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References: various
Format: Service
Season: Ordinary time

Download the complete order of service here

This service was designed for a local congregation to use when no preacher was available. The format of the central message is three Bible readings each followed by a short story. The intention of these stories is to get people thinking about the impact that we have as Christians on other people.

The three stories can each be read on their own page (Norman, Samantha and Faith) or the scripts can be downloaded here, here and here.

The full service, along with prayers, hymns, readings and guideline notes is laid out in the downloaded script here, but the following outline gives you the rough idea.

Order of Service

Call to Worship

Hymn “Jesus, the name high over all”

Prayers of Praise and Confession / Lord's Prayer

Hymn “It passeth knowledge, that dear love of thine”


Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-14

The Story of Norman (“If only my master would see the prophet”)

Hymn “God’s spirit is in my heart (Go tell everyone)”

Reading: Luke 10:25-37

The Story of Samantha (“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour?”)

Reading: Acts 2:44-47

The Story of Faith (“enjoying the favour of all the people”)

Quiet Reflection (with questions to guide congregation)

Hymn “Make me a channel of your peace”

Offertory and Offertory Prayer

Prayer of dedication

Prayers for others

Hymn “Lord, thy church on earth is seeking”


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