John 1 Liturgy

Written By:
Sam Hargreaves
Bible Refs: John 1:1-14, Matt 4:4, Matt 5:16

This is a liturgy we used at the beginning of Youthwork the conference.  It is a leader/response format, and the themes are taken from the opening of John's gospel and and a couple of other sayings of Jesus.  It would work towards the beginning of a meeting.

Leader:     In the beginning was the Word.  Spoken.  Creating the world.
All:        Jesus; you are the Word of God.

Leader:     The Word gives life.  That life is light.
All:         Jesus; the darkness cannot put out your light.

Leader:     At the beginning of our time: Speak.  Shake our worlds.
All:         Jesus; we’re hungry for your words of life.

Leader:     We cannot live by food alone,
All:         we wait on the words that come from the mouth of God.

Leader:     The Word became flesh and blood
All:        and moved in to our neighbourhood.

Leader:     It’s time for us to put flesh on your word
All:         That we might be your hands and feet, in our homes, jobs and streets.

Leader:     We will worship the Lord and serve him only.
All:         We will let our light shine in the darkness:

Leader:     That the world might see, and be transformed
All:         And praise our Father in heaven.  Amen.



Sam co-leads with his wife Sara. He completed the LST degree in Theology, Music and Worship, and an MA in Contemporary Worship from Kings College London. He was Programme Leader for the LST Theology and Worship course and now teaches as a guest lecturer there. He also co-leads the worship song website, and has led musical and creative worship at events like Spring Harvest, Youtwork Summit and Greenbelt. Sam and Sara's book 'How would Jesus lead worship' was published by BRF in 2009.

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