Service of the Word – Live Streamed – Sunday, 24 July 2022

A separate video feed of the choir is available here.

Led by Revd Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga

Gathering Music


Almighty God, as we gather, let us be quiet and find your presence.
We rejoice in the mystery of your loving justice.
Help us to understand what your love means, and how we can share that love with others.
In Jesus’ name.



Welcome to the house of God.
We have come from all the corners of the earth.

Welcome to the hospitality of God.
We come as we are; we bring our life, our stories, our journey.

Welcome, brothers and sisters.
We are the rainbow people of God.

Welcome, chosen people.
May God our companion bind us in his love.


Hymn: Bless the Lord my soul

Bless the Lord my soul and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord my soul, who leads me into life.

It is God who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion.

Bless the Lord my soul …

The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
God does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.

Bless the Lord my soul …

As a Father has compassion on his children,
the Lord has pity on those who fear him;
for he knows of what we are made.
he remembers that we are dust.

Bless the Lord my soul …

Taizé Community

Prayer of Approach

Our Father in heaven, we come to worship you.
We gather as your people.
We seek your kingdom and its outworking among us,
yearning for the world’s sufficiency,
searching for peace and harmony, justice and fairness.
To you, our God, we come.



In penitence and sorrow, we offer now our lives to you,
seeking to know your forgiveness and desiring to live by your ways.

Taizé Kyrie

Our words, dear God, are so often hollow and empty,
your word is full and forever, your word promises to forgive us,
it assures us of our freedom from past sins, failings and falterings.
Let us hear now your word and be set free to live our lives for you.


Prayer of the Week

God of truth uncovered, you trace the sparrow’s flight and plumb the secrets of the heart:
bring our fear and conflict into the light of your presence,
so that we may lose our hollow life and find our way to you;
through Jesus Christ, the master and the slave.


Ministry of the Word

Psalm 138: 6–8

Read by Kate Abrahams

6 Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
8 The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures for ever –
do not abandon the works of your hands.


This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Luke 11: 1–4

Read by Pat Kyd

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’

2 He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:

‘ “Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.


This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to Christ our light.


‘Lord, teach us to pray …’


Stay with me.
Remain here with me.
Watch and pray.
Watch and pray.
Stay with me.

‘Your kingdom come …
[your will be done]’


Stay with me.
Remain here with me.
Watch and pray.
Watch and pray.
Stay with me.

‘Give us each day our daily bread …’


Stay with me.
Remain here with me.
Watch and pray.
Watch and pray.
Stay with me.

Taizé Community

Choral Response

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in the Creator:
the maker of all things

We believe in the Son:
the redeemer of our broken world

We believe in the Spirit:
The sacred wind that binds all things together in the family of God.

Creator Father, beloved Son and living Spirit.


Prayers and Intercessions

Led by Robin Kyd

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


Hymn: Jesus, remember me

Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.

Taizé Community

The Peace

Peace to you from God, who is our Father.
Peace from Jesus Christ, who is our peace.
Peace from the Holy Spirit, who gives us life.

The peace of God be always with you.
and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


Cornerstone Youth: Sunday School summer break

This Sunday (24 July 2022) will be the last Sunday School session for the summer. Sunday School will resume on Sunday, 4 September 2022.

The Ministerial Leadership Team

Pyramid Rock!

9.00 am – 12.00 noon Monday–Friday, 1–5 August 2022
Christ the Sower School, 24 Singleton Drive, Grange Farm, MK8 0PZ

The Pyramid Rock Summer Holiday Club is being held by the Watling Valley Partnership at the Christ the Sower School 9.00 am – 12.00 noon Monday–Friday 1–5 August 2022. Cornerstone children are invited, as Cornerstone folk are helping with the holiday club. Booking is essential as spaces are limited: first come, first served.

Information and booking is available on the Watling Valley Partnership website at:

Nerys Steeds

Truby’s Garden Tea Room

12.30–5.30 pm this Sunday (24 July 2022) in the Guildhall

Following the usual tea and coffee in the Guildhall after morning service ,there’s no need to go home for lunch. You can stay and have it at the church – or come back later for afternoon tea. Truby’s Garden Tea Room will be running their Interfaith ‘pop-up’ café in the Guildhall, selling lunches and teas to raise funds in support of local community groups.

David Chapman


‘God loves a cheerful giver’

Thanks to your generous giving we can be an Oasis of Hope to Milton Keynes.

Please keep supporting our mission!

If you are at our worship service in the church building and would like to make an offering, please place your offering in the basket at the door to the worship area. If you can’t find it, please ask the stewards.

There are many different ways to give: online, telephone banking or by cheque. For more information how to give please visit the Cornerstone website ( or contact:

Thank you for your support. It is much appreciated.

Final Prayer

Lord, help us to think before praying, and pray before acting.
May we see our community and the people who make it up as precious to you and precious to us,
as we seek to preserve all that is beautiful and build up all that is holy and Godly.


Hymn: Take my life, and let it be

Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let the move
at the impulse of thy love love.
Take my feet, and let the be
swift and purposeful for thee.

Take my voice, and let it sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it thine,
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

Frances R. Havergal (1836–1879)


The Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
teach you to walk in his way more trustfully,
to accept his truth more faithfully, and to share his life more lovingly;
that by the power of the Holy Spirit
you may come as one family to the kingdom of the Father.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you today and always


The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.