Songs of Praise

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This Sunday St. Stephen’s will host a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in which several members of the congregation will be choosing their own favourite hymn or worship song, and sharing with the congregation the reasons for their choice.

This comes at the end of a series of services where each Sunday the different preachers have chosen a favourite hymn or song and spoken about their themes, theology or spiritual significance. Choices have included:

If you would like to know what has been chosen for this Sunday come along and join us at 11am, Sunday, 10th June – everyone is welcome!

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Ascension Day

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All are warmly invited to our Ascension day celebrations….

6.30-7.30pm
Youth Group welcome us
to join them for supper

7.30-8.30pm
A service of
Praise and Prayer
for
Ascension
including a helium balloon release,
sparklers and fireworks

 

Holy Spirit, fix our broken church

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On Easter Sunday, we took the cross of Christ into the heart of our building site, asking the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead to bring life, light and love to our congregation and to our building:

Creator God
we thank you for our church.
We thank you for this place
where people have gathered for over 160 years
to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Today, may we join with them,
the great crowd of witnesses in heaven,
to worship the risen Jesus.

Father God
we thank you for our church.
We thank you for each other, our fellowship,
our love for each other.
Today, may the same Spirit
who raised Jesus from the dead,
rise in us – our hearts and our lives.

Lord Jesus,
today we celebrate that you are alive.
May your love and your light
flow from the cross and the empty tomb
into our church,
into our lives,
and out into the world.

Holy Spirit
fix our broken church.
Help our builders, engineers and architect.
Give them the skill and wisdom they need.
make this building whole again.

Holy Spirit
fix our broken church.
May the wonder of the cross
and the power of the resurrection
fix us where we are broken.
In the name of Jesus
we ask for forgiveness,
for healing,
for restoration,
in our hearts,
our minds,
our bodies.
and our lives.