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Liturgy - Body

We meet today Lord as your saints have met throughout the ages, wanting to offer you our sacrifice of praise and worship, wanting to grow together as the Body of Christ in this place, wanting to be here more than anywhere else.

"A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That's how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another " Romans 12

For each member of this worshipping fellowship.
All: We thank you, Heavenly Father
For the diversity of gifts and talents expressed within it.
All: We thank you, Heavenly Father
For those whose gifts have yet to be discovered.
All: We thank you, Heavenly Father
For those who consider themselves of little worth in this world
but in your eyes are of immeasurable value.
All: We thank you, Heavenly Father
For all who seek to serve you in this place and in this world, that your love
peace and grace might be seen in the simple actions of living.
All: We thank you, Heavenly Father

Father, it is our will to know you more, through the study of your word; through worship and through prayer; through listening in the quieter moments of our lives.

All: Forgive those times when our minds are distracted, when thoughts wander from you to the mundane aspects of our lives. When tensions and fears occupy our prayer time.

Draw near to us in the difficult moments of our lives; enfold us with the warmth and security of your love
All: That we might know the peace and serenity of your fellowship

In a moment of quietness, we can allow our thoughts to centre on the Godhead; on God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, united Three in One.

In a moment of quietness we can reflect on our own worth in God's eyes, and the value of each member of this fellowship to the life of the body.
In a moment of quietness we can pray for the building up of this body. For each member to understand his or her own gifting and talent, and for no one to think themselves more worthy than another.

We join together in the words of the Lord's prayer
All: Our Father…

Father God, we are joined to you through the death and the Resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. You held nothing back, endured not only a father's pain but the actual pain of that cross, so that we might know the true meaning and the potential cost of Love.
As you are One with the Holy Spirit and with your Son may we also be one, united in the body which is your Church here on earth.
As you so publicly demonstrated your love through sacrifice, may we also offer the sacrifice of our lives in service in worship and in our daily lives.

'Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God'
(Romans 12)

Joined together one with another, members of the same body and joint heirs with all those saints who have gone before, we proclaim

All: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever

Joined together with one another and in fellowship with our Creator we proclaim our faith to the world, through our words and through our lives.

ALL: Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!

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