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Welcome to the Hawkinge Baptist Church Service

20 September 2020

Act of worship

Let us begin with a time of quiet

Psalm 145
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.

Opening Prayer

Almighty God, we will never grasp the whole truth about you, not even a fraction of it, but what we do see, when we take the time to look, is enough still to fill us with awe and wonder. You are the Lord of all, the Creator of the ends of the earth, the giver and sustainer of life. You are all good, all loving, all merciful, involved in every moment of every day. Forgive us that we sometimes take that for granted, our hearts no longer thrilling as they once did to the majesty of your presence. Open our eyes afresh to your greatness, your power, your sovereignty over all. Give us again a glimpse of your glory.

Please sing (read /pray or proclaim out loud the words of today's songs.)

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea,
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
Which were, and are, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
Though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
Only thou art holy, there is none beside thee,
Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity
God in three persons, blessed Trinity


Lord Jesus, we do not find it easy to journey in faith. We want a clearer idea of what the future holds, a knowledge of where we are heading and an explanation of how we are going to get there. Yet neither faith nor life is like that, few things as definite as we would like them to be. Inspire us though, by the knowledge that you are journeying with us every step of the way. May that truth equip us with courage to step out into the unknown, with faith to follow wherever you lead, with trust to walk with humility and with commitment to travel on to our journey's end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us say The Lord’s prayer..

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever

Listen to today's reading, Acts chapter 10 verses 1 to 23 and message with Rev Ali Boddington


Loving God, we thank you for your ongoing love for us. As wheat ripens in the sun and
the tiny mustard seed develops into the largest of trees, we want to grow in your love.

We bring the people of your world before you, praying for those who have been
left behind and seen as somehow less important.

As we emerge from lockdown we think of people who face special challenges.
We pray for those facing uncertain futures, perhaps because of lost livelihoods,
anxious for all that lies ahead.

We pray for communities facing renewed lockdown and those continuing to
shield and live in isolation.

We bring to you all who grieve.

We think of those whose lives continue to inspire us to seek justice to build a
world which truly mirrors your unconditional love.

May we be a source of encouragement and support to one another.

May we learn the lessons of this current crisis and bring about a new normal that is truly your dream
for the world: to offer beauty for brokenness in the way we care for all in our society.

As we offer our witness through the actions of sharing your unconditional love for the world,
we pray that your people will experience that love and hear your word and that, understanding it,
they may grow ever closer to you with faith that grows like the tiny mustard seed.


Let us sing: Speak, O Lord, as we come to You

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,

That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.

Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.

Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.

And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Closing prayer

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


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Music - Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

Music - Speak, O Lord, as we come to You

Bible reading and message with Rev Ali Boddngton - Sunday 20 September 2020

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Due to the current situation all activities are cancelled until further notice.

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(Last updated 19 September 2020)