and abounding in love. Turn toward your God in the confidence that, through Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Thanks be to God. (Written by Joanna Harader) THE PEACE Please stay in your place for the Peace and, instead of shaking hands, you might like to bow, nod or wave, with hands in prayer position or over your heart. God reconciles and unites us. The peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard our hearts and our thoughts in Jesus Christ. In worship the greeting of peace is given with a sign. As the words are spoken now, we may turn our hearts and thoughts to neighbours near and far, hearing and repeating the words: The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you. HYMN 447 ‘Lord, your almighty word’  BIBLE READINGS