Wesley Church

Hymns and readings

If you were unable to get to church last Sunday ... here are the hymns and readings. (Hymn book is Singing the Faith unless otherwise specified.)

Sunday 13 January
Theme: Follow him!

HYMN 34 O worship the Lord
Children's address: the many uses of water ... baptism and commitment
HYMN 264 Make way, make way

Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7
Reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-23
HYMN 354 Jesus is the Name we honour
HYMN 662 Have you heard God's voice?
HYMN 3 Eternal God, your love's tremendous glory

Sunday 6 January
Theme: Interdependence not independence
HYMN 58 Lord I come before your throne of grace
544 As the deer pants
HYMN 533 Covenant child
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:14-31 (The Message)
HYMN 608 All praise to our redeeming Lord
Covenant service
HYMN 557 Let him to whom we now belong
HYMN 545 Be thou my vision

Sunday 30 December
Theme: Jesus is superior to all that came before
HYMN 218 Unto us is born a son
HYMN 215 See amid the winter's snow
Reading: Hebrews 1.1-14
Reflection: Following on from Advent, prophecies fulfilled, significance of angels ...
SONG: What child is this? [Words below, tune Greensleeves]
Reading: Hebrews 2.1-9
Reflection: Superiority of Son over angels: the baby just celebrated now is exalted to glory; encouragement to persevere
HYMN 210 Love Came Down at Christmas
HYMN 208 Let Earth and Heaven Combine

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

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