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Please click here to go to our page for online spiritual and worship resources for adults.

And here for online resources for the young.


Instructions for the online service below:

> Start at the beginning of the service below and go through to the end.

> Watch online videos in full screen mode if possible.

> If you are living in a family or household group, try and go through the service together

Other Resources:

Children's colouring sheet - Based on the service theme - Click here to download.

Bridge - Newspaper of the Diocese of Southwark, November edition - Click here to read.

22 - 28 November 2020

Christ the King

Church bells calling us to worship: Westminster Abbey, London - Click here to listen.

Welcome and Invitation to Confession: By the Rector - Click here to listen.

Confession: The grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all. Let us come to him, in sorrow for our sins, seeking healing and salvation.

 You say:

Almighty God,

long-suffering and of great goodness:

I confess to you,

I confess with my whole heart

my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,

my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;

the hurts I have done to others,

and the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

and raise me to newness of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Absolution: Said by the Rector - Click here to listen.

Christ the King / Sunday next before Advent:

You Say:

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory.


A Hymn to sing: You are the King of Glory - Click here for words and music.

To read the Bible passages in full: Click here to view.

New Testament Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-23, read by Angela Josiah - Click here to listen to listen.

Psalm 95: Click here to listen to this psalm on Bible Gateway (Press the play button in the media player that comes up. / Click stop at the end of Psalm 95).


Gospel Reading: Matthew 25: 31-46, read by Charles Ailiobini - Click here to listen.

Video: Sergio and Rhoda explore Magdala, The Town of Mary Magdalene (Who our church is named after) and the area around - Click here to watch.

A Song to listen to: Peace in Christ, sung by 5 year old Claire Crosby - Click here to listen.

Creed: Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:

The Word became flesh and lived among us;

we have seen his glory,

the glory of the only Son from the Father,

full of grace and truth.

(from the Athanasian Creed)

Sermon: By David Thompson - Click here to listen.

A Hymn to sing: O Worship the King - Click here for words and music. Wait for the intro before singing.

The Prayers: Said by Celestina Madubuobi - Click here to listen.

The Lords Prayer: You Say:

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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

The Peace: Click here to listen - After these words share the peace with those you are sharing this service with, or think of your loved ones wherever they are.

A Hymn to sing: The King of love my shepherd is - Click here for words and music.

A Blessing: By the Rector - Click here to listen.

A Prayer for the second lockdown and the Grace:

You Say:

Lord Jesus,

          who entered the locked room

          and made yourself known to your friends;

          be with us in this lockdown

          that we may be aware of your presence

          and know your blessing upon us.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Be with us all, evermore.


Dismissal: You say: Let us depart in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

Postlude Music: Yoruba Hymn - Gbogbo Aye Gbe Jesu Ga (‘The whole world exalts Jesus’) - Click here to listen.

Bells to ring us out: Westminster Abbey, London: Click here to listen.