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A letter about when we hope to open for public worship on Sundays - and what is on offer in the meantime.

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(Sunday 2 August)


Led by Ronnie Howson



Way way back many centuries ago
Not long after the Bible began
Jacob lived in the land of Canaan
A fine example of a family man

Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Depended on farming to earn their keep
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Spent all of his days in the fields with sheep


Jacob was the founder of a whole new nation
Thanks to the number of children he had
He was also known as Israel, but most of the time
His sons and his wives used to call him "Dad"


Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Men of the soil, of the sheaf and crook
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
A remarkable family in anyone's book


Reuben was the eldest of the children of Israel
With Simeon and Levi the next in line
Napthali and Isaachar with Asher and Dan
Zebulon and Gad took the total to nine


Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Benjamin and Judah, which leaves only one
Jacob! Jacob and Sons

Joseph, Jacob's favorite son


Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Jacob! Jacob and Sons
Jacob! Jacob! Jacob!
Jacob and Sons


Joseph's mother, she was quite my favourite wife
I never really loved another all my life
And Joseph was my joy because
He reminded me of her

Through young Joseph Jacob lived his youth again
Loved him, praised him, gave him all he could, but then
It made the rest feel second best
And even if they were


Being told we're also-rans
Does not make us Joseph fans

But where they had really missed the boat is

We're great guys but no-one seems to notice


Joseph's charm and winning smile
Failed to slay them in the aisle
And his father couldn't see the danger
He could not imagine any danger

He just saw in Joseph all his dreams come true


Jacob wanted to show the world he loved his son
To make it clear that Joseph was the special one
So Jacob bought his son a coat,
A multi-coloured coat to wear

Joseph's coat was elegant, the cut was fine
The tasteful style was the ultimate in good design
And this is why it caught the eye
A king would stop and stare!


And when Joseph tried it on
He knew his sheepskin days were gone

Such a dazzling coat of many colours
How he loved his coat of many colours


In a class above the rest,
It even went well with his vest
Such a stunning coat of many colours
How he loved his coat of many colours

It was red and yellow and green and brown and blue


Joseph's brothers weren't too pleased with what they saw

We had never liked him all that much before
And now this coat has got our goat
We feel life is unfair!


And when Joseph graced the scene
His brothers turned a shade of green
His astounding clothing took the biscuit

Quite the smoothest person in the district


I look handsome, I look smart
I am a walking work of art
Such a dazzling coat of many colours
How I love my coat of many colours


It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange

And red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange and blue!


1st Reading: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-24

(New International Version)

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Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.


Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” “Very well,” he replied. So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem, a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

2nd Reading: Psalms 105:6-17

(New International Version)

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You his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
    his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever,
    the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
    the oath he swore to Isaac.
He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
“To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as the portion you will inherit.”

When they were but few in number,
    few indeed, and strangers in it,
they wandered from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another.
He allowed no one to oppress them;
    for their sake he rebuked kings:
“Do not touch my anointed ones;
    do my prophets no harm.”

He called down famine on the land
    and destroyed all their supplies of food;
and he sent a man before them—
    Joseph, sold as a slave.


Joseph's coat annoyed his brothers
But what makes us mad
Are the things that Joseph tells us of the
Dream's he often had


I dreamed that in the fields one day,
The corn gave me sign
Your eleven sheaves of corn
All turned and bowed to mine


My sheaf was was quite a sight to see
A golden sheaf and tall
Yours were green and second-rate
And really rather small


This is not the kind of thing
We brothers like to hear
It seems to us that Joseph and his
Dreams should disappear


I dreamed I saw eleven stars,
The sun the moon and sky
Bowing down before my star,
It made me wonder why


Could it be that I was born
For higher things than you?
A post in someone's government,
A ministry or two


The dreams of our dear brother are
The decade's biggest yawn
His talk of stars and golden sheaves
Is just a load of corn


Not only is he tactless but
He's also rather dim
For there's eleven of us and
There's only one of him


The dreams of course will not come true
That is, we think they won't come true
That is, we hope they won't come true
What if he's right all along?


The dreams are more than crystal clear,
The writing on the wall
Means that Joseph some day soon
Will rise above us all


The accuracy of the dreams
We brothers do not know
But one thing we are sure about
The dreamer has to go

Prayers of Intercession

Offered by Paul Simon

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I closed my eyes
Drew back the curtain
To see for certain
What I thought I knew

Far far away
Someone was weeping
But the world was sleeping
Any dream will do

I wore my coat
With golden lining
Bright colours shining
Wonderful and new
And in the east
The dawn was breaking
And the world was waking
Any dream will do

A crash of drums
A flash of light
My golden coat
Flew out of sight
Colours faded into darkness
I was left alone

May I return
To the beginning
The light is dimming
And the dream is too
The world and I
We are still waiting
Still hesitating
Any dream will do


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