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Hadleigh United Reformed Church, Great Meeting,

Market Place,




Hadleigh Suffolk URC is a registered charity

and part of The United Reformed Church.

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Socially Distant


We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...

Welcome to Sunday Worship!


Welcome & Introduction

00:00 / 04:16



00:00 / 03:40

Mothering Sunday Challenge

Can you manage this challenge today or in the week?

00:00 / 03:41

Prayers of Intercession

Offered by Ric Lambert

00:00 / 05:30


The following hymn can be sung to this tune:

We utter our cry: that peace may prevail,
that earth will revive, and faith must not fail.
We pray with our life for the world in our care,
for people diminished by doubt and despair.


We cry from the fright of our daily scene
for strength to say "No" to all that is mean:
designs bearing chaos, extinction of life, 
all energy wasted on weapons of death.


We lift up our hearts for children unborn;
give wisdom, O God, that we may hand on,
replenished and tended, this good planet Earth,
preserving the future and wonder of birth.


Creator of life, come, share out, we pray,
your Spirit on earth, revealing the Way
to leaders conferring round tables for peace,
that they may from bias and guile be released.


Come with us, Lord-Love, in protest and march,
and help us to fire with passion your church,
to match all our statements and lofty resolve
with fervent commitment in action involved.


Whatever the ill or pressure we face,
Lord, hearten and heal, give insight and grace
to think and make peace with each heartbeat and breath,
choose Christ before Caesar and life before death!

(c) Fred Kaan


ISAIAH 52:13 - 53:12

Good News Translation

The Lord says,

“My servant will succeed in his task;
    he will be highly honoured.
Many people were shocked when they saw him;
    he was so disfigured that he hardly looked human.
But now many nations will marvel at him,
    and kings will be speechless with amazement.
They will see and understand
    something they had never known.”


The people reply,

“Who would have believed what we now report?
    Who could have seen the Lord's hand in this?
It was the will of the Lord that his servant
    grow like a plant taking root in dry ground.
He had no dignity or beauty
    to make us take notice of him.
There was nothing attractive about him,
    nothing that would draw us to him.
We despised him and rejected him;
    he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him—
    we ignored him as if he were nothing.

“But he endured the suffering that should have been ours,
    the pain that we should have borne.
All the while we thought that his suffering
    was punishment sent by God.
But because of our sins he was wounded,
    beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
    made whole by the blows he received.
All of us were like sheep that were lost,
    each of us going his own way.
But the Lord made the punishment fall on him,
    the punishment all of us deserved.


“He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
    he never said a word.
Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
like a sheep about to be sheared,
    he never said a word.
He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die,
    and no one cared about his fate.
He was put to death for the sins of our people.
He was placed in a grave with those who are evil,
    he was buried with the rich,
even though he had never committed a crime
    or ever told a lie.”


The Lord says,

“It was my will that he should suffer;
    his death was a sacrifice to bring forgiveness.
And so he will see his descendants;
    he will live a long life,
    and through him my purpose will succeed.
After a life of suffering, he will again have joy;
    he will know that he did not suffer in vain.
My devoted servant, with whom I am pleased,
    will bear the punishment of many
    and for his sake I will forgive them.
And so I will give him a place of honour,
    a place among the great and powerful.
He willingly gave his life
    and shared the fate of evil men.
He took the place of many sinners
    and prayed that they might be forgiven.”


1 PETER 2:21-25

Good News Translation

It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge. Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed. You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls.


Before you listen to the message, you might like to spend some time reflecting on the text from Isaiah. Are there repeated words and phrases that stand out to you? Can you discern some kind of pattern?

00:00 / 17:03


Final Word & Blessing

00:00 / 02:28

Post Service Chat

Which part of today's service spoke to you?

Is there a thought or insight on this topic that you'd like to share with others?


But before you get started, just one plea: let's keep this positive; no negative comments or criticism, please!


So, grab a tea or coffee and let's chat together...