Virtual Service – December 26th 2021

Welcome

Good Morning everyone and welcome to our virtual service for Boxing Day this year.

Our service this morning contains a variety of activities which I would encouarage you to walk through, taking as much or as little time as you wish over each one.
And our theme, this morning is around exploring the idea of sharing and growing in wisdom. During our gospel reading, we will see how Jesus learnt through discussions with wise people and how he grew in wisdom and understanding. We will also think about how we too might grow in wisdom and understanding and so to start us off. Why not have a think and reflect on what helps you to learn? And when you are ready, say the call to worship and gathering prayers below.

Call to worship
Come, praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
Come, learn the ways of the Lord,
that you might grow in wisdom and understanding.

A gathering prayer
Lord, as we gather in your name,
teach us more about you,
more about being your disciples,
so that wherever we are and whatever we do,
we go in your name, share your wisdom,
and spread your good news.
Amen.
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Worship

Word

18 But Samuel was ministering before the Lord – a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, ‘May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to[c] the Lord.’ Then they would go home. 21 And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favour with the Lord and with people.

1 Samuel
2:18-20,26

The boy Jesus at the temple

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.’

49 ‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Luke
2: 41-52

Reflection

A Worship Activity
Based on Luke 2.51, Mary ‘treasured all these things in her heart’.

1. Find some yellow/gold (if possible but any colour would work if not) , cut out a heart shapes and punch a small hole in the top of each heart so that it can be hung up. Cut pieces of thin ribbon approx. 15 cm long. You need one per person.

2. On your heart, write or draw something on the heart, something that they treasure about Jesus, the Christmas stories, today’s Gospel about the boy Jesus, etc. No rules or limits, just whatever comes to mind. Put the ribbon through the hole and tie to make a hanging tree decoration.
3. Then hang your heart/s on your Christmas tree, or another suitable place and say the following prayer together:

A prayer for all ages together
Thank you, Lord, for all our treasures.
Make us bold in searching for new wisdom
and understanding.
Amen.
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Witness

Prayers 

We come now to our time of prayer and to lift before God the concerns of our hearts. Please pray as you wish you use the suggestions below to shape your prayers. Ending with the Diocesan Vision Prayer and the Lords Prayer.

Pray for the world and the stories that we have heard on the news…

Pray for those who have lost children…

Pray for the Community of Totley, for the families and people we know my name and by sight…
for the businesses, schools and community hubs,

Pray for All Saints and the Church Graft…

Pray for those who are sick, grieving or dying 

Diocesan Vision Prayer
Living God, Jesus calls his followers to seek first your Kingdom.
Renew us as we make your love known;
Release us to share freely together in mission;
and Rejuvenate us to be fruitful in your service.
Give us courage, wisdom and compassion,
that strengthened with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
we may, as the Diocese of Sheffield,
both flourish and grow through Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

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. 

Amen.

A sending out prayer

Wise and loving God,
you have used prophets and teachers, young and old,
to teach us more about you.
Help us never to stop learning,
and to grow in wisdom, as Jesus did, every day.
Amen.
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Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church