Worship Resources for Sunday

Worship Notes and Weekly Intercessions

Dear Friends,

Millennia ago the prophet Habakkuk, when faced with war, environmental disaster and consequent famine, sung:

Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.
 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
and makes me tread upon the heights.

Words which resonate as we face the consequences of human greed wreaking havoc on the fragile earth.  As the climate changes, the ice melts, and sea waters rise we will have to adapt and learn to mitigate the dreadful climate changes which are already upon us.  What I find fascinating is that Habakkuk didn’t turn away from God when faced with his traumas and, in these times of change and danger I hope we won’t either.

Habakkuk’s response was to turn to God and, in worship found the strength to make sense of his world and to adapt to his realities.  Week after week we gather to worship in church and chapel, in grand buildings and around computer screens.  As we sing, pray, listen and share in the simple things of bread and wine, we encounter the Risen Lord who strengthens and enables us to be His disciples.

In order to help local churches produce good worship the URC produces weekly Worship Notes.   I have written this week’s notes and explored the concept of love discussed by the writers of 1 John and St John’s Gospel and how love is seen in our wider culture.  I suggested using songs from Tina Turner and the Beetles as incidental music, include a Communion Prayer by Colin Thompson, and suggest some young people’s activities devised by the Children and Youth Work team.  Easter hymns  – we’re still in the 50 days of Easter – as well as some other hymns relevant to my theme have been suggested too.

Whilst the Weekly Intercessions include sample intercessions these notes were produced some time ago so we also ensure that Weekly Intercessions are produced for people to use or adapt to their own local contexts.  John Collings, an Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher, has produced this week’s intercessions which can be found just above the Worship Notes on the webpage.  

The Worship Notes for June should be posted on the website by the close of play today.  

I hope that your experience and discipline of worship delights, strengthens and empowers you as we adapt to the realities of our world.

With every good wish


The Rev’d Andy Braunston
Minister for Digital Worship

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