The Uniting Service for the United Church in Ashford

The Uniting Service for the Congregational and Methodist Churches in Ashford, Kent was held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 18th November 1970 and was led by the Rev A Kingsley Lloyd (a former president of the Methodist Conference) and the preachers was the Rev John Huxtable (who would go on to be the Joint General Secretary of the United Reformed Church at it’s formation in 1972). A brief order of service is outlined below and a link is presented at the bottom to full order of service:

  • Call to Worship
  • Hymn – O God of Bethel, by whose hand
  • Prayers of Invocation, Thanksgiving and Confession
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • The Anthem – O be joyful in God, all ye nations (Mozart)
  • Scripture Lessons: Jeremiah 31 v 31-34 and John 17 v20-26 (read by Rev Norman V Dawson)
  • Hymn – Thy hand, O God, has guided
  • The Sermon
  • Hymn – All praise to our redeeming Lord
  • The Declaration of Intention
  • Prayers of Intercession (led by Rev Douglas A Smith)
  • Hymn – Now thank we all our God

The full Order of Service