Life in God’s Kingdom

Sunday 1st Nov 2020: Life in God’s Kingdom

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Posted by St Paul’s Church Woking on Sunday, 1 November 2020

Worship Songs

Words for the Service

Hymn: For all the Saints

For all the saints who from their labours rest
who thee by faith before the world confessed


Thy name O Jesu be for ever blest


Alleluia! Alleluia!


Thou wast their rock their fortress and their might
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight
thou in the darkness still their one true light


Alleluia! Alleluia!


O blest communion fellowship divine
we feebly struggle they in glory shine


yet all are one in thee for all are thine


Alleluia! Alleluia!


But lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day
the saints triumphant rise in bright array
The King of Glory passes on his way!


Alleluia! Alleluia!


From earth’s wide bounds from ocean’s farthest coast
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host
Singing to Father, Son  and Holy Ghost

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God

To whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit

That we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name

Through Christ our Lord



Lord, we are sorry for the things we have done that have been selfish

All: Father, forgive us

We are sorry for things we have said that have hurt others

All: Father, forgive us

We are sorry for not always loving others as we should

All: Father, forgive us

Please fill us with your Holy Spirit and help us to be more like Jesus every day



May almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and for ever.


Readings: Micah 4,  Matthew 12.1-12 (New Living Translation)

Collect for All Saints

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Song: Shine

Shine from the inside out
That the world will see you live in me
Shine from the inside out
That the world will see you live in me
You know me and you love me
You fill me, so send me to…
Know me, love me, fill me, send me
Know me, love me, fill me, send me
Know me, love me, fill me, send me
To Shine!


Micah 4

1 But in the latter days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of Jehovah’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow unto it.

2 And many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem;

3 and he will judge between many peoples, and will decide concerning strong nations afar off: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of Jehovah of hosts hath spoken it.

5 For all the peoples walk every one in the name of his god; and we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God for ever and ever.

6 In that day, saith Jehovah, will I assemble that which is lame, and I will gather that which is driven away, and that which I have afflicted;

7 and I will make that which was lame a remnant, and that which was cast far off a strong nation: and Jehovah will reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth even for ever.

8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the hill of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, yea, the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.

9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? Is there no king in thee, is thy counsellor perished, that pangs have taken hold of thee as of a woman in travail?

10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and shalt dwell in the field, and shalt come even unto Babylon: there shalt thou be rescued; there will Jehovah redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

11 And now many nations are assembled against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye see our desire upon Zion.

12 But they know not the thoughts of Jehovah, neither understand they his counsel; for he hath gathered them as the sheaves to the threshing-floor.

13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces many peoples: and I will devote their gain unto Jehovah, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

Matthew 12.1-12

1 At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat.

2 But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the sabbath.

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him;

4 how he entered into the house of God, and ate the showbread, which it was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them that were with him, but only for the priests?

5 Or have ye not read in the law, that on the sabbath day the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?

6 But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.

9 And he departed thence, and went into their synagogue:

10 and behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? that they might accuse him.

11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

12 How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.