leaders would follow you and would say ‘NO’ to ourselves / themselves.  Father God, you who have given us everything, you who crucified your only son on the cross to show us the depth of your love, only for him to be raised on the third day to life again. Life eternal.  We ask for forgiveness for all those and ourselves when we lose sight of that fact.

We pray you will draw us close to you and our lives will be transformed.  Father God take the scales away from our eyes and let us see clearly the beauty of your love.  Let us share the beauty of your love between one another.

Lord lets us put you first in everything we do, may we challenge ourselves to start each day by thanking you and end each day by blessing you for all the gifts we do receive in between.

Sometimes it is hard for us to grasp the whole ‘GOD’ thing but we do cry out to you Lord, with life’s uncertainties we know you are the only constant we have, your love exceeds all boundaries. May your Holy Spirit speak to our hearts, let us understand your words, may our lives be based on your Holy Word.

Lord only you alone know the pain people around the world are going through, whether it is through illness (corona virus, disease, disabilities, hardships) we pray that you are the strength they turn to. Father God, we pray for all the wars / fighting which are taking place, may your Holy Spirit intercede and let people see that there is no good in it. As you said ‘What good is it if someone gains the whole world, but loses his soul?’

We cry out to you Lord, we know your word is true, we pray that it becomes real for us and for all around the world.

Lord we ask for continuing protection over our churches and communities, we know that in these difficult times we are being challenged. May your love and your word be a beacon of light to everyone. May we stand tall and speak of your love, tell of your word, as you said ‘we must pick up our cross and follow you’ don’t let us be an observer, please don’t let the enemy use us to his advantage, may we keep our eyes on the cross and may we draw close together with your word and with your love for one another. 

In a few moments of silence we pray for those named on our pew sheet and those known personally to us.

Merciful Father
Accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.
The peace of the Lord be always with you Amen.


Consider all that God has done for you, especially as you see this in Jesus. ‘Count your blessings’ and respond with appropriate generosity from your material wealth.

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

Holy communion is available on Sunday night at 6pm in St John's Church, Hook.

At this time when we cannot all easily gather to share Holy Communion with one another we take some time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.


1 Corinthians 11: 23 - 26

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Lord Jesus, as we go out from here,
help us to step out in faith,
remembering who we walk with,
knowing that you have authority over all.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.  

Go in peace to Love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.


Tell out my Soul, the greatness of the Lord
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Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Readings taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht by J S Bach, played by Richard Joyce
Hymns from YouTube & BBC under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

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