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Virtual Worship - 20 June 2021

Parables for Bradford: Receiving wisdom Service Sheet (pdf) Call to worship:  O God of word and wisdom, parable and proverb, whose ways are beyond our understanding; open our ears to your hidden truths and our imaginations to the depths of your love, that we may know what is right and just and keep only to your paths, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Song:  Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom (StF 65) OR Let all the world in every corner sing (StF 57; H&P 10) Opening prayer: Blessed are you, God our Father!
 We praise and thank you for your generous love From the beginning you have formed us in faith,
 and again, and again we have gone our own way.
 Yet the voice of wisdom always calls us back to lives of service and love, And we find forgiveness in you. We thank you for your love made visible in Jesus for giving us the words and the will to praise you. In the crib and on the cross you have showed how great your love is;
 you have come to share our life and shown
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