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Worship Sheet for Sunday 7 November Our plans in God’s plans

The phrase in the psalm “Unless the Lord build the house, those who build labour in vain” is commonly shared at weddings but it is a reminder to us all that for life in general we need to make room for God’s plans if we are to make inroads into making our lives, the world a better place. Not everyone is a planner, some people just want immediate action. There is room for both – but ideally we need to take a lead from God’s plans and purposes and align ours with his so that our plans are IN God’s plans.
Call: Lord, the world is your design: you crafted it and gave it life. We’re here - your children, pilgrims seeking your presence. Take us, Lord, today and reconnect us to your vision, reveal once again our human potential, and, as we worship you, let us rejoice in the blessing of being your children.

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Pray : God of all love, we come together today, in the church and in our homes, happy to see our friends, enjoying time with our families, and searching always for you. In these strange times, when our lives feel like they have been turned upside down, we come here, because we know that you are always with us, when we are sad, when we are happy, when we are lonely, when we are together, we know that you are there. So thank you God for being in our lives, for showing us your love, through Jesus, through our friends, through our families, and help us to always remember, that no matter what happens, you will always be there. Amen.

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Psalm 127.
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Thought- Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build labour in vain. Familiar words to bride and groom at a wedding though of course they are not the only ones who might need to be reminded that human plans aren’t sufficient. Rabbie Burns reminds us that “the best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft agley.” No matter how carefully we plan, how diligent our preparations things go wrong – and that is as true for people of faith as for others. We are not immune from mishap or even disaster, though recent lessons from Job remind us of God’s abiding presence in troubles as well as in good times. Some people are inherent planners, they can’t envisage NOT having a plan, maybe a list, possibly even lists of lists! Some people have an aversion to plans, are activists, doers who hanker after instant results and a quick win; prepared to jump in and move things along. There is probably a place for both and we need to be open to work with people who don’t think just the same as us. We need to remember that our future, our life isn’t just for us alone. We are here for one another. The psalm sees children as a blessing, and so they are. But each of us was a child and we are children of God. We are here for others not just for ourselves, and ultimately we’re here to make the world a better place, we’re here to share in God’s plan to redeem the world. His traits and qualities are available to all of us in Christ but let’s see them not just as personal blessings but as shared blessings to help others live full lives and to advance GOD’s plans. It will work if we see our plans as being IN God’s plans.

Praise: CH4 198 Let us build a house v 1,2 4 &5.
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Pray: Loving God, Father, Son, and Spirit, with us now and always, we come in prayer for others and ourselves. God of creation, we come in wonder and awe, at all that you have done, all that you have made, all that you have given, but we come in prayer, for our world, for our planet, for our home, help us to be better custodians to care for your creation, and ensure that the damage already done will not continue. God of Redemption, we come humbly, to this place of sanctuary, to this time of worship, together in your name, but we come in prayer, for all those who are disenfranchised all those impacted by greed and violence, all those left behind. help us to be better friend and neighbours, help our leaders to care for all, help our country and community to work constantly for peace and security in at home and in every place. God of Sustenance,
we come, this week in challenging times for your church in difficult times for your people, in uncertain times for your congregations, but we come in prayer, for hope that we will find new ways, for boldness to try and to trust, for confidence to walk through the door that you hold open, even though what lies ahead is unknown. In our prayer walk this week we pray for those who live or work in York Place and York Terrace. In a moment of silence we bring to you those most in need of your loving touch. SILENCE.
Loving God, Father, Son, and Spirit, with us now and always, in your compassion, your love, and your care, you came among us and stay among us. So be with us and hear our prayers for others and ourselves. Amen.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.