Sunday 10th Jan

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Welcome to our online worship on the second Sunday in 2021, when we celebrate the Baptism of Christ.  We know how challenging this New Year is for all of us, and pray today that we shall be encouraged by one another and know the Lord is with us through the struggles.

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121

Junior Church
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169


If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode


Welcome To Worship

River JordanWelcome to our worship. We are in the special season of ‘unveiling’ or ‘manifestation’ which the church calls Epiphany. This is a season when Jesus is revealed as the Messiah, the Christ. Last week we reflected on the visit to the new child of the wise men, the Magi, from the East. These kings or wise men were not of Hebrew background, they brought gifts, and came to worship him. This week we celebrate the celebrate the Baptism of Jesus by John, when the heavens were opened and a voice from heaven declared Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. To come in the next few weeks is the miracle at Cana in Galilee, the conversion of St Paul who was the Apostle to the Gentiles, and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Music: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

A prayer for our New Year with God

O Lord our God, as our New Year with you unfolds,
hold us close to your heart.
Our times are challenging:
we are separated from loved ones and from our churches,
we need your comfort and joy more than ever.
We trust you to lead us on, and we hold to the words of promise from the Old Testament. We ask you to help us all.

“Be bold, be strong, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you, wherever you go.”
Joshua 1.9

Words of celebration

We celebrate the day a star leads the wise men to the Christ-child.

We celebrate the day water is made wine at the wedding feast.

We celebrate the day Jesus is revealed as the Christ in the waters of baptism.
Alleluia. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Great is thy faithfulness


By the mercies of God,
let us confess our sins and present our bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to him,
which is our spiritual worship.


We have not always worshipped God, our creator.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

We have not always followed Christ, our Saviour.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

We have not always trusted in the Spirit, our guide.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life.


Heavenly Father, at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognise him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Bible Readings

Acts 19.1-7

1While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’

3So Paul asked, ‘Then what baptism did you receive?’ ‘John’s baptism,’ they replied.

4Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ 5On hearing this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7There were about twelve men in all.


Mark 1.4-11

4And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’

Talk from Marion


Knowing you (all I once held dear)
Link to Knowing you (all I once held dear) (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Testimony from Rosie

This testimony is from one of our congregation who was baptised in the River Jordan

River Jordan


The Apostles’ Creed

This is the profession of faith made at baptism services

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.




Jesus calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Given a fresh start and washed clean by the waters of baptism,
let us pray that we may live the life to which he has called us.

Lord Jesus, eternal Word, proclaimed as the Christ by John the forerunner,
hear us as we pray for all who proclaim your word …
may the love and joy and peace you offer be proclaimed and lived by your Church throughout the world, praying especially for the church in Myanmar
Lord of truth, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, baptizing with the Spirit and with fire,
strengthen us to withstand the testing of our faith …
thinking particularly of those who are suffering the impact of the coronavirus, whether in hospital, at home, as medical teams or friends and family.
Lord of truth, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, bringing forgiveness to all who repent,
teach your Church to trust and depend on your grace …
Lord of truth, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, fulfilment of the promises of old,
give hope to all who suffer or are ignored …
naming those who are on our hearts today
Lord of truth, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, beloved Son of the Father,
anoint us with the gifts of your Holy Spirit …
praying for each other that we may grow in confidence and offer our lives for others.
Lord of truth, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, bringer of hope, share with all the faithful the riches of eternal life …
remembering all those who have died, who we hold dear.
Lord of truth, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, in you the Father makes us and all things new.
Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory.

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 baptised 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.


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Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot 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.



Christ the Son of God perfect in you the image of his glory
and gladden your hearts with the good news of his kingdom.

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.


Raise a hallelujah - 

A contemporary worship song, that declares we shall trust in God through all the dark and difficult days; these words strengthen our faith:
“I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm… the King is alive”.
The You Tube video has various advert breaks, but keep on going… sing along!

I raise a hallelujah (Bethel Music). Feb 12, 2019.

Link to Raise a hallelujah (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


We will end with the images of Rosie's Baptism in the River Jordan:

River Jordan

Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Liturgy and Prayers from Times and Seasons, Church of England Services and Prayers. Archbishops Council.
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.
Photographs of Rosie's Baptism are from Rosie, used with permission.
Hymns from ACNY Recorded by singers from St Martin’s in the Fields & from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

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