Moving Forward in Faith

FELLOWSHIP DAY SERVICE 2021

Holiness in the Ordinary

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WELCOME

THIS ORDER OF SERVICE was prepared by the Australian Capital Territory of Australian Church Women, with the theme for the present term being 'Moving Forward in Faith'.

This service has the subtitle 'Holiness in the Ordinary'.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND

We acknowledge the First Nations peoples of Australia as the traditional custodians of this land.

We respect past and present Elders and are thankful for their wisdom which has sustained their people since the beginning of time.

We will support emerging and future First Nations leaders and their people.

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CALL TO WORSHIP  

[Where 2 or more are gathered, you may like to read the following as a responsive reading.]

Leader:     Glorious God, we come together as your people

All:             We come as a praising people, singing your goodness

Leader:     We come as a hungry people, longing to be fed

All:             We come as a praying people, bringing our needs, our joys

Leader:     We come as a journeying people, looking for direction

                   in this hour of worship

                   Empower us for faithful living

All:             We pray this in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

HYMN

10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) /Lord of Creation (Together In Song 626)

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PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

Leader:   Dear God, thank you for your amazing power and work in

                 our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings

                 over us.

ALL:         Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even

                 in the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes.

Leader:    Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy

                 and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never

                 leave us.

ALL:         Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have

                 freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don't thank you

                 enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that

                 you've given.

Leader:    Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our

                 spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need

                 you, this day and every day.

ALL:         We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy.

                 In Jesus' Name, AMEN

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REFLECTION 

Leader: Let us consider three women of the Bible and see how faith was employed when they had to make choices about their beliefs and futures. The stories of these women inspire us when we too are challenged by events in our lives. Their actions demonstrate that faith in God helps us in times of doubt, uncertainty, and .

 

Reader 1: Sarah

Sarah was barren, and she encouraged her husband, Abraham, to father a child with her servant Hagar. Sarah tried to take matters into her own hands. This ended up an unsatisfactory solution for all parties. Wisdom did not appear to be Sarah’s greatest strength, but the Scriptures do note her faith. Later, God promised that Sarah would have a child, and she laughed on hearing this news. After all, she was now old. However, Sarah did believe the promise because she knew that God’s Word is faithful and true.

Hebrews 11:11 (NIV) tells us:

     ‘And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.’

Reader 2: Ruth

Her love story is one of incredible faithfulness, loyalty, and devotion. Firstly, to her mother-in-law, Naomi, then to Naomi’s God – the one, true God, and then to Boaz, their distant relative. Naomi and her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, experienced much grief from the loss of their husbands. Naomi made the decision to leave Moab and return to Bethlehem; she insisted Ruth and Orpah return to their mothers’ homes. Greatly distressed, Orpah returned. Ruth refused to leave Naomi, and they travelled to Bethlehem. As destitute widows, life was difficult, but they soon witnessed the providence, faithfulness and love of God when Boaz, a kind and distant relative, provided for them and greatly changed their lives.

Reader 3: Lydia 

Lydia was originally from Thyatira in the Roman province of Asia, but she was living in Philippi, Macedonia, where she was a businesswoman selling dyed fabrics. She followed the faith of the Jews, even though she was not a Jew. On the Sabbath, Lydia gathered with the other worshipers of God by the river, their place of prayer. Here she met the apostle Paul when he went to the place of prayer to speak with the worshipers about Jesus, the risen Christ. In faith, Lydia accepted Christ as her Saviour, and in faith her entire household was baptised.

HYMN

Fill my Whole Life, O Lord my God (Together In Song 596)

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BIBLE READING

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 5:110

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PRAYER OF PETITION

Leader:       O God, whose holiness is not limited to grand cathedrals or saintly persons, spectacular mountains or mountain moving leaders,

O God, whose holiness is often discovered in simple everyday places and simple everyday folk.

All:                    Plant your holiness in this place, in us now.

Grow us this hour, so that we might flower right where we are, with the beauty of your holiness                  

Through Jesus we pray. Amen.

        

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

O God of grace and mercy, we bring to you our land Australia and the people of all nations.

We pray for all who have been affected by drought, bushfires, floods and the Coronavirus Pandemic.

For those who have died, for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, for those who are ill, for those injured in mind and body.

Bring comfort and healing and peace.

For Australian Church women impacted by these disasters.

Be their strength and support.

For those who have lost homes, jobs, farms, properties and businesses.

Bring courage and help as they struggle to rebuild their lives and businesses.

We grieve for the impact on economies of these disasters and pray that wisdom will be given to decision makers at all levels, to researchers working on finding a vaccine to protect against coronavirus, and to us all so that our lands, wildlife, peoples and economies will be safe, protected and renewed.

We thank you loving God for the emergency workers, the firefighters, health workers and all essential services workers who risk their own lives to protect, serve and care for others.

Bless, protect and comfort them as they face death, fear and constant danger.

Give them courage and the resources they need to care for the land and wildlife, for one another and those they are helping in so many ways.

Refresh us in our faith and help us to bring refreshment to others because we know that nothing can separate us from your love.

We pray this in Jesus’ name, our creator, sustainer and redeemer.

AMEN

HYMN

Where Wide Sky Rolls Down   (Together In Song 188)

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SPEAKER:  'MAKING WISE DECISIONS'
Marj Dredge, National President of Australian Church Women Inc.

WINIFRED KIEK SCHOLARS FOR 2021
Hetty Widowaty

HYMN

Great is Your Faithfulness   (Together In Song 154)

Your offering will be received for the work of the Winfred Kiek Trust Fund during the singing of this hymn.

If you are unable to forward your offering to your local ACW Unit, please put it aside until we can meet together again.

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PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

We thank you God for the inspiration and encouragement we receive when we consider those who sought your direction in the wise decisions they made.

We thank you for Bible people such as Daniel, Paul and Mary, sister of Martha, who put doing your will first.

We thank you for the stories Jesus told of wise decisions made by characters such as the Wise Virgins and the Good Samaritan.

We thank you for those who have influenced us in our walk of faith.

We thank you for the Rev. Winifred Kiek and her wise leadership.

We thank you for all Winifred Kiek Scholars and for their continued contribution to church and community.

We thank you for our 2020 Winifred Kiek Scholar, Hetty Widowaty.

Bless her in her studies, ministry and family life.

AMEN

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​THE LORD’S PRAYER

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,

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil, 

For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are Yours;

Now and forever. 

AMEN

HYMN

In Heavenly Love Abiding   (Together In Song 588)

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FINAL BLESSING

Go on in joy knowing that the God of Love who sent Jesus into the world to give us life will surround you with His Love.

Go on with courage knowing that the God of Light and Infinite Wisdom will be your strength and guide in all the challenges of life.

Go forward in faith knowing that the Eternal, Unchanging, Ever Faithful God will be with you every step of your journey.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

AMEN

Winifred Kiek Scholarship

The offerings presented at Fellowship Day Services throughout Australia go towards the Winifred Kiek Scholarship to honour Winifred Kiek, the first woman to be ordained in Australia.

This scholarship is offered to Christian women of member countries of the Asian Church Women’s Conference, multicultural Australia, and Pacific Island Nations. The scholarship is used for supplementary training or further studies in theology and related fields.

Copyright 

This Order of Service is copyright ©2020 Australian Church Women Inc. The liturgy is specially prepared and may be freely reproduced as a whole for the purposes of Worship.